I have been dreaming about having a piano studio in East Richardson for a long time. It's amazing how everything falls into place! Two and a half years have gone by of interviewing teachers and students, trying to find the "right fit" for us. During that time, Meredith and I were always keeping an eye out on the real estate, trying to find the perfect location for our little piano and voice studio.
There were a few times when we thought we had found it! But then something would fall through. We chose to look at each of those places as they were not right for us and we just kept on looking!
Well, one day, Brian (my husband) and I went to look at one space. It definitely had some fixing up to do, but it had potential! It was in a shopping center we liked and close to home.
Brian and I thought it through for some time and decided to jump on it. We wanted to add 3 extra rooms. There were already 4 rooms that were going to be perfect for studios. We added a front office and teacher workroom, and enclosed one section so that it would be a group class room.
Contracts were signed and our studio was announced at the May Awards Recital!
So that we could begin the "feel" the construction plan, tape was laid on the floor so that we could walk it. Once we got city approval, we were ready to begin construction.
For our end of the year teacher party, we had wooden art signs made and each teacher (and little boss lady) got to create their own piece of art! You'll see later where these end up! It was so incredibly wonderful for each of the teachers to put their own stamp on our new studio space!! What a treat! Of course, add wine and dinner, and it was the perfect evening! :)
So a little while later, walls started to go up. I can't tell you how exciting that was to finally see!!
Then we did a happy dance when sheetrock went up!
Part of the initial plan was to have windows in each studio- we've gotta be safe!
Meredith and I worked with a paint specialist to see what colors would go best with our logo. Also, we wanted hard floors in all of the "common areas" and carpet in each studio to help with sound proofing.
The finished product!!
Below, I finally had the key to our new studio space!!
Literally a day later, pianos were moving in...we don't waste much time! Ha!
And our first meeting for planning the school year was held at the studio!
THEN, furniture and some accent walls...we are loving the color orange is supposed to boost creativity and increase productivity. We decided it was the perfect color for our teacher workroom.
Little Boss Lady helps clean sofas and get the mail!!
What do you think of our artwork wall?? And here is a picture of the front entrance and waiting room:
In just 2 short weeks, with a little sleep and a lot of coffee and help, we got our studio up and running and then celebrated with an open house!
Meredith's and my dream has truly come true. We have worked VERY hard for this- hired the best of the best to join our team of teachers, and love and teach all of the students we have. We could have NEVER done this alone!
The feedback from students & parents is that they LOVE our new home!! Come check it out!!