Spring 2019- Heavy insulation in floor for sound proofing and heat (even put plywood painted with Dry-lock on underside to prevent rat problems)
Summer 2019- Framing up in two days (had help from my family!)
Spring 2020- while waiting for other projects I installed a used 200$ tank to collect rainwater for studio sink. It was a deal, but all the nylon attackments broke off from sun damage. So replaced with odds and ends plumbing parts and epoxy.
Unlike other studios I have built(3) this one isnt a typical clay studio. It has a lot of storage but is small and pretty. Here is the pine shelving for showing off wares...and maybe online order storage. Note the cool funky chest of drawers in middle I got for 20$!
Summer 2020- with the studio almost finished I began working on the solar arbors and garden itself. You can see the one panel is up, but I stopped to dig the ditch required for conduit. The Renology solar kit I bought will feed my studio with about 1000 watts. I had to supplement the kit with batteries and an inverter. I really stretch my $ by doing almost everything myself.Years of carpentry and being a 'broke' artist have paid off, resulting in a variety of skills.
To save money I attached it to an old shed that I eventually reroof/remodel. I also saved by sourcing used lumber and insulation over the year before the build.
Spring 2020- used beautiful 2nd grade cedar for siding with shingle oil to preserve it. Notice the suntuf roof? the studio has 'wings'. Cantilevered 8 ft deck roofing adds more light and areas to make things outside.
Spring 2020- FInished sheetrock and built worktables from old chest of drawers I purchased cheap and recycled panels of redwood for tops. The big window was custom, but I bought the rest from the boneyard of a local glass shop.
The Cats love the studio, especially Werewolf in the center. When I walk in she rushes through and loves to sit near me in the rolling chair....sometimes she gets a ride! Note the full wall of windows looking out on the North. I had researched other artist studios and had read much about northside lighting being good for painting. Seems to do the trick for now.