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Turning my garage into mix room

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So I thought this thread might be helpful to others thinking about converting
their garage into a studio. So far the project has been somewhat basic however Im yet to treat the room and have no idea how it will sound.
All comments and suggestions welcome.

This is what I started with
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More of the ceiling and a general idea of what Im dealing with
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Once the pile of typical garage junk was cleaned out we started with the vapour barrier on the cement to build the floor on top of.
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At this point we packed the floor joists with roxul insulation.
This was strictly for heating purposes as this will be covered with sub flooring and eventually hard wood.
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Are you going to put any cable runs in that floor?
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Are you going to put any cable runs in that floor?
I thought about it but due to the size of the room I felt it would be money wasted. Before construction the garage measured 10 x 19.

I also thought about putting lights into the floor for a cool ambient effect.
However its cheaper to just get lighting pots from ikea for behind the desk etc.
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with the sub floor down

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with the sub floor down
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Interested to see your progress!

I too work in the garage, though my treatment is temporary. I used to have a room in the house, but little children have taken over the interior of the place!

One of these days I may convert a storage room into a mix room, but it's small and would need a ton of absorption to be workable.
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Framing began off of the floor. The weird milk door at the back needs some attention but for the time being can be framed around.
At the time this was also the only power out to the garage. In the coming days the electrician will take care of that.



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Interested to see your progress!

I too work in the garage, though my treatment is temporary. I used to have a room in the house, but little children have taken over the interior of the place!

One of these days I may convert a storage room into a mix room, but it's small and would need a ton of absorption to be workable.
As this progresses Im starting to wonder what kind of absorption / treatment I will need. Its not cheap and it will be a must have in this room.
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I'd say absorption treatment is pretty cheap. DIY bass traps just cost the price of some insulation material, wood framing and fabric to cover them, and are very effective.
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I'd say absorption treatment is pretty cheap. DIY bass traps just cost the price of some insulation material, wood framing and fabric to cover them, and are very effective.
Once I get the room together I fully plan on looking into that.
If you have any effective bass trap plans let me know.

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I wanted to keep the garage door hardware intact so the runners had to stay in place. I think this was for resale purposes. If I ever decide to sell this house not everyone will think a studio in the garage is cool.

Bulk heads were built around the garage door hardware. At first I was worried about the lost space however these will be ideal to run bass traps along.
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Lookin good!

I just finished my room and put up some pics this morning. I have pics of how I built my room treatment.

Cheers to another home-studio DIY-er!

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Lookin good!

I just finished my room and put up some pics this morning. I have pics of how I built my room treatment.

Cheers to another home-studio DIY-er!

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Thanks for sharing that! The lights behind the bass traps is totally brilliant!
How did you pull that off? What kind of lighting etc. I HAVE to do that as well.

SUch a great thread thanks for sharing!
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With the couches back in so they fit.
As well the insulation is starting to fill all of the walls.

Also the garden tap has to be redirected through the inside wall out to the front of the house.





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Thanks for sharing that! The lights behind the bass traps is totally brilliant!
How did you pull that off? What kind of lighting etc. I HAVE to do that as well.

SUch a great thread thanks for sharing!
Thanks!

I planned it ahead of time, so when I wired it, I left Romex sticking out of the walls in the 4 corners, all wired back to one of the switches by the entrance. I tried a few different types of lights behind them. I settled on two strands of rope lighting per corner, as I thought it was the warmest. I just tack'd the strands up and down the corner then mounted the trap over it. I have it (and the main lighting circuit) on a dimmer too so I can dial in just the vibe I'm after.
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I have it (and the main lighting circuit) and dimmers too so I can dial in just the vibe I'm after.
There's a subject in itself!
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Indeed. I got some good quality Lutron's and haven't had any issues.
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Garage door is down
drywall is starting to pile up.

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Any plans for HVAC?
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Any plans for HVAC?
My house is heated by radiant heat. I thought about putting a radiator out in the studio but the cost was a lot. As well the climate would be controlled from in the house. So chances are it would be cold in the studio all the time.

I ended up settling for a baseboard heater
I know they are expensive to run I just dont see other options right now. All the convection stuff claims to be crazy efficient however it is a 7x the price.
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This is a better view of the bulk heads that need to built around the garage door tracks. It will be great to line the tops and bottoms with bass traps. They also break up what would have been a large parallel surface.





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I ended up settling for a baseboard heater
No shame! I'm gearing up to embark on a VERY similar space (single car garage, around 20x10, garage doors on BOTH sides....), except instead of heat being my #1 necessity in Toronto...it will be cooling as I'm in the southwest.

Looks great so far! Do you have a budget for the whole project?
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No shame! I'm gearing up to embark on a VERY similar space (single car garage, around 20x10, garage doors on BOTH sides....), except instead of heat being my #1 necessity in Toronto...it will be cooling as I'm in the southwest.

Looks great so far! Do you have a budget for the whole project?
Cooling will be essential for the summer have not yet dealt with that issue.
Budget so far is out of control cheap. With the electrician supplies and labour roughly 2200 CAD. Not entirely out of the woods yet though.
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This will be the last time we see the garage door from the inside.
Also note the water line being redirected. Before it was in the garage (had to change that)

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Drywalling the ceiling could have been the most work.


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