Side note for those wondering about the outbuilding we started a couple years ago: After we bought ducks, we started a small building here on the property as a duck/tool shed and later decided to finish it out as my studio space. But because the building had a different purpose in the beginning, it just wasn't ideal to actually insulate and finish it out, and the size was a little smaller than I would have preferred. Everything just took longer, because it wasn't created with that intention from the start. The biggest problem with finishing that building out- we started using it as a storage shed when we put the house on the market! I do not want to bring half of that stuff back into the house, so a yard sale will be in order. But, the long Winter season is creeping up on us, and ideally I would need to be settled into this new space before the Holiday rush begins in October. That's just 2 months... keep your fingers (and toes) crossed for us! ;) The solution: build me a new (slightly bigger) studio, and eventually turn the first studio into a workout room. Yay for getting dumbbells out of the living room!! :)
Fortunately, I married a very handy man. He drew up a set of custom plans for the building, trying to take into account measurements that would result in the least amount of possible waste in materials. Board lengths, and all that good stuff. While this took longer, it is saving us money! He's always been very thorough when he sets his mind to do something. This doesn't always result in the fastest job, but it's always the best when he's done! My patience level has increased since marrying him almost 14 years ago. I admit though- it's still not at the level it needs to be at! ;)
So, the first priority was to make a list of needs for the Studio:
Things that didn't make the final list:
In the beginning this was pretty important. I could do just fine during the Summer months walking back and forth to the house, but Winter is when I knew I would be grateful for not having to make that trek in the snow. However, the more I thought about it- the less I wanted to give up any amount of space for a bathroom. I'm a big fan of Katy Bowman, and my cousin (who bought property next to us- yay and is also a big fan of Katy!!) reminded me that walking back and forth would be a way to sneak more movement into my day. Plus not getting all bundled up would give me an opportunity to utilize a little Thermogenic cold therapy! So, I decided she was right. I'm a little worried I may regret it, but we are framing in a small closet with intentions later to add a bathroom. If I decide I HATE trekking back and forth and if budget allows at a later date we can turn that closet into a bathroom. :)
This would have come in handy for washing out paintbrushes, and maybe eventually we can make it happen. But it comes down to lack of space and budget again. Not adding in a kitchen sink allows room for a bigger printer. The bigger printer will allow me to print wallpaper.- something that has has been requested over the years by a few very patient customers!
It ended up being a really long list... but I think we have managed to check all the boxes! Some spaces are just going to have to serve more than one purpose. I've lost track of the many times I've laid out and re-arranged the room. :) I use this free room planner, (sometimes the link changes based on who sponsors the program) and I LOVE it so much. I am really anxious to share the room design and the design elements I'll be working in. I have a few more things to finalize with the sketches and then I'll give you the run down. I'm hoping to get some opinions on a few design choices as well!
We broke ground last night, and the materials are being delivered tomorrow. Tomorrow!! :)