Concrete folks are coming Thursday (9/6) to layout forms and get ready for the first pour.
This pour is going to be the garage bay and the shop area. Driveways and steps will come later. This means I can wait to specify the location of the exterior door until framing starts. This gives me more time to refine my plans for organizing the shop floor—forming, shaping, assembly and glue-up, tool storage, wood storage, etc.
Note: shop floor elevation to be higher than outside patio and garage floor (the shop floor will be the same elevation as house interior). This will prevent outside water run-off from entering shop. However, this may cover exteror access to fireplace ash-pit (the back of the fireplace/chimney is in the shop). If this isn’t a code problem, I’m not sure it matters.
Talked with the General Contractor: We’re going to bury the ash pit access. It isn’t a code violation. And, if we ever need to convert this space into some other application (mother-in-law, etc.), we don’t need to have some sort of “wild Willy” access to the ash dump. So, we’re just going to block it off.
I’ll expand/add to this as concrete work progresses.