cliff - so here's a few questions for you:- what things (if any) do you wish you'd done differently on this home build?- what things worked out better than expected?- what were the biggest gotchyas?i have been working out of 3 rooms in a basement for the past 13 years and in the last 2 years or so have been planning to move out to a separate building i am trying to design and have built in place of an old garage behind my house. in the past week though i've actually been seriously considering converting an enclosed porch and attached patio on the back of the house into the 2 rooms i'm going to need (track/mix). it would be much the same as your build i believe. i see many plusses (in my situation) to doing it this way OVER the detached building... but i'd love to get your take on it in light you your build.-pete
"- what things (if any) do you wish you'd done differently on this home build? "
Bigger, not because of the sound but because I need more space.
I have a b3 that I would love to put in there and eventually a piano. I can possibly get the B3 and Leslie in but not the piano.
I think the biggest thing that I didn't do that is the biggest "gotchya" is STORAGE space. I have nowhere to put all the extra stuff, cymbals,snares,cables,mics,power supplies,connectors,guitars,percussion instruments,amplifiers...................................
All of this stuff is in my spare bedroom, give lots of thought on storage.
"- what things worked out better than expected?"
I spent lots of time researching isolation. I also spent lots of money trying to implement what I had researched. BUT it payed off in a big way.
I can go in my studio and turn on my Bassman and get on it and freakout for as long as I want whilst the wife is in the next room watching TV and chatting on the phone. Well worth every penny spent.
I am also quite happy with how the room sounds. Everything that I read pretty much said that if you have a small room that does not really sound good then just make it sound dead. Thats what I did.
Completely covered the ceiling in foam and put lots of traps on the walls and corners. BUT what I have found that by taking some of the traps down off the walls and rolling up the floor rugs I can get a different more live sounding room. I love it, no complaints.
If I could have a separate building off from my house?
The other thing that I don't like is having strangers in my house. Some strangers are all good but some are not. So a separate building would be great. However as I said before Im not doing this for a living so I can pick and choose who comes into my space, so I am happy............. for the moment.