Friday, September 5, 2014

New Kiln Room

Remember I decided to put my new kiln, a Skutt 1222, on the lower covered patio. But I worried about how it would fare in inclement weather. I had the idea to partially enclose the area half way up. I didn't want to block out all the light and the view looking out from the lower patio but I knew windows would be too expensive. So I thought we could put up screens and during cold weather I'd cover the screens with plastic.

Here's my new kiln on the uncovered lower patio. The other kiln in the photo above is my raku kiln which I have yet to fire. One of these days soon I hope. Behind the aqua door is my studio, click this link to see inside my studio.

After we built the half wall I wondered how much storm windows would cost. They are less than half the cost of regular insulated windows.

As we can afford it we'll install storm windows in the upper half of the wall. It will be air tight but we'll still have all the light and a view. The storm windows have screens and can be opened during the warm weather. We've got the half wall done and the two full walls on the end. The wall on the ends will have a storm door and one window. We'll paint the floor with concrete paint at the very end so it doesn't get scuffed up. Can't wait for this project to be completed. I feel a lot better about my kiln being out of doors now that it won't be completely exposed to the weather. We're trying to get ready to go on a vacation but as with most things, there are a few stories behind that too, stay tuned. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. It all looks very nice. I am so happy for you.

  2. Hi Gigi, thanks, it's a lot of work but hopefully it will all work out in the end.

  3. Exciting times ahead. I am really, really looking forward to seeing your first raku firing.

  4. I built a screen porch with half wall and storms on our first house. Worked great.

  5. Hi Elephant's child, thanks, I need to invite someone up here with experience and hopefully we can all fire together.

    Hi Dennis, thanks, oh that is good to know, I am so glad I thought of the storm windows.

  6. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say. Have a lovely trip.

  7. Wow, your place looks fab! Just catching up, as I've been out of the loop. Have a great vacation, cher! You and Gary deserve it!

  8. Hello Linda,

    Your new kiln does look wonderful and we think it a very good idea to give it dome sort of protection from the worst of the weather. And, you have made great progress with the wall, good that it is low so that the area is still filled with light.

    This all looks most exciting and will surely work very well indeed, making the most of this space outside the studio.

    Hoping that you have a restful holiday!

  9. Hi Joanne, thanks, we shall see if it all pans out.

    Hi Marguerite, thanks, so good to hear from you, hope all is well.

    Hi Jane and Lance, thanks, the views here are so wonderful we hated to cover all that bright tree studded hillside from our view. We hope the vacation plans come to fruition.


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