I've been working in a studio on the third floor of my condo for three years now, sharing the space with my husband (hi, sweets) and numerous cats. This has become problematic, not just because together Jim and I have too much stuff, but also because some of what I do is not meant for cats to eat. It's lovely to have a cat on your lap while you're at your computer blogging, but less lovely to have a cat leave paw prints across your pastel, over the drafting table and onto the floor. So, since I have a fairy godmother (thanks, Mom!), we're building a new studio!
We have a large barn, formerly a commercial chicken coop, that's been home to our horses for about 12 years now. I cannot begin to describe to you how dirty this building was when we first tackled it. It took several dumpsters, a 7 foot tall burn pile and endless showers (for us, not the barn) to get it reasonably clean. Then, my mom's antique home restoration business took it over for lumber storage for many years. Finally, with mom retiring (yeah, right), we decided to clean it again and renovate it to include a workshop and office for the hubs and an art studio for me, a room for storage and space for the antique barn loom we've been given (more on that in another post), and a tack area to store all the horsey stuff. Like I said, it's a large barn.
We started the rehab back in late February, and we're now almost ready to move in. So now that I know that we're actually going to live through the ordeal, I thought I'd share some pics. I'm going to spread this out over a few posts, finishing with the move in, kind of like teaser trailers....
Alexia Rosoff Wilber
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