I'm ready to pack in the day job, and part of the retirement package gives me a lump sum of about 35K. I'll have a pension that I can live on. I can invest about 25K of the lump sum. The decisions I'm faced with: 1) I have a space 20x24x9 which I'm using now as a combination control/tracking room. I could build a new space adjacent to the current space, and achieve a dedicated tracking room of approx22x20xup to 12 feet w/vaulting the ceiling. 2) I could spend some time looking, and maybe use the 25K as down payment to buy a small strip mall and build a studio there. I can see pros for both ways. Building onto my house, I'm kinda constrained by the existing structures to the size I mentioned, but, I'd be able to do the work myself for the most part, leaving me cash to invest in better pres and comps which I'd like to do. I also don't need to invest in a lounge/kitchen since the house is just me and I own it free and clear. Buying the strip mall, the theory is that I cover the mortgage and hopefully a bit of profit. I think it also may enhance the credibility, but that's just a hunch. In the meantime, I've got the landlord headaches and I'm now trying to run 2-businesses. I lean towards building onto the house, what would you do and why? What else should I take into consideration?