Friday, April 25, 2014

first look and a selfie

Wednesday we closed on the new shop. Signed multitudes of paper, handed over a check, and got the keys, walked across the street to city hall (gotta love a small town) and got the water switched over and then went to check out our new space.

OMG, it's huge! Overwhelming. We looked it over fairly quickly then walked back across the street to home. Still had/have plenty of art work to get done by Monday.

And besides, the enormity of what we had just done started to sink in.

Yesterday, we spent some time over there opening it up to air it out (must have been smokers) while Marc measured all the rooms and I took pictures.

It's about 2,000 sq.ft. Bigger than our whole house. The country house, which is bigger than the city house.

So, would you like to see? Come with me...

The new shop.

Starting on the right, the old paint bay. The back wall used to have doors back there and they are, in fact, leaning against the side of the building. I think we will put them back on so that both ends can be opened up. We think this will be the cold work room. There is a door on the left wall opening into the large bay space.

The large double bay space. Don't know how we are going to utilize this space. I'm waiting for Marc to decide where he wants to set up the sandblasting booth, whether he builds a new one in the space or we move the old one (a tuff shed on the driveway of the city house) onto the property. The doorway on the back left wall opens into...

a medium sized dark room with only one small window. We think this room will just be general storage. That's a fiberglass stand alone shower on the right which we will probably remove. It's pretty funky.

Another view of the big bay space and the other door on the left wall which leads into...

the 'living' areas.

The first room has a sink and cabinets...the 'lunch' room.

The second room is the 'office'.

The third room is the 'lounge'. These are the designations we have given them so we known which room we are talking about and does not indicate how the rooms will ultimately be used. The back wall of this room leads into...

the bathroom...sink, toilet, closet. We will probably turn the closet into a shower. There is also a door to the outside.

The old dog pen and dog house. Would make a nice enclosure for chickens. Wouldn't want too many.

View of the property behind the shop.

This concrete bunker is in the yard in front of the building. When I asked what the hell that was used for, she said she thought they stored barrels of something in there. I guess it wasn't always a body shop.

The view inside. There are drain holes so water doesn't accumulate.

Plenty of work ahead for us. First order of the day, getting a professional cleaner in there.


  1. THAT is SO perfect! I am so excited for you and can't wait till you get it sorted! AWESOME! That big concrete structure with the drains would be perfect for felting a yurt!

  2. First, congratulations! Second, wow! Great space and property with a lot of potential. You are going to have so much fun.

  3. What a niced project as you transition to a new life!

  4. you closed on it before you ever looked at it! holy smokes! but it looks like it has tons of room and tons of potential! the dog run aka chicken coop alone made me excited for you! and right across the street... love!

  5. Blimey, that’s a huge space. You could get a factory in there.

    Congratulations and best wishes for a successful new working life.

  6. We know what you'll be doing on weekends.

  7. Wow, this place is big and full of potential. I'm so thrilled for you.

  8. Looks pretty perfect to me. Aside from the clean up and renovations, of course. :-)

  9. Wow, that looks like the perfect workspace. I hope it inspires you both even more!

  10. Go away for two weeks and all this happens! WOW!

  11. I just discovered your blog and am glad I did. Your art pieces are beautiful and fascinating. I'm looking forward to seeing how your new studio develops.

  12. Oh excellent. Look at all that space. You'll find the perfect way to utilize all of it, I'm sure. Congrats!

    And two selfies for the price of one.


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