Before I share what’s on my mind this morning (carports and workshops, of course!) let me just stress that my goals for this year — the ones I clearly laid out in this post— remain my goals for this year. That means that by the end of this year, I plan to have a completely finished breakfast room, pantry, kitchen, living room, entryway, music room, and hallway.
And my goals for this month — the ones I clearly laid out in this post — remain my goals for the rest of this month. And to that end, I spent all day yesterday working on sanding, priming, and painting my dining chairs. And today, I’ll work on reupholstering my dining chairs. And then hopefully by tomorrow, I’ll be ready to start refinishing my dining table. And I promise that I’ll show you all of those things as I have progress to share.
Okay? 🙂 Alright.
BUT…in the meantime, Matt does want me to start interviewing contractors and getting quotes for all of the big projects coming up. And in order to do that, I kind of need to know exactly what it is that I want. So I’ve been spending some time each evening looking at carports, workshops, and thinking about how I want and need those things to be arranged in our back yard.
I’ve come up with a preliminary plan that looks something like this…
By the way, you can click on that picture to see it much larger.
That driveway is probably not to scale. That looks way too wide, but you get the point. The driveway will go beside the house and around to the back, and will lead to the carport which will be situated right behind the current garage. But I mentioned that I’d also like to provide additional parking back there for back door guests. So it makes sense to me to put my workshop at the end of that extended driveway, and then add a wide garage door just right there where I can unload large pieces of plywood and MDF.
You’ll also notice that I made a few changes to the back entrance that connects the house to the carport. Instead of having guests walk through my studio, a very helpful reader (thanks, Lynda!) suggested that I create a hallway from the back door to the breakfast room, and then have the doors to my studio off of that hallway. I love that idea! It does take a chunk out of the corner of my studio, but that studio is so huge that I have room to spare. As long as I have enough room for my big workroom table plus built-in storage (which I will), I’ll be perfectly happy.
Anyway, I already showed y’all in my last post what I had in mind for the carport. What’s funny is that I jokingly said that I don’t want some $200 carport kit from Home Depot. I had no idea that that was actually a thing, but it is! Heck, you can get them for as low as about $95. 😀
But no, that’s not quite what I had in mind. I do want something nice that looks like it was built specifically to match our house. This is the one I showed y’all last time…
And while this next carport isn’t quite what I want, I’ve saved this picture to show my contractor how I want the carport connected to the house with a covered walkway.
As far as my workshop goes, I’d love to see something like this…
You can imagine that the garage door side of the building would be lined up at the end of the driveway, and the French Door side would be facing in towards the back yard, with a walkway going from the workshop to the back doors of the house (i.e., where the sunroom door is right now).
Here’s a similar plan, with a garage door on one side, and double doors (barn doors, in this case) on the perpendicular wall…
Isn’t that cute?! And the description for that picture says that it’s a 14′ x 24′ building for around $8500. I can’t imagine it being that inexpensive for that building, but that’s what it says! Of course, that’s just for the building with a wood floor. A concrete slab would be extra, as would any plumbing, electrical, etc.
Here’s that same plan flipped so that the barn doors are on the other side, which is exactly how I would need mine.
If I lived in the northeast, I’d be putting in my order for one of these sheds tomorrow! I mean, it’s perfect, right?
So basically, my workshop sitting right at the end of the driveway in the back will look just like a detached garage. And in the event that we ever do sell this place (which I don’t foresee, but one can never be too sure about the future), the next owner could actually use it as a garage. We’ll basically have a two-car covered carport and a one-car enclosed garage. I don’t think anyone will be missing the original garage. I know I sure won’t!