Last set of before images, the studio space! This is about 95% of the reason we got this house. When shopping for our new place the office/client/studio area was the biggest hindrance in the search. We actually never intended to buy a fixer upper. Honestly the idea of spending months on a house to make it what we wanted first repulsed us, yes repulsed. Growing up my parents fixed up two houses and as a kid I swore I would never do that… Never say never. My mom could find the most interesting house and see all the potential the place had. Together with my dad, my mom turned some pretty funky places into pretty awesome homes. As a kid when my mom told us something had a lot of potential that meant one thing, lots of work and lots of time or paying someone to do all the work 🙂 As owners of our own business having lots of free time really isn’t on the table so we tried to avoid fixer uppers. But as we searched for our new place we just couldn’t find what we needed in anything that was new. Actually we couldn’t find anything that fit our need.
Then we found this house and it was exactly what we were looking for and needing. It just happened to be a foreclosure but it had so much potential 🙂 After weighing all the options we both decided that we could not pass this place up. Yes it meant that we were going to need to take some time off so we could get some of the work done but in the long run we would be benefiting on all fronts. The timing of us taking possession of the house actually worked out perfectly. Summers are typically our very busiest season for work since we are wedding photographers but this year the bulk of our weddings are in the fall and we have been able to shove in some off days to really tackle the bulk of the work…
Enough of that. Now on to the before of the studio. A refresher of the exterior. This will be the client entrance and we are planning on adding a good bit to the front to spruce it up and make it more official. Not a hundred percent sure what will happen to the front but something fun (I hope 🙂 ) :
Left side of the main room. This room will serve as our work space, the gallery area, client meeting/viewing area, and shooting space for when we do studio work. See those lovely holes. Yeah there are 8 of them in the dry wall. Apparently the previous owner loved surround sound; this room was wired and ready for 8 very large speakers.
More of the main room and part of the printer/product room. We do all our own printing and our printer is a massive beast that is 6 feet long by 3 feet deep and about 4 feet high weighing in tat 450 pound. It deserves its own room 🙂 Currently the printer is in Philip’s office at our previous house and his office 11×11 and upstairs. Getting that beast up the stairs was a nightmare since only Philip, myself and our dear friend Jason were available to carry it. The printer weighed more than all of us combined! Ummm yeah we might be hiring movers to get that thing back downstairs. Thank goodness no more stairs to carry that up!
PS love the natural light in this room! The French doors and this pretty window let in a gorgeous amount of light throughout the working hours.
More of the main room:
In the printer room looking into the main room.The main room is about 25×25:
Looking into the print room. You can see the covered patio and “our entrance” from the house:
Printer room. Again great light in here thanks to a huge doorway and window:
So here is a look at the main room post dry wall patching. In order to close on the house the appraiser had a list of things that had to be done to get final approval. Since the house was bank owned, the bank was not going to do the repairs… so that task fell on us to do. Yes before we even purchased the house we had to invest into it. One of the down falls of purchasing a foreclosure (more on that later):
More of the printer room, additional patching, and my sexy husband 🙂
A great plus on the studio, the crown molding! Yes both rooms are finished out with crown molding. Oh beautiful crown molding, I love you! also the light fixtures and fans are all brand new and fit pretty well with our design plan. Can I get an amen?!
From the best of our knowledge this was the detached garage at one time and the previous owner finished it out, added the additional room, and added the cover patio that connects the house to the studio area. While finding a detached garage that has potential to be finished out is decently easy in house searching, finding one that is completely finished, fully wired for electrical, and has its own HVAC system, yeah not so easy. Can you see why we are so pumped about this place!?! The studio is actually the easiest room in the house to have ready for move in. We’ve already had the dry wall patched so painting and moving in our furniture (which we are actually building our new desks from scratch, pretty excited about that!) is pretty much all that we will need to do for the studio to be ready. We are super pumped about that! We’ll be able to work during the day in a finished studio and at night we can work on the house. I think that is a win!
So that is a full tour of our new house and studio. We closed on the house on Friday May 25th and started working on it immediately… wellllll actually we worked on it two weeks before that in order to get it to be ready for the appraiser but that is another story 🙂
The changes we have already done look pretty good and we can’t wait to show you! But we have spent the last two days painting all day and we’ve got about another two weeks of painting and work ahead of us so some after will have to wait 🙂