My husband put in hundreds of man hours taking down the suspended ceiling, cleaning up wires and pipes, priming with 2 coats the floor joists and cross bars and knotty pine panelling and then 2 coats of paint. We bought single bulb LED fixtures that were tucked in between the floor joists. The light they give is beyond what the old double bulb flourescents did. And for less electricity.
The big splurge was the luxury vinyl tile planking from Home Depot. I had been carrying a square sample with me for four years and never found anything I liked as well. It is rigid, wide, rubber backed, clicks together, guaranteed for life, waterproof and a gorgeous color. My husband's knees have yet to recover.
I decided to move the longarm to another wall and it gives more floor space. The whole space seems so much bigger now. I also am trying to eliminate some shelving I had. I am dying to dive in and use it. However, our whole family annual trek to the Adirondacks is upon us and I am packing like crazy.
I cannot believe I have such a big, gorgeous space to quilt. Wow.