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Factors To Consider When You Want A Recording Studio Built In Your Basement

You don't need to be a platinum-selling recording artist to have a music studio built in your basement. If you're passionate about music and like the idea of recording your own songs in the comfort of your home, you can hire a remodeling contractor to build you a studio. There are several things that you'll need to think about to turn your basement studio from a dream into reality. Here are three factors to work out with your contractor:

Recording Booth

Generally, a recording studio will have a booth that is separate from the rest of the studio. Equipped with a microphone and other necessary equipment, this space will allow the artist to record his or her vocals or instruments without outside interference. To build this room, your remodeling contractor will need to enclose part of your basement. This will include determining where the recording booth will go, and then installing wall studs, covering the walls, and adding a door. Generally, this room will also be covered with soundproofing material to ensure that any outside noise isn't allowed to enter and interfere with the recording process.

Communication Between Booth And Outside

There are a couple different ways to communicate with the person inside the recording booth and the person operating the computer and mixing board outside the room. One consideration is to have your remodeling contractor install a window in the wall between the booth and the outside area. This way, the two people will be able to communicate by reading each others' lips and making hand signals. Another way to communicate is to have an intercom system set up. Your contractor will need to run the necessary wires, as well as install speakers and microphones inside and outside the booth.

Electrical Adjustments

If you're planning on adding a lot of electronic components to your recording studio, including a large mixing board, computers, fans, and more, you'll need to talk to your remodeling contractor about making some electrical upgrades. The last thing that you need is to have a circuit breaker trip and leave everyone in the dark — especially in the middle of a recording session that will now be lost. You don't want to just use power bars and plug multiple electronic components into the same outlets. Instead, your remodeling contractor will work to upgrade some of the circuits on your home's breaker panel, run additional wires to the basement, and add new outlets to avoid leaving you in the dark.

Contact a company like Red Rock Construction for more information and assistance. 

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Energy Bill Increasing? Your Windows May be to Blame

I noticed my energy bill was slowly creeping up higher and higher. The first thing I thought could be the cause of the problem, was my air conditioning and heating system. After a thorough inspection, the repair company said that was in great condition. So I did some research online and found that old windows could be the cause of energy bills increasing. I had no idea that as your windows age and lose efficiency, your energy bill begins to go up. In fact, that is one of the earliest signs that your windows may need to be replaced in the near future. If I didn't know this information, I am sure others didn't as well, so I created this site to educate others. This site includes many signs that indicate your windows need to be replaced, including an increasing energy bill.