Monday, August 16, 2021

Hobby Studio Build: Part III


It's been several months since I've posted an update on the hobby studio. Well, it's been bumbling along in fits in starts, but progress has been made. 

The main overhead door was installed in January after a 5 month delay. It was sourced from an American company. Apparently being a 'favoured trading partner' has its limits, as our order was bumped 4 times by later-arriving domestic customers. I was not impressed. Anyway, better late than never, here is a shot of the door, finally installed. Funny thing is that, being a gaming studio, it hardly gets opened, but it looks nice and I'm sure the next owners will make good use of it. 

We plunked down for a model that offered a bit more insulation, which should help during the colder months.

After living with it for a few months we found the west wall of the studio was rather bland looking, and so decided to retrofit it two thin horizontal windows (found at the ReStore recycling) to add a bit more visual interest. They're also nice in that they introduce a little more natural light into the space.


As the interior was not yet insulated and heated, the onset of Old Man Winter enforced a pause on the project.

Early this spring we picked out our siding, and after four months of delays (again due to Covid) it was installed just last week. 

This is the interior side, facing into our courtyard. That's Eddie, our siding contractor, doing his thing. 


For the exterior siding, we went with a vertical bat profile as it seemed more in-line with the design of our house. We also decided to clad the four corners of the studio in teak stained pine boards for it to better tie-in with the other design elements on our property. Here are a few before and after shots:




We hope that the overhead door and corner cladding adds a bit of warmth to a fairly austere design.



Next up in this project is completing the eavestroughs and the exterior lighting. After that, we'll finally get into the fun stuff: the interior work to finish the game room. 

Thanks for dropping in folks - I hope you have a terrific week!

- Curt

32 comments:

  1. That is really very nice Curt and am somewhat jealous!

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  2. Looks great and the corner posts really stand out - great choice. Oh to have the space and resources to build a similar studio here.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Cheers Miles! If I could, I'd import you to make me a fancy-schmancy game table. :)

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    1. Thank you Ray! Someday I hope I can return the favour and host you for a game.

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  5. Very nice , the woodwork sets it off nicely

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    1. Cheers mate, I was thinking of you and your lovely hobby space while working on this project.

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  6. It’s a great gaming space Curt! Thanks for letting us use it.

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    1. Thank you Pete, it's wonderful being able to host you and the guys in it.

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  7. The outside is looking good, Curt. No doubt the inside will look equally great when it's done. :)

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    1. Thank you Ms. P! I hope so. We'll see how it all unfolds.

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  8. Very classy Curt - impressive. Not just a shed!

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    1. Thank you very much James. It's been a labour of love, for sure.

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  9. This explains an enigmatic comment that Peter D made when we were blog-chatting about your building project. It’s brilliant and ties in beautifully with your house as I remember it. I look forward to the inside shots when it’s finished, as I’m sure you do. Cheers, Mike P

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    1. Thanks Mike. Yes, it's now a race to get it insulated and drywalled before the weather closes in. I'm confident that it'll happen as it doesn't require me to be waiting on contractors or bespoke materials. Love to host you again!

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  10. Awesome looking build,it's great!
    Best Iain

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  11. Fantastic mate - you will love it when its done! Me and the lads might have to send you a little something to out on the wall :-)

    I'm sure that every cent spent on insulation is very well spent, especially there!

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    1. Cheers mon ami! Funny you mention insulation, as we just finished putting it in on Friday and am now doing the drywall. It will hopefully be a nice place for a future visit. :)

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