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Project by SoCalWoodGal posted 09-01-2021 06:13 PM 712 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As an on camera actor, I found myself with zero work during the pandemic. All productions were shut down and my day job no longer existed. It was time to get creative.

Voice over work started booming, particularly for actors who could record from home, because recording studios were shut down. I’ve dabbled a bit in voice over and had been interested in diving in and took my first step by buying a sound reducing booth called a whisper room.

The problem? There was nowhere in our house to to put the 6’x8’ booth. So it sat on the back porch for months, covered by a tarp.

For a woodworker, this just wouldn’t do! It was time to build an out building to house the booth and have my own outdoor recording studio. I read endless books and watched videos on building recording studios and made my plans over a few months.

Finally, in March, I excavated the land and prepped it for a pour. We had a concrete guy come in and pour the slab.
As soon as that set, I began work from the ground up in building this fancy shed. It took me 3 months, but I learned so much about the basics of building a house, and now I am auditioning for professional projects in my beautiful studio. I couldn’t be prouder.

I ran electric, ethernet, I put in flooring, I roofed, drywalled, made a custom door threshold, inserted a window and framed every last bit of this building. There were bumps along the way- to be expected in a one person build- but she’s done and ready for work.

I documented the build from start to finish here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPcEW6cqhcQ

-- SoCalWoodGal http://brittanyjoyner.com/Woodworking.html; https://skl.sh/34FSP5A





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 09-01-2021 06:31 PM

very nice Brittany GREAT JOB :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 09-01-2021 07:12 PM

A lot of satisfaction and knowledge gained from completing a project like that, looks fantastic!

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Eric

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#3 posted 09-01-2021 07:43 PM

You did well, great job. You had a better time line than I did with my build last year.

-- Eric, building the dream

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 09-01-2021 08:41 PM

Great job. Looks like you got your porch back too.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 09-01-2021 08:46 PM

Nice work.

-- Petey

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SoCalWoodGal

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#6 posted 09-01-2021 09:21 PM



You did well, great job. You had a better time line than I did with my build last year.

- Eric


I’m gonna need to hear about your experience- I feel like all of my builds take FOREVERRRRRR : )

-- SoCalWoodGal http://brittanyjoyner.com/Woodworking.html; https://skl.sh/34FSP5A

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SoCalWoodGal

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#7 posted 09-01-2021 09:21 PM



Great job. Looks like you got your porch back too.

- therealSteveN


Husband was thrilled to have it back! Dogs, too : )

-- SoCalWoodGal http://brittanyjoyner.com/Woodworking.html; https://skl.sh/34FSP5A

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Underdog

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#8 posted 09-01-2021 09:40 PM

That’s awesome! Especially since a lot of that was without help.

But man those guys at the box store that ripped you off on the piece of OSB… seriously? I think they took advantage because you are a woman… That piece of OSB belonged in the dumpster and they should have given it to you…

I agree with you on the sheetrock work too. That guy on Youtube that makes it look so easy and perfect has my utmost respect.

One of my favorite moments was when you did that happy dance at the first. I could so relate. Isn’t it great when you accomplish something and it all starts going together? But the best was when you had it all finished, and took a few moments to appreciate your accomplishment.

The learning and setbacks and frustration and joy of accomplishment is all part of learning new skills and trying things you’ve never done before. I’ve had a few of those. One of my last projects (the hourglass) was a complete pain in the … from start to finish.

Good for you and hanging in there. Looks great finished! And good luck on the new gigs!

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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Dark_Lightning

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#9 posted 09-01-2021 09:43 PM

Very nice! And good luck with the biz, for sure!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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SoCalWoodGal

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#10 posted 09-01-2021 09:52 PM



That s awesome! Especially since a lot of that was without help.
But man those guys at the box store that ripped you off on the piece of OSB… seriously? I think they took advantage because you are a woman… That piece of OSB belonged in the dumpster and they should have given it to you…
I agree with you on the sheetrock work too. That guy on Youtube that makes it look so easy and perfect has my utmost respect.
One of my favorite moments was when you did that happy dance at the first. I could so relate. Isn t it great when you accomplish something and it all starts going together? But the best was when you had it all finished, and took a few moments to appreciate your accomplishment.
The learning and setbacks and frustration and joy of accomplishment is all part of learning new skills and trying things you ve never done before. I ve had a few of those. One of my last projects (the hourglass) was a complete pain in the … from start to finish.
Good for you and hanging in there. Looks great finished! And good luck on the new gigs!
- Underdog

Ah, very kind of you, thanks! Yeah, that OSB. Proud to say I didn’t buy a full sheet at full price throughout any part of this build. But it also means that I could be found at Shake Shack asking for the plywood they threw out in their dumpster hahahaha. New low for me. I’ve found it depends on the big box store. Some of the locations around me (there are 3-4) they’re very laid back and sometimes even just give it to me. Other ones, not so much. Ah well, I got it done.

Man, I’d be so happy to never drywall (specifically mudding and taping) again. That was miserable.

Holy moly, your hour glass is stunning! Well done!

I’m excited to book some work and pay myself back for what I spent on this build : )

-- SoCalWoodGal http://brittanyjoyner.com/Woodworking.html; https://skl.sh/34FSP5A

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Eric

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#11 posted 09-02-2021 01:31 AM

Brittany, doing all that yourself is a great accomplishment, wish you luck on getting the gigs to payoff on the work you did. If you like I posted a series of blogs for my shop build, they are still a few finishing touches to be done.

-- Eric, building the dream

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stevejack

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#12 posted 09-02-2021 05:36 AM

Nice work I hope you insulated the SHEET out of it. My last add on to my shop. I didnt think so much about insulation, but I put a lot of money into it and it has paid off huge

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#13 posted 09-02-2021 11:13 AM

what a massive endeavor with an outstanding result. Kudos to you young lady !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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RDan

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#14 posted 09-02-2021 07:31 PM

Great Job! Looks like now you can make a great screened-in-Porch. Dan

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#15 posted 09-08-2021 05:42 AM

Brittany,

You did an absolutely fabulous job on your recording studio. And to think that you did nearly all of it by yourself is even more impressive! Just today I was discussing with my husband how to improve the hoist system in the workshop so I could move projects by myself. We’re both getting older and lifting is getting more difficult.

I admire you for tackling such a huge project, completing it so quickly and so incredibly economically, with such great results! I, too, am a big fan of frugality.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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