Monday, January 24, 2011

My Fabulous Creative Space!

 


For downloadable plans for this little cottage CLICK HERE
link is at the bottom of the left sidebar!
 
Awhile back I promised a step by step of the building of my studio.  My husband and I built this together.  We did it in panels so we could take it apart for transport.  We started on it in mid-December so we built it inside our factory building in an unused area rather than onsite.  (Dec for us is snowy and rainy, plus DANG cold)
 
We started with the floor (of course) and then built each wall on it, we made sure it was level and square so it made a great surface for assembling each wall panel. You can see the first wall lying on top of the floor. The size of the building is 12' x 12'. 
Here is the first wall panel being lifted into place. My husband used all sorts of rigging to aid us.


The back wall was built next and raised into place, we used the 2 x 4's here to hold the walls upright while we built the side walls.

Securing the first sidewall.



And the the last sidewall.  Lookin' pretty good!

The beauty of such a tall ceiling is we were able to make a loft for storage.

Here I am nailing down the flooring of the loft, it was way up there!

Next came rafters.


Then the windows and doors!


I just love these French Doors, plus they open wide for big items to be brought in for fixing up.

The next move was to take it down and haul it to it's spot in our back yard!

Primer, then paint and a decorative doo dad!

We painted it the same color as our house.

And Voila!  A fabulous space to paint, refurbish furnture and what not!


I will share a few shots from inside one day soon!
I never tire of retreating here to paint, mostly signs for my small website business!

Comprehensive step by step plans of this little cottage are FINALLY available. Click on my HERE and scroll to the bottom of the left hand side bar for downloadable plans! 

 Pamela

PS: for a glimpse into the interior click here:The Inside Scoop









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I was asked how I shrank these buttons...here is the link to the blog I found the instructions on:
http://mmscrapshoppe.blogspot.com/2010/04/shrink-that-button.html

101 comments:

  1. You make this look so easy! Your studio is darling! What a fantastic place for you to escape to and enjoy! xoxo

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  2. Pam,
    Just found your blog and it is lovely! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to visit me! Your cottage is adorable and you are lucky to have such a cute studio! Your signs are wonderful, very talented! will be checking in often!
    Rebecca

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  3. OMG-this is gorgeous-how lucky you are to have your adorable "craft cottage"!! I found you on a blog hop and now I'm a follower!-stop by for a visit-Claire

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  4. Wow!!!! I'm your newest follower. http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

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  5. Tooo! Cute! I love this ,it's seems much bigger than it looks ,will you have electricity connected ,you could use it then as a guest room.
    ~Sharon~

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  6. @Infatuated..my fab studio has electricty and a sink with running water for rinsing my brushes. My daughter loves sleeping out in it (I have a little t.v. also to play painting videos while I work or movies) but the only caveat was she would have to come in the house in the middle of the night to use the loo. She did not mind the dark, it was the skunks that hung around trying to find any leftover cat food that blocked her path.

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  7. This is so amazing! I saw this post on Texas Monkey and had to come take a closer look. I am so jealous. I'm a new follower. Can't wait to see what you create next.

    www.theelephantstrunk42.blogspot.com

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  8. Its wonderful! I've always wanted a little cottage like that... but never have had room... but I bet so many people would love one!

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  9. That is awesome!! Looks fantastic & I'm so jealous!

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  10. I am so jealous!!! What an amazing place to retreat and be creative. It is beautiful!

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  11. It looks beautiful...I'm sure you're going to enjoy having this space to create in.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  12. Wow what a perfect place to escape and do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it. It turned out just wonderful. I am so jealous here in snowy PA.

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  13. How dreamy! Big undertaking too! It is so charming and I am sooooo jealous! Can't wait to see the inside!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  14. Wow! That is so awesome that you guys built that!! :) I'd love for you to link up to my new linky party, Tute {Yourself} Tuesday.
    LittleEme.blogspot.com

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  15. Oh I need that. I have a space in the back yard. I need to stop and just do it. What do you do about heat and cooling? It gets very hot an humid here. Does it have electricity? I need details. Now how did you shrink those links?
    http://mmbcreations.blogspot.com/

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  16. Wow! What a great space! With all that glass in the doors and windows, it must be such a fantastic light filled space to work in. Did it raise your taxes significantly? I'd love a paint studio, but in our area we need to pull a permit for any structure over 100 sqft, plus the plumbing would probably need one too. I'd be afraid of the tax hit.

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  17. Wow! Awesome! Great job! I am jealous! Seriously jealous!
    carla louise
    www.ohsewaddicted.com

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  18. Wow--this is amazing! I want one, too!!

    (And, I think you should sell the plans!)

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  19. Oh my gosh, are you kidding me? THis is fabulous, I want one :)
    I can't wait to see the inside!
    XO

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  20. Wow, I love it! I would love one too!
    How charming! Thanks for sharing!

    Love, Brenda
    Deck The Halls of HOME with JOY!

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  21. Can't wait to see the shots of the interior! You are one lucky girl! I'll be sharing this with my husband...hope he gets the hint.
    And... I'm hitting the follow NOW!

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  22. What a cool space to call your own! I would love to know more about it...was it expensive to build (I know you did all the work yourself, so I guess I'm wondering about how much you had in supplies)? It would be fabulous to have as a playhouse for the kids while they are young, then I could inherit it when they grow out of it :)

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  23. @SouthernMom..we just compiled a spreadsheet on what it would cost in materials alone today and it is running about $5000. When we built this our business was doing very well (industrial robotics) but it all took a crash with the economy so it was no biggie then but now that we are unemployed (for 2 years running)...and may lose our house (we are 99 weekers, I am definitely taking this with me!!! :)

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  24. Love it! I am jealous...I want one! Visiting from TT.

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  25. OMG! This is so wonderful and so cute and such eye candy. I think you or hubby should make these and sell them. I would love to have one but our neighborhood covenant won't allow it. Oh I can dream though.

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  26. Oh my goodnesss...how super fabulous are you!!! This would also make the sweetest playhouse and I love that it's yellow. For some reason I've always loved yellow houses. Thanks for partying at A Crafty Soiree!

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  27. Wow, this is no little project!! How beautiful it is. I found you on today's hop and I'm really glad I did!
    Carol

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  28. What a beautiful studio! Well done! Looking forward to reading your blog.
    Blessings! ~*~ Wendy ~*~

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  29. Wow! That is going to be an inspirational space. Can't wait to see the inside!

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  30. WOW--this is amazing! You are so lucky to have a talented man! Thank you so much for linking up to Sew Woodsy! We featured your awesome craft space today! Please make sure you grab a featured button and display it proudly!

    http://sewwoodsy.blogspot.com/2011/01/friday-features-on-monday.html

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  31. OMG so adorable!!! Like a grown-up girl's playhouse! Thanks for joining in on show and tell friday!

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  32. Oh how fabulous! I would definitely buy plans for that. I wish I had a little girl at home to make it into a special place for girl's night in and sleepovers.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  33. WOWWWWWWWWW!!!! What a sweet husband. It looks like the cottage in Matilda. Incredibly cute!

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  34. Pam, I love this post. I have thought about building something very much like this as a hide out for my three young boys.

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  35. Oh i bet you are having the greatest time with your little ccttage!! I can't wait to see the inside- love the french doors by the way!

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  36. JEALOUS!! That is a great idea to sell them as kits!!! Love that idea! Do you have pics of the inside and how you decorated it?

    Please come be a follower!!
    Thanks
    Amy

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  37. Thanks for linking up to the It's a Keeper Thursday blog hop! I hope you come back next week and link something new!

    Have a great weekend!

    It's a Keeper
    http://www.everydaytastes.com/
    http://twitter.com/itsakeeperblog
    http://www.facebook.com/ItsAKeeper

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  38. Love this. How stinkin' cute. Lucky you. I think people would like both ideas, plans or flat ship. Can't wait to see the inside.

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  39. I love your studio, it looks absolutely beautiful:-)
    Greetings from Europe, Biljana

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  40. Wow! Wish I had room for one of these!!!

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  41. I'm beyond jealous - it's just so lovely. What a wonderful place to create in.

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  42. JEALOUS! What a sweet place to create! I am following from Tater Tots and Jello. I did not post anything because there was soooo much already. I hope you come by to visit.
    Cheers!
    Jen
    www.cariboobutterfly.com

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  43. Oh, my! That is such a wonderfully beautiful building. I would LOVE the plans to be available. Thanks for sharing!

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  44. That is insane! I love it! I think your hubby's got a good idea brewing there. I bet you'll have many buyers out there. Too bad shipping to Hawaii would be too expensive... plus we have all these necessary things... like hurricane clips and permits to worry about :) You and your husband do good work, though. I, too, would love to see the inside. Found you on Tea Rose Home.

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  45. I would definitely want one. Even plans would be awesome as we are quite handy.
    thanks for sharing...and please seriously think of offering plans..
    tammy

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  46. What a remarkably wonderful little place! It's so beautiful!

    xo*tricia

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  47. I love your studio! I think if I ever had the space my daughter would want one too. Can't wait to see the interior.

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  48. Absolutely wonderful, Pam... una maravilla!!!!!
    greetings from Chile
    maria cecilia

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  49. This is ADORABLE- I want one!

    TOTALLY featuring this on my blog!
    floweryfashion.blogspot.com

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  50. This is darling and lovely and who wouldn't want something like this?? I think every women could use a bit of creative space like this :O)

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  51. I featured you this week!!! LittleEme.blogspot.com
    Come check it out and grab your featured button! :)

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  52. Im so jealous!! What a down right adorable studio!! I would love love love to have that house!! Im so envious!! Can't wait to see pictures of the inside!!

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  53. I am green with envy!! I am so in love with this sweet Craft Cottage!! I would be spending all of my free time out there!!
    Can't wait to see the inside!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  54. I just love your studio.. it is absolutely beautiful! My house is yellow too! YOu did a wonderful job and I think making them to sell is a great idea! take care, Maryann

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  55. I want one too!!!! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

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  56. I forgot to tell you. . .I am going to feature your Craft Cottage on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions tomorrow. Feel free to stop by and grab an "I Thrilled" feature button from my sidebar if you would like :) I hope you stop by again soon!

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  57. This is adoreable!! I love it :) Great job!!

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  58. how so super cute!! I would love someone to ship me one to construct in my yard. Much cuter than anything I have seen at the big box stores.

    I am new to your blog and I am going to follow!

    livingonliveoak.blogspot.com

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  59. I would love to do this ... would you be willing to give the approximate cost for the building?

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  60. Oh my gosh--this is a dream-come-true!!! I think people would order them in a heartbeat!!!
    XO

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  61. I love it so much! It's just wonderfully adorable. Put my order in!

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  62. I'd love to know more about these plans! SUCH a sweet little studio!

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  63. Oh my that is amazing!! What a perfect studio you have created to escape and work on things you love.

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  64. Impressive work! Lucky you for having such a nice studio (and hubby to build it)!

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  65. Love it! I love little yellow cottages with white trim, so I am in love. :-)

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  66. That is beyond charming! I just love it and can't wait to see the inside! Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  67. Oh, this is my dream cottage! That was so very smart to build it in panels. I would love to hear more about the step-by-step process (so my husband can build me one! LOL) And I do think you could sell these as kits. Enjoy your amazing cottage! :)

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  68. What a gorgeous looking studio- I am convinced people would love to buy this of you if you sell these kits .What a fantastic job, and I love the colour and the decorative details.
    Found you through Tidymom's link party by the by.

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  69. MY DREAM COME TRUE!!! LOVE THIS. We have a farm and my "studio" is on the to do this. Yours is so pretty. Wonderful.

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  70. Yes, I think it is a dream come true - what a wonderful charmiong palce to call your own. I can't wait to see it when you are all done.
    My best- Diane

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  71. Wow. I don't know what is more impressive your studio space which I covet but I would need heat in it for sure and probably air too, or all the buttons on your blog.
    You are amazing.
    Pam

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  72. Wow this is too gorgeous! What an awesome space! I'm stopping by from Meet Up Monday!

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  73. Really? Amazing! I need one of these. I wish my husband would make one for me. It would free up so much space in the garage. :-)

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  74. Wow! I am jealous! Where do I start?!?!

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  75. I am NOT a jealous person. That being said, I am sooo jealous! Love it!

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  76. Hi!
    We love the yellow color! My mom is going to paint her house soon, and would like to know the name of the paint color.
    Thanks!

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  77. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! - Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

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  78. I am glad so many are getting to enjoy my cottage with me. Here is a few answers to questions I could not respond to personally as there was no email address...Cost: in materials it was about $5000. Paint color: I don't have the exact name but will hunt down the can and see what I can find out. And a big thanks to all who featured this blog post on there sites!

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  79. Jealous doesn't begin to describe it! Good for you! I'm your newest follower. I'd love for you to come by!

    http://theloops13.blogspot.com/

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  80. Awesome. I was thinking of setting up a garden shack in the yard for my studio, but this is way better!

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  81. umm..Yes please?? I would love to have this type of cottage for my less than clean and aromatic crafting! I would even buy the plans for this building!!

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  82. Hello!

    I came by way of Its so very Cheri. I love your studio! I would be very interested in a comprehensive step by step plans of this little cottage. I have been trying to decide what I wanted to create for my special place in my back yard and something like this would be perfect! I too am interested in the color you used.

    You and your husband did a fabulous job!

    ~ Tracy

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  83. This is totally dreamy.... a fairy house! ;) Just enchanted. Thanks for bringing us here and for participating in Show Off Your (lovely) Cottage.

    Cielo

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  84. Love, Love, Love it!!! And I think your husband is onto a great idea!
    Best,
    Susan

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  85. Oh, your little cottage is so sweet, Pam. Wow; you actually have such an awesome place for building things - regardless of the weather! Our projects come to a stop around here, for a few months each year, because we don't have a space like that to work in. I'm so envious! ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party. I'd love to have you join me each week. The link goes up on Wednesday nights and stays up for six days. And be sure to enter the giveaway, if you haven't already done so.

    By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  86. This marks Day #1 of me pestering Sexy Nerd to build this for me :)
    Not sure the Homeowner's Association will go for it, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.

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  87. Ah-Mazing! I'm featuring your glorious creative space on tomorrows All Things Inspired!
    xo
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  88. I love this - great job! Your husband and the kit idea might be interesting too.

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  89. Awesome. I want one just so I can go and hide.

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  90. This is just amazing! I remember seeing photos when you were still working on it so it's great to see it all finished up. You have a very handy and loving husband!

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  91. I've always wanted a little house like that. When I saw the pictures of your husband putting the walls up I realized it was much bigger than I thought. It looks tiny in the picture. I love it! I wish I could buy the plans and have it built. What fun!

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  92. We are "friends" on FB and Pinterest, but I didn't know you had a blog till you put up your link to this darling project. The cottage is adorable, and now I'll have to become a follower! :)

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  93. ***I would have built the cottage in place outside to avoid the tricky moving.

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    1. With 4 feet of snow on the ground here at that time of year, building outside is not an option. Moving it was easy, it was built in panels made for portability. If I move, it goes with me!

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