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Dig My Rig, December 2011

December 1, 2011

I was determined to figure out a way to build a workable tracking room and mix studio on zero budget. I hand-excavated a crawl space under my home, and cruised local building projects to get as much scrap building materials as possible. I insulated the floor with materials from an apartment tear-out; I sheeted the walls with OSB (oriented strand board).

I found about 40 yards of killer fabric that were thrown out from a furniture store; I needed a contrasting color to complete the design, and that was provided by drop cloths—yes, the burlap kind. I cut 2x2 squares of sound board left over from a construction project and wrapped fabric around them.

I punched a hole in the house-bearing wall to have a line of sight and added a 60mm glass window from a department store display unit. The rest of the finish woodwork came from a home-remodel flooring job. Overall, a lot of hard work and tedious salvage yard trips! But, in the end, proof positive that a style-conscious studio can be built on practically nothing if you are determined enough to see it through to the end.
Steven Hartwell
Featherlight Studio
Bend, Oregon

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