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Garage conversion advice

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Chris_McPhee:
I have an opportunity to convert my detached garage to a possible practice space. I play bass guitar so low end soundproofing is crucial.

Unfortunately I have a budget $2,000-5,000. There is a cottage house about 20 ft from the garage :(
I understand that building an airtight room within a room is the best way to soundproof.

My question is, is it worth it to spend up to $5,000 for all the extra materials/work that goes into properly soundproofing? Especially when there's a cottage house (that people live in) just 20 feet away? I'm considering either decoupling drywall clips with 1/2" drywall, or I saw a youtube video of a guy building another brick room within a garage. I don't know whether to do something with the floor. I'm also concerned with the ventilation, AC in the summer, the door, and the large windows.

I feel like soundproofing is one of those things where if you're not gonna do it right, why bother? Any advice? Thanks!

About the garage (see pics):
407 sq foot
Cinderblock walls
2 garage doors (will be replaced w cinderblocks)
4 windows (will replace 2 windows w cinderblocks, possibly all 4)
1 door
built on a concrete slab

here's a gallery of pics of my garage
https://imgur.com/a/pbc6yXG

Randy S:
You have got a lot of potential with this garage. As for your budget, well you can try to get close to the 5k mark but I think you will be spending the most money on the ceiling system in order to make it match the mass of the cinder block walls.

I have done many builds like this and I am currently doing a commercial space almost exact as this one.
It would best to have you give me a call direct so we can discuss particulars and how to focus your efforts in the right places to make it a feasible project.

Randy S.
760-752-3030

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