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STUDIO RENOVATION PART 2

On 01, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In ME STUFF | By admin

Brian and I did most of the demolition and renovation ourselves. Part of the reason we scaled down our studio overhead was to save money, so why not just do all the reno ourselves, right!?

Well! We most certainly saved a huge amount of cash, but it nearly killed us. For the first month of reno, we had to also do our computer work back at the old location. The weekdays were long, but the weekends were even longer.

For the stuff we just didn’t want to figure out ourselves we hired help. We had a plumber help with the kitchen and bathroom, some really lazy guys (don’t know what their title would be) to help grind the floors and and float the new cement, and a great electrician who worked miracles on the shantytown power supply.

We ripped the drop ceiling out, the mid section wall, and two walls in the back section. When we pulled the carpet up in the loft we found some water damage in the flooring. A lot of the loft/kitchen/bathroom structure seemed to be built from found lumber. One part of the loft was supported by a wall made from police crossing barricades. This place need a lot of work:

Demo the poorly built interior walls and ugly drop ceiling. In addition to the gross old toilet, I ripped out two walls in the back area and built a new support for the loft from fresh lumber.

A look from the front to the back, before and after demo stage.
We used a big gas powered grinder to chew the crappy tiles off the floor and begin the leveling process.
We had to float some new cement on the ground to level the floor out.
After ripping up the old carpet we fount a bunch of water damage to the loft floor. We replaced with new, thicker plywood. Before / After
Brian removing the drop ceiling frame and mirrors that were cemented to the walls. That was a mess.
My buddy Cesar with the saws-all removing the old awning to reveal the beautiful arched windows.
On the left you can see the chunks of wall I had to cut out for mold removal. We then built a new wall to support the new kitchen
This WAS the mid section wall area. We built a brand new 14' wall that would become our 2 wall cyclorama.I wanted to build a bookshelf/entertainment wall on the backside of the mid/cyc wall out of reclaimed lumber, but had to settle for pine. I have just enough room to work out back in our alley, which comes in handy when spraying or staining things:

I wanted to build a bookshelf/entertainment wall on the backside of the mid/cyc wall out of reclaimed lumber, but had to settle for pine.
Our next door neighbors hang out, play cards & smoke hookahs all day and night. Here our larry is taking a break with a hookah and a (STRONG) Turkish coffee. Thanks neighbors!Cesar and I were installing the south wall work surface as Brian and the movers were moving stuff in. It’s a nice 1″ply I coated in polyurethane, Cesar welded the legs from 1″x1″ square steel tubes:

Cesar and I were installing the south wall work surface as the movers were moving stuff in. It's a nice 1"ply I coated in polyurethane, Cesar welded the legs from 1"x1" square steel tubes
Cesar made us these ceiling to floor curtains from this high-tek material that you can see through, but it blocks a bunch of sun. We have a second set of curtains that are black to control the light during filming. On the right, booting up our server in the new "machine room".
Our electrician did a killer job on the new wiring, lights and ceiling fan. I just got these halogen flood lights form home depot and our electrician dropped them from ball jointed conduit tubes about 3'. Looks great, works great. Stole the idea from my pops studio.The next renovation post will hopefully show the finished product, although I have to admit it’s all still a work in progress 18 months later. Next time I try to renovate something I’ll be sure to take 6 months off from work, and somehow be rich. It’s rewarding, but not always fun and never smooth. CHECK OUT THE NEXT AND FINAL RENOVATION POST>