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Postby audion » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:44 am

Hello,

I am looking to buy a large prefab wooden [or kit] to house a studio on my property. Not looking to do a bunch of construction myself or anything. I would like to buy it somewhere where they will deliver and assemble as part of the price. Anyone have any suggestions as to a good company to deal with. 16’-24’x 20’-30’ , or thereabouts, with a high ceiling, is what I have in mind to begin with.

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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby audion » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:17 am

Hello,

My post above should read "I am looking to buy a large, prefab, wooden shed [or kit]..."



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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby Brian M Rose » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:06 am

I'm sure that there are many people here who are better equipped to answer but i did have to purchase a portable office some years back. Actually it was relatively small and it did replace on old shed that was falling down. Because we were in a conservation area, the local council at first insisted that it should be clad in planking, so as not to change the amenity and look of the original! I would have thought that from the dimensions you give, that's going to be rather large for a shed. You'll also need foundations etc, not to mention planning permission.
Again, I'm sure that you're aware of this. It might be best to contact the likes of Portacabin and other similar companies. Oh and do make sure that you have access for the modules on the site.
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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby James Perrett » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:57 pm

I hope you aren't expecting it to be soundproof at all - wooden structures let just about everything through (I'm talking from experience here).

As Brian says, your structure will almost certainly require planning permission and building regulations approval for something of that size. Unfortunately the suppliers that we've used don't go up to the sort of size you are looking for but I'd be asking sports clubs/scout groups/farmers for their opinion as that's more the sort of size that they'd use.
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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby blinddrew » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:42 pm

What kind of budget are you looking at? I've been looking at a few options recently but I don't have the links on this machine.
Key thing to remember: if your roof is over 2.5m at peak, or if the total area of outbuildings is more than 50% of the plot not occupied by the house, or if you're thinking of putting something in front of the house, you will almost certainly need planning permission. There are other rules as well but they're your starters for 10.
Depending on your location and council you may need it anyway for a shed of that size.
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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby audion » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:09 pm

Hello,
Thanks everyone. I know about planning and getting permission. Shouldn’t be too much of a problem on a big piece of property. My main concern just trying to find a vendor for larger sheds (or whatever you want to call it). Any chips would be appreciated.

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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby audion » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:23 pm

Or I may have to settle for a slightly smaller shed. Recommendation still welcome.

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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby James Perrett » Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:09 pm

We've bought a couple of log cabins from

http://hampshire-log-cabins.co.uk/

The oldest is now getting on for 10 years old and still looks good.
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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby audion » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:26 am

James Perrett wrote:We've bought a couple of log cabins from

http://hampshire-log-cabins.co.uk/

The oldest is now getting on for 10 years old and still looks good.



Thanks. I'll take a look at the link.



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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby audion » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:27 am

audion wrote:Hello,
Thanks everyone. I know about planning and getting permission. Shouldn’t be too much of a problem on a big piece of property. My main concern just trying to find a vendor for larger sheds (or whatever you want to call it). Any chips would be appreciated.

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Ha, ha. Should read, "Any tips would be appreciated."



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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby audion » Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:44 am

audion wrote:
James Perrett wrote:We've bought a couple of log cabins from

http://hampshire-log-cabins.co.uk/

The oldest is now getting on for 10 years old and still looks good.



Thanks. I'll take a look at the link.



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Oh, I just realized you are in the U.K. I am in the U.S. [Florida}.

Does anyone know of a source in the U.S. ?


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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby Humble Bee » Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:00 am

Try to go from here to find a supplier:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiny_house_movement
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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby garrettendi » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:02 am

I'm actually thinking that when me and Missus-to-be move home I'll set up my studio in either the garage or the same kind of building as the OP.

Which of the two would be better? I'm aware both would be noisy, but then again, it's just more of a hobby for me, I'll never be recording anything serious enough to end up on an LP. We'll be going pro for that stuff!
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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby James Perrett » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:33 pm

garrettendi wrote:I'm actually thinking that when me and Missus-to-be move home I'll set up my studio in either the garage or the same kind of building as the OP.

Wooden sheds, no matter how fancy, are totally unsuitable as studios unless you are happy with virtually no soundproofing. A much better approach would be a block built building on a concrete base. My studio shell cost a little more than the equivalent log cabin but not vastly more. Combine that with a DIY inner layer and you end up with with a very well soundproofed studio which can accommodate a band rehearsing in a quiet neighbourhood.
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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby garrettendi » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:35 pm

Thanks James. Food for thought. I'll look into options when the time comes.
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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby audion » Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:10 am

James Perrett wrote:
garrettendi wrote:I'm actually thinking that when me and Missus-to-be move home I'll set up my studio in either the garage or the same kind of building as the OP.

Wooden sheds, no matter how fancy, are totally unsuitable as studios unless you are happy with virtually no soundproofing. A much better approach would be a block built building on a concrete base. My studio shell cost a little more than the equivalent log cabin but not vastly more. Combine that with a DIY inner layer and you end up with with a very well soundproofed studio which can accommodate a band rehearsing in a quiet neighbourhood.


Well, hmmm, there are tons of people on the various forums that made real niceI studios out of sheds, of all different types. Some have done some soundproofing and others havenot. In my case, I don’t need much isolation because I’m out on a pretty big piece of property, away from neighbors.

I’m interested in the block building approach, though, so maybe you could explain a little more? How much did it cost?.... That type a thing. How big is it?

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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby blinddrew » Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:36 am

audion wrote:Oh, I just realized you are in the U.K. I am in the U.S. [Florida}.
Does anyone know of a source in the U.S. ?
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Ah, sorry, my links will be no good to you then. Likewise my comments on planning permission. :)

There's no reason why you can't build a decent sound-proofed studio that looks like a shed - but the shed bit will only ever be a skin. Soundproofing requires mass and air-tightness. I know that's not a real word!
But...
If you're starting in a quiet location, and you don't have to worry about the neighbours, and you're not looking for completely perfect isolation, then you have a lot more options. But the same fundamentals still carry. Your best bet would be either to buy a shed and then build a room-within-a-room inside it. Or to build a decent concrete/brick room and then put a wooden skin on it.

Have a gander through this thread (if you haven't already): https://www.soundonsound.com/forum/view ... 24&t=43047
It's a really good example of the challenges of building a properly sound-proofed room - it's also just a really interesting thread. :)
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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby garrettendi » Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:47 am

blinddrew wrote:it's also just a really interesting thread. :)

You could say that for all the threads on SOS! Except my ones ;)
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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby audion » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:44 am

blinddrew wrote:
audion wrote:Oh, I just realized you are in the U.K. I am in the U.S. [Florida}.
Does anyone know of a source in the U.S. ?
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Ah, sorry, my links will be no good to you then. Likewise my comments on planning permission. :)

There's no reason why you can't build a decent sound-proofed studio that looks like a shed - but the shed bit will only ever be a skin. Soundproofing requires mass and air-tightness. I know that's not a real word!
But...
If you're starting in a quiet location, and you don't have to worry about the neighbours, and you're not looking for completely perfect isolation, then you have a lot more options. But the same fundamentals still carry. Your best bet would be either to buy a shed and then build a room-within-a-room inside it. Or to build a decent concrete/brick room and then put a wooden skin on it.

Have a gander through this thread (if you haven't already): https://www.soundonsound.com/forum/view ... 24&t=43047
It's a really good example of the challenges of building a properly sound-proofed room - it's also just a really interesting thread. :)

Hi,

I am not looking to go to anything like those lengths, at least not at this time. I live where the isolation is not going to be a big deal. Out in the middle of a big piece of land with no neighbors.

My reason for thinking about the shed option is to avoid having to build out a commercial space with a "room in a room". I might do a little sound treatment, but I really just need a big enough space to put my gear in. I have kind of a lot of gear [console, big pro tools rig, tape machines, lots of racks / outboard, and so forth]. And it needs to be waterproof and all that.

Air conditioning may be an issue, so I'm interested in hearing what others have done in that regard.

Thanks for responding here.


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Re: Wooden shed vendor recommendations please

Postby James Perrett » Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:41 pm

If you want to see what I've done you can take a look at my studio build Facebook album at

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... b7f7f4d849
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