Design / build contractor Peter Brown of Bozeman, Montana discusses the final steps in the completion of this garage workshop project. The interior framing detail work is complete, our exterior brick veneer is complete the building has been weathered in, and at this point the garage workshop is ready for wiring
My electrical contractors are Mike Kraft and Monte Snyder of Platinum Electric, here in Bozeman. This building will house an extensive woodworking shop, and my client has precise requirements for the location of overhead lighting and wall outlets for his extensive array of specialized equipment.
Platinum electric showed up and completed the work efficiently and quickly. Not only did they keep the garage workshop project on schedule, but as always their work was neat and tidy, and they were easy to work with.
Platinum Electric is a great example of how good subcontractor’s contribute to a well organized project.
After the electrical was finished and inspected, Horizon Insulation arrived on site. Their first order of business was to install cardboard baffles in the roof truss area of the garage workshop. By holding back the blown in insulation, baffles allow air to freely enter the attic space and travel upward and out through the upper gable and or ridge vents.
The next step in the insulation process is to spray a layer of expanded polyurethane foam at the perimeter of the roof framing, the roof to wall areas, and in the wall cavities. This low-density closed cell polyurethane is terrific in a number of ways. The insulation rapidly expands to fill and seal the framing cavities. The foam molds itself to all the surfaces and acts to effectively seal against air leakage. After the exterior walls are foamed to a depth of 2” fiberglass batting is added.
The next step in completion of this garage workshop was hanging the drywall. As a Contractor and journeyman carpenter my work can be physically demanding, but in my opinion no trade except concrete even begins to touch the effort it takes to hang drywall. I have a healthy respect for the way these guys make their living. Drywall hangers can make or break the final look of a project. Jim Tidwell and Shawn Erickson of Hangten Drywall did a good job.
Garage doors and Plumbing
Once the drywall was hung, the Kaufman Overhead Door crew came in and installed a pair of high quality insulated garage doors. The same day Badger Plumbing’s husband and wife team of Leland and Renee Thill installed the overhead heating unit. We were in the early stages of winter at this point, and we need heat in the garage workshop to allow the drywall taping process to move forward. Once the drywall and taping was complete, the insulators came back again, this time to fill the attic area with blown in insulation.
At this time we also finished the interior painting, and the last step in the process was the trim work.
Jim Gilbody is a very talented woodworker, and the first project in his new garage workshop was to trim his own windows and doors. Jim used his furniture-making skills to do a great job assembling and installing this interior trim. This is a nice example of a client taking active participation in the success of his own project.
Our original design has been executed as planned and the final product is something my client is very pleased with. Jim Gilbody now spends the majority of his free time in this garage workshop working on a number of automotive and woodworking projects.