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Old 04-04-2013, 04:28 PM
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I've finally finished building my home drum room! Here's the build process in pictures, along with the (almost) final result.

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I normally rehearse in my basement, which was completely bare concrete foundation - no studs, ceiling, fixtures, etc... just bare concrete and floor joists for the first floor, as you can see from an older pic of my setup:




Since there was no drywall, insulation or ceiling, the drums were LOUD in the house. My wife was super cool about it though, and often I would practice while she was out. At the very least, she couldn't do much if she was home while I was practicing - watch tv, listen to music, etc.. just because it was so loud.

And then we got a little puppy. I tried playing a couple of times, but our poor Beagle gets terrified...




So I basically haven't practiced much in my house since getting our puppy in August, unless she was outdoors. This gave me the motivation to start my basement reno, which had been on the backburner since buying our house in 2009.


I started renovations and started building my studio in my basement over the Christmas break. Anyway, here's a little build diary of my progress.

Unfortunately, I have no "before" pics. As I mentioned, the basement was completely bare to the concrete foundation. No walls or studs, completely bare.

This was taken at the end of the first weekend of work. Partition wall built - through that doorway is the studio area. The other room (in which I was standing for the pic) will be a party/bar room. Where that orange chair is will be a storage closet, and access to the furnace room.





To the left of the door, where the garbage can is will be framed with a door for another storage closet under the stairs.





Studs framing the party/bar room




Studio side - partition wall, and the wall that boxes in the furnace. Duct work framed for boxing. All my drums and recording gear boxed up :(







Studio side - soundproofing added to the partition walls, started drywall on the duct box so I could measure up the door for installation. Pot lights and switches all wired up, 2 additional outlets added to the room. Electrical is now finished.

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Studio side - soundproofing finally done last night. All the walls are done, and the ceiling has a double layer of acoustic foam. Ready for drywall now. Quiet as hell, can't hear shit!

That nook on the left will be my mixing station.










Up next, drywalling.
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Finished framing the closet. Didn't get as much done this weekend as I wanted.



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Drywall for the walls is finished, and the started the ceiling. Next up, pot light installation and then the worst part: taping/mudding/sanding.





Had a small leak in the foundation during last week's warm weather when the snow started melting, so we have to wait until after the melt to close up that corner, and get it fixed in the spring.

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Pot lighting installed and wired up, door installed, drywall almost done, plastering and taping started.



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Plastering and sanding done. Sanding = worst ever.

Ready for paint.



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Old 04-04-2013, 04:31 PM
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Finished for now. I still have some work to do:

- Finish the back corner once the foundation leak is fixed when the ground thaws
- Moulding,
- Floor
- Make some acoustic baffles

I'm done working for now, and I'm just going to enjoy using the room for a while. When I get the motivation, I'll tackle the remaining bits.



















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Old 04-04-2013, 04:50 PM
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That's a lot of work done there!

Looks like a great place to go and practice. I like the color you chose for the walls too.

Nice!
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:27 PM
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Thanks for sharing. That's definitely the result of hard work and patience...hat's off! And it does look really nice to boot.

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:56 PM
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Awesome drum room XT
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:02 PM
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Nice job Xero! Looks like a cool place to practice.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:10 PM
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Excellent transformation! Thanks for sharing these, they are inspirational.

If I had pIans to stay in my house for some years to come, I'd do a similar thing. Since I don't - I won't.
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Very good work Xero. I really like the red color, might re-paint mine red!!

Gotta love those Paiste sound reflections (got the same ones) ;)
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:07 AM
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Nice job! whats your floor idea? i carpeted mine first, but then i put down the fake lenoleum tile which i like a lot better. you went with wood not steel studs, why? ( i used steel but may go wood if i ever need another room). Realy good job.
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Damn dude, very nice progress thread, love seeing a home studio come together.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:01 PM
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Nice job! whats your floor idea? i carpeted mine first, but then i put down the fake lenoleum tile which i like a lot better. you went with wood not steel studs, why? ( i used steel but may go wood if i ever need another room). Realy good job.
I'm getting rugs and cutting them up to size. I did some recording last night just to see how the room sounds and it's too bright. The baffles will help, but because the floor and ceiling are both reflective, the cymbal sounds just bounce around everywhere.
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This place looks so great! You have done a really great job, so jealous that you have a place like this to practice!!!
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This looks AMAZING! Mad props for doing this... I will definitely be showing my wife this! haha Thanks for the inspiration!
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Freaking sweet! How I wish I had more headroom in my own basement!

Next time I’m in Ottawa, I’m dropping in!
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:49 PM
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Come on over, the beer's always cold!
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How much sound isolation did you achieve. I didn't see any of the usual sound isolating procedures (double dry wall, green goo, isolating studs). I have a basement very similar to yours and am considering doing a similar project, but I am really interested in killing as much noise as possible. Maybe a room within a room type thing.
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How much sound isolation did you achieve. I didn't see any of the usual sound isolating procedures (double dry wall, green goo, isolating studs). I have a basement very similar to yours and am considering doing a similar project, but I am really interested in killing as much noise as possible. Maybe a room within a room type thing.
I have a double layer of Rockwool acoustic insulation in the ceiling. The partition walls have a single layer of Rockwool and double drywall on the inside of the studio. I've also packed Rockwool around all the ducts as that tends to carry sound around the entire house.

I asked my wife on a scale of 0-10 in terms of loudness, before and after.

Before I did the studio, it was at an 9 upstairs. Now she said it's a 3 or 4. Significant difference :)
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What an awesome practice space- cool, functional and classy (hope all that red doesn't inspire any angry drumming though)!
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Did some recording over the weekend, super happy :)

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What an awesome practice space- cool, functional and classy (hope all that red doesn't inspire any angry drumming though)!
Not angry, very very happy. In fact, as mentioned above I just recorded my first video in there for a contest entry, see for yourself :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEHs7A8JJAc

All smiles!
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