Sunday, September 8, 2013

Starry Road - New Studio Part II

Some of you may remember my first post a while back, about the new studio my husband and I are building: Starry Road - A New Studio in the Works.

Here's a brief update...

After many months of waiting we finally closed on the purchase of the land and were able to get started. Mostly what we have at the moment is a big pile of dirt and gravel, all nicely arranged of course. Our local earth mover guy Dan Long is doing the work. This was what it looked this past Thursday:

Then on Friday, Dan and his helper started building up the foundation and digging the footer (this will support a floating slab):

The driveway was also put in (don't laugh, this is all very exciting to us) :

Meanwhile, over the past several weeks, we revised the plan many times. Here's what we ended up with:

Tomorrow we will finalize the order for windows, doors and cabinets. We ended up adding more windows than originally planned. We also expanded the kitchen and bedroom area upstairs with the thought in mind we would use this building as both a guest lodging and as a retreat for us during hard winter periods when the cabin may be inaccessible. At the same time, however, we are trying to keep costs down, so this is a challenging juggle.

We also expanded the garage part of the building so that we would have room for the washer / dryer, furnace, kilns, workbench and other items, including the new tractor hubby got. The tractor will be needed for maintaining the grounds, clearing brush, moving firewood, clearing snow, etc. Here i am trying it out.

When I went to the site yesterday, I took a few pictures of the old sheep barn which is very near the location of the new studio, now just a tumble of rocky ruins. Casey had fun running around while I explored.

That's about it so far. I'll post again as the actual building starts to go up. Stay tuned!


  1. This is such an exciting step for you. I am looking forward to following your studio'd progression!

  2. What a fabulous and inspiring location and it looks so peaceful. It must be so exciting to do something like this from scratch...can't wait to see it progress.

  3. Wow! That looks like a dream come true! and you get to ride tractors!

    Looking forward to seeing more :)

  4. Even with just dirt, it's still pretty exciting! Can't wait to see it come together.

  5. What a view! I hope you will post often for those of us who want to take the journey with you!

  6. I love all of the design/work area you have going on! It looks like you have more than enough room for future additions as well. Looks great!

  7. What a beautiful location and your plans look like such a cozy spot to work/live in, Karen!

  8. This is very exciting! What a beautiful area.

  9. I live vicariously through you. Designing a custom space.

  10. Thanks everyone! I'll post more as this comes together!

  11. Having built two houses myself and being in the construction industry for 30 years and I can certainly share your enthusiasm as my life used to be filled with such events. You are so fortunate and I am trying OH so hard not to be envious....(but the tractor story got to me)
    Can't wait to see the progress.


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