studio is being built in the basement of a three bedroom ranch
style house in Wisconsin.The basement is essentially cut in
two with one side already finished(5 years ago). This side
will serve as the live room. The other side is unfinished-concrete
walls, floor, utilities, damn h.v.a.c, and lots of junk! It
will become the control room.
first photo is of the already completed live room. The wall
on the right is where we will be cutting holes for glass and
an angled wall. This room is a rec. room/ band room as of
now and will require additional work as well. Im trying to
not disturb this room anymore than I have to because of the
hard work and expense that went into it.
second photo shows a bunch of junk while were getting our
plans together. It will become the control room. This door
will be moved and the opening refinished
third photo is looking out of the future control room. Note
the h.v.a.c that will have to be addressed.
fourth photo shows the now cleaned out unfinished basement.
The guy in the photo is my carpenter freind Bryant who is
laying chalk line for the outer control room wall. This is
still in the planning stage. As you can see the live room
wall was never finished on the back. This will be caulked,
insulated, and covered in 5/8 drywall on top of resilient
channel(rc-1). The control room will be completely de-coupled
from the house by building a room within a room floated on
neoprene. More on this later. A special note here-this is
probobly where( if in a similar situation) you want to take
a hard look at potential problems that could come up down
the road. I will be having a lot of plumbing re-routed and
if you can see in the upper right ot the photo, I'll be replacing
basement windows with glass block.
fifth photo shows the oppisite direction and some of the plumbing
sixth photo shows the hole cut to accomadate an angled wall
that will contain one of the windows. The photo was taken
essentially where the drummer will sit, giving me direct view
seventh photo showes Bryant my carpenter friend( if you dont
have one you need to get one) and my jammin buddy Pat. The
wall plates are being temporarily laid.
eighth photo shows how I tapped into the h.v.a.c. I'll be
running one heat and one return into the new room. Because
the main trunks for the h.v.a.c are tight to the ceiling joists,
and I need to run heat and return within the joists, I cut
a patchable square into the bottom of the vent big enough
to get a hole cutting tool into, and then cut a six inch round
hole so I could attach the elbow from the top. Worked pretty
slick. The photo is looking up from the floor into the inside
of the main heat trunk.
ninth photo shows the finished first window, my carpenter
friend Bryant and my jammin buddy Paul.
tenth photo shows the installation of the first photo in the
new angled wall. I'm officially excited now.
last photo is of me and my inspiration.
advice- You can never have a good enough plan. Read John Sayers
site and then read it again. I wouldnt be this far without
his help. A little knowledge saves a lot of headaches. I'll
be sure to include my screw-ups as well.
to follow, Mike