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Old 12-30-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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El Hubbo and I have been scheming for some time about our next building project: a combination root cellar, garden shed and brewing/canning shed.

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It will be 12' X 16', with the back wall dug into the bank and a second floor that will be the brewing/canning area. Off one side will be a deck that extends from the second floor, with the idea of having some greenhouse space there eventually. (Hell, with the level of "feature creep" that I generally see with our projects, don't be surprised if there isn't a sauna at the end of it all.)


This pic is another of the building site. Just behind Otto will be the opening to the bottom level, which will house garden equipment and the back of which (dug into the bank) will be a root cellar.

We will use materials harvested off of our land, whenever possible. We've had these logs seasoning for about 18 months:


And there are piles of native stone all over, remnants from when some poor farmer tried to make this land arable many decades ago:



We are having a local contractor dig out the foundation in a couple of weeks! I can't tell you how excited I am to see some real physical progress on this after all the planning.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:09 PM   #2
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I love these builds. I live in NJ where we can only dream about having open spaces . How big a structure are you planning?

Edit: 12'x16' . I should read the whole thing before I left my vicarious excitement get the better of me!

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:31 AM   #3
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It will be 12' x 16', two levels, with a deck hanging off one side. It is near our well, so I'll have water, too.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:39 AM   #4
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Holy cow, subscribed! I am super jealous, and SWMBO will be, too!

 
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:49 AM   #5
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I love these builds.

Me too!! Always an inspiration!

Great luck with the build!!

We will be watching

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:31 AM   #6
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I would actually like some input on how would be best to set up the top level brewing area. I have done mostly extract and some partial mash brewing to this point. I'm not sure I'll ever go the full monty on all grain, but I haven't ruled it out. What would be the ideal floor plan/layout?
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:00 AM   #8
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Sweet! Where in east Tennessee are you guys? I'm in Chattanooga.

My detached garage is just a little bigger than the size you are planning, (it's 12' x 20') but I also have a couple of kayaks, a mower, and some lawn and garden junk to contend with as well.

I ended up putting a work table, brew stand, grain mill and refrigerator along one 20' wall and put all the lawn and garden stuff on the opposite wall. The brew stand is on wheels, so that helps.

 
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I would actually like some input on how would be best to set up the top level brewing area. I have done mostly extract and some partial mash brewing to this point. I'm not sure I'll ever go the full monty on all grain, but I haven't ruled it out. What would be the ideal floor plan/layout?
Wow, I'm so jealous! As far as ideal situation, I would consider counterspace, cabinet space, and brewing area together. If you do your next batch in a line, like you're on a brewing sculpture, you can get an idea of how much space you need and where the water should be in order to make hauling/carrying/pouring minimized.

Of course, moisture can be a huge issue so consider ventilation (windows, doors, fan) right from the start!
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Late to the party, but awesome. I'm picturing hobbit house. . . Actually thought hard about building a cob house into a hill side. . . Can't wait to see how this turns out!

 
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