As with all dreams I’ve had a lot of incarnations of my dream shop, and lots of ideas to mull over in my head. What tools would I want to put in it? How would I use a Roubo type bench? How much space do I really need? With all this new space maybe I’ll take up blacksmithing as well! I’ll need a welder! Wow– I need more power! Windows! I want lots of natural light! But most barns don’t have a lot of windows. Hmmm. We don’t have a garage now, but we now we need a three car garage (in order to house the dream sports car and dream pickup truck)! Dust collection in the floor of course (thank you Vic). So many things to consider.
I’ve spent hours over the years staring at spots in the yard- sighting and plotting out ideal locations for a barn. I believe I’ve landed on the perfect spot:
So many things to dream about! It can keep you up at night! This one I can conceived one night in bed:
Before that I had a friend help me with some basic design ideas I had and figured that would get my juices flowing, without my sketch-up skills slowing me down. Here are some of the designs he helped me create:
These certainly gave me a model to play with and be able to consider space. Probably the thing I gained the most from this exercise was to realize I don’t want or need a full second floor. The third garage door makes the building a littler grander than I would like. And while I like a modern spin on traditional design, I would most likely go with a more traditional design.
What do you think? What version do you like? Leave a comment below.