The Car Lot
The Hobby Complex is complex.
Or it is a complex.
Whichever, I'm calling it the Car Lot.
The Car Lot is made up of the grounds surrounding the buildings that I perform the work on my Car Projects in and is just as important as the buildings, themselves.
There are so many reasons why the grounds are critical. They provide access to the buildings, utility services for power and plumbing needs, and a fence to help keep eyes out and noise in so it's less intrusive and disruptive for the neighbors.
The Car Lot is comprised of four basic tiers based on the needs above: building arrangement, utilities, walk and driveways, and fence and gates.
The Hobby Complex will be going together in phases and those phases will be happening concurrently with the other Garage Projects — which makes careful planning critical.
Once complete, it will provide a clean, organized, efficient, productive environment in which to tinker with my cars to my heart's content.
This is the most flexible and fluid of all the Garage Projects and will probably change pretty dramatically before it's done.
Since I don't have the property to base my Hobby Complex design on, I've created a plan for the smallest property I can fit it on, ideally laid out on just shy of three-quarters of an acre.
In the real world, in order to fit the Hobby Complex on three-quarters of an acre, everything on it would have to be laid out perfectly, including the topography, position of the house, its size, and the shape of both the house and the property. That makes the current design fairly impractical, but still an excellent exercise to understand the needs and limitations of the Car Lot.
A single garage won't contain my hobby, I need a complex of buildings and Project: Plotting and Scheming is where it all starts.
Maintenance & Repairs
It seems that, just to prove my point about the Hobby Complex plan being fluid, it already needs to be revised.
My Hobby Complex is complete.
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.
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.
In engineering, iteration is a slow but effective process for improvement.