Page 6 of 13 FirstFirst ... 4 5 6 7 8 ... LastLast
Results 51 to 60 of 127

Thread: New studio space...considering my options.

  1. #51
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Lowell Street Studio, New England
    Posts
    12,094
    Thanks
    19
    Thanked 558 Times in 531 Posts
    Rep Power
    18632360
    Sign in to disable this ad
    I had to pay $500 for engineering drawings just to put up a 2-car steel/aluminum 3-walled carport in my town. It's how they make their money - making things difficult for people..
    Mike B My new album on CD Baby: Fact and Fiction
    My Bandcamp site: http://mikebirchmusic.bandcamp.com

  2. #52
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Trending
    Posts
    18,543
    Thanks
    285
    Thanked 822 Times in 718 Posts
    Rep Power
    21470742
    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    I had to pay $500 for engineering drawings just to put up a 2-car steel/aluminum 3-walled carport in my town. It's how they make their money - making things difficult for people..
    That's dumb...and a rip-off.
    I mean, there's complicated builds that may need that, but a carport...?

    Well...if I end up having to, then I have to, if they won't issue the permit without, but I don't like to get ripped off just to line someone's pockets.

  3. #53
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    northampton uk home of Dr Who and Blackstar Amps!
    Posts
    9,789
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 653 Times in 617 Posts
    Rep Power
    9266934
    That's a bummer Miroslav but maybe there is an upside? Perhaps you don't suffer the rip offs, shoddy work and abandoned builds that are rife in this country with its largely unregulated trades?

    We call them "Cowboys" Now I have no idea how that appelation became attached to wayward trades people and I aplogise to those so called amongst our colonnial brothers who, I am sure are very largely very hard working and professional guys and gals.

    Dave.

  4. #54
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    1,776
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 43 Times in 38 Posts
    Rep Power
    420903
    Quote Originally Posted by ecc83 View Post
    That's a bummer Miroslav but maybe there is an upside? Perhaps you don't suffer the rip offs, shoddy work and abandoned builds that are rife in this country with its largely unregulated trades?
    The sad part is that we still suffer from plenty of shoddy work and rip offs. A contractor, by definition is a person who you pay to do the work you won't or can't do. DIY is always a pain in the ass, but it's normally 50 percent of contractors cost. So, right off the bat, you're sunk. And just because they're in business and approved by The Better Business Bureau, Angies' List, and your next-door neighbor, doesn't mean they do good work. Shoddy seems to be a universal function of humanity.

    As for inspector clipboard, he's a nice enough guy as long as he's signing the forms an moving along on his merry way. The minute he throws up a roadblock, he's a flaming Nazi. What kills me most is the post build inspection. Five minutes for pulling on a wire, pushing a joist, and tapping some drywall and he's out. The clipboard paperwork gets checked, you get your copy and, viola, all the confidence in the world that you are 100 percent safe and sound.

    My wife always asks me when we will design and build our dream home with a giant recording studio on one side, a full ceramics workshop on the other, and a small kitchenette/toilet/sleeping area in the middle. I say never. It would be easier to build a coffin and just crawl in it and expire.

  5. #55
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    northampton uk home of Dr Who and Blackstar Amps!
    Posts
    9,789
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 653 Times in 617 Posts
    Rep Power
    9266934
    Oh. Not downhearted and cynical then?

    Dave.

  6. #56
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Trending
    Posts
    18,543
    Thanks
    285
    Thanked 822 Times in 718 Posts
    Rep Power
    21470742
    Well...I'm certainly not letting this be any roadblock...I just have to find a new contractor...one that has more local history and knows the people in the Building Dept.
    If there are legitimate costs for engineering, architectural drawings, etc...that's just the part of the total build expense.
    I wish I knew right off this guy wasn't going to be allowed to build something this involved (I didn't think it was that involved) because he needs a specific NY license...I kinda wasted a month now, but Monday I will be on the phone, and I already put out a call yesterday, and hoping another guy will call/stop by over the weekend.

  7. #57
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    1,776
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 43 Times in 38 Posts
    Rep Power
    420903
    Quote Originally Posted by ecc83 View Post
    Oh. Not downhearted and cynical then?

    Dave.
    Well, I haven't actually built the coffin yet.

    Dave, too.

  8. #58
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Trending
    Posts
    18,543
    Thanks
    285
    Thanked 822 Times in 718 Posts
    Rep Power
    21470742
    Not much of an update...but just to keep this thread somewhat alive.

    So I've been chasing a new contractor, he said he would stop by before the end of the week to see what I want done. This guy at least has a serious crew, and while his main focus is the framing, he has all the other necessary sub-contractors on tap. He was recommended by a guy who's done work for me (roof, deck, etc) that didn't want to get into this type of project.
    We'll see if this pans out...but based on our phone conversation, the guys sounded positive and was confident that we could have this all wrapped up by end of summer, early fall...which is my target.
    One thing is clear, I will have to go the architect/engineering route, mostly because of the septic tie-in...and if we do the planned 34' long open cathedral ceiling, which needs to be certified for load bearing and all that exciting stuff.

    That said...I've been considering my option C (not sure if I mentioned this before)...and that means looking for a new house altogether. I've been casually checking out the market in the three counties around me, and while I've found a few nice properties, most of them are focused on the whole multi-bedroom/multi-bathroom layout, plus the basic den/2-car garage stuff....which is great for a family of 5, but a lot of bedrooms and bathrooms that make up the total square footage is of little use to me. I need a house that has 2, maybe 3 bedrooms...with 2.5 or 3 bathrooms...but also a couple of large open spaces other than the living room/dinning room thing.
    I found many that were "OK"...but TBH, doing the addition and remodel at my current house would be a better end-result, for less $$$ (more left over to outfit the studio even better)...and no crazy moving (that's the part I'm least interested in, but would do it for a "perfect" new place).

    Anyway...last night a house came on the market only about 10 minutes from where I live, in the nearby small town that I go to quite often. It's just on the outskirts of the town, so you could walk/bike into the village, which has a nice center with shops and places to eat, and has that rural charm, but with all the necessary amenities...big supermarket (I go there often), hardware and other types of supply stores...and a Micky-D's.
    The house is on a dead-end street...which is kinda like my current place, which is a cul-de-sac...so only people that come down the street are the ones who live there. Has the same amount of land as my place, but the best thing is the layout, with a really great lower floor that has an almost perfect studio layout, with one big space and a second large room...and on top of that, there's a huge 3-car garage that provides alternative studio potential.

    So I'm kinda torn now between the addition/remodel or maybe make the house move. I think I may at least go check it out in person with a real estate agent.
    The price is right and I probably spent at least 3 hours last night looking over the listing pictures and details...which is way more than I've done with any of the others that I've kinda bookmarked. There was an immediately appealing feng shui vibe...like I really could see myself living there...a very sweet layout overall.
    OK...I think I've almost talked myself into calling the real estate agent for an appointment.

  9. #59
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    HOUSTON, TEXAS
    Posts
    812
    Thanks
    54
    Thanked 136 Times in 121 Posts
    Rep Power
    752369
    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    Not much of an update...but just to keep this thread somewhat alive.

    So I've been chasing a new contractor, he said he would stop by before the end of the week to see what I want done. This guy at least has a serious crew, and while his main focus is the framing, he has all the other necessary sub-contractors on tap. He was recommended by a guy who's done work for me (roof, deck, etc) that didn't want to get into this type of project.
    We'll see if this pans out...but based on our phone conversation, the guys sounded positive and was confident that we could have this all wrapped up by end of summer, early fall...which is my target.
    One thing is clear, I will have to go the architect/engineering route, mostly because of the septic tie-in...and if we do the planned 34' long open cathedral ceiling, which needs to be certified for load bearing and all that exciting stuff.

    That said...I've been considering my option C (not sure if I mentioned this before)...and that means looking for a new house altogether. I've been casually checking out the market in the three counties around me, and while I've found a few nice properties, most of them are focused on the whole multi-bedroom/multi-bathroom layout, plus the basic den/2-car garage stuff....which is great for a family of 5, but a lot of bedrooms and bathrooms that make up the total square footage is of little use to me. I need a house that has 2, maybe 3 bedrooms...with 2.5 or 3 bathrooms...but also a couple of large open spaces other than the living room/dinning room thing.
    I found many that were "OK"...but TBH, doing the addition and remodel at my current house would be a better end-result, for less $$$ (more left over to outfit the studio even better)...and no crazy moving (that's the part I'm least interested in, but would do it for a "perfect" new place).

    Anyway...last night a house came on the market only about 10 minutes from where I live, in the nearby small town that I go to quite often. It's just on the outskirts of the town, so you could walk/bike into the village, which has a nice center with shops and places to eat, and has that rural charm, but with all the necessary amenities...big supermarket (I go there often), hardware and other types of supply stores...and a Micky-D's.
    The house is on a dead-end street...which is kinda like my current place, which is a cul-de-sac...so only people that come down the street are the ones who live there. Has the same amount of land as my place, but the best thing is the layout, with a really great lower floor that has an almost perfect studio layout, with one big space and a second large room...and on top of that, there's a huge 3-car garage that provides alternative studio potential.

    So I'm kinda torn now between the addition/remodel or maybe make the house move. I think I may at least go check it out in person with a real estate agent.
    The price is right and I probably spent at least 3 hours last night looking over the listing pictures and details...which is way more than I've done with any of the others that I've kinda bookmarked. There was an immediately appealing feng shui vibe...like I really could see myself living there...a very sweet layout overall.
    OK...I think I've almost talked myself into calling the real estate agent for an appointment.
    I would definitely take a look. If you have a good house inspector and you really like the place , that would certainly be my next step(pro inspection, I mean)
    Win 7 Ult Dell i7 4core 6700ghz 32 GB, 1,2x2, 4 Tb Barracuda HD's running Pro tools 2018 through Allen&Heath Qu-32

  10. #60
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Trending
    Posts
    18,543
    Thanks
    285
    Thanked 822 Times in 718 Posts
    Rep Power
    21470742
    Quote Originally Posted by Gtoboy View Post
    I would definitely take a look. If you have a good house inspector and you really like the place , that would certainly be my next step(pro inspection, I mean)
    So today the new contractor I was in touch with called, and he is coming over to tomorrow to see what it is I want done.
    I'm going to see how positive that conversation is...and it if this guy also makes it seem like there's going to be a lot of complications or whatever...I am most definitively going to go look at that house I found. Actually...I'm calling tomorrow to set up an appointment regardless what the contractor says. At least that way I'll know for sure if that house is something I could seriously consider, or I scratch it...meanwhile until the contractor is ready to break ground, I will keep checking for any houses that come on the market that fit my needs.

    I never thought it would this hard to find a house that had a couple of fairly large rooms that weren't bedrooms/living room, etc...heck, a few had some fantastic living room spaces, with the 20' cathedral ceilings...and on more than one occasion I thought maybe just go with that and the heck with it, setup a studio in the living room space. I wouldn't be the first person to do that...but I was really hoping to have a more specific, dedicated studio space.

    Oh...so the one thing about this house I want to see...the potential studio space(s) are quite large...one room is 30x30, with an adjoining 12x28' room, plus another 12x28 foot room that could be added....all one next to the other. The only "downside"...it won't have the high ceiling, since the rooms are on the lower floor...but if everything else is as good as it looks in the pictures...I can live that. It won't be perfect, but the 30x30' space will make up for it as a main room, with the 12x28 space as the "live" room.

    Anyway...maybe after I talk to the contractor tomorrow, things will be a bit more in focus. At least he was very positive about the build being very doable by the end of the summer.
    I'll be honest...moving ain't easy or fun. Just moving my studio from its current location to this new build if it happens, is going to be a lot of work, but at least I could do that at my leisure and I'm not having to load a truck and cart it to another house.
    If I can do the build the way I want it...I think I would prefer that...but again, this house I found is pretty sweet, inside. My property is a bit nicer, more private, but this other place isn't bad at all, just different kind of property layout.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Home studio - interface options - help required!
    By KrispyDK in forum Recording Techniques
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 01-19-2010, 11:09
  2. My new studio space...
    By Mindcore in forum Studio Building & Acoustic Treatment
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-11-2005, 21:35
  3. Monitor Options for New Studio
    By drum bum in forum Gear Reviews & Questions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-06-2003, 23:44
  4. Flooring options for one room studio.
    By Pacifica604w in forum Studio Building & Acoustic Treatment
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-14-2003, 07:32

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •