Trevor Parscal's Studio

Building a recording studio in New Hampshire

Design Work

Over the past year-and-a-half I’ve been iterating on a design for the interior of the building. Early on, the design was fairly simple. Over time, I started trying to make use of the extra space above the control room to create a loft. However, trying to negotiate the space needed for a staircase and the limited vertical clearance at the sides of the building proved tricky. I also struggled with maintaining line-of-sight between rooms and went back and forth on whether to use a window in the front of the control room or a set of glass doors at the back. Eventually I came up with an asymmetrical design that balanced all the concerns quite well, and I believe this will be the final version.

On the first floor, both entrances have an air-lock of sorts, which will help keep sound inside and dirt, mud, snow, hot air and cold air outside. The studio is separated into two structures, one with 12′ ceilings and the other with 9′ ceilings with a loft above. From the live room, both the engineer and the drummer are easy to see. A vocal booth is attached to the control room for quick access when finishing up tracks. A machine-room accessible via the vocal booth will house the electrical panel, ladder access to the attic and a desk for working on guitars and equipment.

The second floor is a loft, accessible from the lobby near the control room. This room will be great as an office or for podcasting. There’s also some attic space which should help make future changes to low voltage wiring serviceable without major renovation.

All of this fits pretty nicely inside the now completed building. The inside of the building is covered in fiberglass insulation with a vapor barrier backing and the outside of the interior structure will also have a vapor barrier around it. This should help mitigate any moisture issues, but I may also introduce mechanical ventilation or even dehumidification in that space if needed.

I’ve sent the models to Peter, who will be drawing up the final blueprints which I will then submit to the city for permitting. This lines me up to be framing as early as mid-May.

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