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Hey friends! I'm excited to finally share with you the details of our garage remodel!

This was my old studio which used to be the laundry room / master bedroom closet. Literally our clothes are behind the curtain! In the beginning this room more than met my needs because I only had a small line of cards & prints. But as we grew the shipping station eventually spilled out into our bedroom, storage bins overtook the garage, and we even had to annex part of our daughter's bedroom to keep it all under one roof! After a few years of increasingly blurred lines between home and work, we realized that we needed to untangle our work space from our living space and reclaim our dining room table.

We considered several options for a new art studio: renting a space outside our home, building a studio on our property, adding a room onto our home. In the end we decided to go with the most economical option, which was remodeling our 2.5 car garage. And I'm so glad we did because the pandemic hit right as we began the remodel and that further constrained our budget. 

I cannot stress to you how much crap lived in our garage! The biggest undertaking was to examine every box and bin and decide,"does this bring us joy?" Alas, a lot of it did not, and so much of it was donated or given away. It's amazing what you're willing to part with when a brand new studio is within your sights! We also built a small shed on our property to store things we wanted to keep like BBQ supplies, camping gear and our kayak.

My husband Bert did all of the demolition work, removing the interior room and all of the cabinetry. Then we had the walls insulated and the drywall finished and textured before painting them. 

Keeping the laundry area in the garage posed a minor design challenge, how to keep that space functionally separate. Our solution isn't perfect, but it's esthetically agreeable and highly workable. We essentially decided to surround the laundry area with metal bookshelves for extra storage, and use a room divider for visual separation. 

The one thing I knew from the beginning was that I wanted a glass garage door to bring in tons of natural light. Since our home does not face the street, we now have a view of the driveway surrounded by forest. Parking our cars on another part of our property allows us to use the driveway as a patio area.

Our home is surrounded by tall trees that filter the sunlight throughout the day. So in the spring I relied on a small space heater to help warm the chillier mornings. The studio stayed pretty comfortable throughout the summer, despite the afternoon heat, helped by the concrete floors, insulated walls, and tree shade. As I tend to do most of my work early in the day, the warmer afternoons were never an issue, anyway. Now, it's almost October so we'll see how we do this winter!

Major expenses:

  • Drywall- $3500
  • Insulation $2000
  • Garage Door $4800

Furnishings:

Diamond Pattern Area Rug

Navy Area Rugs

Sundance Console (similar to this one)

Framed Artwork

 Pole to hang outdoor string lights

Ikea storage and filing cabinets

Ikea blue metal cabinets

 

 Before:

After:
We used black pipe from a plumbing supply to hang white canvas drop cloths from the ceiling in the back of the studio. These conceal the idustrial shelving units we use to store merchandise and a few miscellaneous household items that still needed a place to live. We hung a gray canvas drop cloth across the back of three smaller storage shelves that face into the laundry area on the other side. This creates a soft "wall" effect and visually "encloses" the sitting area. 
I have to say I'm thrilled with this new space! Being able to "leave" my house and "go to work" every day, separating my work life from my home life, has been worth every penny. And being able to work with my canine and feline roommates is just icing on the cake.