Just a quick post to share the construction status of the studio. In just two weeks we’ve quickly gone from a pile of dirt to a foundation … to walls. I’m just itching to get in there and start making art!
Pouring the studio foundation:
Greg in front of the house, the studio is off to the right in the backyard:
So it turns out that Morgan Hill has one of the more, um, careful, planning departments and even though the location of my studio had been approved, it has now been unapproved, moved and re-approved. Hence the pile of dirt five feet farther away from where there used to be a framed foundation. Hmm.
(That’s Greg on the left, and our construction superintendent, Jon, on the right. That pile of dirt in the back, the beginning of the new, new studio.)
Apparently now the studio has to be five feet further from the fence on one side and raised up a foot more which means starting all over. Jon was worried I’d be upset, but really, how upset could I be? A studio of any kind, any where. It works for me. After talking with several friends who’ve built studios, or remodeled houses to make space for art, we’ll be lucky if this is the biggest hassle we have. On a positive note the “secret” garden behind the studio will now have more room for papermaking and other messy but wonderful art making techniques.
Yesterday we stopped by our new home and checked in on the progress. We’ve gone from flat dirt to dirt with boards, yippee! Here is the first picture of my new studio:
Not very exciting yet, is it? I know, it takes a lot of imagination to see a studio in that rectangle of two by sixes, but then we’re artists and imagination is our stock-in-trade. I’m thinking of it as a kind of blank canvas. The potential is fantastic and, like much of my own art making, it is taking longer than I would like for it to be finished.
I was wondering – have you built a studio? If you could build a studio, what would it be like? What would be “must have” features?