Room dimensions (which is best?)

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  1. J-MADD

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    I am making a basement studio. It will consist of a live room (wood floors) and mixing room (carpet).
    Currently the two rooms are room A. (13.75' x 12.75')
    and room B. (18' x 10.75').

    The whole basement has an 8.5' ceiling (bottom of floor joist measures 8.5'). My question is:

    1. With this layout, which would be the better live room?

    2. If I had the contractor extend room A by 3' (15.75' by 13.75'), would that represent an important improvement?

    Thanks for any info. This section of basement is framed up and thats about it. Once again the studio will have 8.5' ceilings. I need to get some feedback before proceeding.

    Justin
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    Justin,

    As a general rule for home-sized studios, larger is always better. Shape matters too, of course, and you can use my ModeCalc program to help with that:

    www.realtraps.com/modecalc.htm

    --Ethan
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    Thanks Ethan,

    I ran the numbers on all the possible locations for the live room using the calculator.

    The best spread of nodes was in the 12.75' x 13.75' x 8.5' room setup (Room A). This unfortunately is only 1490 cubic feet.

    As there is a closer relationship in nodes if I pull out the longest wall of room A to 15.75' x 13.75' x 8.5', I am wondering if it is best to just leave the room as it is framed currently. Pulling out the room to these dimensions would raise the cubic volume to 1841 cubic feet.

    Is the added volume more important than the nodal relationship? Thanks for the help in advance. Unfortunately, none of my options reach the minimum suggested volume of 2500 cubic feet.

    Justin
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    > I am wondering if it is best to just leave the room as it is framed currently ... Is the added volume more important than the nodal relationship? <

    Yes, I think so on both counts. That is, better to have a larger room that's not ideal, than a room that's too small with a good ratio.

    --Ethan
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    Thanks a bunch. I am gonna see about having the contractor push the room wall out to 15.75' by 13.75' by 8.5' ceiling. I know its not 2500 cubic, but should that be a workable room? THanks again Ethan!

    Justin
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