Well, after much debate and discussion it appears as though I am finally on my way to having a real live workshop all my own!
My wife and I bought our current home with the idea of flipping it and buying something else with a large yard and shop. Take a couple years, add a little one to the mix and plans change. Our location is great, walking distance to schools and stores and work. We had considered selling and looking for something else, but we bought at a great time and the property prices have more than doubled since we bought. To find something which would make us both happy would mean tripling our mortgage and forfeiting anything fun in our lives like holidays, hunting trips and new tools. So here I remain. My city lot measure 70 feet by 130 feet. I will be constructing a modest 20 foot by 24 foot shop in the rear of the property.
Our home is a 1200 sf split level with full basement (2400 sf total) built in 1970. Currently I am working out of a bedroom in the basement. I have churned out a fair number of projects from this little space, but I am certainly overdue for an upgrade.
A major part of this project will be to upgrade the current electrical service to 200 amps from the current 100 amp service. The first step however will be to have two 40 foot tall gnarly, knotted old pine trees removed from the back yard where the shop will be located.