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Randy in Caintuck
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Caintuck Audio He Shed
05/14/19 at 02:04:59
 


I always presumed that when I reached the "golden years" my life would be somewhat simpler ..... less complicated.

Hoo boy .....

It seems that my family is quickly moving toward what is quickly becoming one version of the "typical" American family ..... with two or three generations living under one roof, sometimes even more.

For the past few years, my daughter (early 30s) and her two sons (late teens) have been residing with us ..... and we are now in the process of moving my son (late 30s), his fiance and his six year old daughter and three year old son in as well .....

Now, this information is not meant as a complaint ..... since I love them all dearly and things might well change in the near future ..... or not .....

The point of all of this is that even though we have a pretty good sized home, something had to give to accommodate all of these warm bodies ..... and my current listening room and man cave are being re-purposed as bedrooms for the new additions.

What to do ? What to do ?

I recently saw a TV commercial for an insurance company that involved a "she shed" in the policy holder's back yard ..... so it occurred to me that this might be an option for me.
Not a "she shed", but a "he shed" dedicated to audio.

So, I ordered a 12' x 16' "garden shed" with a vaulted ceiling and have been working on it for the past few weeks.
Several of my friends are in various building trades, so running electric wasn't a problem and I will be having a "mini split" system installed to take care of the HVAC duties.

Here are a few photos of the results .....







I decided to use some diffuser panels that are based on plans from the Decware website from several years ago ..... a fresh coat of paint and they look pretty fine and work very well.









Sheer curtains added to the remaining windows







The windows are double pane, the entire structure is insulated and the sub-floor is 2" x 6" (12" on center) with 3/4" plywood.

Initial listening sessions are good ..... with a little fine tuning the sound should be very good.

I am very happy with the results and this will provide a nice "sanctuary" for me if things get too crazy on occasion in the "big house" .....

As always ..... I welcome visitors. So, if any of the forum readers find themselves in northern Kentucky (near Cincinnati, OH) ..... please drop in for a visit. Just let me know a day or two in advance and I will roll out the red carpet .....

Happy listening,
Randy

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Reply #1 - 05/14/19 at 03:01:05
 
That is awesome, Randy! He shed indeed!!!  What a cool getaway/audio room. Great job and congratulations. You should be very proud!
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Reply #2 - 05/14/19 at 12:40:24
 
Randy,

That looks like a fantastic respite and listening room.  Congratulations on adapting to life and making the most of it.

Well Done.

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Reply #3 - 05/14/19 at 14:32:09
 
Randy,
That looks awesome and a great idea. This way no one will tell you to turn it down.
Also I like your table.
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Reply #4 - 05/14/19 at 14:45:07
 


Thanks guys .....

Deuce,
The equipment stand was something that popped into my head when I saw some untreated Douglas Fir 4 x 4s at the local Lowe's Hardware.
I expected that it would be pretty heavy and massive ..... but after getting it put together it was too heavy for me to move by myself.

Thank goodness for one of those teenage grandsons mentioned in my initial post .....  

Best wishes,
Randy

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Reply #5 - 05/22/19 at 20:41:13
 
Very nice Randy! I have always wanted to do a room like this and hopefully will next year. I have a dedicated room but I would love something like this totally separate from ANY house ties.


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Reply #6 - 06/28/19 at 23:43:44
 
Randy....

have seen that commercial... and had the exact same thought!  Nice setup.

my wife has also suggested that I "detach" my listening room... since my listening room is in our walkout basement right underneath the master bedroom on the main floor (story and a half floor plan).  And I tend to want to listen to music late at night.

I never thought of doing a wood floor though.  I had just assumed, if I did this, it would have a concrete slab floor.  But now you've put new thoughts in my head.

Mike.

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Reply #7 - 06/29/19 at 02:19:42
 

I love wood floors because they carry energy from the speakers to the listener.  I have found this to be far more engaging than a concrete slab so any time it's possible I would recommend it too!

Steve
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