I have this man that works harder than anyone I have ever met and he took that work ethic and worked for me on my new studio this winter.
First we traded spaces. My studio was 280 sq. ft. His gym and home for his tools was 680 sq ft. including the upstairs. He moved all of things out and worked for 2 months on the studio in between working his regular job.
He spent the winter honing his skills as a fine carpenter and finshed the space for me. He poured the concrete, acid washed it and treated it. I wanted a backdrop that would be reminicent of the New York studios I spent many days in working as a model. He did the sheetrock, notice no molding in the shoot area it comes flush to the floor. Our friend and drywall genius Mark Nelson did that for us. Ian build all the cabinets and the pine table the computers sit on. He made sure the stairs and cabinet doors matched.The stairs have copper nails. He painted it in flat matt so I would catch a reflection with any of my lighting. If you touch the walls they have to be touched up with paint. He built picket fences all the way around the building. It has it's own entrance and garden space. I able to keep the integrity of it as a business without blurring the lines of it being on our property.
I am just getting in and getting organized. It will probably take the summer to finish it in the manner I would like.
The studio feels really comfortable and light. It's posses a sweet energy to be in. I think it's because Ian built it in it's entirity and it feels a lot like him.
I am married to a very talented man and I consider myself a very fortunate human to have him in my life and not just because he builds.
Thank you Ian. One more time you have made the world a much sweeter place to be in because you exist.