6th December, 2017
Before I started the studio self-build I sat down and worked out what I wanted in the building and how I would position electric sockets. Top of my list was somewhere to store my art materials, also my CD and vinyl collection and a deck to play them on. It had to have good lighting but too many areas to loose heat, so opted for wide patio doors that face north and then lots of sockets so I have the option to switch from mood lighting to daylight bulbs for painting. Another necessity was heating and I set my heart on a log burner – although this would mean a compromise on space.
Another part of the planning consideration was height – it had to be within the permitted height of 2.5m. I spent a lot of time drawing plans on scaled graph paper and double checking material sizes. It was bit of a learning curve and a lot of watching YouTube about various construction techniques.
Images below show the build developing – the sub-floor has gone down and now the walls are going up:
Next, we stapled a breathable membrane to the OSB cladding, then nailed vertical battens to allow airflow (with angle cut to the base of each to direct moisture away) and then it was time to put up the roof joists.
Perhaps the worst job of all was cutting and fitting the insulation – it get everywhere. Below I have insulated the walls and now nail-gunning the roof boards: