Around here, the big news today is that I finally pushed the restart button on my "new studio" construction project. The contractor has been fired (not a simple thing to do) and the head of the company, who remembers my original vision from almost a year ago, has taken over the endlessly-lingering schedule. With grace and energy, he acknowledged the problems and has promised speedy solutions. Finally, I can stop butting heads on every single design and materials decision! It's been tough trying not to be pushed into a conformist square hole at every step, first by the county, then by the weather, and then by the exigencies of standard modern construction.
Until today, progress has been mostly one step forward and two steps back for months. The contractor made several arbitrary decisions that couldn't afford to be undone. Fortunately, others have been resolved. For example, ugly lighting boxes built out from the wood ceiling have been removed, recessed and hidden; boxy cladding has been removed from the beams; standard fake-wood molding has been removed from around the windows and the windows smoothed into the walls as originally requested. The real-wood baseboard-molding battle has gone on for weeks as I insist on my simple but not standard stacking idea.
But I'm persevering with my thinking-in-three-dimensions exercise, even as I try to relax and unclench my jaw. Maybe the "only-three-more-weeks" refrain I've heard since January will now be true. Here's a little photo update:
Front south-facing wall with Palladian-style windows and west-side entry
Raised wooden ceiling (a little like a Finnish church) and exposed beams
Back north-facing wall of windows
Back wall opened to the spring forest
Another view of the forest from the back doors
Vintage deco sink for my painting work space
Books waiting to be transferred to my new space
Let's hope this is the end of being tied up by delays and steps backward. If my studio is really finished and ready to start moving in by the promised three weeks, you'll be the first to know!