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New Studio in Sausalito
Old 22nd June 2018
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New Studio in Sausalito

Hey there I’ve actually been working on this for the last year. It’s a mixed use building in Sausalito in the Marinship area right down by the water. Two residential lofts over an 1800 sq ft commercial space. The studio will be in the commercial space. I’ve been concentrating on getting the building closed in and finishing the residential units so we can get some tenants and income. I’m about there and now getting started on the studio finally

I’m going to throw in some construction pics of what we’ve done so far and then keep things updated

First pics are the building as we bought it

The crawl space had three ft of water in it and was full of junk. First thing we did was clean it out and then seal it from the inside with xypex. Amazing stuff. It’s 99 % dry now
As you can see we have water issues
I’m calling the studio
King Tide Productions!
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Old 22nd June 2018
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It took a year and a half to get the permits thru. It’s in a special area zoned industrial now but the residential units are grandfathered. Studio is an approved use but it took a while because I was able to grab an extra 700 sq ft by enclosing an internal driveway to the rear and infilling under an existing deck

First thing I did was demo the interior and cut the whole building loose and jack it up on steel beams. I needed to raise the foundation because of global warming and the rising tides I took the foundation up 30” all the way around and now only have two doors to worry about. The theoretical 100 yr flood is about even with the ground floor and my foundation is about 18” above that
I also took out most of the deflection. The building was about 7” out of level corner to corner. Now it’s about 2”” out
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Old 22nd June 2018
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Holy crap. WoW!

Talk about starting from the ground, up!

Old 22nd June 2018
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Here are a few more process pics
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Old 22nd June 2018
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This post brings us current with a screenshot of the ground floor studio plan
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Old 22nd June 2018
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Next step is to isolate the studio level. I’m using isomax clips and hat channel. One layer 3/4” ply and two layers of 5/8” quiet rock

I’m doing the entire ceiling and perimeter walls first to keep intersections and penetrations to an absolute minimum I’ll build the interior walls after that

I’m working with Jeff Hedbach on the design of isolation and acoustic treatment Great guy!
Old 22nd June 2018
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Yeah I learned a bit about building doing high end design build in San Francisco for twenty years. But I’m ready to do something different
Old 8th July 2018
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So I’m isolating the perimeter and entire ceiling as one unit with minimal penetrations.
Isolation consists of
Isomax clips
7/8” hat channel
One layer 3/4” cdx plywood with quiet seal in all seams and intersections
2 layers of 5/8” quiet rock with quiet seal

It’s a lot of work!
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Old 25th July 2018
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awesome! Looks like it will be a good space.
Old 9th September 2018
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Here are a few progress pics. Perimeter isolation is complete and interior walls starting. I’m keeping all the cabling and wire accessible where possible by integrating troughs into the lower portion of my acoustical isolation. Or under the floor

I have crawlspace access too
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Old 10th September 2018
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nice update
Old 11th September 2018
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One more
Doors will go in soon too
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Old 16th September 2018
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Next step is to isolate the studio level. I’m using isomax clips and hat channel. One layer 3/4” ply and two layers of 5/8” quiet rock

I’m doing the entire ceiling and perimeter walls first to keep intersections and penetrations to an absolute minimum I’ll build the interior walls after that

I’m working with Jeff Hedbach on the design of isolation and acoustic treatment Great guy!
Great thread-

I love Sausalito, what an inspiring and cool place to have a studio...

Did Jeff call out the quietrock? Curious because it's so expensive...the 530 is $100 per sheet? I would have thought double 5/8 with green glue or even 3-4 layers of 3/8 with gg would be more ROI, even counting for more labor- although I imagine labor in the bay area these days to be pretty damn high...

Jeff knows what he's doing though and either way the studio will be awesome I'm sure. I always see this huge pallet of quietrock at my local lowes and think there has to be a day when the liquidate it.
Old 16th September 2018
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Great thread-

I love Sausalito, what an inspiring and cool place to have a studio...

Did Jeff call out the quietrock? Curious because it's so expensive...the 530 is $100 per sheet? I would have thought double 5/8 with green glue or even 3-4 layers of 3/8 with gg would be more ROI, even counting for more labor- although I imagine labor in the bay area these days to be pretty damn high...

Jeff knows what he's doing though and either way the studio will be awesome I'm sure. I always see this huge pallet of quietrock at my local lowes and think there has to be a day when the liquidate it.
Yes I couldn’t stomach the cost of 530 so we went with QR Easy Snap which eliminates the metal layer but has the same iso properties. Half the cost but still insane

It is a cool area Last bastion of Sausalito funk down by the water. But it’s up and coming
We are lucky. Some billionaire dude bought a lot of the property near us and is combining them into a big artist space type development for his kids to run

We are in the old Marinship area. Where the liberty ships were built in WW2. No offices or retail

Industrial or skilled artisan type business pretty much is what it’s zoned for. Or artistic type things. Recording studio was on the list Fairly close to the old record plant

We were lucky and out building has two residential loft units grandfathered in so we get income that way
Old 6th October 2018
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Finally done with all the drywall and installed the doors. Tapers coming on Monday. Should be quick as lots of it will be fire tape only as I’ll cover with acoustic treatment

Have all my interroom cabling materials coming from redco. Going to make all my cables myself and ordered custom panels put together by redco. I already have all the cables for the gear itself
I’m running I/O, mytek private Q Instrument and speaker runs as well as Ethernet and usb to each room. Even the bathroom lol
Bought a 4K camera system at Costco to put in. Hopefully be useful to document stuff as well as security along with some go pro and slr video

Wish I could rotate the pics. Sorry
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Old 9th October 2018
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Got my three piece sliding door from soundproof window company
Heavyyyyy.

Laminated glass
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Old 9th October 2018
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Awesome thread!

Subscribing.
Old 24th October 2018
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Testing I have my camera right way lol.

Sliding door for the big booth from Soundproof Windows
Big enough to slide a grand piano in and out. Or fully assembled drums
Let’s see if I oriented camera correctly

Nope it’s exact opposite of what Facebook does
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Old 24th October 2018
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All drywall is complete now and a coat of pva on all
Also just received my care package from Redco this morning. Have to inventory it all.
intraroom cabling I’m going to solder myself to include motel private Q. Had Redco preassemble the panels for me so I have to do all the connections at the rear

Also completing the fire sprinkler system today and installing the heads

I’ll have internet tomorrow !
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Old 26th October 2018
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Started my hvac work today I’ll build my treatment around them and conceal the line sets in the treatment also

Also installed 4 k camera system from Costco Well started it

I even have a camera in the machine room to monitor the tape levels as I can’t see from console
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Old 31st October 2018
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Score!

Friend of mine is shutting down a tv studio and said he had some racks I could have. I picked up four but might only be able to use one

But I’m going to see if I can find a use for them

Also he gave me his own personal oscilloscope! A nice one I think Got to learn about it I know it has lots of uses
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Old 6th November 2018
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And so it begins !

Acoustic treatment layout and construction! Th tracking room has wood frame with R13 ultratouch and then wood slay treatment. Checkerboard treatment of the ceiling 2x2 squares knauf 2” 6 lb rigid insulation fabric wrapped
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Old 9th November 2018
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Call me Gepetto

Actually he didn’t do apholstery but.....

These walls get a pattern of various sized wood slats next stained deep blue

Got some guiltords of Maine returned curtains at deep discount for here where 90% is covered with slats
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Old 9th November 2018
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Mini split hybrid units all complete and operational today as well ! Very quiet ! Designed to function on low setting and on remotes so easy to turn off for very sensitive recording situations

My room I have now is typically 80 degrees minimum whenever I do anything there so this is going to be a revelation! Sometimes close to 90. In my current digs with gear and people in it
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Mini split hybrid units all complete and operational today as well ! Very quiet ! Designed to function on low setting and on remotes so easy to turn off for very sensitive recording situations

My room I have now is typically 80 degrees minimum whenever I do anything there so this is going to be a revelation! Sometimes close to 90. In my current digs with gear and people in it
Nice-

Which make/model are you using? Curious what kind of ventilation system is going in too...
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Which make/model are you using? Curious what kind of ventilation system is going in too...
Ha Ha I was waiting for someone to bring up the ventilation! After some deliberation I’ve decided to punt for a while on that. Every room but the control room does have an operable window. I have prepared for the eventuality that I may need an ERV system and planned for it. I’ve designed plugs for those openings in my isolation envelope that should be about as good as the wall for when I have very loud production going. But. Otherwise I can open the windows regularly to get some fresh air.

I have big intake and exhaust vents between the outside and the crawl space that can be used for this. It’s possible to run a full fledged ventilation system in that crawl space later .. I will be doing some mechanical venting down there for sure.

So I’m going to see how it goes and save the money for right now.. but if it turns out to be necessary I have a plan!

I went with Mitsubishi mini splits. Commercial version. I’ll post model number but forget off the top of my head. All are both AC and heat except for the machine room is ac only.

I’ll be sure and report on how this turns out lol

Thanks for your interest !
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Slow but steady

Bit by bit
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Old 16th November 2018
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Bit by bit
Looking good!
Old 24th November 2018
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Starting acoustic treatment

Tracking room has wood slats over fabric and ultra touch. Large booth different colors of fabric over ultra touch on two main walls
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Old 27th November 2018
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Slat detail one wall complete

First complete wall in tracking room. Looks darker than it is
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