cedar siding and roof

Harmon Enterprises Shop & Office

August, 2015

Our tiny, ancient garage with the dirt floor that flooded every spring just wasn't providing us with enough space! We decided to build a new shop with usuable space on the second floor for an office. We used bonus trusses to build the second story. The building is located in our back yard in Three Forks. The lot is in the 100 year flood plain so the new building had to be built to meet FEMA's standards for these areas. The shop is elevated to raise it above the base flood elevation.


  • The old garage had to be demolished before we could start on the new one. Luckily we had a very ambitious demo crew! This is Rachael and Tyler's son, Christopher.

  • James Jacob (Rachael's Dad), and James Kunesh (Lead Carpenter) help to take apart the old garage building.

  • Lyons Excavation takes the first scoop of dirt out for the garage foundation.

  • The excavator digs up a chestnut tree to move it to its new home across the yard.

  • Mundt Construction builds the forms for the garage footings.

  • Cutting the rebar for the garage footings. Almost ready for concrete!

  • The walls are up and braced off. We are getting ready to set trusses!

  • Kenyon Noble Lumber delivers the roof sheathing with the boom truck.

  • Tyler and James unload sheathing from the boom truck through a second story window in the office area.

  • The second story was designed with the use of bonus trusses and dormers to make the best use of the space.

  • This is the East (entry) side of the upstairs office area during rough framing.

  • The large eave shown here during rough framing will protect the exterior stair entry from weather.

  • Rough framing for interior storage spaces in upstairs office.

  • We used every inch of space that we could to create storage for the upstairs office area.

  • An early snow storm covers the building but we aren't worried. The walls are protected with Tyvek and the roof is dried-in with ice and water shield and Titanium underlayment.

  • Board and batton style siding is in the process of being installed on the exterior walls of the building.

  • Kaufmann's Overhead Door installed these 10' x 9' insulated garage doors on the alley side of the garage. They are Clopay 27 GA residential steel doors.

  • Newly installed shingles on the shop roof - we decided on the GAF Grand Sequoia Lifetime shingles in the Mesa Brown color.

  • Tyler installed the roofing on the garage - just in time for winter!

  • We installed drywall in the shop and office areas.

  • We installed wood flooring in the main traffic areas of the office. It's hickory with a natural finish.

  • These three light fixtures will be above the drafting table in the office area.

  • Concrete will be poured in these sono tubes to support posts for the upper deck and stairs.

  • This exterior staircase, shown here during construction, provides access to the upstairs office.

  • The stairway posts, decking and rails are constructed with redwood lumber.

  • Breezeway to connect the shop and the house is under construction. The timbers are reclaimed wood.