Re-vamped Studio

We like to brag about our double wide.  How great it is that we only need 1,100 sq ft in which to live our lives.  We are so high and mighty about how we don’t need all that space and anyways who really wants to clean all those extra bathrooms?

But our dirty little secret is that we have more square footage in our outbuildings than we have in our house.  We sprinkle hints here and there that we have hoarding tendencies which we will go into further at some point…maybe.  For now we’ll leave that tucked away in one of our ‘buildings’.

Juliette (Molly’s friend): No, I think one can tell when they walk in your front door.  You have lots of ‘things’.  Things you use but lots of things, piled.  Neat piles, but piles.

Molly:  Really Juliette?

Juliette:  I benefit from all your piles.  When we come over there’s always plenty to play with!

Two of our buildings serve as workshops/storage.  We share them.  One is primarily a workshop and Molly’s fabric storage and the other has been home to the CNC machine.  Recently Mike came up with a scheme to house the CNC machine at Rick’s house.  Now all the CNC play is in one place down the road from us.

This cracked the egg wide open on how we could reorganize.  Molly is teaching sewing classes and the house is a bit scrunched when she pulls out 3 sewing machines and has 4 people trying to cut and sew in the living room.  We decided she would take over the CNC shop and consolidate all of her stuff from the other workshop.  This will separate our work spaces- we will each have our own studio now.

Molly:  Rick was asking me the other day how my sewing studio….. crafts area….woman cave! was doing.  Hah!  Woman Cave!  Mine’s getting curtains!

We’ve decided to devote every Friday to fininshing out Molly’s studio.  Once it’s complete we will move all of her stuff out of the other workshop and we’ll each have our own work space.

Mike:   Molly insists on floors and drywall.

Molly:  Mike would be happy living in a cave.

Mike:  Molly likes insulation.

Molly:  Mike doesn’t mind eating raw meat off a rock.

Mike:  Enough!  We’ll finish out the CNC shop for you!

Molly:  Did he mention that when he had it the floors were just dirt covered with carpet pulled out of a dumpster?

Mike:  Hey, the price was right.  You helped me pull those carpets out of the dumpster!  It was a good day.

Molly:  Yeah…

First task was to level the dirt floor and decide how the new floor would hang or sit.  There was a little disagreement there BUT the joist hanger idea (Molly’s choice) won out.  We won’t say who won that one (wasn’t Mike) but we are taking online bets for those of you that are gambling types.

Molly’s friend (who will remain nameless): Did you make him wear his tight T-shirt?

Molly:  Yes, I did!

Nameless Friend:  Did you really?

Molly:  Well, he was already wearing it so I’d like to think I’ve trained him to know when to wear the tight t-shirt.  I took pictures of him breaking the hard dirt.  Do you think I could make some extra cash posting them?

Nameless Friend:  Really?  That’s where you are going with this?  Does he know you were taking pictures?

Mike:  What are you ladies talking about?

Molly &  Nameless Friend:  NOTHING!!

Molly to Nameless Friend:  I’m sure there’s a niche in there somehow.  

Mike: ungh! This pick axe work is tiring…

The joists were hung and the subflooring put in.

Next up is the electrical and insulation.  It’s going to be a sweet studio!

Mike:  Can I come visit? 

Molly:  Of course…but you have to wear a tight t-shirt.

Mike:  WhAt?!

Molly:  You heard me, buddy!

Note:  Going forward due to our current finances we will not be spending a penny on this project.  It could put it at a standstill at a certain point (kinda like the yurt).  We will continue to update you on it’s progress until we run out of materials.


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  1. Terry
    Posted February 12, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Love the way the light comes in!  Happy for you Molly!  Nice to have a carpenter on site, eh?

    • Posted February 13, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

      What’s really lucky is our building skills seem to compliment each other.  What he doesn’t know I seem to have an answer for and vice versa.  It’s lead to a few spicy disagreements!

  2. Jprewitt6
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Could be a dance floor

    • Posted February 13, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      As we were building the floor I was getting flashbacks (excuse the pun!) to when I dreamed of having a space like this to dance in!

  3. Posted February 13, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    bee-yoo-ti-ful! Can’t wait to sew in it!

  4. Jeff @ Sustainable Life Blog
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I had this suspicion about your outbuildings, and now you’ve confirmed it – that must be awesome to have all those crafting areas.  I told my fiancee I wanted one and she didnt really think it was too awesome.

    • Posted February 14, 2012 at 6:31 am | Permalink

      Find some pretty ones on the internet to show her.  Here’s a starting point.  Before you know it she’ll be asking you why you aren’t out working on the new shed!

  5. Posted February 14, 2012 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    Outbuildings seem what makes homestead life bearable.  Our own hacienda has a smokehouse (now a garden shed), the original cabin (now storage area), an old barn (more storage), the well house/laundry, a garage/parking shed, and an old loafing shed (building materials for future greenhouse).  Projects, projects….
    South facing windows are a great place for seed-starting flats!

    • Posted February 14, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink

      Those windows were part of the instigation for moving this project along.  We’re hoping to have the insulation in soon enough to take advantage of them this spring.

  6. Posted February 21, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Hi Mike and Molly great site I am still impressed with the papercrete thing I got you’re comment that it wouldn’t work for paving but I still want to try make something from it lol. were are you 2 from ? make cracking neighbours you 2! ive posted a pic of the recycled bar i have made for you the only bit i had to buy was the actual bar surface at £12 the rest was from a recycle website it has a fridge a built in wine rack optics the shelves at the back are made from an old bed some one was throwing away and the shelves on the left are the top of an old cupboard that some one didn’t want the draws from that cupboard are built into the bar. the  picture of the dolls cot is made from recycled school desks (took a while to get all the dried on chewing gum off) I have requests for another 3 of these cots now just gotta rescue some wood to make them now lol. the third picture is a lathe I made from wood that was knocking around the shed and the motor from a clothes dryer that I had that broke. anyway hope you enjoy the pics.  
    do you do freebie finding aswell ??? I have a big addiction for freebies. and I make my own wine now : ) 

    • Posted February 22, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      I’m a big freebie addict.  In fact my daughter had to have a talk with me where she informed me that “Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you have to bring it home Dad!”  

      Thanks for posting your project pics.  They all look great.  You should post them over atInstructablestoo if you haven’t already.  Looks like some really nice craftsmanship and it’s great to see what other people are doing.  Especially re-using stuff destined for the dump.

  7. Posted February 28, 2012 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    Okay, I just realized you guys are my grandparents. No wonder I like you so much. They lived on a farm with chickens, cows, pigs and of course dogs and cats. They had quite a few outbuildings like a tool shed, a workshop (nope not the same thing apparently) a pump house and a place for a gazillion canned goods. They also lived in mobile home but they had done so many “upgrades” it was not at all mobile and everything was a DIY project. Oh and they had jobs and managed this before they retired. 

    Sorry I went a bit off topic. Anywho, love the building!

    • Posted February 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      We are your grandparents we are just in the witness protection program!  Danget Niki, now we are going to have to put the hitch back on the double-wide and find a new cover! 😉

  8. Posted March 21, 2012 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    That’s a great space. I dream of having a little land so I can build something like that.  I want to see a picture of the exterior.  You have to do a post on your free sources of free scrap wood.  My pile is miniscule right now and I may “gasp” have to purchase some 2×4″s to make my chicken trailer. 

    • Posted March 21, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink

      I’m just working on Part II of this post.  I’ll get some pictures of the outside included (great idea,  Sandy!).
      Mike and I like your idea about the free stuff- it will make a good post.

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