|one of the french doors, with one of|
my paintings completed in the
to-be-studio space leaning against it
I am looking forward to having studio space, so I can paint more often. Once the weather got nicer, I have painted occasionally in this area, as the light is good, and filtered, but still true. There are not many bad shadows near the stone retaining wall side. I am hopeful this will make for good painting space. It is also very peaceful to work in.
|old light fitting |
at the back door
Ian did up a colour bond clad wall that will be our inside studio wall out of scrap left over colour bond sheeting. Because it was not all the same colour, he painted it with hammer-finish paint in a gunmetal colour to unify it. We were happy to use scrap that otherwise would have been discarded.
|french doors hung,|
but still in their as-we-got-them
Then on one of our November Monday's off we went into the city to order windows to fit the space. This is the most expensive last single expense of the project. It came in a bit higher than we originally hoped, but not more than our 20% margin for over-run estimates. So it was OK, plus we have saved on a few other things here and there. I was quite happy to get more window light than I had expected might be the case, plus we had them all made with fitted flyscreens, which means we will have outstanding ventilation in the space whenever we want it. So a good outcome. The finish for the window frames is black, which will blend well with the very dark Monument colour (darkest charcoal).
A month later, the windows arrived and are now starting to be installed, one by one. One is in now and the next three are queued up for their turns.
This last snapshot shows framing structure, the first window in, and also the painted up French door on the left (looking from outside in). This wall will be the one facing the shed, and the area on the outside is covered by the patio overhang.
It's looking so exciting to see the progress, step by step. Can't wait for it to be done ! Finally I have allowed a bit of indulgence of thought about how to finish the space off once construction and enclosing is finished ! I have old vintage factory style lights to put in there. We need a few power points along the wall adjacent to the laundry. We know this area is very weatherproof and dry inside (even without enclosure, it early gets wet, and once the windows to the west are in it won't at all). So, I want to move the big bookcases out from the dining area to that wall adjacent to laundry. So we will have reference materials for art and creating activities and also a bit of that nice library feel to this space. We have two cane frame lounging chairs for the space too, and will work out something for a table near them. Last but not least, the top of the stone retaining wall will be a seat with views to the garden, and I have saved for this area some large vintage carpet pillows. The cats love them and will enjoy them while they watch the garden. The BBQ will move under the eaves outside the studio, and also the round teak table, plus the chairs I still must finish painting (one of 4 is done !).
Oh yes, I also must get rid of a lot of final boxes of things from our move, some have been boxed up for a long time. It will soon be time to sort, manage properly or get rid of the clutter of old things I have been holding onto. So a bit to do ! But a task I actually look forward to, to start 2014 with a bit of clearing !