Ok, I've talked about it a bit in the GM thread. Time to start a thread for my shop. I'll start off with saying I about half know what I'm doing. Remember that, it will be important later. I've remodeled a couple of basements and helped a neighbor build an evavated deck around his pool. It's not like I don't have any experience.
I'm planning a post frame building 50x99, on 9 foot centers. The cold storage area will be 27 foot. It will have 4 overhead doors, 2 man doors and 4 windows, infloor heat, make up units and A/C. I'm looking for a couple mini-splits that will work. My 2 boys and I will do most of the work from setting the posts to plumbing and electrical. I'm well connected in my community, so plenty of friends to help, including plumbers and electricians, builders and masons. Most will help for beer and food. If we get the building erected in time I'll pour the 6 inch floor before winter or I'll wait until Spring.
We got our building permit to start. I hired a local company to level the ground and create the pad. That's done, they said 2 weeks, finished in 3 days. I can't wait for that bill. At the low point it needed 5'2" of fill. 10 yards from there it was at 3' to almost nothing at the other end. As we talked and looked at the blueprint he decided he should bring it out farther to make the approaches for the overhead doors.
On Aug 9 I ordered the materials for the shop. They should be here in 10-14 days. Today I plan to take down a little more fence and set the batter boards and find the 4 corners. It might be a bit of a challenge as there is nothing to measure off of to set a line. I bought a Johnson self leveling laser transit to help. I make have to set it to vertical to make a line.
Here's a few pics of the process:
The area for the shop is just beyond the tractor.
Removed the fence posts.
Cleared and ready to strip top soil.
I striped some of the top soil myself with what we had to use.
The boys piled some dirt to use to fill a few holes.
Tommy did it faster with the tracked skid steer. He had all the dirt cleared in about 3 hurs on a Sunday afternoon.
Here's the south side where he added the 5' of fill. We'll finish the slop there with black dirt in the end.