Our shop is a 1931 timber frame barn, mostly chestnut, that we saved from destruction in 1987, extensively rebuilding and converting it into a shop and temporary residence. We insulated it-- working from the outside out, put on new exterior siding, new roof, put in wiring and plumbing, reframed a staggered two story interior division, and generally prepared the 56 year old building for its next 100 years, housing people at work instead of cows and chickens. It's 30' x 40', and we added a shed on one side for lumber storage, in back for cordwood, and a greenhouse on the south for vegetable starts and to help with winter heating. Marilyn uses the upstairs we lived in for several years as her weaving and dying studio. The commute to the house we built in 1991-2 is about 100 feet, with consistently light traffic.
We borrowed no money for the entire project, financing out of pocket as we built, in a sense dropping out of the American economy, seizing control of our work lives.