Friday, July 17, 2009

Studio Construction - One Year Later

It was one year ago today that we passed our final inspection on the studio and I started moving in!Construction took 8 months and we literally did the work ourselves. We learned so much about zoning, construction, building codes, regulations, nail guns, and electrical! The only tasks we didn't tackle were pouring the concrete slab, plumbing and drywall. We brought in the experts for that.

So, I thought I'd take a moment and reflect on some of the construction milestones...

Getting ready for concrete
Raising the first wall
With wall framing complete, we moved onto the roof trusses.
Working awayInstalling the metal roof
A photo with the house wrap, windows, and roofWorking on electrical. Gotta have enough power for those kilns!
The drywall crew at work.Finishing touches and trim.
I feel extremely fortunate to have such a fantastic space to work in! I am amazed how much studio work I have been able to accomplish this past year. But it's good to remember how much hard work and dedication it's taken to get to this point.

My message to you today is - don't be afraid to jump in and do it! We had never built anything like this before. We got a zoning book, made lots of phone calls, asked lots of questions, read library books, and would stop mid-construction sometimes to go check online for how to do something. We set small goals along the way and tried to focus on one thing at a time. And it has all been worth it!! Every step of the way.

If you're thinking of building or remodeling a studio space, I'd love to hear from you. I'm more than happy to help answer any questions that I can!

Happy Building,

For more, check out the Studio Construction archive tab in the right side bar.

Now, if we could just get that AC installed! It sure is hot here in Florida!


Charles The Potter said...

I am suffering from raging jealousy..I want to do this so badly!

Meagan Chaney said...

Thanks Charles. :) I am fortunate to have such a fantastic space! The only thing I miss is a community of artists working nearby.

And good luck to you with those snakes! Yikes!

Volunteer programs India said...

You are definitely amazing.Congratulations on your accomplishment. Job well done!