Johnny Gogan - Studio

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INSPIRATION

Johnny is a film-maker and writer for 20 years now. Moved to Leitrim in the late 1990’sand bought their house in 2001. Needed a studio/workspace and wanted to build it himself if possible. He was curious about building and heard of Peter Cowman ; they bartered  an exchange of : help with building the econo-space studio in return for a film of Peter Cowman’s work.


TYPE OF HOUSE

Econo-space studio


POINT OF INTEREST

Very labour intensive and hard work. Shuttering and rammed hemp and lime. 6 months work and 6 months drying time


ECO ELEMENTS

As a green party candidate Johnny has for a long time had environmental concerns/ interests.


CREATIVE ELEMENTS

Designed to fit into Johnny’s garden and to house his work station and film equipment.


ARCHITECT/DESIGN BY

Peter Cowman

BUILDER

Himself with help from a carpenter for the roof structure and Nick Hughes for some of the lime plastering. Peter checked it for extra bracing.


MATERIALS

 

Foundations  None, railway sleepers direct onto the ground
Walls  Hemp (horse bedding form France) and lime (Cork).
Roof Left over cement tiles from house
Insulation Rock wool, couldn’t afford anything else.
Finishings Second hand window and doors. Round windows from a barrel. Mark of the building, gives it character

HEAT SOURCE

Small wood burner. 

Hemp/lime is a good insulator and keeps the building cool/warm.


WATER SOURCE

None


WASTE

None


GARDEN

None


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


  • Cost:    €10,000 . (2,000 labour, 1,500 timber, 2,000 hemp and lime, rest sand, nails, insulation…)
  • Time scale:  one year.
  • Anything you would have done differently? Put a window sill on the outside of the windows. Bigger over-hang to prevent weathering.
  • Satisfaction rating: Very happy, just what he needs. Cosy space, insulated from noise and distractions. Big enough for his needs.
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