As the title suggests, I’m moving to a new studio space for 2015. After searching for commercial spaces in the area, and browsing all sorts of places from fully furnished offices, to cabins in a field, I decided on a light-industrial estate. The reasons are mostly personal (near my home etc), but this particular trading estate is about 2 minutes from the M4 motorway, and already has several other recording studios and rehearsal spaces within the grounds, so I knew it would suit.
Once I’d narrowed down the location, I chose a space offering 100^2m of floor space, but was already split into various sized rooms and levels by previous tenants, which meant I’d need to start a new build from scratch inside. This place used to be an old biscuit factory, and there’s various types of light-industrial work going on here, but since it’s not excessively noisy, I won’t need to worry too much about complete sound isolation in the control room.
Since this is my first ever build, I thought I’d start this blog, so that others can learn from my inescapable mistakes 😉
Here are some pictures from when I’d moved some boxes of stuff in…
The main space, where I’ll be building my Control Room and a small isolated recording booth.
The kitchen and W.C.
The front room, most likely to end up being an office space.
The corridor running alongside all rooms.
Upstairs from the corridor, ideal for storage.
As you can see from the pictures, there’s a metric fucktonne of work to do, and since I’m dealing with 4m high ceilings there’ll be a lot to consider in terms of acoustics too.
However, after much deliberation, here are the basic floor plans I cam up with…
Basic floor plan
Floor plan in 3D, looking down from above the control room.
Again, but from above the front room.
Watch this space…