Building a New Studio ... ... ... eventually

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So, I'm building my studio. Went through the house and figured that the sunroom was the optimum sound room. High ceilings and windows and carpet. Very nice drum room. Excellent recorded sounds.


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We move the Island furniture out in preparation for my studio gear to be moved in and setup.

The day after we move the furniture out, we notice a dripping from one of the skylights. It’s leaking.

Roofer comes over and repairs both skylights.


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We get a rainstorm and I notice that the windows are leaking. We call the contractor and get him scheduled.

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I’ve still not set up anything in the studio. My PDP kit is still sitting where I left it in the sunroom. I have a quick writing session scheduled so we play in an empty sunroom. The guitarist notices a wet spot on the carpet in the corner.



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We both notice that the kitchen sink is on the opposite side of the wall and note that there is water on the pipes under the sink. Plumbers are called and the kitchen faucet is replaced and the piping all replaced. It was leaking.


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While the plumbers are checking out the leak, they open up the wall to ensure that was the only issue. Here’s what they found.


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It is pooled water inside the wall and black mold … and termites.



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The carpeting and flooring is done-for in that spot. Those trails ... the termites actually ate part of the padding as they were working on the floor and wall. Never seen that before.



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Termites!!! The trails are all over those boards.



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Standing outside ... looking into the sunroom without a wall or floor.



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Fast forward several weeks ...



We traced the water to a bad roofing job done prior to us owning this house … the flashing was installed on TOP of the shingles … causing water to seep into the joint. This joint was attached to the sunroom wall, the pantry wall, and the kitchen wall. We noted the ceiling in the pantry had water damage.



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The ceiling and wall was removed in the pantry … which exposed a broken vent pipe. This pipe was allowing rainwater to seep down into the wall.




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So … let’s recap.

We had to permanently remove the two skylights and replace the ceiling ... water leaked in.

We had to deal with a few of the large windows ... water leaked in.

We had to deal with the kitchen sink plumbing as it's on the adjoining wall because ... water leaked in.

We had to deal with the roof J-Channels and flashing that weren't installed correctly ... water leaked in.

We had to remove the floor and an entire wall and then deal with the outside siding ... water leaked in.

We had to deal with the pantry ceiling as it's also on the adjoining wall because ... you guessed it ... water leaked in.

We had to deal with a broken vent pipe because … anybody? … that’s right. Water leaked in.

... and finally -

We had to deal with the freekin termites that were attracted to the outside wall boards that were wet due to ... water leaking in.

All told ... two entire walls were torn down and rebuilt. The ceilings in the sunroom and the pantry were torn out and replaced. The ceiling and walls and shelving in the pantry are being rebuilt. The siding on the outside of the sunroom and pantry is being pulled and replaced. The kitchen faucet, valves, and joints and pipes are replaced. All of the windows had to be reseated.


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The slider door was damaged beyond repair. Switched to a steel door access.



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Still to go … the entire sunroom and the pantry both have to be sheetrocked and floated and textured and painted. And of course, the carpeting has to be repaired and cleaned.

Luckily, we are insured.

Again ... all I wanted to do was move the furniture out ... and build my studio.

Seemed simple enough.

The glass half full ... It's WAY better to catch this stuff PRIOR to building the studio.

I am a very thankful man for that.
 
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So a...we got a name for the studio
"Running Waters" studio " the area's finest in recording please call...
maybe you can get the business cards written up.
 

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Completed the siding today. Did the mold treatment for the pantry. Will sheetrock the pantry Monday. All next week will be the sheetrock work for the sunroom/studio.



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Completed the siding today. Did the mold treatment for the pantry. Will sheetrock the pantry Monday. All next week will be the sheetrock work for the sunroom/studio.
Lookin' good so far... also better to discover and correct now rather than if you sold the place and then found issues during the buyers inspection (and all the related headaches).
 


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