Studio Progress – An Amazing Back Entry Transformation!



The work on the drywall is still in progress, but every day, these areas are looking more and more like actual rooms. It’s so exciting! I showed y’all the studio progress a couple of days ago, so while it does look better now, it’s not a huge difference.

This was the view early this morning from the breakfast room door…

And the front wall that will be wallpapered…

And then the view from the side portico door looking back towards the breakfast room door…

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And finally, the view from the “office” corner of the studio looking towards the front wall that will be wallpapered on the left, and the shared breakfast room wall on the right.

But what ya’ll didn’t see the other day (because it hadn’t been done yet) is progress on the back area — the back entry, storage closet, and half bathroom. From inside the studio, this is the view to the back entry that goes out to the carport, and that’s the half bathroom on the left…

The transformation in this area absolutely astounds me. Do y’all remember what it looked like? This area was a storage room at the back of the garage. It had a low angled ceiling, just like the pantry, with the ceiling on the back wall barely clearing the back door. Here’s how it looked standing inside the storage room…

The opening on the left is the garage (which is now the studio), and the back of the house (where the carport is now) is on the right wall. The area straight ahead in the photo above is what’s now the half bath.

And even after the first phase of the garage-to-studio transformation two summers ago, the back area still looked like this with the super low angled ceiling…

It was the addition of the carport, and the way that the carport roof ties into the existing studio roof, that allowed for this amazing transformation. I don’t have an updated photo of the carport from this angle, but you can see the roof structure here…

With the new much higher carport roof covering this back area, they were able to remove the existing ridiculously low roof and expose the new roof/ceiling height.

And now, look at this area! Talk about a transformation! From a barely-7-foot ceiling to an almost-12-foot ceiling.

I had them keep the angled ceiling in the storage closet. Since that closet houses this monstrosity…

…I wanted to keep as much height as possible so that I could squeeze every bit of storage out of this closet as possible. So I’ll still have plenty of room for shelves…

And since we kept the vaulted ceiling in here, I also have all of this room for shelves on the wall with the door.

The door will be a pocket door, so I won’t have to account for door swing. I will, however, have to be creative in how to add storage to the area to the left of the door since I don’t have any studs to anchor shelves. A freestanding shelving unit might have to be placed there, but I’ll make those decisions later.

And on the other side of the back entry is the half bathroom…

We had to keep an eight-foot ceiling in this room to have room above for air ducts, but I don’t mind the lower ceiling in a bathroom.

This picture kind of makes it look like the bathroom has an angled ceiling, but that’s just the perspective of the photo throwing things off a bit. The entire ceiling is flat and eight feet high.

I just can’t believe the difference in this area. I kind of wish I could turn my entire house 180 degrees so that this could be my front entry. 😀

But I’ll have to settle for a grand entry from the carport. Here’s the view from the back doors looking into the back entry and the studio.

From that view, the storage closet is on the left, the half bath is on the right, and the studio wall straight ahead is the one that will be wallpapered.

I’m so excited about the progress, and the pretty stuff hasn’t even started yet! 😀





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