I would try very hard to avoid a step into the shop. I had to make
that decision when I built mine and have not regretted keeping it the
same level as the garage - machines, my mill etc can be rolled in and
out. I would also try very hard to make sure the ceiling is at least
8-1/2 feet high (more is better) so that you can work with 8'
without having to do strange things. Also, consider putting wall
4-1/2 feet up from the floor so you can lean sheets of "stuff" against
the walls and still get to the outlets.
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