This is partly to un-hijack the where's Rennie Thread, and partly just to share some thoughts on my next shop.
My father is getting into woodworking, my Uncle is giving us his Shopsmith system, and Dad gets it first. I'll inherit it once he gets done with it. His stated goal is to build 'just a few things' and then it is mine.
Truly, I expect that will be the case however. He's never had a huge interest in woodworking, but he could surprise me. I HOpe he does!
He's initially going to use it in the former furnace room in his basement. He wants to build a new garage/shop however and has charged me with coming up with the design... (his thought is I'll be using it longer than he will).
OK, to that end, here's my wishlist
Garage space for 2 vehicles plus extra room for large yard stuff (mid sized john deere plus implements of destruction). Call that 30x40 (yard stuff currently stored in a small shed, could stay there if space gets tight).
Add to that the workshop. This is going to be "The Workshop" so here goes... 40 x 40. I'll work up a sketchup plan in a bit, but I was thinking garage at street level, with a mezzanine/office design space right behind it, and then stairs down to the main shop. This would allow the street face to stay 'manageable' but allow me to have some elbow room. I would have a ground floor entrance as well for the big stuff to enter/leave the shop. The DC/compressor etc could be up in a dedicated room next to the office.
There are some trees to deal with as far as solar heating etc... but there are ways around that. I've got to get to work right now, but I thought this would give you all something to jump off from. And no, I'm not building this one, it would be done by a framing crew before I move down there.