I read all of your comments and input about windows on yesterday’s post, and the ones that really stood out to me were the ones that encouraged me to draw everything to scale to see how it would really look. And then some of you stressed to me that while the outside is important, it’s way more important to get the interior right. I agreed with that. After all, I can always use decorative items — window boxes, trellises, landscaping, etc. — to change the way the windows look from the exterior view. But the whole point of this room is to have a large and efficiently designed space where I can work on projects, so that needs to be the focus.
So I spent all of yesterday afternoon and evening drawing out three of the four walls of the studio, as well as an overall floor plan. I started off trying the three windows on the front, because I had it in my mind that that’s the configuration that would look better from the outside. I was hoping it would be the better option for the inside as well.
In the end, I went with two large windows on the front wall. But I’m going to have them made so that each large window looks like two windows right next to each other. (Correction: They are actually two individual windows that open and close separately, but the two windows are basically welded together to form one large window.) Here’s how I envision the front wall (i.e., the wall on the front of the house) of the studio looking with the two large windows and long worktop spanning the entire wall. This entire wall will be workspace for projects. I’ll have my sewing machine set up here, and there will be plenty of desk space (14.5 feet wide x 30 inches deep) to sew large items like drapery panels.
The actual cabinet design is subject to change. I think I’ve put way too much open shelving on this wall, especially considering that I have more open shelves in the “office” corner of the room (i.e., the NW wall pictured below). I’ll probably end up putting cabinet doors on the upper portions of the built-ins on the NE wall above, because let’s face it — most “crafty” items that need to be stored in a studio/craft room/sewing room aren’t that pretty to look at. And I need actual storage space, not open shelves to style pretty vignettes for Instagram pictures. 😀
I’m not sure what I’ll do on the wall section between the windows in the middle, but it’s a great spot for artwork, a cork board, shelves, etc. I’ll have to wait and see if I need that area to be more for practical use/storage or if it can be more decorative.
The wall to the left of that is the exterior wall that looks out to the side of the house. (That would be the right side of the house, if you’re standing in the front yard looking at the house.) The driveway will eventually be there, going to the back of the house where we’ll have a carport. And that wall will look something like this…
This is the area that will be more of my “office” section, where I’ll have my file cabinets, printer/scanner, office supplies, a desk, my computer, etc. What’s not shown here is the floating desk that will sit in front of this built-in credenza section. So when I’m sitting at this desk, my back will be to the window, and I’ll be facing the doorway to the breakfast room. I decided on this configuration because I think it’ll make it much easier for Matt to be able to come directly through the breakfast room door and just straight ahead if he wants to come in and chat with me while I’m sitting at my desk working.
The wall to the left of that one is the wall at the back of the studio where I’ll have a cased opening that leads into what’s now a storage room at the back of the garage, but what will eventually be a half bath on the left, a mudroom on the right, and French doors straight ahead that lead to the back of the house (and eventually to the carport).
So on the right side of the cased opening is my “office” area with the floating desk depicted in the drawing. To the left side of the cased opening will be cabinets. Lots and lots of cabinets.
I didn’t do a drawing of the fourth wall (i.e., the wall between the studio and breakfast room) because there won’t be any built-ins, new doorways (just the existing doorway to the breakfast room) or windows on that wall. But that will be where I’ll store my movable workroom table, and I’ll probably have a TV above the table on that wall, and then use the rest of the wall for artwork, open storage (maybe some pegboard storage), shallow shelves, etc.
I’m still working on the design for my workroom table. I had hoped that I could just have a huge workroom table that sits in the middle of the room and is ready to be used whenever I need it with no setup required. But after working on the floor plan, I realized that a massive 65″ x 108″ table is just way too big to keep out, even in a room as big as this one. I want to be able to have lots of open space in the middle of this room so that if I want to work on something really big, like reupholstering a sofa, I’ll have plenty of space without having to squeeze around a massive table.
So I’ll design it in a way that it sits against the wall providing a 24″ x 108″ worktop (i.e., a standing worktop that is 36″ tall, rather than a table-height worktop). It’ll put it on rollers and probably design it with a drop leaf on each side (although I’m considering one other design that utilizes separate leaves rather than attached drop leaves) so when the table is pulled away from the wall and the leaves are in place, it will be the full workroom table size that I want.
So this is it. I’ve handed the plans off to Chuy, and he’s ordering the windows and doors today. And there are already some guys over here today removing all of the siding from the garage. Things are about to get exciting over here!