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Renovations At New Studio

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Mattie and I are moving our studio to 38 Franklin Street in Uptown Martinsville on the courthouse square.

The process has taken a little longer than I had planned, but the end result is going to be outstanding. Conversations about what the inside should look like went from basically moving a wall and putting down flooring to a full renovation of the inside and exterior of the structure.

The building had a drop ceiling. We didn’t like that. We removed a ceiling tile, poked though the sub-ceiling and discovered wood rafters. There also was a wood plank ceiling that is about 18-feet high and exposed brick above the drop ceiling. So the drop ceiling and sub-ceiling had to go. That also meant a new roof, new insulation, duckwork and lighting.

There was no room that could be used as a dressing room so that has to be added. Also the building didn’t have a floor. There was only the sub-floor.

On the outside of the building, there are blocks of glass that extends the width of the building. It was built sometime in the early 1900’s. Someone along the way put up a wall on the inside of the building so that you could not see the glass from the inside. That barrier had to go also.

OK, this is what has happened.

Frith Construction has torn out the ceiling and sub-ceiling. We have exposed the rafters and brick interior walls above about 11 feet. New ductwork will also be exposed and painted black. Here’s a photo of that. As you can see, the lighting has not been installed yet. That will happen next week.

The two restrooms will be updated and a dressing room has been added as an extension of one of the bathrooms. A new hardwood floor is now in place throughout the building. A crew is applying the stain today.

Two walls were removed and replaced with one wall that will divide the building into two large rooms. One room will be the shooting room. The other room, I love this part, will be a gallery. Track lighting will line the walls for accents on the photographs. I plan to do shows from my personal projects over the years. This is what the shooting room looks like right now.

In the gallery, will be a sitting area to meet with clients, and I will have my desk there. We are also going to put in a large HD TV on the back wall of the gallery for showing photos and to have photographs playing in a slideshow via a Mac mini when the gallery is open. This is the gallery. As you can see, they are prepping to stain the floor today. It will be a very dark stain that is almost black. I’m doing the studio in my two favorite colors – black and white.

The work on the interior should be completed in about two weeks. I’m meeting with the cabinet guy today about building cabinets with a sink. The exterior will then be the next project. I’ll talk about that later.

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