If you are familiar with pole-barn style construction, you know that they are relatively inexpensive, and go up fast. Usually a matter of days.
However, from the inside, they aren’t very attractive. They are also extremely hot in the summer, thanks to the steel siding. And, of course, cold in the winter.
The drywall extended up and behind the beam supporting the roof trusses. I simply cut a strip of drywall slightly wider than the width of the space between the wall and the rear of the beam. I let one side rest on top of the drywall and the other rest against the back of the beam. Since the piece was slightly wider than the space, it wedged itself at a slight angle. This has proven to be surprisingly airtight. I often experience strong winds in the winter, yet the shop is draft-free and easy to heat. The space behind the beam is a perfect fit for single tube florescent lights, so I added some over my milling machine.
The trusses are not centered over the inside of the garage, for there is a 2 foot overhang over the garage doors. So, I could not follow the roof line. Also, I wanted by ceiling to have a flat top, to leave a space for a whole-house fan. It took about 40 2×4’s to frame the ceiling and 18 more panels. Still under budget. (Survival and prepping books HERE!!!)
However, the panels went up slow. As the insulating panel would double as the finished ceiling, they had to be trimmed precisely. No patching things up with spackling compound here! All of the notches around the trusses had to look good for this to work. And, work it did. After a few gallons of paint, lighting, and a workbench made from old office desks, this is the result. All for a lot less than a million bucks!
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