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post #1 of 21 Old 08-29-2012, 01:43 AM - Thread Starter
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(I asked for help a while back in building a home office in my back yard where I could incorporate some of the techniques that you guys are using in your builds. This is the only place I could think of to post it. I hope it's OK to post it here!)

Here is the build of my little backyard office that I was inspired to build after reading about all of the theater rooms being built here on this site. I needed my office to have many of the same qualities that a theater room needs (quiet, quiet, quiet, with very few distractions).

Then, after painting in mostly home theaters these days, I kept being more tempted with each mural I painted, until I finally decided to just do it. So, while this is not a home theater build, it was inspired by so many of your builds... so I hope that this will be OK to post here.

I need to thank BigmouthinDC, Dennis Erskine, Ted White, jautor, Jon_B and Xzener for going out of their way to offer suggestions for my build. I could not be happier with the way it turned out.

Now, while this is in no way even close to what you guys do in your theaters... it is exactly what I needed for a place to work. Here are some pictures of the build from start to finish...

Beginning of project:
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Putting up forms:
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Digging trench for electrical:
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Getting everyone involved in mixing and pouring concrete:
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Letting it set:
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Up go the staggered-stud walls:
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The outside OSB sheathing goes up:
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Insulation on the outside part of the staggered-studs goes up:
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We decided to stagger the ceiling studs also with a layer of OSB on top:
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Second layer of insulation in walls and ceiling go in, and an interior wall goes in to divide my office from a painting room:
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Wiring goes in with extra outlets installed (I hate having to look for a place to plug things in) and then the first layer of the wall (OSB) goes up inside:
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Time to put on the roof:
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Wrapped the outside with Tyvek and then had the contractor add an overhang to the front:
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...which of course is stuffed with more insulation:
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Back inside, the second interior layer (sheetrock this time) is up and the soffit is started:
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Lights and a bullnose edge are added to the soffit... then mud:
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Door into my painting room also gets a bullnose edge:
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Finally the primer and paint go on walls (It looks a lot bluer in this pic. than it really is):
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Crown moulding and paint go on the ceiling:
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Cloud ceiling is added to the painting room (I like the clouds in this room much better than in the office area... but, oh well. It's my first shot at it):
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Clouds are added to the office area:
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Testing a strand of $4 rope lights I stumbled on at a thrift store;
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Then, the last thing to go on the inside is the night sky. If you look closely, you can see the illusion of beams that I created around the outside edge (where the ceiling and side wall meet, and also in each corner, and in the center of each wall)
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Very cool! First time I've seen a detailed build thread about keeping the sound out.

I envy your zoning regulations. smile.gif

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Looks great, I like the clouds in the painting room. I can't wait to finish up my theater so I can have you out here to the st. Louis area to paint my ceiling. Keep up the good work.

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Great job! But I don't know how you'll work in there... Some soft music and a comfy chair - looks like a nap room to me! :-)

Hope you'll be doing a ceiling for Spaceman - I certainly want to see one of these in person!

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Looks great, Jeff---a mighty nice work environment! smile.gif

Although, like Jautor said, you may get too relaxed to work in there. wink.gifbiggrin.gif

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Hi Tim... Thanks! Well, I focused on the soundproofing because that is what is the most important thing to me. Working from home has it's good benefits (my commute is about 20 steps out the back door), but it also has it's drawbacks (the distance my family and friends have to go to find me "is about 20 steps out the back door") :-) Also, I would always get frustrated with everyone in the house because I couldn't focus because of all of the "normal" noise that goes on in a home. But, it wasn't fair for me to make everyone live in silence just because I was trying to work. So.... this is a perfect solution. And, I was so excited about the soundproofing that I focused mainly on that. Hopefully it will help others (even though I only used some of the techniques).

The techniques talked about in this forum would be great in many applications... especially in a stand alone office and/or relaxation room.

Zoning laws???? :-)

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Very cool! First time I've seen a detailed build thread about keeping the sound out.
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Craig...

Thanks for liking the clouds in the painting room. Those are the ones that I like too. Since this was my first attempt at doing anything artistic, other than the night sky, I just had to take what I got. I did the painting room one day and the office part the next... and by the next day, I'd forgotten how I'd done the clouds in the other room. So, I went for a different look. Maybe some day I'll redo the office area, but my imagination is good enough that I can kind of see clouds up there, if I have the lights just right. :-)

I love St. Louis. In fact, I may be out there close in the near future. I was just in Kansas City and also Springfield within the past 6 months. I loved every minute of it. If you do call.... please don't do it during Tornado Season. They make me nervous.

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Looks great, I like the clouds in the painting room. I can't wait to finish up my theater so I can have you out here to the st. Louis area to paint my ceiling. Keep up the good work.
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Jautor...

You mean like this?
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I try and keep the lights up while working.... but I would be lying if I said that I haven't turned out the lights, looked into the night sky and fallen asleep. But, a cat-nap is great during a work day, so that's part of what I wanted here too.

My kids are begging to sleep in here one night. I've been working into the early morning these past few weeks... but I think I may do that tonight.

Now, I need a nap...

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Great job! But I don't know how you'll work in there... Some soft music and a comfy chair - looks like a nap room to me! :-)
Hope you'll be doing a ceiling for Spaceman - I certainly want to see one of these in person!
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zzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Oh! Hi Tom!

I love this little room for working in. Next will be to build a theater like you have to watch movies. But, that'll have to be down the road. My dad is in the room that will work for that.

Good to hear from you!

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Looks great, Jeff---a mighty nice work environment! smile.gif
Although, like Jautor said, you may get too relaxed to work in there. wink.gifbiggrin.gif


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Thanks GRBoomer.... You mean in the smaller room, right? The clouds in the larger room, with the soffit in it, are not what I was hoping for, but I'm OK with them for now.

Thanks for your nice comments!

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Hey Jeff,

Im glad you finally created a build thread. Your office is looking very nice so far. I especially like the clouds in the painting room... they look amazing. I have the same feeling about the office clouds... mine didnt quite turn out the way I had hoped either. But everyone seems to like them, and I have accepted them. My vision was what you came up with in the painting room... Oh well, I like the night sky mural better, cant see the clouds when the stars are out. wink.gif Cant wait to see your office in the finished state, it doesnt look too far off. Congrats on the build... If I didnt know any better, Id say you were using one of my soffit construction pictures.

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I'm afraid that because I can now use the office, even though it isn't quite finished yet, I may not move as fast as I was before I was able to get in. I think that it might have been a mistake.

And, as for the soffit... I patterned it after you. There are a few minor changes that my contractor cut corners on.... but for the most part, it is basically your soffit. Something else I stole from you besides the clouds. :-)

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Im glad you finally created a build thread. Your office is looking very nice so far. I especially like the clouds in the painting room... they look amazing. I have the same feeling about the office clouds... mine didnt quite turn out the way I had hoped either. But everyone seems to like them, and I have accepted them. My vision was what you came up with in the painting room... Oh well, I like the night sky mural better, cant see the clouds when the stars are out. wink.gif Cant wait to see your office in the finished state, it doesnt look too far off. Congrats on the build... If I didnt know any better, Id say you were using one of my soffit construction pictures.
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Hello there! Your design for your sofit is what inspired me to do mine. I'm just starting to get my materials and I was wondering if those were 2x2's or 2x3's you used. I'm also trying to figure out how you attached the crown molding and what kind of support backing you used? Any information would be wonderful! Thanks for your time!
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Jeff,

I love the office. I work from home as well, so I completely understand what you're talking about. i'm currently having a 12' x 24' shed built on my property that I plan on splitting in half eventually and having a 1/2 bath and an office put in..I wish I had thought about the staggered studs, but I can still mimic it later when I finish the inside (for now it will remain unfinished).

I do have a question about your ceilings though. I'm about to paint a 4y/o's bedroom and I want to do the ceiling like yours. can you give me any tips or links to threads about it? I think he's love it (espeically the glow in the dark stars). We have some of the plastic ones as well, but at this point I think I would rather do what you did instead of sticking up plastic stars and planets.
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Excellent work. Nicely done. I occasionally work from home as well, and I know all too well about "family interruptions". Simply saying to the wife and kids "Dad's just LOOKS like he is home, he really is not here, he is still AT WORK and what you are seeing is just a figment of your imagination." only works for so long. tongue.gif

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Awesome work. Just wondering what your soffit dimensions were? Specifically the ratio of height/width to overhang. Looks great and while I was thinking of going coffered for the living room I think the indirect rope lighting looks fantastic. I'd like to see how both options would look in my great room in the basement. Thanks for your time.


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Cloud murals...awesome! Wow...Great job! Can you come over to my house?


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How did you do the night sky?
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Do y'all not realize that Jeff creates those murals for a living??? rolleyes.gif

I mean, his username should really give it away!

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Do y'all not realize that Jeff creates those murals for a living??? rolleyes.gif

I mean, his username should really give it away!

Jeff (not talking about myself in the third person)

I was wondering the same thing. Too funny. I hope he is good at it since he is making a living doing it. HAHAHAHA!!! Good times!

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