For some reason I thought your lot butted up against another at the rear, subdivision style. Now I can see that open area you are trying to score. Best of luck with that. Seriously, I would be doing all I could to grab on to that much adjoining land.
What you're seeing behind me is a 30' no build gas line easement, crossed diagonally with a 75' no build electric easement, AND a large detention pond for the professional park development (they all look like expensive brick houses - dentist offices and such). They're supposed to keep the pond maintained, but it has 10+ year old trees growing in it. The land I want to buy is on the other side of the house, 0.7 more acres, currently wooded. Technically, my only neighbor is the guy on the right side you can see in my pics.
ITS NOT BIG ENOUGH!
Ive pondered using blocks in that way in the future. Not sure if it would save a dime over the longer wood but you'd get extra height from whatever stud length, extra insurance from water and bugs/rodents as well.
I just got done replacing a couple or rows of "never rot" Dutch lap siding for my sister, all from nothing more than rain water splashing up over ~20 years.
50x100 wouldn't be big enough either. I was at my limit width wise and was at a point where adding a few more feet in each direction was begining to cost thousands more. It's hard to see, but there's some serious slopes and cut backs in 3 directions. Fill work was also more $$ than cut and I was worried about vibration equipment damaging all the work I've done to my house only 10' away.
I’m glad I splurged and installed 2 skylights in my 25x26 shop.
You might also look at insulated garage doors .
Just my 2 cent suggestions
Unfortunately, we get hail every 2-3 years. I've talked to a local door company about thicker doors and hail "prevention" and they recommend their thicker door with the hard cell insulation stuff. No skylights, ceiling will be closed off, there will be a 10x52 room for storage upstairs.
Looks good though an odd construction tecnique but your using the block to make up height is a good idea. Block is never used in residential here unless it was in the 1940s. I would have formed it and just done a concrete stub wall.
What are you planning for HVAC? I threw a 2 ton window unit in my shop when we moved in. I plan to expand the shop if we don't move quickly enough and I will probably go with a package unit. Air filtration is much better and it's all outside.
I see lots of windows. That will massivly limit the usable wall space for tool boxes benches etc. I am not a fan of windows in a shop. Up high they are ok if facing north. Here it's unbearably hot 10 months of the year and you want to limit holes in walls with no insulation that let radiation pass through....
Houses here are typically built with 3x5 and 3x6 windows on every wall. So you have no wall space for furniture or beds...
We have looked at houses between Greenville and Charlotte. The area around Gaffney fits the distance from CLT the best for us. LOML is a Flight attendant so she has to be within an hour or so from the airport. She can't reliably commute from GSP because it's only eagle flights. The weather is measurably better there than here (I check daily) but it's getting harder to get her to want to move... I absolutely unequivocally hate living in TX because the weather is horrible. Im done with the low of 80* 95* at midnight and 100-as high as 117* in the day with humidity...
I've seen a lot of buildings constructed that way here
My existing garage was built the same, but using brick instead. I wanted brick to match, but it was going to be much more $. I've also seen too many half *** form jobs where the concrete stem walls looked like crap after.
No HVAC. Too big of an area, my power bill is already over $200/mo in the summer and Duke keeps raising our rates. I want windows. The entire garage will be in shade until around 10am every day from adjacent trees, and the wall with 4 windows will be in shade all day, and 2 of the 3 windows on the window/door side will be in shade from the existing garage most of the day. Closed in spaces with artificial light are depressing. I like light. It's only stupid hot here a few weeks a year, I actually like the heat.
I plan on doing a floor to ceiling built in shelf wall between the windows on the right side. The left side will be most open (more room to open doors).
There will be plenty of storage room in the 10x52 upstairs room.
Don't forget, I have another 22x24 garage 10 feet away