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Thursday, 25 February 2016


A very happy birthday to you, Mike, and many peaceful fruitful returns!

I don't know about the barn plan. I mean I really don't know. You somewhere mentioned that what you do is write. For you to keep your life centered on what *you* do, the barn plan would have to contribute to and support that central plan. I say this as one very easily distracted who has only recently been able to combine the distraction, photography, with the main action, writing. So I'd say that if the barn plan works for the writing as well as beside it, then it's a good idea. If not, go for Plan B. Whatever that is.

Assuming you want to go forward with this: Do you want a pool room with nice art on the walls (serving primarily as background decorations), or do you want to prioritize the art? If it's the latter, I'd say skip the table and put in a couple of comfortable chairs/sofas instead, and make it a place where you or your visitors can spend a couple of hours enjoying the artwork whenever the mood strikes. Then it could even become a new reading room for when it is too cold/wet to sit in the red chair outside, and you still want to "get out of the house."

As an aside, if you do build it, an alternative to a faux garage door might be to put in the plumbing for a bathroom (even if you don't actually install a bathroom) and a couple of windows, and the addition could be marketed as a guest house if/when you want to sell.

But at the end of the day, it is your money, your lot and your life. Do what makes you happy and what you can afford.

Just wanted to say a heartfelt happy birthday, Mike.

As for your project: forget about reasons, and if you are enthused, go for it. Life is to short to look for reason every time you get truy enthused by something.

Enjoy every minute of it, and if you need to jump elsewhere for more exciting projects at some point, do it with no regret.

I admit I did not read all the comments so I may be repeating some points. First, Happy Birthday! Next, while I am spending your money be sure to insulate the concrete floor and have radiant heating embedded in it. In NY you likely won't need AC but a dehumidifier should be installed too. The interior needs to be treated the same as a house or commercial building to protect the art from humidity and insect damage. It's a great idea to allow for converting it back to a garage but insulate and illuminate the space as well as possible. Oh, and be sure to sneak the pool table in at some point. After a couple of years no one will notice that it got in there and you will enjoy the space greatly.

According to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough."

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