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Light!!! Heat, air-conditioning, maybe dehumidifier? Lots of electrical is right! Chichi out habitat for humanity shops! They have all kinds of cool stuff u can use! Good luck, have fun show u's your progress so I can live vicariously thru u! I'm sewing in a tiny bedroom when dd comes home must clean and rearrange so they can sleep! Thank goodness for aerobeds!!
What about space with cpl comfortable chairs for relaxing while doing hand work or chatting with gf??
Think about how you store or want to store your : fabric, thread, notions, rulers, rotary cutters, books, magazines, patterns, stabilizers, batting, yarns, paint, dyes, etc. Will your fabric be on open shelves or in drawers of some kind? What flooring will you have? I have a cork tile floor and love it. It's smooth, warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Also easy to keep clean - just vac. it. Where will your pressing area be? A large board or regular ironing board? Will you have a small pressing surface next to your sewing area to use while piecing? What kind of lighting will you have? Where will your design wall be and how large? Also will it be portable or stationary? Where will your cutting area be? Make sure it's a good height for you. What color paint on the walls? Make sure to put in enough electrical outlets, you might want some in the middle of the floor, instead of all on the walls. Will you have more than one sewing machine set up, a serger perhaps or a long arm? Don't forget to include some wall space to display some of your creations.
I'd use graph paper to plan out the design of the arrangement for the furniture in your new space. Cut out to scale shapes for the furniture and built-in cupboards/counter space. Move them around until you find one that you like and what will work for your needs. This is when you might figure out where the electrical outlets will go in the floor.
I am in the process of finishing up a new sewing room, and one of the things that I had done in it, were to have all the electrical outlets put in about the counter tops, and to have some of them control the light above as well as the outlets beside them. That way when I shut off the above lighting, I also shut off my irons and my sewing machine. I have always hated to have to reach down behind furniture to plug something in. I also did a design wall 8x8, and am loving it. Have fun designing your new space. You can also go back through the ORGANIZATION posts, and see what others have done. I got a lot of good info there. And graph it out, several times. You won't be sorry.
A home is built of peace and love,
and not of wood and stone,
a place where happiness lives
and memories are sewn.
My DH and I used to work on H for H houses. I never thought about it but YES he says we should check it out. Great idea. My old workspace in the basement has a humidifier running almost non stop. I hate that noise when i am quilting. We don't need to run them upstairs, but we do have one connected to our furnace. The new room will have it's own HVAC. There is a nice little sitting area in the plans. enough for couple small tables and two or three nice comfy chairs. There will be an archway separating them. I am wondering if i can figure out a way to post the floorplan as a picture. worth looking into.
What a great reference this post will be, thanks for such a compehensive list of things to think about. LOVE the idea of an outlet in the middle. I can position it so it is under the cutting table, but near the edge. Just think... a light, a glue gun, all the things you might want to plug in and use on that big surface. YUP gotta do that!! Flooring: we were thinking of a laminate that looks like old farmhouse boards. Can you tell me more about how cork would be better, or would laminate work.
Regarding cabinets and storage....on word CASTERS! Yep, get the kind that lock in place. You can place your ironing table/cabinet on them. When you need to roll it over to your sewing machine and then when you are done, roll it under the counter to keep it tidy. And, I am one of the creative people who tend to change my room 1 or 2 times per year to help keep the juices flowing...a different perspective out the windows.
Wonderful plans. Fantastic grandson. Just want to squeeze him.
Don't overlook having a large design wall. I personally love to see my quilt "grow" a block at a time. I do a lot of sampler quilts so the final view is important before sewing the sashing and making permanent choices about block placement.
Congratulations. I envy you.
26" Innova, LS, Pantovision, all on a 14' Frame