When Belle and I bought this place, back in 2004, one of the appealing pints was a big open area next to the house. We've used that open space for everything. It's a great place for kids to play, it's a great space to run and tumble. As the grandkids got older, the open space changed several times, but there have been a lot of frisbees and footballs thrown on that open, empty lot.
But, in the back of my mind, I wanted a shop. A large, enclosed area to enooy. Sometimes I considered it a pip-dream. Recently, though, I was able to realize a windfall, and started talking to contractors. It appears that my shop will become a reality. I'm applying for permits and doing it right, but this project is moving forward.
My son and I broke ground on Friday. Just scraping the grass off, and starting to try to see the contour of the land. I bought a transit, and we'll be getting accurate elevations soon and as soon as we can complete the pad, I have a trusted concrete firm to come in an lay the slab.
It's going to be a metal building, 40' X 50' (2000 sq ft), all metal construction, with 10 ft eaves. It will have a 3-on-12 gable roof, with one 12' roll-up and one man door. I have money in the budget for spray-on closed cell foam insulation and two huge wall-mounted air conditioning units.
We're excited about this, and can't wait to see it move along.