Budget and Prep
First: finances. I started an Excel spreadsheet of anticipated costs before starting this project. I'm keeping track of actual costs vs forecast, just because I'm curious. See separate pages to see what exactly is entailed for each tab of the spreadsheet.
As a starting point, the garage needed some upgrades. While it wasn't awful, it wasn't conducive to the amount of work I expected to be doing in there. See subsequent pages for details.