My house has a single-car garage, with the whole house's electrical panel on its exterior wall. I'm thinking about adding a bump-out on the garage to make space for a second car. The problem is that the addition would need to knock down the wall where the electrical panel is. I'm planning to redo the electrical panel for the house to upgrade the ancient wiring and increase the amperage, so I want to move the electrical panel to a suitable place to allow for the future garage addition plans.
Is there any issue with the electrical panel being within a foot of the side door that leads to the outside of the garage? Here is an image of the existing panel location with the proposed new location. In theory, I could shift the door a foot or two to the right if needed.
Maybe this new picture will help to clarify the situation more. The idea is that I want to add space for a second car, but I don't want to be without electricity in the house during the construction process of the addition. Since I'm already planning to redo the electrical wiring in the whole house before I even start on the garage addition (down the road), I want to move the electrical service to a better place. I've looked into some more options, and I think it might be possible to have the main service connect strictly at a box on the outside of the house, then run to an interior wall further inside the house where the breaker panel will be.
So, the plan is as follows:
Stage 1: Gut and remodel existing house interior, replace all electrical wiring from the 1970s, etc.
Stage 2: In a couple of years, add on a second garage space, which is made easier by the proper planning of the electrical changes during Stage 1.