Budget Breakdown: A Creative Couple in Minneapolis Build a Multipurpose Backyard Studio For $18K
This year, creative couple Michael and Christina Hara got a kid-free retreat just steps away from their back door, thanks to a recent amendment to the Minneapolis building code that lets accessory structures under 200 square feet circumvent the traditional permitting process.
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|Grand Total: $18,275|
The Haras carried out the project, called Fish Scale Studio, over eight months. They did all of the design and construction themselves—for just $18,275—in order to carve out "space for creativity and respite from our chaotic, toddler-filled house," as Michael explains.
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The studio is a multipurpose destination for the hardworking pair (he’s an architect and product designer; she’s a fashion designer). The space includes a reading nook, library, workstation, and table for large projects or meetings. Almost everything, from exterior lighting and interior furnishings, to the turntable and speakers, were designed and built by the creative couple.
Architect: Michael Hara
Construction and finishes: Michael and Christina Hara
Custom Audio Equipment: HIFI/MPLS