I've started a little project for the benefit of my girls and their dancing (and err - I also get some space for my studio shoots!). It really is a 'win win' situation. My girls absolutely love their dancing and it's great to be able to give them some space to practice in.
So I'm converting two-thirds of our double garage for the purpose. I've put up a stud wall, it has a doorway and I've plaster-boarded down the inner wall.
Here is a BEFORE picture .....
Here is what it looks like NOW ...
I've laid electrical cable. I now need to fix the knockout boxes, the insulation and the plasterboard. After that it's all about the flooring. Flooring is the bit that has pushed the budget up. For a straightforward photography studio, I would just lay some insulation and some laminate over the top. For dancing, it's a different ballgame!
It cannot be laminate because it will (a) get wrecked and (b) too slippery for 'tap'. So I'm told that 'lino' is the best surface for all types of dance and lino needs a smooth surface to be laid upon. So the current surface needs to be covered. I can't just lay concrete with lino on top because that flooring wouldn't be forgiving enough. There's no way I want to be responsible for my girls growing up with joint problems, shin-splints or stress fractures. So I've decided to go the whole hog and lay a sprung floor. This will consist of a DPM, EVA foam squares, wooden battens, Celotex insulation in between, OSB board and then finally ..... lino on the top!!!!!
Next post should hopefully show more progress on this front.