I'm not a builder but I have re-built our three homes over a thirty year period and to a reasonable standard - ish;-)
A couple of years ago I decided to push my life's dream project to the top of the priority list - I'm not getting any younger.  I've always played in bands and had a, spare room, cellar, loft or shed, in which  to indulge my hobby of song writing and recording and this is to be my dream studio. Indeed, my retirement home;-) The only professional help I've had is from my 14yr old son and his buddy.(they have learned a lot).

The concept is an open space with a small chapel resemblance. Open to the eaves, white-washed, lavished with the honey glow of a solid pine floor and frames etc and capped-off with Welsh slate.
This was my first attempt at a traditional "cut" roof . Not one that's been delivered on the back of a flat-bed truck. Each piece is cut and joined in situ, comprising an; A-frame (or gable frame), purlins, rafters and battens.
The quaint chapel design is going to prove problematic later on in respect of acoustics, which obviously isn't a good thing, when it comes to recording instruments etc and monitoring the results. So,  there will be lots more to do in the acoustic treatment department. This will entail the construction of  "bass traps", muffling panels and other such devises with which to sonically condition the environment.

I've tried to photograph the project at each significant stage of the build and I will endeavor to follow it through to fruition and I plan to finish off with a music video to celebrate the fact.

PS. This is in no way intended as a "How To" guide but merely a "How I Did it".

Step 1: Remove the Modern "improvements".

Ok. This property was built in the 1860's as a school room and the part I'm now restoring was a small cow-shed.  It is of a traditional undressed, cobblestone and lime construction.
Back in the 1970's the then owner decided to make some "improvements" - raising the front elevation with concrete blocks by some 5ft and covering it with a single pitch Asbestos roof - yuck!  I intend to restore it to it's original form - unfortunately, due to funds and a lack of traditional masonry skills I have regrettably used concrete block to close the large opening and (re) erect the gable end.

<p>You do a mean impression of being a builder considering you're not one. Nicely done.</p>
awesome. what's up with that chair and the wiring?
Great job on the DIY project. Especially the roof repair. I have noticed many <br><a href="http://www.keepingyoudryroofing.com/roofing-information" rel="nofollow">orlando roof repair</a> companies have taken a similar approach in the past. That is why it pays to do your homework when finding a good roofing company in your area. <br>
A very big project that I hope to undertake myself one day. Nice work.
Thanks, NHKL. Get On With It:-)
Nice job! Birds' mouth cuts. Yeah. One of the mysteries of the universe. Great door, too!

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