An extensive renovation of an outbuilding into a professional office and art/music studio on Hick’s lake in Lacey. 

The original 1940’s CMU structure served many purposes in its lifetime but fell into disrepair and disuse.  The dirt floor of an early carport addition felt damp and unusable.  The main area’s uneven slab, lack of heat and much natural light stifled the space’s potential. 

The new uses include secure garage, bike storage, professional counseling office with waiting area, full bathroom, and glass art and music studio.

For the garage a concrete slab, reinforced block foundation and proper shear walls create a safe, secure space.  In the interior a new floor, walls and lower ceiling allow insulation and air sealing in excess of Washington Energy Code.  New doors, windows and skylights illuminate the interior with natural light.  All interior walls and doors are insulated for sound privacy and zone heating comfort.

For flooring we chose soft, warm natural cork flooring for the reception area, warm durable and natural Marmoleum in the bathroom and a durable porcelain tile in the entry and studio.  Electric zone heating and an on-demand water heater were installed for space and energy efficiency.

For the entry we created a patio with a gently sloped ramp to provide universal accessibility and a natural sitting area under a sheltering walnut tree.  A new exterior of western red cedar provides not only a new look, but extra protection from the elements.  Water based stain and paint is used throughout.  Dark skies friendly lighting provides illumination without glare.

Interior paint by W.E. Davis Co.

Natural flooring supplied by 510 Interiors.

Skylights supplied by Kell-Chuck Glass.

Entry patio by Doug Locken Concrete.

Doors, windows and other materials supplied by Bayview Lumber.

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Project Overview

Contact Info:

Gregory Smith

Telephone: 360.239.0429

Email: gfs@gregoryfsmith.com