A Studio in your home / garage:
I actually just had a good long talk with a fellow local metals
guild member on this very topic. She was having a garage built,
with the thought of creating a space specifically for her studio
(she produces jewelry and large sculptural works).
I think the most important thing to do is to make a list of the
physical shop necessities you are accustomed to using right now.
Take the time to think about what tools you are using (and not
using), and the processes you go through to complete your work.
Your list of “requirements” should then translate into a more
detailed plan (you are going to become your own studio
architect!) that will tell you what you need to plan for,
- electricity requirements (how many plug points, voltage/amps req'd, a dedicated
connection to your main power supply, etc)
- water - sink(s), bathroom, shower?
- lighting - electrical and natural
- ventilation - windows, door
- space - for tools, workbench(es), wall construction?
- floors - linoleum, painted, etc.
The best advice I got in setting up my basement studio was to do
all of the things that would get in your way first (electrical
wiring, wall “construction”, painting) BEFORE moving in and
setting up. Hope this helps!