Maker & Merchant getting bigger and better – our dream studio is getting close to reality!!

A few months have passed since the renovation began in January and the studio space is taking shape. The new Maker & Merchant studio will include a purpose built sewing machine station, and space for all of our fabrics, cushion inserts, trims, inks and paints. We’ll have a custom designed cutting table, meeting table and dedicated printing space on the deck.

Maker and Merchant studio sketch with building works

Studio sketch & building works

The studio is at the far end of the garden looking over the house to Mt Cootha, very Brisbane.

Maker & Merchant studio plan with current building works

Maker & Merchant studio plan with current building works

We are dreaming of space!! Previously we worked almost entirely on our deck and used 2 bedrooms for storage – the entire house was taken over with Maker & Merchant stock and supplies.  It will be a relief to finally have some separation between our studio life and home.

Most of the time we were working in organised chaos each time it looked like rain, the tarpaulins were unfolded and the entire studio was cocooned until the weather was fine again.  Lucky we live in the Sunshine State!

Most of the tile shopping is done, including some lovely encaustic tile from Jantana Interiors  Flores, and we are looking forward to seeing some lovely tiles in the studio bathroom very soon.

Finishes tile and stone

Finishes tile and stone

Tap ware and lights are finalised for the studio– and we’re keen to move in and use the space.

The re-modelling of the house in taking longer, with most of the demolition done and the walls taken back to studs – now the building begins.

Demolition finished

Demolition finished

We’ve had many discussions about space, finishes and even dog doors, which are continuing and at this halfway point it’s starting to get a bit exciting!

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