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  1. drummer/engineer

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    Default Introducing...SFL Studios Part I (56k beware!)

    Hey guys, I haven't been active on the forums for a good while. Been really busy with the band recording our debut album (due for release next year) and other projects.

    The biggest undertaking has been the construction of my brand new recording studio/rehearsal space which is due to be completed in September! It has been a long process, and we have hit some snags as all building projects do, but overall me and my family are very happy with the results. Welcome to an extensive photo diary.

    Now for some background..

    Around four years ago, me and my family came up with the idea of demolishing our three car carage/store and building a new hybrid house (i.e. bottom floor a 'workshop', and a top-floor apartment - but from the front it looks like a two-story house. We then set out to design the layout, which changed countless times until we decided on the layout. Then I had a brainwave, could I turn part of the 'workshop' into a little recording studio/rehearsal space for myself?

    Of course I could.

    From then, I started figuring out what I could do with the space. I decided to create one isolated live room and an open plan control room, 'greenroom' and kitchen. If I could have utilised the whole space (a square 25'x25' room), I would have built another iso room - but while including a bathroom, kitchen and greenroom, I had to compromise sadly! Taking into consideration all of the inner construction was part of my overall studio budget, i'm pretty satisfied.

    Below is a floor plan I constructed:



    It took two years to get planning permission as the garage (pictured below) was a listed building:





    During this process, the foundations of the house to the left needed underpinning before demolition, which was a time consuming and expensive process.

    When that was completed successfully..


    ...timmmmmberrrrr!





    With the building down, the site was cleared out. 45 tons of rubble was taken away. With the site clear, the foundations were dug and poured.







    (From the above pictures, you can see the 20-feet elevated garden behind the garage.)



    To meet building regulations, we needed to build a retaining wall to hold back around 200 ton of granite and soil. A HUGE retaining wall was built, using around 7000 concrete blocks and a further 40 ton of stones! )

    After that, the bricklaying began and rapidly advanced:





    A shot of the second-floor:



    'My' floor:



    The building of the studs:



    Ta da, we have a building. Roof and windows were put in:





    Stay tuned for part two!

  2. Geek!

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    that looks amazing. I hope your happy with the results!!!!
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  3. Noderator

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    Wow it looks pretty cool! Not a fan of the sound of a bare cinder block room, so I'm looking forward to what happens inside!!
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    thats awesome, hope you everything goes as planned

  5. Recording fanatic

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    Awesome! Looking forward to more pics & info!

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  6. Life is drumming!

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    Really happy for you my friend

    Definately, long time no see!

    Wow, it looks like you're going to get an awesome studio/rehearsing room.

    Keep the updates coming.

    Cheers!

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  7. Masterworks Addict

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    Awesome dude, looks great!!

  8. Color-Changing Squares

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    Wow that's super awesome. Nice view you got there, too. Ireland's a beautiful place, I visited last year and I was awestruck by the views and landscapes.
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  9. Redemption

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    Wow, it lucks great, and I love the floorplans!
    Please keep us updated.

  10. drummer/engineer

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    Default Part II!

    Hey guys, here's part II of my construction thread.

    So I left off with the building pretty much constructed. This is where the fun began..

    - Trenches were dug for water and mains electricity (this process set our finish date back, d'oh!)



    - The stud walls were sheeted in MDF and packed full of rockwool:



    - The walls were plastered!





    - The exterior painting begins while the scaffolding was still there...




    ..then the scaffold came down!



    - View of studio from bottom of driveway/entrance and private parking for clients (with my own abode to the left ):




    **another part to come**

  11. drummer/engineer

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    - Exterior painting finishes:



    - Acoustic glass is installed: (I know that most commercial studios have two panes, but I couldn't afford both! haha)



    - Joinery was completed; skirting boards, frame cladding, double solid doors etc. and filling/sanding gaps in MDF particle board (very dense).




    - A view of the top floor from our garden:



    - Our view from the patio:



    Weather disrupted the build for a few weeks, and unreliable tradesmen made it worse

    - We then decided to get on with the decorating:

    Mix position;


    Kitchen and chill-out area;


    Bathroom adajecent from live room;


    Live room (outside);


    Live room (inside);




    Cable conduit; for multi-core, misc. cables etc.



    - View from outside;



    ..and that is us up to date! Stay tuned for the flooring, studio furniture and the gear arrival! All of it is ordered!

    Any questions guys? Don't hesitate to ask.

    Many thanks.

  12. John Bonham, So hot right now.

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    looks great man, quite the undertaking
    Sean

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