We planned the studio months in advance, doing all the re-search, costings, maths etc... and a month after we moved to our 60s house, my partner Jim started work on realising our dream! This was last October when the weather couldn't have been worse. We had to buy our own scaffolding in the end and make a waterproof tower around the build so things wouldn't get wet. Jim had to frequently push puddles of water off the top of the waterproof roof which kept filling up. We had an extra pair of hands for 5 weeks as erecting our own scaffolding was a 2 man job and the timber also weighed a ton! Prior to this, Jim hired his own mini digger, (he had to make a ramp for it to get up the stairs of our side access!) in order to dig down to allow for more height according to the permitted development regs (and not to be higher than the back fence). The excess earth turned into mounds of earth that we later turfed!
The studio has been built from SIPS (sealed insulated panels 150mm) and then has been lined with foil backed plasterboard. Jim has done everything including the electrics, plumbing and heating. We've yet to clad the building in Siberian Larch - we're waiting for better weather! I hope you enjoy the photos! Am very proud of what my partner has achieved. I'll now be able to screen print, sew and draw in one large space. Hooray!