Back in June we completed the big build, my much longed for studio. We had lots of other work done too (kitchen and bedroom & bathroom extension) but really they pale in significance when faced with my very own studio, my space for my things. No more storing massive stacks of paper under the bed and behind the sofa .... and light, bright natural daylight, what a joy!
So work began in earnest at the end of last year, I watched through the patio doors in the dining room where I worked, diggers moving mounds of earth until the back garden resembled something out of the trenches. Working at my standing desk, gradually my singing along to Radio 2 became quieter and my dance moves were relegated to a nod of the head and a tap of the foot as bricks were laid right opposite my desk!
As work began inside the house with walls and ceilings coming down, the builders would be greeted from time to time with a curtain of flowers hanging from the exposed floor joists as I put together decorations for a retail window display, or stacks of wedding invites or valentines cards nestling amongst the devastation.
The most exciting thing for me was my custom build work bench made to measure with shelves to fit the 100cm x 70cm reams of paper I buy underneath, and my cutter on top. A thing of real beauty that possibly only a fellow designer or crafter will appreciate. Matt our builder coped admirably with my obsessively exacting standards for the studio (yes the desk must be exactly 100cm high, no it cannot be any narrower, yes I really do want that many lights, and yes the doors must open to the left, I am left handed!) and my more laid back approach to other things in the house (just stick the sink wherever, and honestly the cat flap looks fine to me)
I have been working in my studio for about 5 months now and have started to put up shelves and really make the space my own and it really works perfectly for me. The glass doors double up as space I use to work out my retail window decorations and the white walls and work bench work perfectly for photography with plenty of light coming in through the velux windows. Not to mention the floor space to practice my dance moves - em cough .. I mean room to do my pilates stretches after being hunched over the Mac all day!
I would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to Matt and all his team at Millhouse Construction for all their hard work and dedication in bringing this space to life, you did a great job - the kitchen is not bad either!
Inviting total strangers to work in your home can be daunting at the best of times, but when you work from home you need to be doubly sure you are not going to be driven crazy by them. We were very lucky to have found neat, tidy, thoughtful builders in Millhouse Construction who happily worked around me even when quite clearly I was in the way! I managed to stay put for most of the disruption, only briefly moving out in to Charlie's office in Witney while they knocked through, which incidentally was far less eventful than I imagined, I came home expecting dust and chaos and was greated with order and clean carpets!.