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I've never done anything like this before, but I have some good friends on board, and they are 1) a builder, 2) an acoustician and 3) my brother, an audio installer! So hopefully we can pull this off on a limited budget. I also have a planning consultant/architectural technician who will be drawing up the plans and submitting them to the local council for approval. We had an informal meeting with a county planner a couple of weeks ago, and we got verbal 'approval in principle' for the studio, so that's a good start. The arch. tech. visited here a couple of days ago, and I'm now waiting to receive his first draft of the building shell drawing.
The internal floor space of the existing garage is 20' x 18', and the plan is for that to be the live room. I'd like to be able to accomodate a 5 piece band for live tracking. I know it will be tight in a 20' by 18' space, but that's what I have to work with. Not many bands here want to track fully live anyway, so most of the time it would be rhythm section plus overdubs later. There's enough space behind the garage to build a control room with the same dimensions (which will also house my synth collection), and behind that is the fence into the field. There's enough space in the garden to build the rear room out sideways into the garden to provide a small lounge, toilet and kitchenette. So the finished building will be an L shape.
There are a couple of challenges with the build, which are:
1) The garage is 100' from the road. It's a quiet country road, but it's used by cars, vans, tractors and an occasional truck. I'm sitting in the kitchen as I type this, and the worst noise offenders by far are the tractors! The road is quiet most of the time, but all it takes is one tractor to ruin a recording, So my thought at the moment is to make the live room a 'room within a room' with a ventilation system, and leave the rest of the studio with natural ventilation and standard construction, apart from acoustic treatment in the control room. As I already mentioned, the budget is very limited!
2) The land rises behind the house and garage into the field, so it's either a massive amount of excavation to dig down to the current foundation level of the garage, or go with a stepped foundation for the new room. My builder and arch. tech. are both in favour of the stepped foundation with a single roof line (pitched slate roof), and besides, I like the idea of a couple of steps up from the LR into the CR. It also means a nice high roof and vaulted ceiling in the LR. I've spent a bit of time reading posts on the John Sayers forum, and I found an interesting solution I hadn't thought of, which is the idea of double sliding doors with an air gap between the CR and LR. I like that for a couple of reasons - it would eliminate the need for double doors plus a window, it would provide line of sight from CR to LR, and it would also solve the problem of walking up a couple of steps and having to pull a door. If it has to be double doors, the only solution I can think of would be a sound lock, where you would walk up the steps and the LR door would open (push) into the sound lock, but that would eat up a lot of space in the CR. My concern with sliding doors is whether enough isolation can be achieved.
If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I'd love to hear them!
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