Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Studio Build Update: Ceiling Framing

One of the more challenging parts of our studio build was determining a way to keep the ceiling decoupled from the larger building structure.  Based on the size of the rooms, the joist spans would have required a pretty heavy duty piece of wood to meet load requirements - not to mention that it would have brought the ceiling to a much lower level.

That said we ended up hanging our double layer drywall ceiling using isolation hangers and a metal ceiling grid.  In addition to the isolation hangers, resilmount isolation clips were used to stabilize the walls to the ceiling while keeping the internal walls and ceiling isolated from the larger structure (unfortunately I didn't snag a picture of that before the drywall went up).

Monday, May 13, 2013

Recording Studio Build Update: Framing for Isolated Walls

Taken from the control room - vocal booth on right

Here's an update on our progress - the walls are framed, the ceiling grid is hung, electrical rough wiring is in, and the ventilation ducting/exhaust fans have been installed.  For this entry I'm just going to focus on the walls.

A few notes on the walls, we are building double walls, essentially a room within a room.  On one side of our space the outside wall is a cinder block wall.  The other pre-existing walls are normal 2x4 framed walls that have been built from floor to ceiling.  As part of the demolition we removed the drywall from our side of those walls.  In the future on the other side of those walls we may end up adding an additional layer of drywall with green-glue.  Since this is something we can do after the fact (if we decide we want a higher level of sound proofing) we've opted to save the money for now and hope for the best.  Then we framed our new walls making sure the only place they attach to the existing structure is the foundation (we lack the budget to float a concrete floor, fortunately there's nothing below us, so while not ideal we're building on the existing concrete floor).

Taken from live room looking at control room wall
Taken from live room looking at entrance wall
Close up of framing detail.  About 1" between walls.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Before the Demolition Began

Here's some pics of the studio rooms before the demolition began - any drywall walls you see have since either been demolished completely or have had the drywall on the interior surfaces removed as to avoid the triple leaf effect.

This is the back corner of the future control room - the big fan in the wall had to be taken out and the wall blocked over.  You can see a red I-beam, we had to have the contractor figure out how to soffit around that while keeping the soffit and interior double wall that be built decoupled from the existing structure.

Below is a picture of the wall that has since been demolished, also in the control room.  This wall is the location separating the control room from the live room (taken from the control room side).  We had to completely remove the wall to rebuild a double wall that didn't attache to the existing structure:

And finally here's a picture of the same control/live room wall from the back corner.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Studio Construction and Build Plan

After a few months of sorting out the lease agreement, then a few more weeks of waiting for the space we're building in to get demolished and cleaned out; our studio build is well under way!

You can see a 3d model of our planned build out on YouTube (also embedded in this post).

A few notes about the construction:

A total of 3 rooms:
  • Live room (with slanted ceiling following the existing roof line)
  • Control Room (with flat ceiling as high as we can get it)
  • Approx 6x6 vocal/iso booth.
A few notes on the wall construction:
  • Double walls (room within room)
  • Standard R12/R20 insulation between the walls
  • Two layers of drywall, acoustically caulked/staggered seams with Green Glue between
  • Windows assemblies are laminated glass (two thicknesses for each window, 7/16" and 9/16")
  • Doors are solid core with weather stripping (additional mass might be added depending on how they perform).
  • Electrical outlets sealed using Putty Pads
A few notes on the ceiling construction
  • Ceiling uses the same drywall sandwich as the walls
  • Ceilings are drop ceilings isolated from the existing structure using Resilmount isolation hangers and some fancy schmancy ceiling grid.
There's more details I'd like to touch upon, but for now I'll leave it at that.  In future posts I'll try to cover the ventilation and some of the above topics in greater detail.  We're very excited about how things are moving along and shooting for painting and sound treatments over the next few weeks.

And here's the planned floor plan with dimensions and notes: