Months ago my Dad told me that I could use my grandfathers garage for my studio space. This garage was where my grandfather had his mechanic business in the 50's through 1980 when he passed away. It has the potential for a great studio. There is a lot of square footage with two car stalls, a work space in the back, an office and an extra room to the left and a parts room to the right. Attached to the garage is an old wood working shop and an extra room we used as our play room when we were children. My Charlotte studio was only the size of a one car garage. It was attached to the house which made it very convenient to work in and I could check on the status of my work in its drying process and get to it when it was at the exact right stage.
The positive aspect of using the garage is having access to all of the space plus it's nice to be able to breath life back into a place that hasn't been used since 1980. The negative aspect of using the garage is that it has not been cleaned out since 1980 and has acquired more stuff in the past 36. I as well as both of my brothers are storing belongings in it, which I need to find a place for. There are also years of grease, dirt, and cobwebs built up in the space. Finally there are hundreds of tools, parts, equipment, scrap metal, oil, solvents, paint ect that I need to find a new home for. I'm thinking it may take until spring at the earliest to get the place in shape so I can use it.
This is the house I grew up in. My room was the window on the left.
This is the garage as I was moving my belongings into it. It is directly accross the dirt drive from the house. I have a view of the lake and there are wonderful breezes that come off the lake so it should be comfortable working even in the hot days of summer.
The left photo is a room over the root cellar. The floor is the door that opens and reveals the stairs down to the cellar. Im using it to store my display stuff. It is the opening just to the right of the garage before you get to the wood shop. The picture to the right is the small room to the left of the garage car stalls. It could be a place where I store my clay and chemicals.
The photo on the left is 1/2 of the garage where I have my stuff stored. The photo to the right shows the back area of the garage where my grandfather worked on auto parts. There is no counter space available at the moment. It looks as if any time a tool was used it was just thrown on the counter instead of being put away in its hanging spot on the wall.
The photo to the left is the wood shop and the door in the back leads to the play room which is totally full of furniture. The photo to the right shows the part room in the garage. It is located in the back of the garage on the right side of the stalls. It is full of packaged parts and mechanic manuals.
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