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    A little warning: You will be amazed at how fast you can fill up a 20' X 20' space! When we built my shed (14' X 24') I thought I would have all kinds of space! I wish I could have built it a bit larger. Don't get me wrong, I love my space, but anything that will conserve space you will really appreciate. I do have a 6 ft ironing board that I made to fit on top of a dresser that has 6 drawers and two other smaller dressers that fit under my long arm. I love the cork floor idea! Wish I hadn't put down carpet. My youngest son sells hardwood flooring, so I may change that out one of these days.

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    I don't know about anyone else but when the day arrives for me to have a giant new studio of my own, I don't want it to look like a sewing room. I would prefer that it look like a showroom instead. I want all my fabric hidden from site but placed behind doors where I can open them up and see everything I have at a glance. I would also like tables for friends to come in and work and comfortable seating in a group arrangement so we can sit together and hand sew or quilt. I would use fluorescent daylight bulbs but they'd have to be in attractive fixtures, no long tubes all over the ceiling for me. I would also want wood or wood look flooring that would be easy to sweep up in the sewing areas and a soft berber in the seating areas. The flooring would distinguish the various areas of the room and could add to an artful feel if planned well. What an exciting time for you, the sky is the limit so be creative and enjoy the process!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L View Post
    I don't know about anyone else but when the day arrives for me to have a giant new studio of my own, I don't want it to look like a sewing room. I would prefer that it look like a showroom instead. I want all my fabric hidden from site but placed behind doors where I can open them up and see everything I have at a glance. I would also like tables for friends to come in and work and comfortable seating in a group arrangement so we can sit together and hand sew or quilt. I would use fluorescent daylight bulbs but they'd have to be in attractive fixtures, no long tubes all over the ceiling for me. I would also want wood or wood look flooring that would be easy to sweep up in the sewing areas and a soft berber in the seating areas. The flooring would distinguish the various areas of the room and could add to an artful feel if planned well. What an exciting time for you, the sky is the limit so be creative and enjoy the process!!!
    I haven't been posting on this journal because it was difficult to keep up with 2 journals at the same time, and difficult to post on this forum, due to the fact that it would time out and then when it times out i would have to type all over again. If you want to see what's happening come over to my other forum (which i find so much easier to navigate and post on - if it times out you don not lose your message -- you just try again) http://www.quiltinghaven.com/index.php?topic=5061.0
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    How wonderful! From experience of completely renovating our kitchen (from the ground up), don't buy cabinets until you have the room built -- you need to 'feel' the room and let ideas germinate before buying. We didn't hire a company to design our cabinets, we did it ourselves, after much thought, magazine/online scouring for ideas, etc. I measured to be sure I had dimensions right, figured out 'what' needs to go 'where' for the best traffic pattern, and then went & ordered exactly what I wanted. We installed everything ourselves. I used every inch of space possible, and I absolutely love it. Did the same with the quilt room, although I took the old kitchen cabinets and re-used those there, all painted white. Perfect at that height, plus got laminate counters to top the cabinets, and installed mini flood lights (from Ikea) from the wall cabinets shining down to the counter....love, love my light. Opposite wall got an entire wall of white laminate bookshelves with glass doors installed, for books, magazines and tons of folded fabrics. The doors keep the fabrics clean and tidy. You'll need a big design wall, and an area for a tv/dvd set up so you can watch while quilting, (with a comfy chair/table). Set up the closet area with organizers as you'll need it. My hubby built shelving between the base cabinets to store plastic totes for various scraps, patterns, projects and I skirted the front of it (with velcro on skirting so its washable), so its always tidy looking. I put pegboard up behind the door to hang all the various quilt stencils, rulers, extra mats, etc. Please be sure to show us pictures - can't wait to see what you do with your new space!

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    Question Have you posted pictures of your sewing room yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by DebbE View Post
    How wonderful! From experience of completely renovating our kitchen (from the ground up), don't buy cabinets until you have the room built -- you need to 'feel' the room and let ideas germinate before buying. We didn't hire a company to design our cabinets, we did it ourselves, after much thought, magazine/online scouring for ideas, etc. I measured to be sure I had dimensions right, figured out 'what' needs to go 'where' for the best traffic pattern, and then went & ordered exactly what I wanted. We installed everything ourselves. I used every inch of space possible, and I absolutely love it. Did the same with the quilt room, although I took the old kitchen cabinets and re-used those there, all painted white. Perfect at that height, plus got laminate counters to top the cabinets, and installed mini flood lights (from Ikea) from the wall cabinets shining down to the counter....love, love my light. Opposite wall got an entire wall of white laminate bookshelves with glass doors installed, for books, magazines and tons of folded fabrics. The doors keep the fabrics clean and tidy. You'll need a big design wall, and an area for a tv/dvd set up so you can watch while quilting, (with a comfy chair/table). Set up the closet area with organizers as you'll need it. My hubby built shelving between the base cabinets to store plastic totes for various scraps, patterns, projects and I skirted the front of it (with velcro on skirting so its washable), so its always tidy looking. I put pegboard up behind the door to hang all the various quilt stencils, rulers, extra mats, etc. Please be sure to show us pictures - can't wait to see what you do with your new space!
    Your room sounds amazing! I'd love to see it. I am working on getting a new one in about a year and would love to "steal" your ideas, haha! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denise_the_Quilt_Lady View Post
    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.
    When we built our house 22 yrs. ago laminate flooring was not so available. The house I grew up in had cork in the Liv./Dining Rm. and Den. My cork flooring, are tiles 11 3/4" square. They do have an acrylic coating on them to protect against water. I just vac them and very occasionlly use a damp mop on them. Laminate flooring would work fine, just make sure the boards fit tight together.

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    I'm sooo happy for you, sounds like a great adventure and a wonderful few. Keep us up to date with pix, please!...
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    [How sad, I tried to look at your posting on quiltinghaven, but got a message that I HAVE to register before it will let me see anything - when I found the QB, I think the only things I couldn't see were the selling/trade/offers threads - everything else was open to me. That is part of the reason I joined the QB, since it was open, inviting and friendly. I would love to see what you're doing in your new space, especially since I just got my notice yesterday, my job ends the end of the month so I will have time to finally work on my girl cave, turn it into the creative haven I envisioned when we built it. But don't think I want to register on that site just to see your pictures. Sigh.
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    I agree about the elec. outlets, some chest high and some closer to the floor but lots of "em!, I have several light fixtures on different switches, sometimes I need them all (when quilting) sometimes just one at the sewing machine, or iron, or cutting table. congratulations!!!

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    The Haven, for me, is a smaller, more intimate, and very friendly place. Can't think why anyone would not want to register. On the haven many of the members have "journals" where they share "semi-private" things with their online buddies. Not stuff they are trying to hide, necessarily, but just stuff most of the world would not be interested in. Just about everything else on there i was able to see before i became a member. I love the journal feature. and THAT is where i keep my ideas about life and about quilting, including my studio dreams. We would love to have you join us. we are really a great bunch of ladies, and the Haven is so user friendly. I had a dickens of a time using QB. QH came to me "just like that"!!

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