Okay, so late this past winter a contractor that was recommended to me by a friend and colleague started work on getting my unattached garage turned into a studio. Truthfully this has been very slow going, I think he started in March and it is now the end of August, however that is not entirely his fault. It turns out that in addition to the mouse problem, we live in the country there are going to be mice if you have any holes at all, the garage did not have any gutters. So after I purchased and had a new garage door installed, gutters were installed eliminating that problem. The rafters were reinforced, apparently they had not been and the entire structure was leaning a bit, and a new door frame was installed. The entire building is now insulated, however two weeks ago the wiring shorted out. I received a phone call saying that things would be delayed due to the flames shooting out of the wall. Needless to say, I am happy that this happened when my handyman was there and not when I was by myself.
Now the wiring is fixed, and the last things to do are install the paneling and haul my stuff over there.
The new garage door and doorframe look amazing, one of the gutters runs into a rain barrel. It is going to be amazing that I can use grey-water for dyeing and possibly washing fleeces.
Right now the entire thing does not look like much, however it really is quite a bit of space. I have a metal floor loom that I plan on installing so that I can finally weave the rag rugs I want to. I procured a potting stand for a steal that I believe will be amazing for dyeing. I also bought an ergonomic rolling chair so that I can, hopefully, avoid any back issues, as well as a heavy duty storage rack. Once I see how much room I have left over I will have to consider weather I am going to install my 16 shaft table loom out there, or keep that in the house. Now that I think about it, it might make sense for me to just move my old kitchen table out into the garage for my table loom instead of purchasing a new one. I already am going to have to buy at least a heater for the garage and probably an air conditioner as well for when the summer hits.
It is my greatest hope that this will get done by October so that I can have everything ready to go by time winter really hits. With the new door, and relatively air tight structure I should be able to spend some time weaving and dyeing throughout the winter. Since I have a mild form of SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, I believe that having a place that I can do some work that does not give me easy access to an area that I can just lay down and sleep will help me to keep my spirits up throughout the winter months.
Remember to keep Living Life a Little More Abstract!