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So the studio was fun to build, but it didn't seem quite complete. For one it was only 12x16 and didn't have room for all the things I wanted to do. So next I added a front porch for metal working with a view. Then a back porch for the wood working aspects of my artwork. It was evident shortly after that I needed more space for final sealing, and the 'clean work' some of the sculptures require.
There was a 18x10 shed attached to the studio filled to the brim with junk and storage. I emptied it out and viola! a year later it is the 'Guest house' (still working on a cool name). A place to extend the studio, have art and family guests, running water and a toilet and also important: to hold storage.
Using a lot of recycled wainscoting, left over lumber, and discounted or free windows saved thousands of dollars. But I felt I had to buy a good compost toilet- which cost a pretty penny. I had built a good homemade compost toilet in the house but visitors seem almost afraid of it! So for the GH, I opted for a Separett toilet which has more aspects similar to a traditional toilet. It did cost 1000$, BUT it saves 10,000 gallons of water per year and is easy to use.
My first guests arrived a few days after it was 'done' (not really done!). It was so fun to stock it with goodies and nice blankets and pillows. One of the guests was a writer and she stayed for a month writing every day while I puttered in the studio.
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