For the past few months, whenever I was home and not ill (had the flu one week), I’ve been pouring time into creating a finished office space in my townhouse basement. As I’ve assembled the elements to expand my photography professionally I’ve wanted a space to consider my office and start taking the work from home idea seriously. Granted, my “day job” has me on the road and out of town almost every week, but on rare occasions I have time to process images and such at home
The basement space was unused, and I had already built a workshop space into the back corner; so I needed to split the basement into equal parts for office and workshop. The following images show the progress to where it is thus far. Today, I put up a few more framing strips for insulating the stairwell and closet, but those images will have to be added later. I intend on putting in the drywall this weekend. Hopefully, if I stick with it, I’ll have the whole thing done by next weekend.
The office will have sconces on each wall for mood lighting (I’m making LED bulb based Steampunk themed sconces when this is done), electrical outlets at least every seven feet, CAT6 and Cable wall outlets, an under-stair storage closet with coat rack, and a full 38″ width door to access the workshop area. I also wired the office space for integrated 7.1 surround sound to future proof the audio space. The interesting part here is that the room I just put together is more “up-to-code” than any other space in the house. I’m going to seal the flooring with a few coats of sealant, but I think I’ll just use area rugs instead of spending on the flooring right now. I got a couple big grey area rugs at Lowes for $30 each. Eventually I’ll be building a desk and bringing in a coffee table and futon for the space too.
Technically, I’m way behind on my Lent thing, but I have been sketching more. I have a couple various pieces I won’t put up here until they’re finished, but here are a couple from my digital sketchbook.
This past weekend was a wonderful non-project day. Last week was a transition into a faster pace at work and as such I was a bit tuckered out by Saturday. I slept-in until 730pm on Saturday “morning”. Yep, 19hrs of sleep straight through. Never done that before. Some practical home projects like painting and packing have been eating up my spare hours as of late, but I promise to delve into a whole slew of new graphics, sculpting, art, photography, and woodworking projects this coming month after the move. For those waiting for the movie posters they’re plodding along and I hope to have some pre-views up by next Saturday.
In the mean time I put up two more double-wide (2880×900) desktops in the desktops page.
Project Saturday 6 has come and gone. The contest voting ended Friday night, check out the winners, if you like. The artwork will be up in a bit. The project this Saturday was one of packing. The loft I put up over two years ago was taken down and all the stuff I could possibly pack for this month is packed. I have a lot of work this week to continue the pre-moving process, but that loft was a big step in the right direction. I’m starting the in depth search for an inexpensive NYC apartment with space for Jean and I, post wedding. I’ll be moving in first on Sept 1.
Today is Wednesday and my Saturday is already filling up with all sorts of fun. Friday night is wedding invitation night, yay. Saturday morning my roommate is finally coming by to move out his furniture (which has been sitting in my living room for over a month). Thursday – Saturday afternoon I be taking down all my loft storage and the loft it’s stored on so I can prep for painting the room back to white (painting white on top of black… should be fun). I might also get around to cutting a shelf for my roommate’s closet (a freebee in the effort to keep the peace). Also, for those following the process, Friday night the B-Movie Poster Title Contest voting will end and I’ll get my first real look at what I need to start drawing up for the art. It’ll be a great in depth usage of my Wacom Intuous 4 which I’ve mostly used for photo touch-ups. If I can get the room situation ready before Sunday, I’ll have time to chill Sunday afternoon with friends. Next week will be my first solo flight in this new job as the rest of the department takes off on vacation, grumble grumble. I’ll use the after work hours to paint. Hopefully by the 7th of August I’ll be able to finish the posters and order the prints for the winners. If you missed out on sending in an entry this time around, I’ll probably do this type of Contest again in a month or so.
Last Saturday was a project, but cleaning the house doesn’t make for a good blog post. On Friday night I was supposed to meet with a guy from whom I was buying a circular saw from craig’slist, but he never showed. That said, I did finally get that saw. I don’t think I’ll be using them right away this Saturday. I intend on making a couple frames from some wood I have here. Jean has a pirate map I made her last year. The map is in a cheap frame that is dramatically too big, and the frame is now warped because it sukt. New saw = new frame. I’m also about to order a couple portfolio prints from various companies to determine the best quality provider before listing my photos online. I’ll need to frame those too.
I also have a really good idea for making a window bench for an apartment with pets. In New York our apartments are very limited on space and it is difficult to keep a cat in your house and keep your house clean too, but Jean really wants to bring her cat to our new apartment when we’re married. With that in mind, and the fact that Jean likes sitting by the window in the morning, I have come to a eureka moment. I’ll build a window bench that incorporates two hidden compartments. One directly under the bench lid in which to store the cat food and other pet related supplies, and one opening from the side that provides access to the hidden litter box. Of course, there will be a arch door for the cat to walk through and a plastic-grass patch between the door and the litter on which the cat can involuntarily brush off its littered feet before re-entering the world. Put the litter box with grass on a sliding tray and we’ve got easier clean-up too.