I have been seriously considering a re-model of my workshop. I am getting pretty tired of growing in small spaces. I would love to have the full 7' of height to work with. When I first started growing, I was going through a divorce and wanted to keep the grow stealthy. As I have upgraded, the stealth has gone way down. Right now, it's very clear something is going on in that room with all the fans and AC running.
First thing I need to do is to upgrade the power. Currently it's a 15-amp circuit that is shared with the rest of the basement. I am currently running about 600-watts of light (total), three 4" fans and filters, and a 5000-BTU air conditioner. My plan was to up that to about 1000-watts of light (total) and a 12000-BTU air conditioner. I can either run a dedicated 20-amp circuit or, possibly, two 15-amp circuits so I can balance the load.
Next, I want to upgrade the air conditioner to a 12000-BTU window unit. Right now, the window is covered with some 3" insulated foam. I want to put some drapes between the window and the foam, cover the gap with glass, then back it with plywood to make it more secure. After that, I will likely build some shelving in front of the window for storage.
After that, I need to fix the existing walls and door. The walls are not insulated and are covered in paneling instead of sheetrock. While I'm at it, I might as well insulate and put up sheetrock on those walls. The door frame in this room is about 3" too tall, so I will also fix that while I have everything ripped out. Finally I will put a solid core door, and possibly a metal door frame for security.
Finally, I will be able to build a flower room, a veg/mom room, and a drying room. The room is 10'x10'. My plan was to build two 4'x4' rooms and a 2'x4' drying room.
For the flower room, I plan to build a second 250-watt Cree CXB3590 light, or possibly upgrading to 500-watts of SolStrips. The area will be exhausted with a 6" Hyper Fan Digital fan.
For the veg/mom room, I already have about 360-watts of T5 lighting I will most likely use. Perhaps I will upgrade those to LED too later. I would like to put a wire shelf with lighting in there for mothers and clones. It will be ventilated with another 6" Hyper Fan shared with the drying room.
Finally the odor control and air quality will be controlled with a CleanLeaf air filtration unit. I'll use a "lung room" to filter the air and control the environment with the fans on a thermostat for each room.
Obviously this project will take a while, and a lot of money. What do you all think? Better options or troubles I didnt think of? Anyone who has built a room, what would you do different?