Well, I just found out today that I have to be out of my current shop by the end of the month. Basically, I was using a building that a contractor that most of my work has been for lately owned. Things with him have been dicey for the last few weeks, and I never really know anymore what is true and what is not. Yesterday, he told me he would have a drawing to me today for cabinets for a custom home he is building. Today, when he finally called me, he told me that it wasn’t in the budget (I hadn’t even given him a cost yet) and that he was letting his dad use the building for his farm market. (The shop was located right next to his dads greenhouses.)
So now I have to decide what to do. My dad has said that I can use his pole barn, which would give me a good amount of area to work in. That is, if we can come to an agreement on which space I can use. When he first brought up the option of using his barn, he was very gungho about it. Now, when I talked to him today, he doesn’t sound that excited.
My other option is my garage, which is 24×20, and full of stuff at this point. It would be very cramped, but it would definitely save on gas. The other issue is my driveway, which is long, winding, and up hill, so getting lumber delivered might be difficult.
I would have wiring to do in either location, and would definitely need to get better lighting in my garage. The ceiling is low in my garage, while in my dad’s barn there is plenty of clearance for flipping plywood or long boards end for end.
Basically, my dad’s barn would be the easiest place to work in. But, as much as I love my father, he can be quite frustrating at times. :) I’m sure he would say the same about me. Also, my parents have been talking about selling their house, and if that happened, I would just have to move shop, again.
My garage would be nice because its close, and wouldn’t cause major family issues, well, other than me being home more, which I’m sure my wife would get sick of in a hurry. :) But it would not be an enjoyable workspace, to say the least.
It sure would help to just have work pouring in where I could find a decent place to rent. . .