The Warehouse, as I've nicknamed my Storage Garage, will need to be at least 40'x40' to fit all my cars, parts, and equipment in — and it's going to be a tight but functional fit.
This is the most important building in my plans because storing my junk at home is going to be a necessity to afford the home — which I don't have yet.
After taking some careful measurements of the various things that need to be stored, I realized that 1600 square feet is going to be cutting it close, but at least it will contain everything.
The negative side of the most reasonable 40'x40' garage I can build is that it doesn't leave much room for my hobby to grow. I'll be stuck with what I build and that sucks. However, I also need to be realistic about the resources I can pull together to build anything for storing my stuff, and since adding square footage means adding dollars I don't have, I'll have to plan to make do.
That plan, as I currently see it working, means taking a minimalist approach that only includes what is absolutely necessary. It just needs to be a secure building that I can properly organize my hobby in and keep everything from deteriorating due to the elements.
To that end, the most cost-effective option I've found is a standard pre-fab kit from VersaTube, the 40'x40'x12' Summit Garage. Although I haven't constructed one yet, I've done significant research into them and they are the easiest and least expensive kit I've found. In fact, they're kinda like an erector set for adults — so I'm looking forward to getting my hands dirty putting this thing up.
Although this is currently my plan for the Warehouse, my life is fluid, which means this plan needs to remain flexible so that it can adapt to any changes that may come up. Keep your eyes peeled, anything and everything about this project could change at any time.
That's what this building is like, and like raising the big top in a circus, the rest of my hobby depends on it.
Maintenance & Repairs
It seems that, just to prove my point about the Hobby Complex plan being fluid, it already needs to be revised.
Normally, being boxed in is an issue, but within my Hobby Complex, the Boxes are a row of sheds that allow me to free up work space — and freedom is good.
And going home.
Trying to back a car hauler into a carport — not an RV cover — is kinda like trying to stuff a ballpark-sized hot dog in a picnic bun.
Realizations can be rough.
Another week, another project.
The resources I have to devote to my hobby are limited.