Photography by William Gurstelle

Building the Barrage Garage

The first in a three-part series about building a workshop from the ground up.

By William Gurstelle

AS A CITY DWELLER, I’VE OFTEN LOOKED with envy at the spacious outbuildings of my rural friends and relatives. Horse barns, potting sheds, root cellars, equipment garages — plentiful, enclosed, and private space is the one thing that makes me envy those who live beyond the end of the bus line. I think often about what I could make if I had a room of my own: a purpose-built, well-equipped space in which to create.

Apparently I’m not alone in these thoughts. Homebuilders commonly offer ...

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