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Now that the structure has finally arrived, it is time to truly get to work and as you can see there is A LOT of work to do! Over the coming months, master carpenter Scott Yoder of Yoder Precision Carpentry will turn my design vision into a reality.

Design Vision: The design philosophy behind this structure, will be to create a warm, cozy studio and work space, from what traditionally would be a shed just for storage.  Further, the space should also double as a second living room, perfect for family movie viewing.

Why an Amish shed? The goal was to create this country oasis (the structure sits on a property in Upstate New York), on a low budget.  In researching my options, the cost of a pre-fab house or even a work space was cost prohibitive. Because Amish made sheds are typically affordable and well made, I asked myself… “why can’t we just raise ceiling heights and play with window and door locations and create an actual work/living space?”  The finished structure is exactly what I was hoping for, the ceilings are lofty (the walls are 8’ tall, but with the A frame design the center peak is closer to 10’ or 11′), and with 4 windows, a front door with fan light, sliding glass door, (2) transoms and a dormer, the space will certainly be filled with light.

The goals this week:

1.      Install electricity. Without power, it will be impossible for Scott to use his tools or be able to even see past a certain time of day.  Further, a heat and cooling source is needed at some point when the drywall is installed.

2.     Begin the frame out along the north facing long wall. Here there will be the following:

a.      A built-in niche for a long sideboard

b.      Two niches for built-in wall units

c.      Two closets covered by custom made barn doors

 Take a look at the photos below … I think we are off to a great start so far!

Wood to be used for the frame out

Wood to be used for the frame out

Scott Yoder of Yoder Precision Carpentry

Scott Yoder of Yoder Precision Carpentry

IMG_0147Now this is PRECISION!

You can see the framing already in place along the main wall

You can see the framing already in place along the main wall

BE SURE TO CHECK IN NEXT WEEK!  When master carpenter Scott Yoder brings in some help to shift the studio renovation into HIGH GEAR!

BE SURE TO CHECK IN NEXT WEEK! When master carpenter Scott Yoder brings in some help to shift the studio renovation into HIGH GEAR!

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