Timothy Dahl: Making It Outside in LA
In his backyard workshop, blog star Timothy Dahl earns home improvement wisdom that he shares with DIYers of all ages.
The passionate creator behind the websites Charles & Hudson and Built by Kids has the happy, healthy, and productive working life thing figured out pretty well, and he wants to share it with inspired makers of all ages.
When he set up his workshop, Dahl took full advantage of the Southern Cali climate. The main studio area where Dahl cuts, paints, and builds is outdoors in the backyard. It occupies 200 square feet and is partially shaded by magnolia and bougainvillea. While Dahl had the original 5’H cement block wall heightened for security reasons, the 2’ increase also affords privacy and a bit of a sound barrier. Whether it’s the drone of a drill or the velvety voice of George Strait wafting through an outdoor speaker hooked up to his iPhone, Dahl is fortunate to have great easygoing neighbors. He says, “Sometimes we do tend to make some noise, but it’s never for prolonged periods.”
His understated workspace had even humbler beginnings. Dahl says, “As soon as I built the table, which is simply a large wood door with legs added, I had my workshop.” Then he got some sawhorses and eventually invested in some studio staples, such as the Rockwell Lumber storage system, which enabled him to gain more space by organizing his wood scraps up and out of the way. Dahl also bought the Craftsmen tool chest he had coveted for a long time. “It was life changing to finally organize my tools and gear in a sharp looking chest,” he says.
Though Timothy says he could spend all day and night in his shop, his demanding multi-blog platform and the desire to grow his brands requires an alternative, more official, work place—and a different set of tools, including a 27” iMac, Nikon D3000, and Sony Bloggie. “Blogging takes discipline,” he says, “but when it’s your job that you run like a business, then the motivation to put food on the table keeps you going.”
It’s this invaluable multigenerational hands-on, honest work that inspired Timothy and his wife Laura to start Built by Kids, a site that empowers families to tackle DIY projects together. Timothy and Laura believe that making stuff breeds connection. They write, “It doesn’t take a lot of money or a contractor’s license to connect with our children and make lifelong memories together.” Live from bustling Los Angeles, Timothy Dahl is disseminating useful home improvement-themed information that he hopes can benefit people’s lives and bring them together.