The New Studio
It’s been a couple months in the making, but the new studio I mentioned in the last post (two months ago) is mostly done, save for some outside work, and some details around the place. A couple months ago I mentioned we’d bought a new building in Portland, Oregon’s soon-to-be bustling Flavel Arts District. After looking loosely for a couple years, and realizing we’d outgrown our old space, we happened upon one that had all the space we were looking for, and from a construction standpoint it wasn’t going to be “too bad.” Most of what we did was cosmetic, aside from gutting one of the bathrooms, but it was still a lot of work (most of it fun) in addition to the whole regular work day thing.
Starting at the end of January, in the midst of a busy travel season, we ripped out 2000 square-feet of glued down carpet and tile, ground off all the floor glue to expose the concrete (the most labor intensive part of the job: two days of solid grinding with a fancy stripping disk), tore out and remodeled one of the bathrooms, painted the place, fixed some roofing, repaired some drywall, sealed some concrete, installed some new hardwood, installed some new lighting, replaced all the trim on the studio/office side, and, I’m sure a lot more.
The new space is three times the size of our old studio, and it’s much closer to my house so I can bike or even walk there if I want. Most importantly, we have everything in one place. Before I had screen printing stuff in the garage, some of my files at home, and more stuff stored in the attic. I even got to build a ramp — albeit a small ramp — inside, which was great for the end of the Portland winter/rainy season, and a nice break during the day. It’s a small skate ramp (at two feet tall), but still fun to take runs on the bike here and there as you can see in the photo of me above. We’ve even got a small fenced in backyard area, which, in a few weeks will house the chickens that are currently growing up in my garage (for no reason other than having office chickens couldn’t be more “Portland,” and they’re almost dinosaurs). I’ve got some after photos, which are posted first, as well as some before/process shots. We’ll be doing little projects for a while, probably forever, but for now, we’re in there. At the moment the space is used by myself for my studio, as well as for the snowboard site we do called Yobeat. We did all the work ourselves, with some lifting and grunt work help from friends along the way. Some of these photos are further along in the phase than others, and we’re still going. Check out the space after the jump.
Below are the before/during photos….
Below is a video I made of Ben Graham skating the ramp last week.