The Build Out Phase (Part 1) – New Photography Studio design project from start to finish

THE UNEXPECTED

No construction project goes as planned, and conventional wisdom says it will cost you double what you originally budgeted, but we are fighting like crazy to ensure that that will not happen here. Nevertheless, we have discovered that a lot of work was done to the building over the past 20 years will not meet the current Florida building code and the minute you pull a construction permit, all work, past and present, has to meet the current code. So it looks as though we will have to

  • Completely upgrade the AC system with 4 new units supplying 12 Tons. It’s pretty obvious that the 20 year old A/C system will not be able handle the demand of the new studio design. The plan is to run the A/C every day to cool the editing office, lobby, gallery and bathroom, but only run the A/C in the studios during shoots. So the ability to rapidly drop the temperature in the two large studios is essential. Without dropped ceilings, and a relatively low R19 roofing system, excess capacity will be important to get the temps down fast enough in the summer months.
  • Repair a leak in the roof and wall that caused quite considerable damage to the  drywall in the main studio area
  • Re-look at the wiring of the building. Several electrical penetrations through both the exterior walls and the interior fire walls do not meet current building code and need to be addressed

It’s also time to decide on tile treatments for the lobby and gallery areas. Fortunately Kim’s excellent taste for interior decoration will make my life so much easier.

THE FRUSTRATION

Dealing with the city building department for building permits and inspections can be a trying process. Sometimes it goes well, other times it can be a nightmare. I guess this time around ours was smack in the middle. All our drawings and permits were passed without revision, however our plans got stuck (and lost) within the building department for almost 2 weeks, delaying all progress. And delays cost money.

THE START OF THE BUILD OUT PHASE

Now that we have the permits the build-out has started. Drywall framing is going up, plumbing for the new ADA bathroom and kitchen, duct work for the new AC units and more.

Despite having tried to incorporate as much pre-planning into the design of the new studio as possible, there are several changes that we have implemented through the project and sometimes construction delays give you time to reflect and rethink your strategy!

Damaged drywall due to leaking window seals that needs to be replaced in the Daylight Studio

Damaged drywall due to leaking window seals that needs to be replaced in the Daylight Studio

After rmoving a storage shelf we discovered this drywall rot in the Main Studio. Need to establish what is causing this.

After removing a storage shelf we discovered this drywall rot in the Main Studio. Need to establish what is causing this.

The newly discovered rot in the Main Studio drywall, still need to resolve the source of this leak

The newly discovered rot in the Main Studio drywall, still need to resolve the source of this leak

The empty main Portrait Studio with cyc wall and newly discovered leak and drywall rot!

The empty main Portrait Studio with cyc wall and newly discovered leak and drywall rot!

Drywall framing starts

Drywall framing starts

Looking from the Main Portrait studio, through the Gallery into the Prop room. Lobby to the left, new ADA bathroom to the right

Looking from the Main Portrait studio, through the Gallery into the Prop room. Lobby to the left, new ADA bathroom to the right

Looking from the Editing Room, through the Prop Room into the Natural Light Studio

Looking from the Editing Room, through the Prop Room into the Natural Light Studio

Furring strips for drywall going up in the Prop Room, looking into the Natural Light Studio

Furring strips for drywall going up in the Prop Room, looking into the Natural Light Studio

Drywall going up in the Editing Room, window and door to Lobby, door to Prop Room and Server station

Drywall going up in the Editing Room, window and door to Lobby, door to Prop Room and Server station

Plywood bracing for wall cabinets in the Prop Room. Dedicated AC ducting for server in Server Enclave

Plywood bracing for wall cabinets in the Prop Room. Dedicated AC ducting for server in Server Enclave

Plywood bracing for makeup counter in the Makeup Room. One full width mirror with lighting for 3 stations and outlets for hairdryers, curling tongs etc.

Plywood bracing for makeup counter in the Makeup Room. One full width mirror with lighting for 3 stations and outlets for hairdryers, curling tongs etc.

Plywood bracing for large HD 4K TV Monitor in the Lobby.

Plywood bracing for large HD 4K TV Monitor in the Lobby.

 

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