Viewing room – this will make sense when it’s done

In this post, we ask you to trust us. It may not make a ton of sense now, but it will when it’s done. It will be awesome.

First you should know that the floors in the studio are not level – mostly (entirely) because the space was intended to be a garage. The floors slope toward the drains, which is ideal for washing fire trucks but not for housing furniture that needs to be on a level plane. This prompted a design for the space that included raised platforms so clients can sit comfortably when they visit. Then Aaron had the inspiration to take it one… Ok, maybe it’s really 12 steps further and actually build a viewing room. This down-sized space will create an intimate meeting place and serve as a rad architectural piece in the room.

Let’s get into the nitty, gritty. First Aaron notched 6×6 posts to support the weight and level the frame.






He nailed them in, leveling off each corner.




Then added top braces.


Once everything was up he added lag bolts to make sure this thing was well on it’s way to becoming a tank.



Then he added joists, using joist hangers – similar to what he did when he filled the pole closet holes. This is basically like creating a free standing deck.




Next came the framing. Oh, I didn’t mention that. This is basically going to be like a cube with two open sides. So he framed both ends, leaving space for a TV to be hung and sit flush with the finished wall.




Next he laid a plywood floor.



Then he added joists to the ceiling, roughed in electrical and installed can lights.





Confused yet? I promise it will make sense once it has some drywall on it.



  1. I am INTRIGUED! Also. That Aaron is one handy guy. Can’t wait to see where this goes!

    1. SO MUCH mystery 😉

  2. Oh, sweet jeebs. I can already see it. It’s going to be amazing!

    1. Thanks!

  3. I get it. I love it. Save me a seat.

    1. Done and done.

  4. This looks awesome I’m looking forward to the finished product. HOWEVER I must correct one thing to keep you correct… Those were Carriage Bolds he added. Lags don’t have back nuts and are like giant oversized screws…. Lol

    1. Good point. I try to be as accurate as possible, but sometimes wine gets in the way 😉

  5. Call me crazy, but I love the open wall stage in a build/remodel. This little platform is totally my jam! I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    1. I’m not surprised, Erin. I love that you are so hands on with your renos!
      There’s another stage for Aaron’s office that we need to share.

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