Fakin’ it


Small door painted - allThe exterior door was constructed yesterday and Jeff is now working on its facade. He’s aiming to make it look like an ordinary set of garage doors from the outside. I’m not too worried about security (the door will be three inches thick and the studio will be alarmed & heavily mortice-locked) but there’s no purpose to advertising the fact that it’s a studio. And it’s turned into a kind of ‘art project’ for Jeff – to make the exterior look as garage-like as possible. The exterior wall itself is our now-standard timber/plasterboard/rockwool heavy stud wall, with an outer layer of OSB board, finished with weather-treated exterior plywood. Jeff spent most of today creating cosmetic plywood ‘frames’ to give the appearance of garage panels. The plywood is to be painted with white Sadolin – this is much better than paint because it soaks into the wood grain, providing improved weather protection. See below for a walkthrough of today’s work.

Exterior wall with bare plywood covering

Exterior wall with bare plywood covering

Jeff has started to add strips of plywood to create cosmetic 'frames'.

Jeff has started to add strips of plywood to create cosmetic 'frames'.

The full wall length, with the six fake 'garage' panels. The third panel - painted white here - is actually the door. You can see the hinges on the right.

The full wall length, with the six fake 'garage' panels. The third panel - painted white here - is actually the door. You can see the hinges on the right.

And here's the finished panels with the first coat of white Sadolin applied.

And here are the finished panels with the first coat of white Sadolin applied. Looks like a garage, don't you think?!

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