I’m starting an exciting new phase of my woodworking experience.
My wife and I retired in January 2012, sold our old home (in 5 days!) in March, bought a new one (2 days later) in a distant city, packed up the house and shop, and moved in the second week in April. Not wasting too much time here!
The new house originally had a deep 2 1/2 car garage. The previous owner added on a generous third bay that is 14 feet wide, and a little over 33 feet deep, with a rollup garage door at each end.
They wanted to open up the space between the original garage and the addition. Unfortunately, when they took out 21 feet of a load-bearing wall, causing the trusses to sag a little over an inch!
That had to be fixed as a condition of the sale, so the previous owner is covering the cost of building a new load-bearing wall to partition of the third bay from the rest of the garage.
Plans call for partitioning the back ten feet to serve as a storage room and garden shed (the tractor and snow-blower also need a home), with a workshop measuring 14’ by 23’ ... not as big as I would like, but one heck of an improvement over what I had before (see: http://lumberjocks.com/TheDane/workshop ).
We plan to install a 100-amp sub-panel, fully insulate new walls and the attic, and will likely install electric heat.
Because we are talking about fixing a major code violation (and I have some help footing the cost), I decided to hire a licensed contractor to do the bulk of the work. Besides, as the pictures attest, my tools are pretty much of no use right now … can’t find anything!
Work is supposed to start the week of April 30.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"