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    We are planning to build on our retirement property in the not too distant future. Right now we are in the design stage. Dimensions, shape, which trees do we HAVE to cut down, what is essential (his and hers studios) and what is optional (guest bedrooms).
    So, my question is what size should my studio be (his will be much the same for his leatherwork and model railroad).....
    I know I want lots of built in shelving, plenty of windows, a huge table, built in ironing board, design wall, but keep wondering what size it really needs to be. I'd love to have it truly enormous, but cost is a factor too.
    How can I get the most usable space without breaking the bank?

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    20' x 20' sounds about right.....just kidding! It's not how big, just a comfortable space to make you happy :lol:

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    Try putting it on graph paper, deciding the size of cupboards, tables, ironing surface and a cutting area and then add walking room.

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    If It were me designing a studio, it would be a minimum of 500 Sq ft. similar to Alex Anderson's space. A small sitting area with storage for books , small stereo, tv. a wall of storage components. A design wall good lighting, work stations that aren't shoved up against the wall.... I'm there right now........

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    Decide what space you need for the items you now have plus cupboards to be installed, and add for future add-ons. --Then make it bigger. You didn't mention a quilting frame or longarm. This may be something you may want to have room for. I too will be planning a retirement home soon. I will include space for all my sewing needs. I use 2+ rooms in my house now. The main room is 8' X 16'. The other one is 12' X 9'. I figure with all that I have and may add, the minimum space would need to be 18' X 14'. I would like it to be bigger but cost will have to be a factor. -- My husband gets the barn. I will just need a little space for the garden supplies.

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    My room is 15 X 30 but I have a LA in it. My suggestion, don't have too many doors to break up the space and keep the windows high enough to put storage or workspace under them. I live in a house over 100 years old and have 3 big windows and 3 doors to contend with. Still I know I have more space than a lot of people and I'm very happy with having the room,just if I could build I would do it differently.

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    Would you consider having room for quilters to come in small groups ... so they could have mini-retreats ... to help defray the cost of the studio.

    Just wondering.

    ali

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    Would you consider having room for quilters to come in small groups ... so they could have mini-retreats ... to help defray the cost of the studio.

    Just wondering.

    ali
    That is certainly an option as I already have RV space(s) planned for visiting family/friends. Thanks for the great idea!

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    Greensleeves - I currently am in a home from the 1920's, grew up in a home from the 1940's, and also lived for several years in a Victorian home, plus all the base housing and mobile homes we lived in, so I am very conscious of door and window placement and making storage available everywhere possible!
    I'm even planning on my living room having built in storage under all the windows.
    How much space does the longarm actually use? I mean footprint as well as necessary surrounding space . I've not seen one set up except at a show, which was very hard to judge space needed.

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    The only good thing I can say about my small quilting "studio" is that it's set up like a "U" - sewing machine on one side of U, ironing board at the bottom and cutting table on the other side. I rarely have to get up from my chair once everything is cut! Also helpful is a 4-shelf unit starting just above the cutting table. I wish my sewing machine table was about 2 feet longer, but still with enough room to the right of the machine for stuff. The sewing machine table butts up against another large book case to the left. I have two "bi-fold door" closets and I've taken the doors off. One holds my stash in cupboards, the other hold a small desk and skinny shelves for projects in waiting. I've seen other much-larger set ups that I think aren't as efficient as mine.

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    I would like my quilting room the size of a two car garage. But then I have always been a BIG dreamer. In my room I would have a small camper frig, a daybed, mock or real fireplace, camper stove, and a large picture window over looking Mt Rainer just to stare at for futher insperation. Did I mention that I also would never have a need to come out of this room. LOLOLOL

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    You forgot the bathroom and alittle sink so you can keep the coffee pot going.

    I am interested in seeing what folks say. I will never be able to build on....but a girl can dream. :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    Greensleeves - I currently am in a home from the 1920's, grew up in a home from the 1940's, and also lived for several years in a Victorian home, plus all the base housing and mobile homes we lived in, so I am very conscious of door and window placement and making storage available everywhere possible!
    I'm even planning on my living room having built in storage under all the windows.
    How much space does the longarm actually use? I mean footprint as well as necessary surrounding space . I've not seen one set up except at a show, which was very hard to judge space needed.
    I have a Gammill LA on a 14 foot table and I devote 8 X 16 foot space to allow working front or back and walking around easily. On the wall behind the LA is my design wall and a rack for hanging a roll of batting so the space is not just for the LA.

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    Just plan on it being the size of your living room. and large enough to accomidate 3+ machines and a long arm set up. with one wall dedicated to fabric and a roll or two of batting. this wall can be set up with your long arm on it. then the other wall is your design wall on the opposite side. your machines will be three feet out from this wall so that while you are sewing you can look at it every now and then. the third wall will be where cutting and ironing will take place. this would be a shorter wall, if you want. I would make sure that the design wall and the short wall has windows. I would also make sure that there is an outlet every 2-3 feet. and lots of pot lights and eyeballs that can be turned in different directions to help illuminate what you need it too. a good 9-10 foot ceiling is also very helpful. just my two cents.

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    We converted my hubby's old garage into a wonderful studio for me. It is 20x20. The only think missing is a bathrrom but then if there was one I would never leave!
    I ahve a few pics attached......
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    I don't think you could ever have too much room. More room, more storage. I would love to have a room big enough for a proper sitting area, with a bookcase full of all my quilting, sewing, crafty books.

    I would love to have room to spread out and be organized.

    Louster399, your studio is fantastic! I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by greensleeves
    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    Greensleeves - I currently am in a home from the 1920's, grew up in a home from the 1940's, and also lived for several years in a Victorian home, plus all the base housing and mobile homes we lived in, so I am very conscious of door and window placement and making storage available everywhere possible!
    I'm even planning on my living room having built in storage under all the windows.
    How much space does the longarm actually use? I mean footprint as well as necessary surrounding space . I've not seen one set up except at a show, which was very hard to judge space needed.
    I have a Gammill LA on a 14 foot table and I devote 8 X 16 foot space to allow working front or back and walking around easily. On the wall behind the LA is my design wall and a rack for hanging a roll of batting so the space is not just for the LA.
    I have a small quilting machine on an 8.5'X3' frame. I put the frame on a base to move back and forth. As the room it is in is only 16'X8'. I plan to upgrade to a larger set up when I have more experience on it. A larger room is definately required for the quilting frame.

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    Right now I'm using the dining room which is probably close to big enough, but with double doors to the living room, a door to the hall and a door to the kitchen, plus a wall of windows that go nearly to the floor, the area for storage is limited to say the least. I do have 2 thrift store dressers (one used partially for Thanksgiving/Christmas placemats and tablecloths, the other primarily for yarn and ribbon and other crafty stuff), plus a big bookcase and similarly sized cabinet as well as 2 sewing machines in cabinets, an ironing board on the hall door, and the huge dining room table...barely room to walk. So I'm definitely thinking bigger and more storage. Not sure about the need for a longarm setup as I primarily hand quilt in my lap. So far I've not been too happpy with my meager attempts at machine quilting, and definitely not happy with doing the binding totally by machine.

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    When one of my friends had this kind of opportunity, she and her husband structured the attic of the garage so that they could build rooms up there. She got the back half (with the great view) and he got the front half....his entrance was through the garage, hers was off the kitchen....there is a door between the two sections that is usually left open, but it gives them each their own space. When they first built it, they didn't have much money so they just added the right trusses and beams, then added on and finished it as they had the money....it has worked out really wonderfully for both of them. Have fun.

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    I think if I was designing from scratch I'd put in a walk in closet for my stash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    I think if I was designing from scratch I'd put in a walk in closet for my stash.
    I agree. Protects from light.

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    10x12 up to 12x20 I think a L shape might be nice too. You want something that is roomy but also fun to be in. Lots of natural light and storage.

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    How can I get the most usable space without breaking the bank?
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    Look into getting to know someone who designs for ships, yachts, mobile homes, and RVs. In these there is a massive amount of storage that you would never dream of until someone showed you. My sister and her DH lived in one for years after they retired, and I never tired of seeing where she could stash stuff. From the bed itself capable of being raised for underneath storage, to roll top desk like covers over storage over doors and windows, all over the place. Just visit someone or look at RVs online and check out all the storage there.

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    I'm even planning on my living room having built in storage under all the windows.
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    There're called Window Seats, and are in most of the more expensive decorating mags nowadays. They are also rather old fashioned, which is good because the older houses had very little storage. Usually they have the seats which have doors under them, or else the cushions come up and you can pull up lids to the storage underneath. I would suggest the doors or sliding doors myself, since I have a Persian that sheds all over the house and pulling the cushions up all the time delights the cats!. The sides of the windows are generally book cases, but even then they can have drawers built into them, later if you can't afford them right now.
    Shelves to the roof on one side in closets. Closets around the outside of the walls for added insulation, built flat so you could hang over them a giant quilt for checking last minute details.
    The same with a big flannel area.
    Makes me want to have something like that to build...not that it'll ever happen but I love to dream.

    AND LIGHTS, LIGHTS, LIGHTS. Can't say enough about light. Paint the room some bright, light color that will reflect artificial lights.

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    I have a gorgeous stand alone (1/3 of huge garage) built with all the bells and whistles, don't forget room for a little fridge and seating for visitors. All my friends stop over to visit in the studio!! No matter how big you make it...it will be too small!! LOL...We are picky people,us quilters!!!

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