I'm tired of being quiet, worrying about volume, neighbors, housemates, wildlife. I want to get LOUD. Not just on trumpet, but with a new drum kit (I haven't had one for a few years now).
Here's my plan.
I have an old rusted metal storage shed in the back yard and I'm going to replace it with a 10' x 10' wooden shed, that Home Depot builds on your spot, with a taller than normal ceiling. Then, we're going to finish the inside and soundproof it. Viola! Practice pad. If it's soundproofed enough, I should be able to practice at 5 am, or whenever.
I'm discussing the soundproofing with my cousin and the people at Home Depot and it looks like I can get away with not having to pay very high prices for professional materials that are intended for recording studios. It's a nice upgrade for the property to have an office, with electricity, and so it should pay for itself down the road. If I mind the acoustics, I can probably record in there as well.
My question for you all is .......... Is 10 feet by 10 feet really large enough for a small jazz ensemble to practice in (4 people)? Small drum kit, small upright piano ..... is there enough room left over? Any thoughts would be helpful, I've always managed to play and practice with groups in large spaces (I COULD squeeze 10 x 12 onto that spot....).