I discovered my first setback in the shop conversion today. It spurs from two things, my naivete and the government, but it boils down to one word, permits.
When I was planning this little excursion, I planned to do things in stages. One wall at a time, spend the money over time, and reap the benefits of finished walls, hang some cabinets, hang some lumber racks, free up space to keep moving forward.
But I started wondering about permits. I wondered if ‘finishing’ the garage necessitated a permit. Yep, sure does. One permit for insulating and cladding, and another permit for the electrical. The thing is these permits aren’t cheap. The one for the walls isn’t too bad, the electrical is up there. A c-note just to have a guy come in and tell me that my electric is OK, or not, and then bill me another inspection if I screw something up.
Okay, so I need permits…eat the cost get the permits, right?
Unfortunately that blows my plan completely away. I have to do everything at once. Rough in the electrical, get it inspected, not a big deal, I’d have it all done at once anyway.
The stickler comes in with the walls. For the inspections I have to have everything done for each stage, all the insulation and then all the cladding has to be done for two separate inspections. In short, to be legal, I have a lot more work to do all at once, and a lot more money to spend all at once. Money isn’t coming in any faster, and time isn’t increasing…setback.
I’m considering some research into what sort of gotcha’s there are in not pulling the permits.
I’m considering continuing to freeze my butt off in the winter.
I’m wracking my brain on how to come up with all the money and all the time needed to give me a working shop as quickly as possible.
I know it’s just a setback, guys deal with this all the time, it’s just my turn. Starting to think I should’ve waited on the table saw and spent the money on the shop…but that saw is just too sweet to regret.
So, instead of moving forward on walls, I’m moving forward on storage, I’ll figure out the means to temporarily hang cabinets, then get things done as the money comes in.
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