Since we moved from Vancouver to Yarrow in 2015, I had been working out of a studio off site. The space was in a building of mostly pottery studios. It served its purpose quite well, and for most of the time, I required a space that was some distance from my home — mostly because of the age of our children.
This spring, we decided it was finally time to bring my studio home. It was a combination of reasons that all suddenly converged, but mainly we were ready to start our second wave of renovations (the first wave was when we moved in in 2015). The other reason was that we felt our girls were at an age where they could understand my "at home" and "at work" modes and therefore understand why I might not be available during the day. The flip side to this is that I can spend more time being present at home, and hopefully soon, I will be comfortable enough to invite them to participate in my workday a little more. That's still a work in progress, but that's a different post!
At first, I thought I would actually build a studio in the back yard, but because of building code restrictions, it would have to be pretty small (about 100 sq. ft). For the same cost as a proper outbuilding studio, we figured we could do a lot more in our laundry room, and probably do our bathroom, finish our entrance, and update the playroom while we were at it. Our laundry room had been in pretty much the same state since we moved in. It was our most neglected and shameful room. It seemed like a waste to have such a large room devoted to laundry and neglect. So this is why the laundry room has become my studio.
While I hope to show some before and after pics of the rest of our most recent reno, I wanted to show the transformation of our laundry room and adjacent bathroom first. I'm super pleased with the results. A big thanks goes out to Matthew Holdsworth and Tyler Dick over at Hickory Lane Construction. If you're looking for a good contractor who can make your renovation dreams a reality, try giving them a call!