Stage 3 – The Extension
The first job was to sort out the floor, as I had done on the original build. So it was the messy job of coating the concrete with black bitumen sealer – I used water based this time because of the hideous fumes that comes from the solvent based type.
When it was dry I fitted the wooden rafters and insulated with 2″ polystyrene before topping it with 16mm thick OSB, this brought the level up as the original.
I didn’t take any progress photos of the deconstruction of the old breeding Shed, just to say that all the construction of the 2nd half of the old garage into a full length Shed was done in mainly the same format as before.
The dividing wall come out as soon as the floor was fitted in the 2nd half. I moved the workbench to the right hand side as you walk in, I also fitted the 2 cupboards which were over the sink. One over the workbench and the other underneath, so I haven’t lost any storage space.
It made sense to fit the wall cladding vertically instead of the original horizontal, as I’ve said before, I’m hoping that the ledges won’t hold as much dust as before. I decided against tiling the floor and got hold of a very good vinyl flooring, primarily for economic reasons as the budget to get the work done was going to spiral out of my budget.
I got rid of the old fluorescent strip lights and bought some LED’s, they give off a great daylight and will cost a fraction of the dosh that the fluorescent ones cost …. so that’s good. You can’t see them, but I also replaced my security lights outside with LED type as well, more dosh saved.
At last the inside flight is ready for the birds and I think they love it !!
It looks a little “Heath Robinson”, but I don’t have a fortune to shell out so I’ve used older, used stuff and recycled it.
The righthand flight front is the ols corner flight that the birds and I hated. I’ve had to slightly adjust the existing flight, but it looks OK to me now. I purposely made a half flight because my birds have plenty of room outside, so I didn’t see it as an issue. It gives me a choice of either building a new flight for youngsters or storage ….. But I will make up my mind at a later stage, it’s a bit dull down there for birds so I’ll have to put in another LED. I’ll have to move the Airvac as well later.
This is where the 2 sets of cupboards were – over the sink – in the old set-up. Now it’s going to have a year planner stick to it, I haven’t used a year planner before, mainly because I didn’t have a large enough blank wall, so now I will be able to see what’s ahead in the coming months and how I can accurately plan out my year, things like shows. It will also be a great visual for when the birds have had, or are due for treatments etc.
There will be a shelf along the full length of the area, this is for looking at the birds when I put them up in the show cages. The LED light over the sink gives a fantastic light for observing the birds.
Ill fix another shelf on the adjacent wall for the washing up stuff as well.
Still unfinished as yet.
The dividing wall and door will be set inside the white painted (undercoat) wooden frame that you see, it will be all mesh, I’m hoping to fit 1″ x 1″ x 3mm wire mesh, but it might be too pricey, so standard wire might be the short term option.
The breeding cages will go along the left hand wall, I’ve decided on 12 breeding cages – 4 x 3 high for the time being. I’ll build the frame so that I can expand or whatever later on.
I’ve still got to figure out how to enclose the space under the worksurface and sink ….. maybe tomorrow ….. or the next day … or ……….
I’ve started the breeding cages at last.
I must admit that I thought my Shed wall/floors/ceiling were quite in square – how wrong was I ?
But I’ve got started on it that’s the main thing.
I probably overthought the whole project, and I had lots of nights thinking about upcoming problems – sad eh !!?