From woodshop to home

Project by Jimthecarver posted 11-30-2008 01:09 AM 17599 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few months back I had decided to convert my wood shop into our new home. We currently live in a 1974 dbl wide mobile home. As the standards were not as good as todays standard of building mobile homes, this one leaks lots of air in and is poorly insulated so the cost of living in this mobile is quite high. Looking to lower costs I came up with the idea of letting my woodshop go and make it into a house.
I dont have many pics of the shop before I started on it.
What a mess!

The light well in the kitchen.
The wall between the garage (my new but very small woodshop)and the living room.
The walk in pantry.
Things are progressing nicely. Cabinets are installed and getting close to stain and poly.
I installed a pocket door where the cow door was. All new electric is installed on a 200 amp. panel.
Casework is now stained and poly sprayed on.
Getting ready for tile. The face of the bar will be tile set in a diagonal pattern. I will post more pics as i progress….thanks for the view.

-- AKA.....Jimthecarver on LJ's

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posted 11-30-2008 02:24 AM

Thanks for the post.
It kind of hurts to see a woodshop go, but it is nice to see living space being created. Must be nice to have all tools at your finger tips.

Where will the tools go?

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posted 11-30-2008 05:02 AM

For now they are setup in the attached garage but this coming summer they will be relocated to a 30X40 steel building.

-- AKA.....Jimthecarver on LJ's

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posted 11-30-2008 08:51 PM

That’s quite the transformation you got going on there Jim.Looks like you will have a nice living space when you are done.Keep us posted on your updates ok.

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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posted 12-01-2008 12:49 AM

Nice job. I’m doing the opposite. I’m living in my work shop while I build my house. Shouldn’t be much longer for me to have my work shop back. Keep us posted.

-- Tim

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posted 12-04-2008 05:10 PM

What a labor of love!

I’m in the throws of resurrecting our junked up garage and organizing it into a shop, similar to your “before”.

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posted 12-17-2008 05:49 PM

Nice job! In our last house I gave up my shop and turned it into a large family room. Your family will love this, now about the new shop…

-- It's never done...

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posted 12-18-2008 12:45 AM

your doing a fantastic job on it jim !

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posted 08-08-2009 04:55 PM

Nice workshop.


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posted 10-08-2009 01:56 AM

Wow what a change. To bad you had to loose your shop but the conversion looks great.

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posted 01-14-2011 06:37 PM

Nice work so when are you making the new wood shop? Work looks very nice.

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posted 05-29-2011 08:08 PM

e-e, it was so good worckshope…

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posted 04-27-2012 06:44 PM

Jim – nice work. Looks like your progress will take you to from a shop to a home rather quickly. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 04-27-2012 08:58 PM

wow.. very impressive!!
(this would be a potential winner for our “WOW FACTOR” – shop transformation challenge at LumberJocks!! :D

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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