I am one of those men who never grew up. As a result I have a large collection of toys. I have built many or had a great deal of input on their design and construction. Most of my toys require a significant amount of maintenance, repair and/or reconstruction. I have finally realized that I enjoy the designing, problem solving and building of my toys almost as much and sometimes more than playing with them. I also love the tools I use to build things. I have been financially successful enough to afford a good-sized playground. My playground is my warehouse/workshop located about 5 minutes from our home in Punta Gorda. My wife (Saint Kathleen) refers to it as “Dr. Strube’s Museum of Unfinished Projects”. It is 1500 square feet of workbenches, tools and supplies where I can go to make noise and dust. I use one table to keep broken small things that need fixing.
Following the completion of repairs needed after Hurricane Charlie, I added a “mezzanine” down both interior walls. This balcony is suspended from the roof girders at the inboard edge and a header attached to the interior walls at the outboard edge. The balcony floor is 1/2 inch plywood screwed into the headers and cross supports. These balconies not only strengthen the walls but also carry plastic shelving that provides storage for lighter stuff. I have a lot of “Good Stuff”. Temporary access is provided using ladders.