The Beginnings of a Studio

Eventually this....

will become this....

Ok, maybe not exactly like that, but close. We're in the midst of an exciting building project here at the Smith Homestead.
As many of you know, we live in a rather small house. It might not seem so small to some (1400 square feet...not too tiny), but with 3 growing boys and a 2 businesses under this roof, it gets cramped, quickly. I have always dreamed of having a detached studio space and with a $300 budget (holiday gift money we've been saving) we are going to do it.
At first I was hoping for a completely free standing cabin sort of structure. My dream? A sleeping loft. But with the budget in mind, it was much more rational to use our existing porch area that doesn't get a proper usage as it has been.
$300 isn't much. Thankfully there is a floor and a roof already. The siding will be made from reclaimed oak horse farm boards we found on Craigslist for $.50 a board. Not crazy about the black so we've been painting each one and running it through the table saw to straighten out the sides.

Pinterest is, of course, completely perfect when thinking through projects like this. If you're curious, I  have 2 boards going right now with studio and decor ideas. You can see them here and here.

I'll snap photos along the way and let you see our progress as it moves along.
Did you ever see our kitchen remodel on a $200 budget? See that here and click the link in the post for a flickr side show of that fun (and cheap) project.

What house projects are you tackling these days?



  1. That should be fun!
    I was wondering about classical stretch program you do and what ones specifically you have? I went the site and was quite confused by all the choices!!! Any recommendations would be appreciated, thanks!

  2. Thanks for the question Shantel~

    Do you happen to get Classical Stretch on your local PBS station? Honestly, I DVR it when it comes on once a week and save all of them to use daily. I do own the Essentrics DVD which is a bit different from Classical Stretch but still in the same genre. Both season 6 and 7 are great. And you know what? I have emailed them before and they are great at answering questions and being helpful. If there is something specific you are looking for (aleviating back pain, weight loss, strengthening....) they will be able to point you in the right direction for the best season to buy. Hope that helps! Feel free to email me anytime if you have further questions.

  3. So exciting! Good luck to you! Do you follow Mini Manor blog?? She has such cute DIY projects that she is always on a tight budget for... lots of good tips!

  4. Oh Julianna! That blog, Mini Manor, is so great! Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. Wow, that is exciting. I wish you all the best for this project!

  6. I'm excited to see how it turns out! I just redid our guest bedroom not too long ago on a $70 budget. Just took things we already had (didn't use very often), repainted them, and voila! New room!