The space I frequently refer to as my “shop” is a two-car attached garage. When I moved into that space all 340 square feet felt gigantic. Occasionally, we would park the car in it. Then it came to the point where the car had to stay outside. Now it’s near the point where I might have to stay outside too. I’ve too much stuff. The way I see it, I have two options; sell some tools or build a bigger shop.
It would be pretty trendy to get rid of some tools. I admire the tiny house movement and those who participate in it. Really, who wouldn’t want to live in 200 sq. ft. home with four kids, a dog, and three cats? Getting rid of stuff seems like the logical thing to do, but very un-American.
I’m going with the second option.
Last week I contacted six different builders of metal buildings. The responses have been all over the map. One builder has already sent back a quote with a picture of something that isn’t even close to what I had in mind. Two others have responded with a checklist of things I should do before I contact them again. Still, another two have not responded at all. And the last one has asked for more information in order to give a better estimate. Things are looking good for this last builder.
Depending on how the estimates come in, I’m hoping to build a 1,200 sq. ft. space. It seems like that should be plenty of space for what I want to do, but I already know that I will probably outgrow it too. To plan for that day, I searched to see what kind of financial loss I’ll be taking when I decide to move to a new house to build a larger shop. According to Bing, I’ll lose about 40% of the purchase price; more if I take a loan. Compared to what I would lose if I rented shop space that isn’t bad.
Been there, done that? If you have any suggestions, comments, or things I should be aware of, I’m all ears.