Stacey’s Farmdominium: The Workshop Part 1

Stacey's Farmdominium by Stevan Buren Roofing, Windows, & Flooring

This is the second installment in the Farmdominium series!

Josh and I wanted to get out of the rent race as quickly as possible. We also each want our own workshop spaces apart from the main house. So we decided to go ahead a build one workshop, live in it while the main house is being built, and put the money formerly budgeted for rent toward building and loan costs. The first workshop is only 18×24 feet, an open box with a tiny bathroom, very simple, so we decided to go ahead and build that one completely ourselves–no concrete or framing crews needed.

I know what you’re thinking, but Josh and I frequently build sets for the Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players. We’ve built many fake houses on the stage– one with running water, even! Building a real one in a pasture is almost the same, right?


No, it is not.

Not surprisingly, we have never built a set outside… in full sun… in July and August. Also not surprisingly, working in an air-conditioned construction company office sitting at a computer most of the day has done little to prepare me for the vigors of manual labor in the Texas heat.

However, as challenging as it’s been, we’re determined to finish this ourselves, albeit a little behind schedule.





Stacey's Farmdominium on August 15thAUGUST 15

Thankfully Josh’s dad has helped us a LOT. Between the three of us, we have had a hand in just about every aspect of construction, so there’s not a lot of question of ‘how’ but more a question of ‘when’.  Working full time and packing up a house really cuts into build time.

This workshop build is truly making me appreciate the skill, craftsmanship, and efficient work habits our crews possess. It is really hard work. It’ll be worth it to say we built this little space ourselves, but we are certainly leaving the big house to the people who actually do this for a living!

I’ll do a Part 2 post for this workshop when it’s done, but in the mean time, here’s a look at the future interior: