Really making some progress now. The space is defined and the details are pouring in. I built this monster L-shaped desk tonight. I had been researching and planning. You all may remember my 3d model, well here it is in Real-D. I tweaked a few things from the model to make it work with the stud locations in the wall but this desk is pretty amazing. It is 8 feet on each side minus about 6 inches on one of the left side.
I am going to cut some cord holes, rout the edges and paint it now. I am super excited to work on it now. There is so much space, that I might even share about 2 feet of it with the wife. Check out the instructable if you want to make your own. The whole desk cost about $60. And I am pretty sure I could stand on it. Triangles are great for strength.