Powered by GoPro After three and a half weeks, this is how far my kitchen project has come. I have tried to capture as much as I can with …
updated photograph of my art studio.
my art studio is an "organic being". it grows and changes as i continue to work.
my art studio
some thoughts about my studio to share with you all:
since i write a lot, and i enjoy getting to know flickr artists and have you know me i wanted to share my studio with you all….and…i love my studio (which i designed myself) and wanted you all to see it.
background: i have always had a studio. when i was very young i painted on the kitchen table (i’m sure we all did…and maybe still do!). in every home we’ve had, i have had a studio. in our first apartment i painted on the floor in the t.v. room. i was more "supple" then, so down on the floor worked for my knees! when we lived in italy and twice in germany our apartments were large enough for me to have my own room for making art. when neal and i first bought our house here (years ago) i was creating 2d art, mostly acrylic painting. i also was a part owner/artist in a gallery on conn. ave (in washington, dc, usa) working in stained glass. since i was cutting glass i needed a hard floor surface (easier to clean up). the downstairs of our house lent itself to this and i was happy there. then off to heidelberg, germany for 12 years. when we returned to the states i was no longer doing stained glass and david (our son) was off at college, so i turned the small upstairs bedroom into my studio and again spent many happy years in that room. but….i out grew the room! i was making many art pieces, acquiring more objects to use in my art, etc. neal and i had renovated our house twice (i did all the design) and now it was time for the third renovation…turn our huge attic, with very high ceilings, into a studio for me (by the way…we renovated another time after that…the kitchen. four renovations in all! i think we are done now).
so..back to the attic renovation: i knew exactly what i wanted……a studio that would look like a (french) artist atelier…..i did the design, found a contractor and viola! my new studio! when i look at it (it stretches across the entire house) i am amazed that i was able to work in the small room below. i removed the ceiling in the small bedroom…now i have a wide open space in part of my studio which affords me access to the window below (since i do not work from nature natural sunlight is not that important to me, but i do like to be able to see the beautiful maple tree that is outside the window. i used the framing for the original attic stairs and made a glass block floor…now i can see down below and light filters up into my studio. the cat was very cautious … Read More
It might look nice but did your builder avoid the most common mistakes whilst creating your home extension?
Mistake 1 – Excavations & Foundations
The first part of the home extension is usually to with the foundations and you will be surprised to learn that at least 25% of the foundations are not positioned directly under the walls on top. Excavating off centre or in the wrong position is quite common and in one particular case I had a builder that excavated for a two room side extension on the wrong side of the line that was set up. His ignorance doubled the cost of the excavations and foundations at the drop of a hat.
Mistake 2 – Damp Proofing Course & DPC Membrane
This part of you home extension is a minor job but of vital importance. If it’s done wrong the damp enters the new walls within a matter of weeks and over a year or causes severe damp problems.
On one site I inspected a few years back the builders had used plastic rubble bags to form a damp proofing course instead of using the correct width dpc roll.
Mistake 3 – Extensions Are Rarely Square
The vast majority of home extensions do not have 1 square corner. At least 98% of builders that I have met in the last 30 years didn’t have a clue as to how to check if the home extension there were building was in fact square to the property.
Mistake 4 – Services in the Floor
Time and time again I have come across copper pipes and electrical cables that are run directly in the concrete floors without any form of sleeving or protection. Copper pipes corrode quickly when encased directly in concrete as the cement practically eats the copper. As for the idea of electrical cables running around live within the concrete without any sleeving well that just make the hair on my neck stand up.
Mistake 5 – Windows & Doors
You might think this is an easy job but once again it is pretty common that the height of windows and doors are often comprised because the height of the floor was laid wrong or the bricklayer made a mistake. Ideally all you should see in a doorway to the garden is the wooden threshold and not a little wall under it. In some cases you don’t even see the threshold because the frame was set in too low and this equally is simply poor workmanship.
Mistake 6 – Floor Heights
New floor heights are amazing in the various ways they can be botched. Probably the worst scenario is when they are too high usually resulting in a step up from the main house all because the builder didn’t drop the ground a bit more when building the extension.
Mistake 7 – Ventilation To The Sub Floor
When you build a side or rear extension to an older property with ventilated sub floors it is essential that you … Read More