Today the contractor came and marked out the boundaries of the new studio. I can almost see it. There are stakes out in the grass marking the corners of the building. The tennis ball stuck on top is to prevent any grandchildren from impaling themselves.
On the picture below I've drawn in the line from the side of the house that will be the covered walkway. It comes out about 6 feet then takes a little jog. The garage/studio will be on a slight angle to the house.
On this picture I've drawn the side of the building. There is a door into the garage and a door into the stairwell that leads up to the studio. Unfortunately, the dogwood tree and all the pachysandra will be going. We can use the pachysandra in other spots and my neighbors will also take some. The tree is too big to be moved easily and I'm not sure it would be worth the effort (and cost).
Standing out in the yard, you can see the markers delineating the right front and right rear of the building.
I'm also going to lose, or relocate an entire garden of hosta and ferns. I'll move them to a holding area and hope that they survive the winter and that the deer don't eat them. The contractor said that it's possible they will start earlier than the September date he gave me. It will be difficult to watch them dig up the yard and destroy all the plants, but in the end I know it will be worth it.