.A large space that doesn't require a lot of isolation is about as good as you can hope for in a listening space.
yep. my sole criteria for moving was: i need a place where i can put in a nice big room that doesn't require a ton of isolation. my room here is a nice size, 13'5"x16'10"x21'3" (a friendly 1:1.26:1.59 ratio) and i wasn't gonna settle for anything smaller. i didn't want to have to cram a studio into a tiny garage or something. fortunately we found this place without too much trouble.
Scott is probably not as dumb as he looks...
i wear glasses. so i look smart. all a lie. i'm dumb as a stump.
for this type of project, an afternoon with someone...
yes, that is what i'd like to do. for the meagre amount i'm able to pay someone, i'd like to take up as little of their time as possible. so i'd like to be able to say "here's my plan, tell me what's wrong with it" rather than "hey yeah i wanna build a studio! let me ask you 50 million questions at once! while i'm at it can you just sketch out a design on this cocktail napkin here?"
i like learning about this stuff, it's really interesting. so i'm getting my idea together and hopefully won't sound like a complete idiot when i talk to someone.
10k should be enough if you do most of the work yourself.
putting the I in DIY. most of this should be no problem to do myself. the stuff i definitely can't or don't want to do is just:
1. removing the garage door opener/rails
2. the entry door might need to be moved. seems like that'd be a straightforward thing for someone who knows what they're doing. which isn't me.
3. i'm comfy wiring outlets and running romex, but anything with the panel that's more involved than switching breakers on and off, yeah no. i'm friendly with the electrician who did some work at the loft here, i'll call him for help if i need it.