Exterior Work…. done!!

From all outside appearances, the outside of the studio is…. finished! Of course there is a ton of work left to do, but definite progress is being made. Feels good.

As a reminder, here’s what I began with:

And here’s what it looks like now, after a year and a half of (very) part-time work:

From a different angle, including where the side door used to be:

And a closeup of the new front door, with the trimwork installed:

And finally, a view from inside, showing the new door install with the framing:

The new siding on the outside is much lighter in color than the rest of the siding, but once it ages for a year or so it will be a much closer match. You can already see the shed, which was installed last year, looks very close to the garage.

This is very exciting, lots of visible progress.

Next steps: real electricity into the garage. Need to get the trench dug before the ground freezes. Also, I have to “beef up” the outer shell, especially on the side that faces the house. This step will be the first step that does not follow conventional construction techniques and instead uses techniques specifically designed for stopping sound. I’ll be sure to document this carefully!

Once the beefup is done, it will be time to insulate the garage.

Front Door Framing

Had some help today, and got the framing (almost) finished for the front door:

I made a mistake somewhere in the framing, visible in the above pic. Can you spot it? Just have to fix that mistake (quick), then lock down the framing, do the trim work, remove the garage door, install the front door, then I’m done with this step.

Back to it!!!!

Well, after half a year off from the studio build, I’m back at it. Several factors contributed to this, not the least of which is that we seriously contemplated moving. But, we’ve decided to stay put, which means the studio build is back on.

Next step was to remove the side door. Did that today. I still need to put the trim work up, but here is what it looks like from the outside:

On the left is the trash bin I had to build a while back (can’t store trash in the studio). In the middle you can see the now-plugged doorway, and on the right is the door I removed. I will most likely re-use this door for the outside of the studio (outer leaf). It will be beefed up a bit for security.

From the inside, the old doorway now looks like this:

That’s the doorway, with new framing and a new cut piece of siding, toward the right where the side door used to be. You can still see the open garage door; that’s next.

Next step: remove the garage door, frame up the opening, install the side door in its place, and then finally put more siding in place to cover it up. Once this is done, it will be time to beef up and insulate the outer shell. Also, need to get electricity into the garage before winter hits. Not much time left!

Managed to finish up just in time for a beautiful sunset through my woods:

First materials

Finally, I am moving forward on the actual studio build itself. I just ordered materials for the last bit of construction “around” the studio (a small trashcan bin-shelter type thing) as well as the first few sheets of drywall to “beef up” the outer layer of the structure.

A few observations: time and finances have necessitated a simplification of this build. It’s not going to be as elaborate as I’d first envisioned for several reasons, including the fact that we are kicking around the idea of moving.

More to follow….


Storage shelves are built, and the last piece of siding is on (top left of pic):


The shelves are standard JWL wicked-solid functional shelves. Ready to hold stuff.

Next: build the doors. I have 4 old barn hinges (thanks Yo and Matt!), 2 of which aren’t flexible at the moment (rusted shut). I need to spend some time with them before I can use them for the doors.

almost enclosed

The shed is now almost completely enclosed. Here is the only portion still awaiting siding:


I also installed a trimboard between the existing garage and the new shed. Eventually these 2 wood tones will get closer as the new wood ages:


Here’s more of the trim work, getting all the angles right from the two pitched slopes is tricky:


Here’s the trim board I put at the corner:


And, here’s a full view of the shed as it is now:


Next step is to add that last piece of siding, do the trim at the rear of the shed. Then I can build the doors, and install the shelves.

shed nearing completion

 The storage shed is nearing completion. Roof is done (thanks Matthew!), most of the siding is up, only some trim remains. After I finish the trim, all that’s left is to build the door, and build the shelves inside the shed. Then I can move all the crap from the garage in and get electricity into the garage. My goal is to have this done before winter kicks in, so I can work on the actual studio itself over the winter.

Here are pics:


^^ Front view. Only half of the door is cut out, I still have to trim away much of the wood siding to expose the other half of the door.


^^ Corner view, with the longest dimension of siding visible.


An overall view. The shed is 8×16, the garage is 12×20. Yep. This will be a cozy studio, barely big enough to get a full band inside.


^^ Here’s the seam where the new siding meets the aged siding of the garage. As the shed ages, this should get closer to a match.


^^ Still plenty of trim work to do, including the soffits to cover the joists.

slow but sure

More progress on the shed. The last wall is built, and all the roof joists are in place:



I have all the necessary materials to build the roof, and a friend coming over Monday to help me do it. With luck, all I’ll have left after Monday is to skin the shed, build the door, and build shelves inside. Then I can move in.

After that, next is to get electricity inside the garage, and start on the studio build proper. Ever closer!

Walls taking shape

Today was very strange, almost supernaturally so. It was extremely bright outside; when I went to investigate there was this large, yellow, fiery ball in the sky. It was frightening actually; I could feel the heat from its fire. I do hope we aren’t doomed to combust in a cosmic fireball from the gods….

Anyway, I used the abrupt and dramatic change in weather today to begin the wall framing. I’m about 3/4 done with the wall framing:



The studs are 24″OC, since it’s a shed. Not gonna worry too much about it.

The wall frames are 6’6″ tall (don’t wanna bump me head….), which allows for a very small slope on the roof. I may have to keep an eye on the snowfall during the winter, and roofrake the snow off it.

All the frames you see there are attached together, but not yet attached to the deck.

I have to pick up another 10 2x4s early this week, and build the last remaining wall. This wall will be more complex because it will have a doorway.

Progress is good….