The New Studio
In November 2011, I purchased another building in Grayson, Saskatchewan for my studio, to be a place of instruction, community, and creativity. After much renovation and preparation, I had a grand opening on July 15, 2012. Here are some before and after photos of the building, of the big day…and me in the building. I am no longer painting under the floorboards!
The outside front of the house–from my realtor.
The view from the back of the property. It is one long building!
The view from the south east corner of the building before I renovated: couches, comfy chair , coffee tables, pink vertical blinds and dark wood paneling.
South west corner of the studio, before renovation, looking northeast. I replaced the door, the carpeting, and painted the wood paneling. It really was a bit of a cave!
This small bedroom became my spray room–an actual wall was put in, and the room was almost doubled in size.
The kitchen. I really did little to the kitchen, except painted it. The pink hues really didn’t agree with my tastes.
The kitchen from another direction.
The master bedroom.
The renovation of the back bedroom and the kitchen in progress.
The bedroom was tiny and lacking a source of heat, so we made a new wall and extended the bedroom three feet. The same wood paneling was though the whole building. Nice that paint covers a variety of sins.
The bathroom, gutted. The previous owners, before I had a chance to look at the property, removed the bathroom fixtures, although they were there when the realtor did the initial walk through. So, really, there was nothing that was salvageable , as the drywall had chipped and cracked due to the moisture from the bathtub/shower.
At least the pipes were mostly OK. Had to do some re-arranging, such as the heat register–otherwise it would have been under the bathtub!
This was the original colour of the bathroom ceiling! Loved it, but a basic beige is better. The color I chose was “mere mortal”, sort of appropriate for a monastic!
This is in the attic: we had to show that there was no insulation, and show measurements of how much was put in. No wonder the building was so cold.
This is my contractor Bob blowing in the insulation. R-50, here we come!
Big expanse of plastic sheeting, to hold all the insulation.
The right amount!
The front of the studio
The studio space from the Northwest corner–so much light, and daylight mimicking lightbulbs! The doorway you see leads into the spray room.
The air exchange system in my spray room. It is so wonderful to have such a system: I no longer worry about fumes.
The door out of the room, from the southeast corner. The door is an outside door, so that it can be sealed separately. No fumes! I can paint and varnish at the same time.
The view from the south east corner of the studio: oversized panels at the ready, folding tables waiting for students, and chairs for everyone…plus some printers
South west corner of the studio, looking northeast. The sign I have is transparent from the inside during the day, but opaque on the outside. Light and privacy can’t be beat!
The view from the north east corner of the studio, panels and books at the ready, to go down the hallway
The bookcases in the hallway, leading to the suite
The view from the doorway: you can see on the left the door to the bedroom; where the light is a door to a lean to leading outside, and the bathroom. And a washing machine if anyone who stays need to wash their clothes!
From the southwest corner of the suite, looking North
From the southwest corner of the suite, looking north east
From the door to the suite, looking southeast. The building was once a store, and it is amazing to find all the remainders when one renovates.
The bedroom: it is a bit narrow, but at least after the renovation, it has a heat register! The bed is also very comfortable. I have slept on it many times.
The renovated bathroom.
The renovated bathroom, complete with all the fixtures and water saving toilet.
Some of the 50+ people who came to my open house on July 15, 2012.
The happy owner: thanks be to God for all things!
A gift bouquet from some dear friends
My sign for the front window, via Source Embroidery in Yorkton
Mike and Kirk from Source Embroidery in Yorkton installing the sign
Mike and Kirk still installing the sign
The sign just about finished: no wonder I couldn’t do it myself! I only have two hands since the accident…
A wide shot of the inside of the studio.
The priestmonk, happy to no longer be painting in the basement of his house! I think I should wear black when I am photographed here: beige on beige just washes me out!
Not sure what I am frowning about, but this is me outside with the sign of me painting…