New house, new room.

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New house, new room.

Post by ByteMixer » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:31 am

So I've been a little out of touch the past couple weeks. We closed on our house, so it's been a busy couple of weeks! Pre-move, actual move, cleaning the old place for final walkthrough, and unpacking. Oh, also building the new desk for the new upstairs "studio" room. It's a hefty 5ft x 3ft desk made of birch. This thing holds EVERYTHING! And on building, I realized how far my old 19-inch monitor sat away from me, so I bought a larger one, and gave the old monitor to my wife for her laptop docking station.

The new "studio" room is mostly set up. I can't hang the panels at the primary reflection points because I've got a closet door in the way on the left, and part of a window on the right. So I'll have to build a couple stands out of 2x4's for them. I only need to raise the panels about a foot, just need to go to a local hardware store and get them to cut some lumber for me.

I'm also talking with some general contractors about building/finishing a room in the basement that will act as a multi-purpose room. Gaming, entertainment, wet-bar, and band rehearsal space. I was hoping to go with a 17x21 ft. room, but it's looking like I'll have to scale it back to 16x20, which should still work fine. However, depending on the local township codes, it may or may not require an egress window. Kinda depends on how the room is used. If it's considered a living space, it needs egress. A recreation room would not need egress. But an eating area/bedroom/family room would need egress. And it's not cheap to cut a new egress into the foundation wall.

The house was built in 1969, so it has a few old house issues to take care of. First and foremost, we had a very heavy rain this evening, and on a hunch I decided to check the basement. Sure enough, we had a little bit of water intrusion. Not a lot, but enough for there to be a couple good sized puddles. I found 2 spots on the foundation wall next to the driveway that were weeping water. Rest of the wall and rest of the basement were bone dry. One intrusion point was about 6-inches to 1ft. below grade in a corner near the clothes dryer, and the other one was a good few feet below grade, under the basement stairs. I'm pretty sure that particular spot is below a hole in the driveway that needs patching. The other one, I think the water just overwhelmed the downspout and pooled along the back side of the side entrance steps.

Hoping it will be a simple fix, but I'm not willing to DIY it, and want it done properly, also because that the area around that wall was drilled to treat for termites by the seller around mid-July. So I contacted a reputable local waterproofing business to come out and do a free inspection, and see what we can do to remedy the issue. Need to nip this problem in the bud! Sadly, it may cut into my available funds for the basement room design, and I may have to put that off until next year. But maybe not. We shall see!

In any case, here's a shot of the new "studio" room upstairs. The acoustic measurement wasn't too horrible. I just need to get the panels up off the floor, and track down a deep null at 125 Hz. The low end does ring a little bit after dropping about 30 dB SPL in the first 300ms. I suspect it's the closet. Packing the closet with more clothes and stuff should help control its resonance. I also need to sort out some clutter and the clump of tables to the right.
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I'm confident I can get this close to the old room (basically +/- 5 or 6 dB SPL @ 85 dB SPL volume, and I usually listen at quieter volumes closer to 60 or 70 dB SPL.) The ray tracing tool for reflection points on the Amroc website is pretty helpful for finding those problem spots beyond primary reflection points!
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Re: New house, new room.

Post by King of Worms » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:08 am

Sounds like a good times actually .)
Congrats on successful moving!
I like the studio shot man, nice place :)

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Re: New house, new room.

Post by Jay_H » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:14 pm

Ah, what an awesome window view. Great setup.
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Re: New house, new room.

Post by ByteMixer » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:18 am

Thanks! It's a pretty decent back yard, and a decent neighborhood, quite a bit of flora around, including some spearmint and hydrangeas around the shed in the back. Eventually we want to replace the grass lawn with a thyme ground cover like elfin or creeping thyme :) We also want to put in a patio with a greenhouse attached so we can grow a little more than herbs. I'd like to restart my jalapeno plant, and maybe grow a couple other small produce in the greenhouse. Maybe some bell peppers and onions. But that idea can wait a bit.

The living room is pretty long, so we used the futon to kind of split it up into a family room and a social room (which is where the Baldwin upright piano I'm inheriting will go) I need to get my parents to mail me my trumpet, too. I'd like to start taking that up again since it's been a good number of years since I laste played trumpet. Thankfully I still have all my exercise books, so it shouldn't take too horribly long to get my chops back.
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Re: New house, new room.

Post by Jigakian » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:42 am

This is very cool, you are a great fellow, congratulations to you.

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