Patrick

Free Garden Office from Pallets(not quite)

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Hi there

 

I thought I quickly introduce my Garden Office that I am currently building.

Most of the shell is done , needs a inside finished .

 

It is on a Pile Foundation (9 Piles that hold up a suspended timber floor)

I tried to not spend any money at all (wanted to do it for free just putting my work in) but there are things you can t get second hand - for example concrete  🤔

 

So My Timber I got from a House demolition around the corner- asked the guys if I could load the gigantic Pile of old 2x4s and Joists into my van and just spend 4-5 runs to bring it to the house and 2-3 days to denail them all.

The Timber Boards are all dismantled Pallets (given free from Industrial estate nearby)

INSULATION I got seconds from gumtree , same with roofing felt.

Nails I bought Bulk on ebay (10er for 10kg) ,

also bought window insulation foam, Silikone and Tyvek Tape on Ebay (leftovers)

Tyvek Housewrap I had to spend a bit of money on as had to buy a new roll.

 

Windows and doors where from another Demolition Site .

Same with the Plywood.

OSB Boards for outer walls I had to buy from second hand place (6.50 per board 9mm)

Paint is the cheapest Fence Paint for 9£/25litre bucket

 

I started off with digging 9 wholes , approx. 1.20-1.30m deep at the end of my Garden

Filled them with concrete and used old cardboard boxes wrapped in Plastic bags as a mould to form the Posts (around 40 cm out of the ground)

Had some old Metal wires (5-6mm thick) lying in the garden for the last 6 years which is used as rebar.

Unfortunatley I forgot to take Photos of the Foundations, so first Photos start when the Floor Joists  down on the Poles.

I know they all not been straight and whole building is not really 100% square (kind of and also level-) , this is partley due to my lack of experience and partly due to not working with new timbers- everything was kind of a puzzle to put together

 

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this is the suspended floor from far

 

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this is closer

 

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and even closer

 

 

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Floor insulation in and Plywood on top

 

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and more Insulation and Plywood

 

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First Wall Up

 

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second Wall up with Window in

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Photo from my Treehouse (with 3rd wall framed on the floor)

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The Front Wall and bits of the Roof is Up:

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My dog wonders WTF?

 

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Photo frominside to the outside

 

 

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Back wall

 

And now just quickly the rest of the front wall, cladding , doors in before I have to leave to continue working on it

 

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Welcome.

 

Can't beat a pallet shed!

 

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This is my pallet shed. Welcome to the elite club of tight self builders.

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"Frominside" is that a wood treatment?

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I'm pretty sure you could build a pallet shed then fill the wall  (& roof) with expanding foam...

 

Where would the vcl go? And what U value would a 4" slab of foam with 20mm timber either side have?

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Thought i give an update on the cheapskate project and show some pictures of my office as it is finished now and I am working from there for a while already.

 

Finishing is most definitely not up to the standard of some of you, but It serves the purpose. It s warm , well insulated and Electric heating .

And it cost me approx. :

855£

 

 BUILDING GARDEN OFFICE.pdf

 

Timber all from demolitions

Doors and Windows as well

Lots of other bits and pieces from Gumtree "for free" section or

Freecycle.org

 

Had a Mate living in it for 1 Month and he gave it the thumbs up. 🤘

 

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