Freestanding Dream Shop
Beautifully tailored for working wood, it can easily convert to a two-car garage down the road
Synopsis: Elia Bizzarri’s freestanding shop has everything he wants, plus can be converted to a garage if future owners don’t need it for woodworking. The front wall is framed as if it would get two garage doors. Double doors fill one opening, but in the other he installed a triple-sash window. The window and the framing around it as well as the section of the foundation below it could all be removed without much fuss to create an opening for a second garage door.
My first shop was under the hickory tree in my parents’ yard. My bench was a picnic table. I made a woodpecker door-knocker and a rabbit trap, but I caught no rabbits. My parents bought me my second shop when I was 16. A 10-ft. by 20-ft. prefab structure, it was mostly plywood and 2x4s, with a small window at one end and double…