August 6th, 2008

Pole Kitten arching on pole

Should I use permanent poles or removable poles with ceiling mounts?

I thought I had my mind all made up for the new studio, I was going to use two permanent (drilled into the floor and ceiling) poles and one removable pole with a drop ceiling mount. Below is a picture of what the drop mount looks like. But I'm having second thoughts and considering just having 3 removable poles with 3 drop ceiling mounts.

The disadvantages of the drop ceiling mount and removable poles:

1. The mount is pretty ugly
2. Less stability, so I have to limit students to girls who are under 205 pounds
3. More expensive to purchase than permanent poles
4. Poles are difficult for me to remove, I will always need a second person to help me take them down and put them up
5. I won't have the cool luxury of climbing the poles 12 1/2 feet up to the ceiling, you can't climb or hold on to the mounts

Advantages of the drop ceiling mount and removable poles:

1. Because the ceiling mount is adjustable in height, I will never have to worry about the pole I order ending up being a half an inch too high (and not fitting!) or a half an inch too long (and not fitting!) - you never know if your measurement could be off just a bit and you're stuck with an expensive pole that won't fit!
2. They do no damage to the floor, so there are no pricey floor repairs when I move out
3. If the poles are removable (and I remove them), I have more room to use the studio for exotic dance classes and parties and chair dance classes
4. If I remove the temporary poles, I can rent the studio out for yoga classes or other small classes (but I will need help removing/putting back up)
5. Poles will only be 10 feet instead of 12 1/2 (the last 2 1/2 feet will be ceiling mount) so the poles are FAR less likely to bend and bow - and 12 1/2 foot poles often do bow

My biggest concern is how ugly those mounts are. Is there something I can use to paint them silver, that will make them match the stainless steel of the poles? Maybe then they will blend in and look nicer. Or should I stick with permanent poles?
socks and cat

I'm about to be spoiled

I've been driving out to my studio every day this week to meet with different contractors and tomorrow I drive out again to meet with an interiors person. Every time I go, I visit the upstairs that I'll be living in soon. And holy cow...

I'm blow away by how nice my new home and my new studio are. This is really swank, classy living with private decks on two different ends of the building. Did I mention there is a skylight right over my bath tub? I get to take a bath under the stars!! I am about to be SO spoiled! And the studio, while small, is really nice. I guess I didn't realize how nice until I heard one of my instructor trainees tell one of my students how "swank" the new studio is. The bathroom is really nice. And NO other retail space I looked at had a bathroom this nice. I can really be proud of this space. And having something to be proud of, especially when I worked hard for it, makes me feel rewarded.

I am also realizing that there might actually be enough closet space for me if I'm willing to not hang my coats in the closet. I think I counted a total of 12 coats I own (Winter coats, Summer jackets, goth coats, rain coats, formal coats, etc.). I can put up pegs or a couple coat stands somewhere and hang them all up that way. That clears up an entire small closet for clothes. All I need to add is a very small black dresser (maybe three drawers) in the bedroom for my girlie under things. I'll look on Craig's List for one of those.
Kitten with a blade

What sound system do I need to avoid the bouncing echo in the high ceiling studio?

All your suggestions have been helping me! Based on the comment about carpet, I've decided to go only 1/3 carpet and 2/3 laminate. It actually looks much better that way too.

I'll also go with two permanent poles. They will hold girls up to 350 pounds.

Now the next thing to overcome. There is QUITE the echo in this place because of the 12 1/2 foot ceilings. And probably not enough carpet now to break the sound bounce. When I rented the pole studio in the University District, the music sounded like crap because of the way it echoed. What do I need to do, in terms of setting up my sound system, to avoid that echo?