The other day I went on at some length (too much?) in this post about my office space problem, and the interesting way in which it thoroughly resists every potential solution. My enthusiasm at the time was for adding a second story to the garage, even if it would be expensive.
Well. I had a builder here yesterday (I'm getting two old windows replaced), and since he was here anyway I spoke to him about it. He said there's no way the city would issue a building permit for a two-story garage next to a one-story house. Not a question...no way. His rough estimate for the project as I outlined it to him was fifty to a hundred thousand dollars anyway. The estimate I got for adding a second story to the house was eighty. These are numbers way out in the wispy realm of the theoretical for Yr. Hmbl. Ed., even for TOP World Headquarters.
But maybe that's for the best. Think of what happens to many other mighty enterprises when they build vast gleaming headquarters buildings. A few years pass, and Chrysler is no longer headquartered in the Chrysler Building, the Sears Tower is no longer the Sears Tower, and Hasselblad has to vamoose from its ultramodern HQ. And come to think of it, my mentor at the publishing company I used to work for got let go not long after she bought herself a proper set of office furniture. So maybe a larger office would be a signal of hubris that would bode ill for the fortunes of the Internet juggernaut that is TOP, which, let's face it, does not actually yet have a very robust history of stability and prosperity.
In other words, looks like I am going to have to muddle along with what I have. Well, it's been workin' so far.
CODA: I do thank everyone for all the suggestions, but, honestly, I really have considered and rejected every alternative. I have no room for an outdoor shed, cannot afford to waterproof the basement (I've gotten estimates), know myself well enough to know I just wouldn't visit an offsite office often enough, absolutely cannot reconfigure the room arrangement of the house, cannot use the garage, etc., etc. I'm stuck with my 11x11" space, and that's that. Lucky to have that much I guess.
Fortunately, new cabinets, tables, and shelving should help a lot, and I can write off the cost.
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JackS: "I have always found it cheaper to buy an existing house with the configuration you want rather than altering the house you are in—even after including the cost of moving. The cost of most home alterations is very difficult to recover when reselling, unless you do all the work and place very little value on your time. Of course, variables such as loving your location, not caring about resale values, and having piles and piles of picayunes can alter the home-alteration decision-making process. (YMMV)."
Marshall: "For what it's worth, that switch to new furniture and significant rearrangement can create enough change to be truly reinvigorating. I hope that is the experience you have with the project."