This whole year has not been very productive for me. A little over a year ago we lost our plant to a fire and since I’ve always worked hard long hours for over 40 years it certainly knocked me for a loop. I was planning on working another five years or more. However, after much soul searching my brother, his wife, and I decided that since we were in our sixties and had all worked so hard for many years that we really didn’t think we had it in us to start over from scratch. We decided that it was best to just retire.
Since I wanted a shop at least 25 X 25 and there was no where for a shop that size where we lived we had to start looking for a house with a shop or at least enough land to build one on. After much hunting we finally found one and moved in about six months ago. It has taken me this long to decide exactly what I want to do and I have decided to build a 30 X 30 shop with 10 ft high walls.
There is an older small red barn on the property (pic above) that will make a great place to store some lumber, jigs, and hardware, among other things, and it is roughly 15 X 24. I have decided to place my shop near the back of this barn.
The picture above shows the barn by looking across my back yard. My shop will be a short walk from the back door of our basement. I have an office in the basement where my computer and all of my books are and there is also a bathroom connected to my office. So my shop will not be far from my office and bathroom. The shop will not have any water.
The site of the shop (above) will be a few feet behind the red barn and turned to an angle so that it can be more easily worked in with the existing gravel driveway. Since the driveway will need to have access to the back yard and basement this orientation of the shop will give me a good easy way to walk back and forth from the shop and basement.
As you can also see (above), the shop location will also be easily accessible from the driveway and garage on the main floor of the house.
I will be able to easily back my pickup to either the barn or the shop or continue on to the basement.
From the picture above you can see the garage and driveway. From the corner of the drive to the garage, the shop will be down from the right of the picture about 50 feet or so.
The picture above gives a better view of the section of the driveway that passes in front of the shop location and going back toward the basement. By removing the tree and two bushes near the center of the picture we will be able to turn the driveway more directly toward the basement.
The next segment will show the beginning of the construction of my shop. Thanks for reading.
-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau