Phase one. Trees down, roof trusses stacked, dirt prepped for the build.
Studio Construction: The Footers
Digging for the footers around the perimeter of the studio footprint. Some sizable rocks in this soil, as the rock visible down in the footer trench illustrates.
Studio Construction: Footers complete
The digging for studio footers is nearly complete. I labored over the end closest to the tractor up until the last minute, weighing out if I can afford to add any more length to the studio footprint in order to accommodate potential future configuration of the space (iso booths, control room, etc).
Studio Construction: Footers at night
Powerful image. In addition to its own merit as a moody photo, this picture shows the east end of footer installed, decisions made.
Studio Construction: Block in
The block has been set and parged on the exterior. The back corner where the wall is higher will be tied into a larger retaining wall. I’m excited about the variable acoustics of that corner, it being a less lively acoustic zone with earth packed up against the first 4-5 feet height of the wall 10 or so feet out from the corner.
Studio Construction: Framing Begins
Here you can see the first wall partially framed in. The construction is staggered stud with 2x6’s on the exterior side and 2x4’s on the interior side, resting on an 8” base plate. Staggered stud construction has the acoustic benefit of reducing the sound bridging that happens when both exterior wall and interior wall share common studs. When superior sound isolation is needed a typical method is to fully separate stud walls (exterior wall on one base plate; interior wall on a separate base plate; air gap between) but for my needs and this particular site that amount of isolation was unnecessary.
The blue board visible just above the gravel line around the perimeter of the interior wall is related to radiant floor heat that we’re installing (soundless & cozy).
Studio Construction: Framing (perspective #2)
A different perspective on the west wall affording another view of staggered stud construction and scale of the block wall in the back corner.
Studio Construction: Framing continued
Here the framing continues on the south facing wall. I learned that there are better and worse ways to navigate staggered stud corner construction in terms of acoustics. This is difficult to explain verbally but as is evident elsewhere, the goal is to minimize shared studs wherever possible (understanding the weak point of a staggered stud configuration is ultimately that top and bottom plate are inevitably shared).
Studio Construction: West wall
Framing complete with OSB sheathing and house wrap added. One of the most difficult aspects of studio design was deciding about windows - how many, where. From a sound isolation perspective (i.e. trying to keep sound from getting out, or outside sound from coming in), windows are the enemy. From a feel perspective, windows are an ally. Natural light, views, and perspective deeply inform my creative process so I had to honor that with a few choice windows. This picture frame window looks east, out on woods, mostly.
Studio Construction: Framing from within
The studio from within. Neither west nor north facing walls have windows in them. Here you are looking west. Everything looks smaller at this stage of the process. The walls are 10’ and will then go to a cathedral ceiling that peaks at 14’ with the goal of having air and height, a room with sonic character.