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Jun 28, 2010 3:29 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
This is my studio. My previous "studio space" was a dirt-floored vinyl tent, which was hotter than the dickens in the summer, and freezing in the winter. We had a bad storm that ripped the roof off of it, and a lot of my supplies and equipment were damaged or lost.

My husband designed this to replace the Doughboy above-ground swimming pool that we weren't using much. It fit perfectly into the space in the garden, and the ground was already cleared and leveled. Because the pool was round, he based the design on a yurt, which is a round dwelling used by nomadic peoples of Central Asia.

The structure is 16 feet in diameter. The roof is made of triple-wall, bronze-tinted polycarbonate greenhouse material cut into 16 sections. The outside walls are exterior paneling, painted to match our house. The middle wall layer is 1-1/2 inch polystyrene foam insulation, and the interior walls are 1/8-inch masonite. The cupola on top, which fills the center "smoke hole" is a 24-inch wind turbine that I painted with copper Rustoleum, and which does a good job of sucking hot air out in the summer. There's also a ceiling fan inside, as well as a nice propane heater that doubles as a bistro table.

The doors were freecycled from a client, who replaced them because they were badly water-damaged. I treated them with home-made "stop-rot", then we routed out the really bad parts & replaced them with plywood & fill, and rolled 5 coats of exterior enamel on them. They form a very cool "bay window" onto the little front deck. Two of the doors open wide enough to get large stuff in and out, and for ventilation.

The floor is commercial vinyl tile, which cleans up nicely. The interior walls are painted with high-gloss exterior paint, which is also pretty easy to clean.

The space took about 10 months to build from start to finish, including a 2-day "yurt-raising" weekend that included most of our friends. It's been great to have a weather-resistant space to work for the past couple of years!

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