At the moment, the studio is still a bit of a mess until the walls and ceiling go in but that won’t be until the electrician has been in next week. I thought of every reason why I’d need an electric plug – sewing machine, commercial overlocker, domestic overlocker, light box, iron, kettle, lap-top computer ……..so I ordered four double plugs, which will get rid of having to use power boards or double adaptors. That extra power point is bothering me – please, can someone think of a good way to use it??
Category Archives: My Studio – Work in Progress
This is another view of the studio showing how low the patio roof is compared to the wall of the building – it will have to go – this shot also shows Eddie’s railway signal which is the reason I got the studio in the first place. I wanted to move to a bigger house with a bigger sewing room but Eddie just couldn’t bear to go through the hassle of moving his precious signal which a fully restored, fully working 1911 West Australia Govt Railways signal. The post is solid jarrah and took eight hefty blokes to move it from the car trailer to the backyard while all the metal bits were imported from England. When we have a bbq, all the blokes think it’s great fun to move the lever which moves the arm, which changes the colour of the light from the lamp from red to green and which also makes every dog in the neighbourhood bark like crazy! We saw it in the back garden of a house which was for sale on Great Eastern Hwy. It was the day that runners were taking the Olympic flame through Guildford so we there to watch. The agent came out and asked “Are you interested in looking at the house?” I said, “No, but how much do they want for the railway signal?” A month later we got a phone call to say, “$500”. It was in a pretty dilapidated state but Eddie thought $500 was really cheap, so it’s been in our garden ever since. Actually the signal makes the studio look like a signal box or some other station building – I hope Eddie doesn’t want to use it for a model railway room……….nah! It’s mine – I’ve waited years for something like this….
I took this photo from our patio at 6 o’clock this morning to show the work in progress on the studio from when the two guys arrived at noon and left at 5pm. This photo shows the proximity to the end of the patio so that I can walk out the family-room door and into the studio without getting rained on. The back wall has been insulated and cladded so I guess the other walls and roof will be done today. This is so exciting after the long 6 months wait…….at least things are moving along quickly now.
The two guys got to my place at lunchtime yesterday and this is what they acheived in just half a day. It was so exciting watching the girders and framework being put together. They arrived back at seven o’clock this morning and the sliding door is in place and they are working on the front wall. These are photos which I took early this morning before they arrived.
This is the meccano set which hopefully, one day………sigh………might become my studio. At the moment it just consists of the welded wall frames and roofing trusses, roofing metal sheets, weathertex slats for the sides, gutters and downpipes and a box of bits which bolt it all together. This all arrived three weeks ago but because the sliding door and two windows hadn’t arrived, it wasn’t possible to construct it. Well, three weeks later, the door and windows have still not arrived and if they are not here by Monday I am going to lodge an official complaint against the company with the Ministry of Fair Trading. It has been nearly six months since I signed the contract and all we have is a concrete slab covered in meccano bits. It’s dragging on far too long now…….
The bloke in charge of the concreting team thought I was a complete nutter, running around taking photos of the wooden formwork, the black plastic and the steel re-inforcing mesh on top. It looks so small in the photo but the studio will actually measure five metres (nearly sixteen feet) across by four metres (just over 13 feet) deep. I hope it is big enough to keep my stash, my cutting table, sewing machines and overlockers etc….. I really can’t believe that after all this time of waiting, it is finally happening.