Sunday, November 27, 2016

Progress Update on the THH Studio

I have been busy busy working on the new Tiny House Homestead Studio building. Any working homestead needs a good office space and I have wanted a recording studio for several years now. I finally settled on a place and a building. I set things in motion and the building was delivered last week.

Measuring 8' x 14', this building will be used as an office, sewing room, and recording studio. I am super excited to christen this space, make it my own, and put it to good use.

Inside wasn't much, but I love the light all the windows allow in. The first step is always to give a new building a good cleaning. Sweeping and vacuuming up all the sawdust, loose nails, and such in preparation is important.

After giving the building a good cleaning, I set out to paint the walls. Since I do not intend to insulate this building as it is so small heating and cooling it will not be an issue. I chose a nice clean creamy white to make the space seem larger.

Using two old bi-fold closet doors I got for $10 each, a frame was built to support each door and then secured to the wall. This created a large L-shaped work surface on two of the walls. A decorative wooden curtain rod was sacrificed to create decorative legs to support the outside edges of the table.

Using left over lumber and other building materials, shelves have been built between the wall studs. It has been slow going as they must be spaced, leveled, and plumbed before being secured using long screws. However, progress is being made. Some of the shelves will be painted and some will remain their natural wood appearance.

Things are coming along and the building is really taking shape. As time allows over the next week I will continue to install all the shelves. I still have to decide on flooring, but I may just paint the floor and bring in a room-size rug.

I need to insulate for sound in the ceiling, so I am exploring building my own sound baffles which will control sound and offer some insulation in the ceiling area. Once I figure it out, you can bet I will share it with you!

Thanks for stopping by the homestead!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tiny House Recording Studio

So I have been wrestling with a problem. This is totally a Tiny House problem. In a tiny house space is limited; very limited. No kidding, right? The problem I have been running into is a lack of office space at home. In my former suburban life I had a separate office. In my separate office I set up all my recording equipment, had a working desk area, and had access to all supplies at all times. I didn't have to set things up and take them back down in order to serve a meal or go to bed. I miss that. I miss it a lot.

I have toyed with and talked about building a separate tiny building to serve as my recording studio and home office. I have kicked it around now for two and a half years. Well, I finally made the decision, sucked it up, and ordered a small prefab shell of a building measuring 8' x 14'. It was one of the cheapest models that matched my other buildings here on Tiny House Homestead. It was delivered on Thursday. It is p-e-r-f-e-c-t!

A good friend and I spend a few days of labor raking leaves, cutting down fallen and dead trees, and cleared a great space in the forest for the studio. To keep things on a budget I have decided not to insulate the building except in the ceiling. Being only 112 sq. ft. it is easy to heat and easy to cool only when I am using it. It will not have running water, so I don't have to worry about freezing pipes. Besides that, most days in Oklahoma are above freezing anyway.

I had 6 windows installed so fresh air, the cool breeze, and beautiful views could be enjoyed from any direction. I am re-purposing two old doors I scored for $20 as my work table. I have whitewashed the walls and I will be building shelves between the studs. I hope to have the entire building completed by Thanksgiving day so I can get out a podcast soon telling all about it.

Perhaps now I can get more blog posts out and release podcasts in a more timely manner?

It has been two and a half years and I still love my Tiny House and homestead life!