Welp. I done it. Got me a better studio building.
I’ve been working on it for over a month now. Started with a split level house and went to work overhauling the entire structure. The major stuff that I’ve done to it so far haven’t been anything exciting. And not really music related. I started by trashing the previous HVAC system and re-ran the ductwork to reduce noise.
Next I got internet in the place, ran co-ax and CAT6 all over the building, and decked it out with smart home stuff including a voice activated Lyric thermostat, voice controlled lsighswtiches, LED motion activated smart lights, Schlage keypad smart locks, motion sensors, security cameras, and a badass EA9500 Wifi-router, which gives me reception all the way on the other side of a golf course.
The the fun stuff began. It was driving me nuts that a garage door didn’t work. Why the hell does a studio need a garage door? Who knows. But I fixed it anyway (just needed a new spring). Then more fun stuff. I replaced all the toilets. And the sinks. Since it was previously a house, I thought it would be amusing to add a smart shower which you could talk to and has temperature digital display, and can be activated with your cell phone. But seeing as no one will probably ever take a shower here, there wasn’t much point.
Then more stuff that has nothing to do with music or audio. I doubled up the insulation in the crawlspace and replaced the carpet in the lobby/waiting area. I built extra shelving in the garage for storing road cases, mic stands, music stands, rolls of cable, and electronic component stuff.
For the last few days, I’ve had an electrical company in here rebuilding the main circuit panel. I needed it doubled in size (from 16 breakers to 32 breakers), and run with thicker electrical wiring to have better shielding and insulation. I had the electricians run new outlets/receptacles with dedicated breakers, so that voltage regulators, isolation transformers and line conditioners could assigned to each receptacle independently. That should allow me to use dimmers in the live room and control room without worrying about the mess they make while tracking. I took out all the florescent lights removed and replaced with LEDs.
Over the next week, I have a grid-tie solar power system on the way, and I need to have a grounding wire attached to the breaker box run underground outside the house.
So…why buy a house and use it as a studio? My answer is because you can sell it and move if you need to as long as it remains functional as a residential dwelling. Anyone who may have ever tried to sell a studio building knows how difficult they can be to unload because of such a limited buyer base