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I waited two loooong years to begin this project.  When I was ready to start the first time, I found that it was directly over my drain field.  Of course, I could have redesigned my septic sytem, right?  Well, the City informed me that sewers were coming in two years.  To hook up to the sewer was going to cost $3,500.  To move my septic, at a cost of $14,000 and abandon it two years later did not make since.  So, I waited...and waited.  You wanna talk about a long two years!  Now, I have been in it for 6 months and dont know how I ever got by without it. 

Step 1: Demo of Existing Structure

I have to say I enjoyed this the most.  Swinging a big sledge into your house is a very good stress reliever.  I found that the more intact you can leave a wall when you bring it down, the easier it is to haul away. 

Step 2: Digout and Footing

I really didn't have a big part in this step.  I did however stand around with a shovel just like an old pro.

Step 3: Framing

This is where you really start to see it come together.  It seemed like it took forever before any real progress that you could see. 

Step 4: Sheeting and Trusses

Step 5: Siding and Shingles

I went with a different siding that the rest of my house.  I thought I was taking a gamble on this.  But, no one has seemed to notice.  I wanted the nicest siding I could afford because this is the side of my house that faces the street.  It was the right choice.

Step 6:

This was far more expensive than I had figured on.  Wire is not cheap!  I wired it so every other recepticle is on a seperate circuit.  I also ran 240 on opposite walls.  Wiring is something that if you do it right before drywall, you'll feel pretty smart.  I ran wire in the ceiling for surround sound...I know, it's a garage.  But, I also ran video and power for my Lumenlab Pro projector I made, that will hang from the ceiling.  So, Xbox 360 on a 12 foot screen deserves full surround sound, right? 
In the end, I got it all the way I wanted.  Plan, plan, plan.  Once drywall is on, it is a lot harder to add anything.  I also ran high speed network and phone, along with an old school coax feed...ya never know.

Step 7: Drywall and Paint

This was tougher than I thought it would be.  Hanging 12 foot sheets by yourself is no fun.  It would have been impossible without a drywall jack.  Even with the jack, putting them up on the ceiling was scary!  My advice, buy beer, and call a friend.  And, buy more screws than you think you could possibly need.  Three trips to Lowes is fine if its five miles.  For me, it's a 40 minute trip.  I recommend not using any nails.  Screw everything and you have piece of mind that you cant ever get nail pops later.

Step 8: Moving In

I got overwhelmed trying to decide where to put it all.  Finally I just put it SOMEWHERE!  You are going to go back and move everything several times your first few months.

Step 9: Build Shelves and Add Cabinets

I got the cabinets from a school remodel.  They were stacked in my house for almost two years.  My wife was kinda glad to get them out.  I built the bench simple but effective.  Recessing the chop saw was well worth it. 

Step 10: Everything Finds It's Home

I am in a constant state of re-arranging and adding this or that.  It is the funnest work you'll ever do.  I recently bid and won an old map cabinet and turned it into my work bench with a table saw on the end.  I love it.  This has been a real joy to see come to life.  I spend all my free time building, creating, repairing, inventing, and sometimes just turning up the tunes and hangin out.
Nice shop, how is the inside coming along?
Love it! What was the final cost if it's not a big secret? :) Would be great to know how is it goin at winter time.
Great shop, very well done. I am finishing up my own , smaller workshop built from the ground up also. I plan on making an instructable as soon as the shop is ready. I really like the way you combined your workbench as a table saw outfeed. I would have done the same if I had the space. Thanks for sharing...I get many of my ideas from stalking instructable workshops. :)
Wow, this is the edge of DIY :). Hard to believe that one man can do a 5 person job. Totally inspriational.
. Beautiful job and a great shop. Is that a Ford small block?
Yep, it's a 71 351 Cleveland with the quenched chamber 4V heads. It goes in the Mustang next year.
. IIRC, that's a 4-bolt main. Beefy. :)<br> . I sold my 1967 Mustang coupe about 3 months ago to make room in the garage for the 370Z. I have the Assembly Manuals and Service Manual for 1967 Mustangs. Old Ford parts catalog on CD. Misc parts - Mustang badges, non-posi 9&quot; rear end, a few specialized tools for rebuilding toploaders. Cheap/trade to good home. PM me if interested.
Cool shop! I s'pecially like the recessed miter saw.
That's great. Never plan on having a car in the garage.

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