My garage finally got permitted recently. We have been after this for almost a year. It was 2 months just in the permit area, another 2 or so with various studies. Soil study I get, need to know about compaction capability. The dumb one was an "Archaeological Study". What a farce! Had to pay over 2 grand just to have someone walk around the area looking for evidence of artifacts and then go through old data to see if anything was found when they put the roads in. The hoops people have to jump through! I'm glad we're not closer to the water otherwise the coastal commission, surf riders and other commie troika's would be wanting to line their pockets as well. Anyway... The new pad will be 1198 sq ft. It will marry up to the side of the house. Part of the existing deck was taken down, will be put back on after as part of the roof, for the low section, will be a deck extension which will give us more deck area. Yea! The tall section, where my lift will be, will have a pop up which will mimic the roof line of the house plus help out as a wind block. It does get breezy sometimes. Once we got the ok, the big pine tree out front went bye bye last week. My wife and I had already cleared out the landscape items away from the area, cut down bushes etc. This week, they got the pad ready for the foundation boys. Hopefully that happens next week. The "low" side of the garage will be around 10' on the inside and the tall one will be around 18?, Have to check again. Anyway, I'll have enough height to have my truck on the lift at full extension. We already picked up some LED lights at Costco. Nice units, programmable for output/time and motion sensitive. I'm really looking forward to getting it done as I have not touched my car for 2 years now as I had stopped working on it due to getting packed to move. Its been sitting in front of the existing garage, packed with excess house stuff, tools, compressor, safes etc. Most of that will go to the new pad and my honey will have that one all to herself. Most of my equipment/supplies/parts etc are in a 28' enclosed trailer that I bought just for that. The trailer will get emptied then sold. Anyone want a 28' enclosed Pace trailer w/winch and upgraded tires and wheels? When the garage gets done, I'll work only 3-4 days a week at Old Soul and work on my own ride plus see if I can make some dough from home.