Unlike most people, who seem to be going the opposite direction, I’ve recently moved from Texas to upstate New York. In woodworking terms, the contrast is stark – I’m going from a two-car garage shop with lots of hot weather to a 24×38 basement shop with access via a concrete staircase that opens in the garage.
Challenge 1: Access the staircase in the garage was I think an old Bilco door that sometime in the past was built over with the garage addition. It rises right up into one of the supposed parking spaces, making the 2-car garage just big enough for 1 car and a lawnmower. Worse, the staircase was enclosed, with a wall at the top of the stairs. So step 1 in moving in was to tear down that wall and replace it with another door, so I could get my tools into the basement without turning a corner. The only trick one was the table saw – pretty much every other tool in my shop could be disassembled and reassembled in place.
This is going to be a pretty constant nag. It’s hard to get lumber downstairs. And after building something, I have to keep in mind that it has to go back up the stairs. I miss my garage door!