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New House w/homestudio - rehersal basement (slope in the ground)

Discussion in 'Room Acoustics / Isolation / Treatment' started by Samuel, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Samuel

    Samuel Active Member


    I'm about to build my home in a hill neighbourhood, where there is an existing house to be knocked down. The land is 10 x 20 metres and i'm planning to build the house on the back part. The back part is the lowest part of the land, and i want to build basement to level it and build the house over it.

    I want to make the basement almost enterely for music production purposes, so it's gonna be a 100mt2 cube done with masonry in the walls, slab floor and ceiling. It's gonna be 3 metres of height, cause this is the difference of the lowest and the highest part of the land.

    Then build my homestudio inside this cube using drywall... is all this a good idea if budget is not a problem?
  2. paulears

    paulears Well-Known Member

    If budget's not a problem, then a 100m2 space will be great - and the 3m height enough to do some nice designs - and enough space to have proper non-parallel walls and ceilings - and have aircon/vent ducting. Sounds good to me! I had a similar space in a project back in 1994 and it turned out pretty well.
  3. Samuel

    Samuel Active Member

    The highest price was to convince my wife.. hahaha... now i've to do a house, a homestudio AND a home office for her (in the house space, of course)...
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    You are out of your ever living, cotton pickin', mind, if you're going to put your studio, in the lowest point of your basement. You know... it's going to get flooded out. Not if but when. Better to make that the family room. The living room pit. Couches and chairs cost a lot less money than recording equipment.

    It's a known fact that even in a place like New York City, there is a very famous studio that has nearly been trashed, dozens of times, over the years because they're basically in a basement. It's called ELECTRIC LADY LAND STUDIOS. It was built for this guy by the name of Jimi Hendrix. But every time they get a bad rain, the whole damn studio floods out. And all that water running down the hill which ain't New York City, is going down into your control room/studio.

    That thought just gave me a Chile, up and down my back.
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  5. Samuel

    Samuel Active Member

    thanks for ur advice... in fact i thought in that before, and we are working on a solution for that... but despite all you say, we dont usualy have those problems, cause we've got a good water collector system (i don't know if is well written...)

    thanks again!
  6. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    ugh my studio just got 4 inches of water, hhad to clean off somoe connetions. we re in a comeercial building and it ztill gets water somtimes. been there over 4 yyear fist time ve seen a drop.
  7. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    As long as your are very sure and secure that you won't have flooding issues...

    Here's what you need to ask yourself.... are you 100% positive that you would never face a flood situation? Remember, it doesn't need to be much water to do a whole lot of damage.

    I just can't help but think about the possibility of that one time, because that's all it takes. Just once.

    Do you have flood insurance on your studio insurance policy? It's not usually an automatic thing that comes with a standard policy, which generally only covers theft or fire... I'd make sure that I was covered for flood and water damage too, and if not, I would add a flood rider. It will cost extra, but it might be the best thing for you to do, given the geographic lay of the land.
  8. Samuel

    Samuel Active Member

    I understand, but, as i'm saying i've been studying this possibility and it's no so posible (everything is possible, i know) because i live in a hill, and the water use to run downhill, i'm not in the lowest part of the hill, also we have a good water collector system, and in 40 years with very bad rains, my neighbors and me never got flooded.
  9. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member


    Well then, good luck. Hope you make some great music. :)
  10. Samuel

    Samuel Active Member

    thanks! i'll be keeping track of the process, and put some photos here...
  11. Space

    Space Well-Known Member


    We appreciate your time that you put in here at the recording.org forum.


    You need, and I use that word coupled with start right now, to spell check, learn how to spell, or whatever combination of the two it takes to make your posts presentable to the general public.

    I understand cell phones are real cool and can do all kinds of stuff...but I had to read your post a few times just to mentally edit and get the basic idea.

    It looks bad on you and reflects poorly on recording.org
  12. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Do yourself a favor and get it designed OR take the time (six months) to learn what it is you are up against and what you are wanting to achieve in order to have not only a nice recording/mixing room but to be a resource for others that come along and read this thread.

    You said: "Then build my homestudio inside this cube using drywall... is all this a good idea if budget is not a problem?"

    You guys say "cube" but means rectangle....correct? Because you do not want to build a cube, meaning all dimensions are the same, for anything sound related.

    For that matter it would be in your best interest not to construct anything that has one dimension that is divisible by one of the other dimensions.

    For instance, a 15 foot wall in a room that also has a 10 foot wall will have a frequency boost at 10 foot (113hz).

    So do not build this thing blindly or thinking that anything that is presented here will be greeted with general acceptance. If it is constructed wrong from the start then you have only yourself to blame. And if it posted up here as a work to consider, and there has been no educated integration involved, I will dump it :)

    Fair enough?

    I look forward to your involved progress and continuing educating in the field of listening room acoustics and will help in anyway possible.
  13. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Um, SPACE... He might be having trouble trying to convey things to us, due to a language barrier? He is from Chile. He's not just Chile, even though it's going into the winter time down yonder.

    I mean sometimes I even have trouble understanding what you guys are saying, when I've been in 'Bama. Did I get that right? Y'all sound funny, to the kid from Detroit, Clem. The nights are longer in Detroit so we always used to have more moonshine. But heard you guys had lots down there? It was called NASCAR or something? I never touch the stuff.

    I need a Rocky Mountain high.
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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