Starting the Process of my New Studio

Lot Survey

Lot Survey

Last week I spent some time trying preparing a document to present to my town of Tom’s Brook’s Planning Committee so they could get a visual of what I would like build as a new studio.

At first, I thought I would put a new building in the back part of my yard but the lot size will not allow for the size of building that I want and also allow for the distance that may be needed to put up a new building and include an offset from the property line required by the county. Our house is over 100 years old and has an unusual lot shape. There are sidewalks on the property going to different parts of the yard and we have two outbuildings. One building was, at one time, a garage and we use it to store workshop items and mowers. Another outbuilding is beside the patio and is closer to the house. This is the building that I now want to renovate or take down and replace. I realized that it wouldn’t be a good idea to add a new building when the building that is closest to the house is in bad need of repair and would probably never get repaired if I had a new building added to the lot. Therefore, it only makes sense to add value to my property by fixing the old building as opposed to adding something new to the mix.

So, today I thought I would start what will be a series of posts about the process of putting new working space onto my property.

Old to New image

Old to New image

To see the presentation that I gave to my town committee you can click here and see how I envision the end product to look.

They told me that it could take 60-90 days for the county process to take place. The planner guy will be in touch with me the first of next week to give me directions as to the next steps that I will need to take.