So I have been planning this shop/garage build since my wife and I purchased our first house last summer. I have been out of woodworking since then and, as my wife would attest, I have been really cranky not being able to make sawdust. The long winter here in Ohio has really taken its toll on me but has given me time to research a lot for the upcoming build. I have a background in residential construction when I was in high school (10 yrs ago) and have kept in touch with my old boss (basically call him family) and he is going to help with as much as possible. Other contacts I have made since working in the area for the last two years have given me the opportunity to shop around for craftsmen for every aspect of the build and make may friends in which I can borrow stuff. I will be the GC for this build and have a rather small budget for my big expectations.
The shop will be shared with a 2 vehicle garage as I need a place to park my work truck as the attached garage is too small. The garage will be in the front half and the wood shop will be separated by a wall and in the back half of the building. The dimensions will be 30ft x 50ft all stick frame construction (to match the house and neighborhood we live in). Below are the sketch drawings of the front and side facing the house.
So now that winters grips on us has slowly faded and rain is hit or miss, it’s time to start phase 1, clearing the lot of the 8 evergreen trees where my shop will be. Taking down all the trees wasn’t 100% necessary, but 3 of them were diseased and dying and the other was growing into the house. The other 4 were large white pine trees standing where my shop will eventually stand. After this nice weekend, here is the progress I have made. Trees all gone and ready for the next phase, excavating stumps, digging sod and trenches for footers.