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BogaNet 26th June 2020 09:00 PM

Home studio build
 
Hi everyone,

my house has a (currently damp) basement which I would like to use as a home studio.

In 10 days I'll be digging around the house to install a drainage system.
I'm not sure whether it's the proper word for that in English, but it's basically pipes with open slots on the surface and a gradient of sand and gravel on top of it, plus what looks like some derivate of tar on the external walls to keep the humidity in the ground and out of the walls.

This would be step one, so here is my question : is there anything I should know before I start this ? Any detail I should pay special attention to ?
Or should what I just described be enough for the exterior and I'll be able to start with the interior after that ? The next steps would be walls and floor dressing (right now it's naked bricks and concrete, so lots of dust) and heating/ventilation (and thermal isolation ?) of course.

Thanks in advance for any useful advice !
I have zero previous experience doing this so even basic recommendations are welcome.

homestudioguy 8th July 2020 06:26 AM

Do a search here on Studio Build.
Or go to the Studio Build heading and read read read.
Tons of stuff on the internet too!

homestudioguy 8th July 2020 06:27 AM

Research
 
Do a search here on Studio Build.
Or go to the Studio Build heading and read read read.
Tons of stuff on the internet too!

jayajon 8th July 2020 06:48 AM

Keeping the water under control and out of the area where you want the studio to go is definitely the best start. I just have a sneaky suspicion that water and electricity don't work well together...lol.

Other than that, Taking the advice of homestudioguy is the best advice yet. There is a ton of information on the internet about home studio builds that is useful. Good luck!

Grovestand 9th July 2020 10:41 PM

Hire a studio designer.

One thing to consider is (while you have already excavated) if you need to penetrate the concrete wall for any reason, might as well do it while it’s already dug up!

Mainly I’m thinking about HVAC, but if you need to move any water or electric for outdoor faucets or outlets that’s the sort of thing it would be nice to do while it’s exposed.

Also, maybe take pictures of everything with a tape measure in frame so you can have a point of reference for what is where.