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Studio 318 Renovation Project

OK, I've been threatening to do this for a while. Here's a bit of a photo-essay on the process of renovating a 1980 14x66 foot mobile home into a photography studio.



Start of the Project April 2004
Start of the Project April 2004

This is inside the building; this used to be the living room. Through the door to the right side is the 'front room', which was a bedroom, then an office. There's a 3/4 bath through there. Also, the door outside is right next to that. Note the fake 'beams' across the ceiling, and how they affect the visual space.
Start of the Project: April 2004
Start of the Project: April 2004

Standing by those doors in the previous photo, showing the opposite corner. Note the stains on the rug.
Start of the Project: April 2004
Start of the Project: April 2004

I suppose this could also be called an "I Love Me" wall; those are all my pieces hanging there. Also four of my light stands. The black ones I usually mount the electronic flash units to, the silver ones are incandescant bulb units. The floor grill is the H/AC air return. The shelves on the wall are built-ins I made when we did live here.
Moving Along: Acquiring Some Things
Moving Along: Acquiring Some Things

The block units came out of a local Books-a-Million that a friend works at, turing a renovation. BaM wanted to eliminate this style of display building blocks, so they came to the studio. Six of the larger ones, which came with a smaller block mounted on top for a 'stair-step' effect. Two of them are bolted together to make one functional unit, three of them with the step block removed. The black light stand has a reflector umbrella mounted, tho the umbrella is closed.
The Studio Office
The Studio Office

Once upon a time, this is where we slept. This room and the front room are essentially the same floor plan, only mirrored. This one does not have a 3/4 bath, as right next to it is the full bathroom.
Studio Office Stuph
Studio Office Stuph

Just some odds and ends; ceiling fan flush mounted (one in the front room also), closet behind the mirror doors, large file cabinet.
Setting Up the Office
Setting Up the Office

Hollow-core door converted to a work table by adding folding legs. This door is salvaged out of a UofF building, courtesy of my friend S. While it is a hollow-core door, the core is built up of wood spacers rather than corrugated cardboard. Quite a solid table.
Setting Up the Office; Old PC's
Setting Up the Office; Old PC's

Two old PC's, one functional (barely) and one being built up of used parts.
Studio Office
Studio Office

You can just see the hoses for my ancient Electrolux vacuum.
Exterior Studio, North Facade
Exterior Studio, North Facade

This is the north facade of the edifice (my, such a big word for an old mobile home). The window is the studio room/former living room. The front room is to the right of that as we view the building. The oak tree in the foreground was a mere sapling when we moved the box here. The pole in the foreground was going to be part of a gate, until a sinkhole opened up close to the drive just to my right as I make this photograph. We re-routed the drive, but not the poles.
West Facade, Studio 318
West Facade, Studio 318

The numbers were the address for the box while we lived in G'ville. We simply never took them off. Astute readers will recognize this view as comprising the new Studio 318 icon. For those who also read the Border Collie Bros, that's Forrest NissanPickup Growlybeast. There is a large copse of live and laurel oaks to the east of the box, and a huge twin laurel to the south. This provides good shade to the edivice, and yet I still get fairly good natural light through two large windows on opposite sides of the studio room.
Renovations Begin
Renovations Begin

Stacking up the posing blocks, as well as the 5/8" ply which is to go down over the floor to reinforce over water-damaged particle board. The oval mirror came to me from Mother Mary, Herself's mother.
More Progress
More Progress

Starting the re-flooring process in the kitchen/workroom. After the first few sheets went down, we moved the plywood stack into this room to facilitate finishing the entire floor.
Emptying Out the Studio
Emptying Out the Studio

Stair-step posing blocks to the left. Shelf unit in the left corner came from Mother Mary's house years back, when she renovated the boy's bedroom. Bookcase unit on the right also came from Mother Mary's house, she decided she didn't want it anymore.
Removing Carpet
Removing Carpet

The carpet went in in the fall of 1995, right after we moved into our new house close to this one. Six tenants (with three pets) later, it is pretty ugly looking and coming out.
Removing the Carpet
Removing the Carpet

Moving things about over uncovered surfaces. This shows the particle board flooring; the staining is due to either spilled drinks, or pet 'accidents'.
Progressing Into the Studio
Progressing Into the Studio

First course of plywood down; needing to cut around the H/AC floor vents.
Last of the Carpet
Last of the Carpet

Just before removing the last of the carpet.
Renovations In Progress: Kitchen/Workroom
Renovations In Progress: Kitchen/Workroom

Here you are looking into the kitchen, with the plywood down on the water-damaged particle board flooring. It made a huge difference walking through the kitchen. Note the flush-mounted ceiling fan with light fixture. Behind the sawhorses is a space which used to hold the gas furnace, which unit died of old age and we replaced with a heat-pump unit. The shelves to the left are the built-ins mentioned earlier. The ceiling light fixtures in the foreground were replaced about two months after this photo with halogen units, to light the photo display wall.
Mamma Mudge Can Sleep Anywhere
Mamma Mudge Can Sleep Anywhere

That's Mamma Mudge Bordercollie snoozing in the workplace, there.
Renovations Done, Checking Things Out
Renovations Done, Checking Things Out

The cords hanging from the ceiling are from hooks placed to support the backdrops, and give a preliminary sense of how much space will be available to work in. Note that the fake beams are removed, which contributes to a more 'open' appearance, and simplifies setting up stage settings in the studio. The lights against the walls, high, were inside the fake beams. Folding screeen to the left is an un-mounted folding closet door. The boxes piled up are from bringing things up from Mother Mary's estate.
Opposite Corner
Opposite Corner

Heavy-duty shelving mounted in the opposite corner provides storage for the smaller blocks recovered from BaM. The large quarter-rounds on the furniture dollies also came from the same source, though these weren't screwed together and included three levels of steps. The large bronze bowl is a garden firepit; not being used as a firepit, however. And a few other props and accessories floating about.


Current workstation in the office; the shelves are mounted to the wall, as is the desktop. Desktop is a hollow-core door (not the same one previously seen, that continues to be used as a table). I've since also mounted the same shelf bracket style mounts onto the short wall under the window, which has an 18" wide HC door to extend the workspace, and shelves underneath. The window, btw, is a full-width bay.
Chillin' With Houdini
Chillin' With Houdini

Another photo from this day got posted previously; actually I think Houdini posted it in the Border Collie Bros' LJ. We'd finished up working on the mat board storage unit for the day, and were waiting for the thunderstorm to pass before 'commuting' to the House.
Mat Board Storage Under Construction
Mat Board Storage Under Construction

Or, as Houdini said, herding it into shape. One by Two stock screwed to the wall studs. This closet had been the utility closet originally (washer/dryer) when we lived in town. When we first moved out to the ranch, we moved those units onto a newly built back porch, and I refurbished the closet into a pantry. That's cedar chipboard siding.
Mat Board Storage #2
Mat Board Storage #2

Short 1x2 strips mounted to the short wall. The other end of the unit will be a sheet of ply with the same 1x2 strips.
Studio Room In Use
Studio Room In Use

Light units, two tripods out. The darker tripod by the table by the window (next to chair) is inverted, set up for Herself to photograph her jewelery on the table top.
Mat Board Storage Complete
Mat Board Storage Complete

The opposite side sheet of ply and shelves in place.




That's it. Very boring, move along now.

Comments

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quietdarkness
Aug. 29th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
I'm showing my age. I'm looking at it and saying "My GOD! That's a lot of work!"

You did a great job, though.
madshutterbug
Aug. 30th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
Which? In the studio, or prepping the photos? *G* If you look over the dates of the photos (oops, dates of photos not easily visible, they're in the file names), it's a project that's spanned two years, and in terms of actual hours probably 40 - 50 or so.

And you're younger than I am, for gooness sake! *G*
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