Today I'm meeting with my general contractor for a bid to talk about rebuilding my one stall garage into a larger'ish 1 stall garage with room for a workshop. My house currently sits on a 100 amp service - pittance, yes - and one of the things I want is to upgrade my electrical service. I'm rebuilding my kitchen *after* the garage (mostly cabinets and tile work, maybe running a little bit of electrical) as I love to cook. What size service do I need? I wasn't sure if 200 amps is plenty, I know it is for the average home but I want my shop to be slightly more flexible and thought maybe a 325 amp service (200 amp for the house, 125 amp subpanel to the garage) would suffice? But 325 amp seems like overkill to me.
Ideally, I would love to be able to woodwork in my garage year round regardless of weather (since walking to my garage is 1000x more fuel efficient than driving 20 minutes to the shop I'm renting). So obvioulsy I'll need heating/cooling. Ideally, I want to be able to run a small dust collector + tool. Since I own a Festool CT MINI, my goal is to be able to have two different Festool dust extractors I can move around in addition to, say, a portable Oneida Dust Gorilla portable. I don't intend on running all the tools simultaneously since much of it will be on casters as I plan on being as portable and small as I can.
Any thoughts on electrical service? Please share, I'd love to tap into the forum's wisdom!