The Big Think

April 15, 2007

Studio Construction

Filed under: Studio Construction — jasony @ 12:41 am

Hang with me a little while longer. I’m almost finished and you won’t have to read many more of these. If you hate ’em, skip ’em. I’m doing this so that I’ll be able to look back and see an account of what I did to accomplish the remodeling. Next time I have a desire to tear up a room Erin can point me to this topic and I can feel that good old remodeling love again. Hopefully when I’m rereading these posts in the future Erin will hit me in the head with a 2×4 to knock some sense into me.

Anyway, I spent a very fruitless 2 hours yesterday trying to get THREE pieces of crown moulding to fit. They were along the ceiling of the booth. Normally, I cheat and add corner blocks and then just cut the crown flat to fit between them. It’s easy and neat and as close to a sure thing as crown moulding can be. But these three pieces were on three walls that had 18 and 9 degree angles between them (the door isn’t on a 90 or 45 degree angle. It’s weird and the eventual pictures will make it make sense). Oh, and halfway along one wall the ceiling starts a 7 degree downslope. I tried to trial and error these pieces into place with laughable results. I then checked the net for a formula and ran into a suggestion that I use trigonometry.

Trigonometry.

For crown moulding.

Well forget that (feel free to substitute alternate language here).

Last night Erin came home to a very frustrated and grumpy Jason. Today, bless her, she got all proactive and solved my problem for me. While driving home she saw a guy with “remodeling and repair” on the side of his car, whipped out her cellphone, and gave me the number. Within 30 minutes the guy was here. I told him that all I wanted was a quote for him to install those three pieces of crown. I would do all the filling and caulking, etc. He took a look at it and told met that it was possible. Not, thankfully, that it was easy. Such an admission might have seen me defenestrating myself. He said he could get right to it (which surprised me a lot. I figured he’d have to come back later). Luckily he was on his way home from a job and had all his tools in the car.

Two and a half hours is what it took him to install three pieces of crown, which made me feel much less like a nine-thumbed failure. I stayed in the room to do some other things (track light, ceiling speaker, wire testing) and watched him work. I was happy to see that, even for a pro, this install was tough. He was very complimentary of the rest of my work, which made me feel better, but then again I was paying the bill.

So for $60 I got 2 1/2 hours of a pro installer’s time (I guess he felt sorry for me- this is cheap!). Now when the studio is done and I look at that wall I’ll have a sense of ahhh instead of ick. Worth. Every. Penny. The install looks GREAT. After I putty the nail holes and do the touchup paint it’ll be the best looking stuff in the house. I wasn’t going to mention hiring a pro since it kind of violates my feeling that I wanted this build to be 100% me, but sometimes wisdom is knowing that you need help. Just do me a favor, if you ever come over to marvel at my studio, which I will have put over three hundred hours into when it’s finished, I humbly ask that the first words out of your mouth not be “so, is this the part you couldn’t do?”. You don’t want to see me cry. Let’s just keep this between us and not speak of it again, okay?

The lights are all installed and tested (they look great!) and the ceiling speaker is in. Three more easy pieces of crown to do, then the ceiling fan, then some tricky work on the booth door. Then I get to install the switches, paint the doors, tint the window, find/sew curtains, and do a few other final punch list things (mainly paint and caulk related). Then, then, I get to install the wood floor and trim and build the sound absorbers. After that I’ll start the furniture design and construction, but this will take place over the next few months. I’ll move the equipment back in the meantime so I can write some music again.

I can’t see the end of the tunnel, but I’m nearing the final bend. And no, Katherine, I didn’t get eaten by a woodworking tool. But then again I’m not done yet.

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