Current as of 2021-10-02 14:41:21 -0500
Currently we use the existing buildings to store tools and supplies, as a makeshift workshop, etc.
Stuff is distributed and never in the place where one would look for it. It’s hard to stay organized. We have a rat problem, because there are holes in the walls. Tools and supplies become dirty when not used frequently.
We are planning to build a proper workshop to fix theses issues.
The workshop is to do primarily wood and some occasional metal work.
Metal work involves sparks and other issues. The metal work may have to move to a different workshop later on.
- 15 m wide and 25 m long based on space at location
- heavy duty concrete floor (perfectly level, smooth, and easy to clean)
- large garage door (roll up) to enter straight from the main driveway
- man door to enter from the Farmer’s house
- electricity (230V)
- bathroom with running cold water
- air compressor
- does not have to be insulated in the first step
- passive ventilation
Additionally a separately enclosed space for:
- solar batteries, inverters, charge controllers
- a rack for IT systems
Features for later:
- roof with solar panels and rainwater collection
- dust collection system
- electricity (230V and 400V)
- heating and cooling
- running hot water
- shop crane
- large garage door (roll up) to connect to adjacent barn once built
Tools are stored in tool racks or hung on the walls with the shadows marked.
- material racks
- fork lift to move material (preferably electric)
Solar / IT details
- rack for IT systems
On the roof:
- LoRa access point
- WiFi access point
As we are practicing regenerative agriculture we don’t want to loose any nutrients. That means we don’t want to use a flush toilet and a septic tank. Instead the bathroom will have a bucket-based compost toilet and a passive ventilation system using the chimney effect.
Wood shavings are provided as cover and to dry the solid waste quickly in order to avoid odor. The solid material will be taken out to the compost. Urine will be collected in a storage tank and is used as an activator for biochar.
Construction process and progress
- Removal of stone wall to make room for the market garden
- Temporary fencing to keep animals in zone B
24.07.2020, Demolition of some of the old structures is done and we are preparing the ground for the workshop. As the terrain was sloping we need to fill it up.
24.07.2020, The fill material is taken from nearby and we end up with a nice large pond as well. That pond will help to retain water and to regenerate the soil in the adjoining paddocks. Similar to other ponds we dug nature will soon create a nice habitat for many plants and animals.
- A large heavy concrete slab for the workshop itself and an extension slab for Solar/IT
- Building of the shop itself
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