Re-vamped Studio- Part II

We have four outbuildings that serve as storage and workspaces.  One started life as a carport/privacy screen from the neighbors and later turned into a full fledged building.  We call it the garage though there are no cars in it.  It does double duty as Molly’s fabric/project storage and a small shop for Mike.

Another building started life as a shed for a biodeisel plant Mike was going to build but ended up becoming the home for the CNC machine instead.  Recently the CNC machine moved down the road to his inventor’s club co-founder and buddy Rick’s house.  With it gone we decided to rethink the outbuildings.

Currently Molly does most of her projects in the living room.

Molly:  It’s not a terrible situation but if I only have an hour to work on something it’s tough to get it all pulled out just to pack it back up again.

Mike:  We’ve decided to have his-n-her’s studios.  Molly will take over the old CNC shop and move her stuff out of the garage.  I’ll reconfigure the garage to make it into my workshop.

Since our financial situation is up in the air for the foreseeable future we have put ourselves on a spending freeze for any building materials.  This means we can only use stuff we get for free or what we have in the yard to complete this project.  It may mean we get to a certain place and the project will stop (similar to where we are with the yurt).

Mike:  Lucky for us I’ve spent years collecting old building materials!

Molly:  I know!  We are hoarders with a purpose!

Mike:  I detect a tone of sarcasm in your voice.

Molly:  No, no!  Without your Craiglist-get-it-free attitude we wouldn’t have picked up a truckload of free bricks the other day.  Now our greenhouse  will have a nice brick  floor.  Well, it will have a floor once we put it in.

We spend Friday afternoons on the studio.  You can see how it looked when the CNC moved out here.  Here’s our progress:

North wall before insulation

North wall before insulation

North wall with insulation

North wall with insulation and the start of framing for the interior wall

This building was not intended to be finished out when it was built so there is a lot of retrofitting to be done.  The work is tedious.  We are building a sub-frame over the batt insulation on the walls.   The wood we are using is mostly reclaimed from a deck so the boards are splitting and warped.  The finished wall will be a little funky but perfectly suitable for a workshop.

Sandy (from First Gen American) requested some exterior shots, so here they are!  So much work to do!!

Front of Studio

Front of Studio

Back of studio

Back of studio

Molly:  Do you notice we don’t have just one shopping cart but two.

Mike:  Hey, they are really handy when I have to trudge tools from one side of the yard to the other.

Molly:  It’s a precursor to you living in a cave, Hon!  I must make a request of our readers:  If I die before Mike please check in with him periodically.  I’m worried if left unattended he will become the old man with lots of shopping carts.

Mike: Don’t worry baby, two’s all I need.

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One Comment

  1. Jeff @ Sustainable Life Blog
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Awesome that yuo’ve got a plan for those outbuildings! I’ll be getting my own soon.  WOuld love to talk to you about the bioD adventures, because i’ve been wanting to do that as well.

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