The next step in our shack construction project was to install insulation and the associated vapor barrier. We also marked out the operating desk footprint with tape on the floor to get a better “feel” for the final configuration and ergonomics of the room. We then brought chairs into the room to ensure that we would have adequate room for both of us to “move around” within the shack. With these steps done, the drywall was installed and the taping and mud steps completed.
With these steps done, we installed a suspended ceiling in the room with provisions for recessed lighting. We took steps to limit the “drop” of the ceiling to only 4 1/2″ to ensure that we had plenty of ceiling to floor clearance in the final room.
Next, our electrician installed the lights in the ceiling which created better lighting in the room for the remaining finish work. The next part of the project was to install a hardwood floor in the room. We have used a Flooring System from Kährs in other parts of our basement and had excellent results with it so we decided to use the same system in our shack. The flooring “floats” on a pad that acts as a vapor barrier between to concrete floor and the hardwood. The resulting flooring is very durable and looks great. We also installed our Geochron lighted map at this point and finished all of our electrical boxes.
At this stage of the project, we turned the finish carpentry over to Jim and Bob Bourassa. They did an outstanding job with the moldings and other finish work.
They created some very nice custom details for our shack such as the finish molding around our cable conduits where they exit the walls by our operating positions.
Bob Bourassa built a support structure for the top of our operating desk and installed the associated cabinetry and end panels.
Next, Bob fabricated a custom top made from Corian Material and installed it. Note the openings in the back and corners for routing cables under the desk.
Bob also installed the storage cabinets and drawers and Brian, our electrician installed under cabinet lights to finish this area. We also installed the smoke and alarm system detectors in the room and integrated them into our alarm system.
The HVAC folks also completed the installation of the in-room A/C unit and heat pump.
And finally, the door and associated moldings were installed.
We also put some work into finishing the area outside our shack. This shows the stairwell which leads from our shack to the rest of the house. Note how well the wall that we added to create the room has blended with the original first-floor wall by the stairwell. Again, Bob did a very nice job with the railing and tread molding in this area.
With all of these steps complete, our local building inspector paid us a final visit and gave us our occupancy permit which completed the construction phase of our shack. The final stage was to fit the room with all of the infrastructure and equipment to make our shack operational. This will be the subject of the next and final post in this series.
Are you interested in learning more about our shack design and construction? Here are some links with more information:
- A Tour of Our Shack
- Shack Construction – Part 1/4 (Planning And Framing)
- Shack Construction – Part 2/4 (Electrical, HVAC, And Grounding)
- Shack Construction – Part 4/4 (Final Setup Of Equipment)
- Complete presentation on the Design and Construction of our station including Towers and Antennas
– Fred, AB1OC