When we bought our lovely little brick home in Arvada, the backyard was outfitted with a rusting metal shed flanked by gnarly tree bushes and lined with diagonally-embedded bricks. Now a spoiled backyard artist, I knew this metal tetanus heap was sitting on the hallowed ground of what would one day be my new den of creative wonders. I also quickly discovered that in order to create this palace of art, I would need to get permits.
That didn't last for too long--after all, all of Art's stuff was sitting, aching, dying in the attic. I had to attack the PERMIT.
The city of Arvada requires permits for accessory buildings over 120 square feet. Originally I was determined to stay beneath this threshold in order to avoid the seemingly daunting task of talking to the government and acquiring a permit; further research deemed this impossible, as any size structure with electrical wiring needs a permit. Fortunately, this little permit issue freed up my thinking: Since I have to get a permit anyway, I will make this as big as I want. At 192 square feet (160 inside), my studio fits beautifully in the yard will provide a ton of creative space.
Part of the reason that getting a permit seemed such a daunting task was that I could find no DIY examples online of what was required to apply. For that reason, I'm including some of my drawings for the framing--future studio-builders, these are the drawings I took to City Hall.