18 April, 2010

My Fabulous Studio!!



The idea of a studio to give me the space to create came about quite suddenly.  My husband and I were discussing how big the shed we were going to build needed to be.  What I thought was sufficient, and what he thought was sufficient were two different things.  I was thinking somewhere along the lines of an 8x12 shed.  Nope, he says-way too small.  More discussion.  Then he says-"Let's make it big enough so you can have a studio. Someplace where you can actually work-you do remember how to do that, don't you?"  I'd spent the last year or so working on this house and getting ready to sell our other house, and oh, did I mention we had two daughters get married 6 months apart?!?  So, I do remember how to work, I just hadn't done much of it lately.  So it was decided that my studio/storage area would be 16x24.  The studio is 16x16 and the storage side is 8x16, and everyone is happy-very happy.  My husband and I actually built it from the ground up.  This is the back corner of the yard we decided it would occupy.

We did a little at a time.

Weekends mostly.  Had a bit of a work stoppage due to our not getting a building permit. Oops!
Our building inspector was very gracious, however, work could not continue until we had that little piece of paper in hand, um, in the window.

The weather was warming up, at this point in the game it was the end of April,2009.  We had to man-handle the 4x8 sheets of Smart Siding.  Not having fun.



We made all the walls, installed the windows and doors, put the smart siding up...then he tore his MCL.  We were at the point of figuring out how to do the roof.  I was not sure we were capable, so his injury made the decision for us; we couldn't do it.  We hired a framer that did alot more work for us after this project, and he finished it up for us.



What a relief!  I was having nightmares of the inspector coming in and telling us we had to tear it down and do it all over! We insulated it, had our electrical stuff installed and had it sheetrocked.  I put down a VCT (vinyl composite tile)   floor from Lowe's-around 70 cents a square foot.

  Our electrician installed 4 recessed lights, a ceiling fan/light and outdoor lights. Oh yeah, lots of outlets for all my machines, lamps, radio, dry vac, drill, sander...air conditioning will keep me cool when it heats up, which we all know will happen way too soon.  I am in Texas after all!  I haven't figured out window treatments yet. My settee is a work in progress, and I'll be painting the cabinet I picked up for storage.
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The wall color is cookie crumb-I think. It's pretty much a non color, at least for me.  I'm afraid if I paint it a "color", it'll affect the light in there.  I think I'll have to keep you in suspense about the interior pictures at the moment.  There's still work/decorating I need to complete before I share.
Grand Total?
After all of our blood, sweat, tears, torn MCL, sore muscles, outsourcing some of the labor and a few choice words....
right around $4,500.
Not too shabby!

57 comments:

  1. This is so great, I love it! I wish my hubby would build me one...maybe one day! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ~andrea

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  2. Love your studio and your house. I've been reading for awhile just not commenting. Sorry. You do fabulous things with your work. :) I had a studio until my FIL needed a place to live. Now it's just all boxed up waiting for the kiddos to move on. Maybe someday I'll have another place to work. You've really done some amazing things with your house. I'm so impressed.
    {{HUGS}} Amanda

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  3. how fabulous! and my mom LOVES her shams. Your awesome! mishelle

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  4. What a great space! I just love the floor. The yellow and white is wonderful. And what a great cabinet, too.

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  5. OMG!!! What a great space - it's so cute and perfect for a studio! I would give my husbands right arm to have something like that (LOL) with all that natural light - the great floor - the cute landscaping.... I am seriously drooling!

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  6. Wow - I am so jealous!!! All that space to create!!!

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  7. SOOOOOOO Jealous! It is picture perfect! I hope you enjoy many wonderful times creating in there!

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  8. Your little studio is a work of art in itself! I so desperately need something like this. Unfortunately, the covenants do not allow an outbuilding. I am thinking of converting the garage.

    I will definitely visit again! Your house is so cozy and pretty. I can see that you like yellow -- so do I!
    Scribbler
    http://scribbler-unfocused.typepad.com/

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  9. Oh, how marvelous! I love your studio. It's so charming and I love the rockers on the little porch. The floors look so fresh. This is so fantastic. Now I'm going to have to have a break in my morning and go scrolling through your blog! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. Amazing! Can I come work with you there? I'd probably get nothing done and just relax and take in the scenery!

    Jeanine

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  11. Amiee Marie, I LOVE your new studio and you do a fantastic job on it! Good for you! You will have lots of fun creating in there!

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  12. Jealous, jealous, jealous...did I tell you I'm jealous? That is a dream!! Love it! Hope you enjoy your new studio!

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  13. Your studio is amazing! We hope to do the same thing someday, in place of the falling-over garage we have now. You have practically given me the how-to here, and it's just fantastic. Thank you so much for the inspiration! It's really nice to find another Texan, too.
    Cheers,
    Andrea

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  14. Oh, so wonderful. My studio is in the basement, how I would love to be above ground.

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  15. It's beautiful! It looks like a sweet cottage! Love the shutters and the color is great. I'm looking forward to seeing the inside. I'll bet it's heaven having your own space!

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  16. What a darling little COTTAGE...luv the look!

    Blessings,
    Linda

    I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

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  17. I simply adore your new studio. You must be so happy! It looks fabulous and I want a peek inside! Love the flooring - very pretty! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you enjoy your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  18. What a great studio. Love the shutters, the landscaping, the color, everything. Enjoy using your new space!

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  19. What a beautiful studio and I loved the yellow and white checkered floor. How sweet that your husband wanted to make sure you had room for your studio as well.

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  20. beautiful, wonderful, luxurious studio! LOVE!

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  21. Wow, thanks so much for sharing. I feel a tad bit envious... Enjoy!

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  22. I love it! I have a link party on saturdays that I would love for you to join
    www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

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  23. OHHHHH I want one..can you hubby come build one for me? Can't wait to see the inside.

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  24. I am green with envy!!!! I WANT ONE, TOO!!! OH, MIKEY...........

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  25. That is a fabulous studio. It couldn't be any cuter. Please keep posting more about your studio. Would love to see more inside pics.

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  26. How wonderful is that??!! Your very own studio ~ fantastic! Thanks for joining Timeless Tuesday.

    Paula Grace ~

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  27. i dont mind calling that my living space...very nice. cant wait to see how you decorated inside...take care..verbena cottage

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  28. You are the luckiest girl EVER! Having a studio has been my dream for years. What a wonderful space to create. I love it!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  29. How wonderful for you to have a space to work where you are not required to clean up every day when you stop sewing! I'm jealous. I know I would sew more often if I had a space just for that. I adore the yellow and white floor. Do those tiles have adhesive on the back or did you need to use glue? I'm thinking of putting some over my present kitchen tiles.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  30. I know where I'd be spending ALL of my time! It's wonderful and what a sweet husband!
    ☺ Celeste

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  31. How fun to be able to literally get away like that (but not too far away). :)

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  32. Droool! What an awesome space and an awesome husband...he deserves a big hug! I think I'll leave this up on my hubbies computer...hint, hint ;)

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  33. I absolutely love your new workroom! I would kill for something like that but it's against the HOA rules to have an outbuilding that isn't brick so I suffer with my itty bitty workroom that is all but filled with just my table. Lucky you!!

    Ellen

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  34. Soooo sweet! I can't wait to have one one day in my own back yard. You lucky gal you!

    Thanks for linking this up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

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  35. I am totally envious of your workshop! I cant tell you how many times I look to my yard and wish I could build a heated shop for myself. You're very lucky and your husband sounds wonderful!

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  36. Suh-WEET! Can't believe you got all that for less than 5 grand! You go!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  37. Wow that is amazing!! You guys did a great job!

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  38. How do I NOT covet this? It's beautiful!

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  39. I have to admit I'm a bit jealous. I'd love to have my own studio, especially one as cute as this!

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  40. That is spectacular. Lucky you. I want to build a little log cabin in my backyard.

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  41. Oh, your studio as absolutely adorable! I'm super impressed that you and your husband did so much of the work. The total cost is so inexpensive compared to the gorgeous results. Thanks for sharing with us!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

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  42. Wow! How sweet of your hubby to suggest you needed a studio and how great it turned out. I love the floor you put in! Can't wait to see it when you're finished decorating.

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  43. Ann Marie, that is just beautiful. I can't believe you finished that space for $4500! What a beautiful studio!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

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  44. This is so amazingly wonderful. You are such a lucky girl to get a workspace like this. Hope all the injuries are healed by now!
    Rose

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  45. Wowza...what a dream come true for ya!! I'm a Texas gal too. Zone 4...have you seen:

    http://texas-blogginggals.blogspot.com/

    Hope to see ya again real soon and get shots of your work-in-progress!!

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  46. This is fab! I must settle for a gardening corner with a small dresser that I will refinish as my potting bench and have cute chairs,but none the less you have inspired me to make a space that is my very own!Enjoy yours! You have the cutest blog really colorful pics.

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  47. I love your studio! It is so cute. We put a shed in our yard when our HOA rules were changed to allow it. But the dumb rules limited the size so we put the maximum sq. footage allowed and are glad we did. We brought the shed made and it has a cute cottage look to it with three windows and flower boxes. We don't use it as a studio since we have a finished basement with rooms for our hobbies. But it holds all that stuff that clutters up a garage so I love it. Your before and after photos are great and I'm looking forward to seeing more of the interior. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

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  48. It's so beautiful! Right out of a magazine! I love the landscaping details. I would LOVE to have a studio! Lucky Lady!!!

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  49. Well, I am impressed with a lot of things! The studio is lovely! But what I noticed at the end was the fact that you didn't just stop at the studio, but you landscaped and made the garden around it. I'm sure it just makes you smile every time you walk to it, instead of thinking "I really should do something on the outside". Well done!!!

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  50. Oh, I am so jealous! You are super lucky to have such a wonderful space. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired last week!

    Chelsea

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  51. Okay, your man is a KEEPER!! Bless husbands who say things like "you need a studio. A big one!" It is to die for darling. What fun you will have working there. xoxo Lidy

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  52. Marie,
    How awesome! I'm so jealous you have your very own studio!
    thanks for joining the Craftaholics Anonymous Support Group!
    happy crafting,
    Linda

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  53. That is super cute ! Can ya send your hubby over here ? :)

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  54. OMG... I LOVE IT! You are one lucky lady :) Can't wait to see the inside.

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  55. That is just amazing!!! I need one of those in my yard to get away from my husband! Ha!

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  56. I am trying really, really, really hard not to be jealous. That is the most awesome studio I have ever seen. I'm so happy for you!

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