As previously mentioned, PocketShip would be built in my garage - or as I prefer to call it, the workshop. Although to everybody else it's just ... the garage.
So, the garage was a pretty nasty place to do anything, let alone spend untold hours out there building a boat. It is a really big double garage. It had a full width, single skin, aluminium up-and-over front door, and an ill-fitting wooden rear personnel door. It had no insulation, poor lighting, a single power socket, and it was not weatherproof. Anything consigned to the garage went mouldy or rusty pretty quickly, unless it was edible in which case the mice consumed it.
The first task was to convert it into a proper workshop. I had proper weatherproof and insulated aluminium doors fitted front and back, with a personnel door in the front too. I had the tall pitched roof fully insulated, and the walls lined with insulated plaster board to preserve warmth but maximise the floor area. Good lighting and plenty of power sockets were installed. Everything was painted, including the floor, and we were good to go by the end of 2015.
Now it's a really nice place to spend time. I've got a fridge, a space heater, a kettle and a radio. What else could you wish for?