First, let me apologize for some of the pictures being sideways. No matter what I did on my end, they refused to upload in the right perspective. But when I clicked on them, they're correct. *smh*
So for the last six weeks things around here have been a bit tense. Ken flippin out over getting the shop packed up so we can get the new "Pole Building" going, getting the permits, the concrete contractor, someone to build the frame so we can do the rest, and the list goes on n' on.
Well, the guy to do the concrete was six grand; the guy to do the framework was $3500, and the materials (right down to the last nail) was around $5800 I think. So talking to the guy to do the framework, I ask for an email for something in writing... needless to say, it never came, and I haven't heard from him. On to Plan B (which, at the time, there was no "Plan B".)
I knew we needed to find a small shed to first, hold everything that was in my shop before we could tear it down. I found one at Menards; a vinyl shed 10x8. It was supposed to have a skylight.... when we got it home, there was no skylight. Oh yay. To make a long story short, the mgr at Menards was a failure at resolving it (surprise surprise) and somehow I knew this would happen, so I had also contacted the company. At the end of MY conversation, I had a panel being sent to me (at no chg) with a window in it from the deluxe model. It slowed the building process by almost a week (our shed sat there with a tarp over it protecting the new floor we had built.)
Sunday, the 14th, Ken and I had spent the day with his dad at Ken's sisters. Dad wasn't doing so well, so we were out there all day. Anyway, on our way home, we stopped at Mid Valley Structures. Ken's thought was "Let's just see what they have. You never know." So, we pulled in, and I found it; It wasn't a garage, it wasn't a pole structure, but it was SHARP! We walked in, and the ROOM in this thing! It had room for a loft; no garage door, double "barn-style" instead, but... I was already seeing my shop in this building, and I was happy!
Unfortunately, we got a call at 3:25 the next morning, and dad had passed. So the next week was spent preparing to go to Upstate New York where dad had to be transported to for his final arrangements he had made when Ken's mom passed back in 2016. We left Thurs. morning, stayed at our Aunt's in Rome, and had the viewing Sat. the 20th, with a small service. (Easter) Sunday was spent on the road, coming back home. While in New York, we had to decide when we would come back for the burial, as dad wanted to be cremated and placed in the urn mom was in. Dad was a vet, so he will get the military honor, so we have to go back again in Aug. It was hard saying goodbye to the only dad I've had for over 20 years; my dad passed back in 1997, had Alzheimer's, and didn't know me for the last five years of his life. It was even harder for Ken having to say goodbye to his last living parent. It's been a bit rough. But we know his dad is with mom, and they're happy again.
I took five days for bereavement from my job. Three was given, and the other two I took personal and vacation time. Wed. morning, I called for a dumpster to be delivered, and made the trip back to Mid Valley. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the model was only 14 x 20, and what I want is 16 x 24. Needless to say, I'll have one heckuva shop. No, it won't have a concrete floor, so no garage work, but it will be 2 x 8 deep tongue-in-groove flooring. The model has a metal roof, but that's too expensive for my blood, so I went with the (black onyx) shingled roof. Also getting it sided in the color I picked out from Lowe's (got a discount for providing my own siding) and it's the same siding I want for the house, so it will match. I was told they're four weeks out from the time it's considered site-ready, so I told her to put us down as site-ready, giving me now just over three (3) weeks to get the ground leveled. (hint hint: any Michigander guys with access to a skid loader, I'd love to talk to you. Ken is trying to do this manually, and I'm worried about him doing this alone. No one is available to help.)
Wed. night we started tear-down. I had asked for assistance from local friends on facebook,.... got one reply; sent me a text on my cell telling me she just read my post, didn't have any tools but could help throw the debris in the dumpster. The pictures of the tear-down will tell that part of our adventure.
Today, FSM showed up and fixed my floor situation. I can now walk through my house, without my plants shaking in fear
glad I went through them, since a permit had to be pulled, and had to be passed by the township building inspector. Having these guys do it, they had the pictures of everything done, making it easy to be passed.