Monday, July 15, 2013

Building an Extension to the Studio

Two years ago, my partner and I built a 12 x 12 foot studio with a 12 in 12 pitch roof in our back yard.  That space was originally used for my hobbies.  This year, it is being used as an extra bedroom so we've built an 8 x 12 extension to serve as my workshop/studio.  Construction is proceeding well.   The doors and windows are now in and the siding is on.  We started painting the exterior this week.
Awaiting a door and windows.
Windows and door in, siding on, painting in progress!
We are now waiting on the electrician.  I can't wait to get the inside of the extension finished!

I was asked by a friend if this is the tiny house I've said I've wanted to build.  While I told her "no", I did draft a floor plan to see if I could turn it into a house for one person.  Here is what I came up with.

This is the view of a possible floor plan from the front.
This is the view of the floor plan from the back of t he building.
Another view of the floor plan.
I picture a curtain that can be drawn to separate the sleeping area from the main room.  The single bed could have drawers underneath.  A double wardrobe is at the foot of the bed.  The work table at the front of the main room (which is almost identical to my current tiny work bench) could easily be a desk and the wall unit next to it could hold electronics.  The kitchen has an under-the-counter fridge, a counter top oven and induction hot plate.  The bathroom has a shower and toilet. There is a loft space above the main room which could be used as a sleeping area and accessed by a ladder if there were windows installed.  In its current state, it could be used for storage.

Anyway, that's it for now.  Cheers!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Adding on to the studio

As my plans for the studio space grow, so does my need for space.  This is what prompted us to build an addition to the 12 x 12 foot studio we finished almost two years ago.  The addition is 8 x 12 feet, bringing the entire structure up to 20 x 12 feet.  Here are some pictures of our progress to date.

Sod peeled off and concrete blocks set.

Floor framed, insulated and sheeted as the fog turns to rain.

Two walls up.
Third wall in place.

Rafters in place.

Roof sheeted.

Shingling in process.

Ends closed in and shingles on! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Blog Re-Boot

Okay.  I had honestly thought I had deleted this blog during a moment of weakness last year and I came across it by accident this evening. I was stunned to see how many page views it has gotten, as neglected as it has been.

The irony here is that tonight I talked about the tiny/small house movement on a one hour radio program which I host (community radio station) and had been posting URLs to some of the sites I'd mentioned on the station's Facebook page.  I noticed that my blog still shows up on the list of links on Kent Griswold's Tiny HouseBlog.  I clicked the link and low and behold, my blog was still there!

After about an hour of trying to figure out how to get back into the account, I was successful!  So, I'm back and will do my darndest not to fall off the radar again.

Stay tuned for more soon.

By the way, the radio station is Radio Bell Island.  You can find it here: