Why this picture means anything at all: My shop has been an ongoing project since I bought the house in 1999.
The shop is an independent structure, just 10'X20', but was the original home for the folks before building the house where I live. The building was even moved, manually, using logs as leverage from a spot 20' away to where it now sits, 35' from the house.
When I took posession of the property it was in very poor shape, half the floor caved in, raw and uninsulated save some cardboard applied in a vain attempt at protecting the inhabitants from harsh Colorado weather.
My vision for the space has changed over the years, but one aspect of it has never changed: it is solely mine. While the rest of the house down to my bedroom is shared, the shop has always been mine alone, a "man cave" if you will.
As a professional carpenter it has served as my tool storage and temporary workspace, with the help of a portable propane heater served as my brother's first residence in CO, with further efforts and some insulation it became my place of residence while going through a divorce, a refuge from sleeping with a woman who no longer loved me, yet still close to my children.
All sentiment aside, the main purpose has always been utility, an aspect hampered by the unfinished state. Once things stabilized for me, I took the project on to make it into what it should be: an independent entity. I'd had two conduits trenched in by a friend, one for power, the other for data...and still it sat for years powered only by a power cord stretched across the ground and WiFi for both phone and internet connections.
Progress was slow, just as materials or funds became available. Temporary lighting sufficed for a long time, the floor was shored up, windows were replaced with thermal panes and enlarged, workbenches built of recovered materials eventually got painted, full insulation and panels were installed, switch and outlet boxes installed, wiring was drilled and pulled, drywall was applied, pegboard was purchased and installed, trim nailed up, underlayment and vinyl flooring went down...all that I was awaiting was a permanent installation of power.
Recently I met an electrician/musician/communications specialist on a jobsite, formed a friendship and made an agreement to have him help me finish up the wiring job. Just yesterday, at noon, permanent power was applied, a few minor issues worked out...and then there was light! Rolling up the now unnecessary temporary power cord was one of the happiest moments in my life. Sure, it's still rough and needs more finishing and polish, but now I have heat, light, data, phone and audio either complete or with just minor work needed, and I can move on with my home-based bicycle repair business in the Spring.
Here's a few pics to show just how far this structure has come, both personally and physically.