OK, so, by now I assume you’ve read my previous blog entry. If not, just click here and go read it. This blog will make more sense. I’ll wait…I promise!
You’re back? Great! Now you see what Plan A resulted in (well, you don’t actually see it, because frankly I want to forget about it, but you know what I mean). Of course, it was probably a bit of a freak accident to some extent, the wind usually isn’t that bad around here. However, it can happen (obviously) and will probably happen again at some point. If I’m honest with myself, I had to know that eventually that thing was going to be toast. I was just hoping it wouldn’t be this soon. Anyways, it happened and I feel the need to push forward and persevere through this. I’m just stubborn like that ;)
So, I figured I need to plan accordingly. I have to potential plans, and a third plan which is a combination of the two. Let me outline them for you and I ask your opinions.
Option 1—Build an awning in place of the gazebo
Basically, this would be mounted to the brick wall, have a permanent roof, and be anchored into the concrete porch. There are pros and cons here, and here are some of the ones I identified.
2. Easier to build
3. Same footprint I’ve been planning on
4. No need for permits (I believe. I plan on checking to be sure)
1. Still small
2. Can still allow moisture on concrete porch under awning, preventing work due to climate
3. Security…more importantly, the lack there of.
Option 2—Build an actual shop
Honestly, isn’t this self explanatory? ;)
3. Much more room!
2. Well…cost is a pretty big one, isn’t it?
3. Building permits and inspections (I assume)
Option 3—Build Both!
Basically, build the awning for the time being, then build the shop down the road. Something for now, then something for later.
1. Best of both worlds. The awning can still be used for the family after the shop is built.
1. Even more expensive than building the shop by itself.
Now, there’s an additional con to each of these. I hate construction projects. But, I can’t afford to hire someone else to build this stuff for me, not in this credit crunch. I’m still trying to recover from my stupid youth, so credit isn’t really an option. The advantage to all of these options is I can buy materials as I need them and put it together that way, hence why cost is such an issue.
Still…I figure I have to seize the moment and make lemons out of lemonade, and any help I can get would be greatly appreciated.
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!