Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The New (Home) Studio

So, I've been wanting to post pictures of my new home studio for awhile now, but I kept waiting thinking I would organize and clean it up better first. Then I realized that this is me we are talking about and that my studio is probably the cleanest it will ever be right now. So, here you go, pictures of my new studio! I have to say, I love it. I love being able to work at home. I guess it has its advantages and disadvantages. There are less distractions than at school, but there are still lots of things that can take my attention away from work (like this computer for example). Honestly though, I love my little studio at home. I have lots more tools to accumulate over time, I am by no means fully equipped, but I can do a lot with what I do have and it makes me so happy. Sometimes I just go in there and look at it:) I know, I'm a huge dork, but you already knew that too:)
These are the pictures of the renovation process. We turned a bedroom in our townhouse into my studio. The first step was to clean out the monstrosity that the room had become. At one time I used the room to work on my school projects, but during my thesis year the room got out of control and then I just started piling things in it. It was horrible. I'm too embarrassed to show the picture of it up here so I'm putting it at the very bottom of this post. Don't judge me.This is the room after the dump trucks cleaned it out (kidding). Its small, but its perfect for right now!My hubby tearing out the carpet. I was so happy to see it go!
Yay! No more carpet! Oh, but I should mention that this is an upstairs bedroom (hence the plywood floors). And now that its a studio, its a very noisy upstairs bedroom:)My favorite part! Color!Pretty paint!
Starting to lay the Pergo flooring.Laying the last piece (hours, and hours, and HOURS later).
Trying to arrange the furniture in a 9x11 bedroom to make the best use of the space (while being married to an engineer) is not the easiest of tasks, but we lived through it:)
So, the next step was to move all my junk in!
The room is small, 9x11, but I packed a bunch into it. Straight back is a large storage shelf, and then my soldering station in front of the window. On the right is my bench and a tool table with drawers. On the left is another small storage shelf and a larger work table. My hydraulic press fits perfectly between the door and the closet.
Here's my bench!Soldering station.Tool table with anvil, drill press, tumbler and dapping block/punches. On the shelf and wall are little things to inspire me, things from friends or that I've collected along the way.My favorite drawer is full of hammers:)
Hydraulic press (built by Michael Dale Bernard)Storage.And the super embarrassing "before" picture. Hey, I said not to judge!!

9 comments:

Copper Diem said...

What a pretty & inspiring place to work!

Janalee said...

That looks so neat. All that work!!I'm always impressed when people do their own floors like that.

ricka said...

I am very impressed you could make it. But I am wondering does it work having a soldering station at home. I mean do you concern about the home ventilation... Anyway, I like to read your blog. It is very motivatied me....

Margaux Lange said...

Looks fantastic Lynette! Definitely helps to be an organized person in a small space! I'm curious, do you have some sort of exhaust system set up in in the window for your soldering station?

Lynette said...

For Exhaust, I just use a box fan turned backwards in the window. Its not great. I try to do most my soldering at the studio I teach at because they have hoods.

Lynette said...

But if you know of something better, by all means, let me know!

Michelle said...

It looks great Lynette! The renovation must have been a lot of work, but it looks like a really nice studio! I'm envious of all your equipment! :)

Margaux Lange said...

I just use an in/out exhaust fan myself, which is not so great, but does ok. Except that the a/c goes out the window in the summer and the heat in the winter… alas, I have yet to settle into my permanent dream studio. Someday!

Valerie A. Heck said...

congrats on your studio! It'll be fun to work in! I'm still slowly setting mine up, in a couple of months i should beable to solder! Wahoo!