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    Update...

    Today was a milestone day... ...the contractor and I got all the paper work submitted for the town ZBA to review, and to get on their schedule so I can go before them and plead my variance case...which should be on the 25th of this month, if all the paperwork is in order, which it was...and the clerk said she would call me if they needed anything else, so I don't expect any additional delay.

    If we get on the schedule for the 25th...and even if they make me come back a second time with more info or whatever...things look good for breaking ground by the end of August...assuming my variance request is approved, but based on what the contractor is telling me and his past experience with this kind of stuff, he doesn't see that there is a justifiable reason for them to deny the variance.

    We'll see.
    I told the contractor I won't celebrate until I see him on an excavator in my back yard picking up the first scoop of dirt.

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    Another update...

    Today I got over hurdle #2...my meeting with the town ZBA.
    They asked a bunch of questions, nothing crazy, looked at some pictures and survey map...and then voted to allow me to go to the next phase, which is the public hearing.
    If the ZBA was going to make any serious objections, then I wouldn't have gone to the next step...but they all appeared to be generally OK, and only asked if they could do a site visit of my property, to which I said, "Any time".

    So a month from now, and after I notify every neighbor within 500' of my property of my variance request, any of them are able to come to the public hearing and ask questions or voice concerns...and then the ZBA will make the final decision, though any objections have to be justifiable. It's not like someone just objects without a clear reason why. Most of those neighbors are going to be the ones on my street, and I may catch 1-2 on the adjacent street...the ZBA will send me the list of people I need to notify. I don't really expect any serious objections by the neighbors...and I'm told that very often no one that was notified of the public hearing even shows up.

    I'm more confident now that the project will get a green light. It was the initial meeting today with the ZBA that was the bigger hurdle, where they could have rejected my variance request if it didn't meet with their approval....and then I would have to go through an appeals process at the county level...
    ...but today was a good news day, even my contractor, who was there, was all smiles.

    In the mean time...the rest of my house facelift is under way.
    I completed the striping, sanding and refinishing of my two decks (what a PITA)...I have some replacement windows ordered for my kitchen/bath...10 new doors are waiting to be hung...and I've got 1000 sq. ft. of Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring arriving on Tuesday, which is for the house living areas.

    When my studio build is done, there will be another 1000 sq.ft. of the same Brazilian Cherry for the new studio floor, unless I decide to go with a different wood, but I really like how this stuff looks, and it's very hard and has like 8 coats of high quality hard-as-nails-glazed finish, so it's a great choice for the studio flooring. It's substantially harder than the standard reference, oak, which is anywhere between 1300-1800 (depending on which oak) on the Janka hardness scale...while the Brazilian Cherry is over 2800, and I think it looks way better, with natural cherry wood colors, and not stained.

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    fingers crossed, which makes it a PITA to type

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    Quote Originally Posted by whome View Post
    Good luck.

    You should have no problems unless you and some neighbor already have disagreements and they show up just to try to spite your efforts.
    Naa...my neighborhood isn't like an audio forum thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    Naa...my neighborhood isn't like an audio forum thread.
    LMAO!

    Been super busy and haven't been around much lately.

    Congrats on the studio project Miro! Sounds like it will be friggen awesome!

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    Another update...

    My public hearing notices went out a couple of days ago...so in a couple of weeks I'll be back at the town hall to see if anyone shows up with any concerns/objections. It was 23 notices for the properties within 500' of mine...mostly up/down my street and a few behind my property.

    Other than that...the rest of my general house facelift project is well under way. Replaced 10 doors with some solid wood 6-panel versions...have them all mounted (we were waiting for some hinges), so now my contractor will just do the final "tweaks" on them for smooth operation, then it's on me to prime-n-paint them. The couple of windows I was replacing are hear, ready to go...probably in a couple of days they will go in (we got some rain coming tomorrow)...and I've got my kitchen cabinet doors down, stripped the ones that were near the stove (by the time any grease is removed, it's just easier to strip/sand them)...and I should be hitting them with primer, probably tomorrow when it's raining outside.
    After that...my hardwood floor is going down. It's been sitting here for about 10 days now, getting acclimated to the interior environment.

    I know my general house facelift doesn't technically have anything to do with the studio build...but it is actually one big project, and portions of the general house facelift are directly tied to the studio build, and the emptying out of my existing studio space, which will become my new master bedroom, and the adjoining room which was my bedroom will be converted to a large closet space/dressing area, and more closet space... ...because I'm 90% decided now that my original studio build plan to have include some storage space and a larger iso-booth, will not happen.

    The more I looked at it, I felt I wanted a HUGE studio space...and I will find/create storage elsewhere. AFA the iso-booth...the adjoining foyer the sits between the new studio and the rest of my house, that will provide an pretty good "iso-booth" or even a drum room, because it has a 12' high vaulted ceiling, slate tile floor, and all wood walls, including the ceiling. All I need to do is add a few traps on the walls to adjust the sound a bit...and it will be perfect for that.

    I am pretty tired, lots of work every day...way more than imagined when initially considering the house facelift plans...and there will be even more when the studio build starts. I know I will be pretty actively involved with that contractor too. They will do the heavy stuff...but I will be there every day to lend a hand when the framing starts...and I will most likely do the resilient sound clip installation on all the studs...because I want that done right, and these guys don't deal with that stuff normally. After that, they will just "pop in" the metal furring/hat channels, and attach the double drywall to them.
    Then when they basically finish with that, and prime/paint the drywall...my other contractor comes back, and he and I will then put in the sub-floor and the hardwood floor...all glued-n-screwed, 2"x4" framing, double layer of 1/2" plywood, and then the underlayment and 3'4" hardwood. Should be "pro basketball court" grade when it's done.

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    Major update!

    I got my variance from the town zoning board!
    It took like 10 minutes...no one showed up for the public hearing from the people I had to notify. Well, I had to wait my turn, so I was actually there for a little over an hour. The people before me were also there for a variance...and their issue was much more involved. So when they got theirs approved, I was pretty sure they weren't going to deny mine.

    My studio build contractor said we should be breaking ground in 3-4 weeks tops...all depends on when the mason is available, since they are working another addition, but that one smaller than my project. Bottom line...we are looking very good for completing the build before the cold weather, and then I'll just have the inside finishing...mainly the sub-floor and then the hardwood floor, but that will only take about 1-2 weeks, since it will be an empty room with no weird angles or closets...etc.
    Unlike the hardwood flooring that is right now going into my living room, dining room, kitchen...basically the entire top floor of my house. It's quite bit more work considering the layout and the individual spaces. We been going at it for 4 days now, it's about 75% done, but we still have half the kitchen, the 1/2 bath and the dining room. It should be done by next Tue-Wed. It looks beautiful...can't wait to see the same floor in the studio when it's done.

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    Since you're building from the ground-up, did you consider hydronic heating?

    No, i'm not a commercial - just thought it'd be a great idea for a studio.

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