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Thread: Sewing Space in Garage

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    Sewing Space in Garage

    DH and I are going to convert our garage into a "bonus room" that we can share. We like being in the same room with another as we tinker (me with quilting, him with computers).

    I'd love to see your pics of rooms! I'm needing lots of ideas especially since DH will be sharing the space. Not sure how to "do the layout" and decor.

    Thanks so much!
    Michelle

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    Will you be using the space for other activities or just quilting and computers? Do you have a long arm that will require space? How many sewing machines will be placed in the area? How many windows are there in the area? Do you want to sew using light from windows? I'm guessing you will want a design wall and space for a table for cutting and such. How many computers will go in the space?

    I know lots of questions but lots of things to think about with new space. Congratulations, I know you and DH will have fun designing and using this space.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Do not forget that it is not so much the equipment & the furnishings that will make up this workroom. It is the united spirit, the togetherness, and the support that this room will bring. If you really need to sew or compute, you can well do it where each of you participate in these activities right now.

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    in case it will help you, we have an entire subforum of pictures of quilting spaces. it can be found here http://www.quiltingboard.com/sitemap/f-23.html
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    Electrical outlets, heating/airconditioning, storage, and floor covering(s) are also some things to consider.

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    I would make it clear just how much space is all mine. You may find computers edging their way into your space and eventually you'll be sewing in the dining room again.
    Got fabric?

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    I think this is a great idea. I spend all my free time in my sewing room, and my DH spends his time on his computer. I'd like it if we were in the same room, but neither room is large enough for this to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    in case it will help you, we have an entire subforum of pictures of quilting spaces. it can be found here http://www.quiltingboard.com/sitemap/f-23.html
    Exactly what I was going to suggest ... there's lots of ideas there, along with lots of pics!

    Start with a dream list of what each of you would really like to have in there .... don't worry about whether it's realistic at this point. Just list the ultimates. At the same time, start saving pics of what you want as they're great to work with. You'll be surprised how many of them can get included with a little thought, and planning.

    Then do a detailed to scale drawing with measurements and what is there now (ie doors, electrical, windows, etc). Should be a breeze for him on his computer! And then start adding in the must haves and the dreams .... and move them around as many times as you wish until you get the plan put together.

    Some of the things that are must haves for others, you may not care for.
    Likewise, some of your must haves, others may think there's no need.
    So be careful to not be guided by what others suggest ... and come up with what you really want.
    It's better to take some time and do it right ... than rush into it and possibly have HUGE regrets!
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    Sounds wonderful, good luck. Share pictures when completed.

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    I think it would be cool to pick two complimentary colors (one for you and one for him) and paint two walls with each color. Then it would be a good division of spaces. You will probably want a television in the room that both of you would be able to view. Lighting is also very important. Also, consider close space. It is easy to store fabrics in some beautiful furniture/bookcases but computer equipment can be an eyesore so you may want to make sure he has hideaway storage. Post pix when you are done.

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