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    Hey yinzall, my musical-co-conspirator/wife and I are upscaling our home studio to a larger space and thought we'd share plans, pictures, progress and ask the occasional question.

    The room we're moving into is bigger than the space we're currently using, but it's not without its challenges -- it's an irregular shape, and lots of ceiling angles. It's about 20' x 14' (if you don't count the dormer out-croppings). We'll be using the space for both tracking (vocals, guitar) and mixing, with mixing as the top consideration.

    Here's a few pictures in the current state:

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    The first thing we're going to do is some wall repair and painting, and then rip up the carpet and do something with the plywood sub-floor. There's hardwood beneath it, but, unfortunately, there's also a nice layer of lead paint that we're not excited about messing with. We have a bunch of rockwool panels and will be building more for corners and first reflection points.

    This is our working floorplan:

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    I think we have the desk placed in a good position, considering the irregular shape of the room. I also have two ideas for how we could improve the symmetry in the room, but I'm curious if they're at all worthwhile. The first is to build a soffit to make the space behind the recording desk symmetrical, like so:

    Front wall without soffit:
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    Front wall with soffit (in green):
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    Idea #2 is to wall off the dormers with rockwool gobos, like so:
    topdownlayoutwithgobos-png

    Any opinions on if either of these ideas are worth executing would be appreciated!

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    Looks like a good project.

    good ceiling and a non-boxy designed room

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-H.Gerst

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    Thanks! We're pretty excited. Any idea how worthwhile / worthless building a soffit to match the left-hand ceiling angle behind the listening position would be? My instinct is that there are probably enough other issues in the room shape that it isn't worth it, but if it'll make a difference it's probably one of the first things I should tackle.

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    I would not build out anything until I tried the space first - as many rockwool panels as you can to start, then put on some music and walk around and LISTEN,
    Mike B My new album on CD Baby: Fact and Fiction
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    Thanks, that's reassuring! I'll keep posting pictures as things progress.

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    Demo has begun! Carpet is pulled up.

    And looks like some lovely asbestos tile underneath... The paint on the floorboards beneath that is definitely lead, so we're leaning towards installing plywood boards over the existing tile.
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    Wow, lead, and asbestos. Toxic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coquet-Shack View Post
    Wow, lead, and asbestos. Toxic.
    As long as it is not messed with, it's not an issue. Seal the whole floor with polyurethane first, if you put a 'floating floor' over it, you won't even have to worry about nailing/screwing through it.
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    Yeah. It's a bummer that I'm wearing a mask at home now too. . I don't think I can do a floating floor, as it's not particularly level. The debates on nail-or-don't on all the construction forums are as heated as superchunk-vs-airgap on this one. At least using the wrong bass trap isn't likely to give you cancer!

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    Demo is done, removed the built-in cabinet thing and the wainscoting. Replaced critical outlets with GFCI, as well as adding two more under the windows for baseboard heaters. Though it's been disturbingly nice for October-November, so maybe I won't ever need them? Still need to put in a fixture box in the ceiling (the fan was screwed into the lath). Replaced the missing lath where they'd added outlets and did a base coat, brown coat and finishing coat (of sorts) over all the damaged areas. Just a skim coat over all the distressed walls, priming and painting the walls, leveling the missing/damaged tiles, a coat of protective floor paint, floorboards and baseboards to tackle, and then I can start thinking about sound treatment!

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    I have Ethernet coming in the wrong side of the room, so I'm going to route a channel in the baseboard to bring it around to where I need it. It's tempting to run some balanced cables around the perimeter while I'm at it and put some combo wall jacks on opposite ends of the room. Please talk me down from doing this. The room's small enough that I don't think it's necessary. It's just tempting...
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