For Artists and Artisans: Finding a Place to Unleash Your Creativity

Are you an artist that just can’t seem to find the inspiration you need in the space you work in? Do you have a shed or other type of outbuilding on your property that just doesn’t get used?

By getting rid of all of the junk that your shed is filled with, you can easily transform the space into an art studio where you can get all of your inspiration down onto paper, canvas, or whatever medium you enjoy working with. Even with just a small space of 100 square feet or so, you can, relatively cheaply, create a space you can escape to anytime you want to work. Here are a few things you’ll need to think about before beginning your transformation.

 

Imagining the Space

The first thing you want to do is figure out how much space you will need and whether all of your equipment and tools will fit.

If you are a writer, then a desk and a comfy chair may be all that you need to accommodate. If you paint,then you’ll need to think about the layout for your canvasses — both current and finished — and a place to store all of your supplies.

You know better than anyone else what you will require, so think about what you’ll need before you start renovating.

 

Comfort

There’s just no sense in creating a creative space if you aren’t going to feel comfortable when you’re in it, so take the time to think about the things you must have in order to work effectively.

Some of the most important things are plumbing and heating. If your artistic endeavours use a lot of water, then you should almost definitely consider adding plumbing to your shed — at the very least a small sink. This way, you won’t need to run back and forth to the house.

Heating should be an essential addition, and it’s not at all expensive. You can find small heat lamps (like these at rs-online.com) that can effectively heat up a small space. Of course, you’ll have to run electricity to the shed, so that decision is up to you. Although, if you live in a cooler climate, heating is a must unless you want to take winters off.

 

Renovation

Once you decide what you’ll need to work, then you can begin renovations. If you are comfortable doing them yourself, by all means begin, although you should hire a professional if you want plumbing and electricity.

Dispose of any old furniture and other household items that may be stored in the shed responsibly. Clean out the space as best you can, making sure to eliminate any animal droppings or other potentially hazardous material. Check for wet spots and find their sources so you can plug the holes now rather than later. Finally, if you find any mold, contact a professional to get rid of it.

Put that unused shed to use and build yourself a creative sanctuary.

Ethan Cameron expresses his creativity by working on DIY/renovation projects. Most recently he has finished converting an old lean-to into a crafting studio for his wife so that she can now move her business off of the kitchen table!

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