I'm gutting my garage for studio usage, but it's far from ideal. When it's finished I can shoot small objects, but have limited capabilities with people (especially tall ones). I'll post a shot or two of it when the renovation is complete.
That aside from that with some imagination just about any room can be used for a shoot. All the best!
Jene Youtt shoots a lot of his models in his apt. Moves the couch out of the way. Has seamless pull down from his ceiling. Lights clipped to his bookcase, overhead soft box hung from ceiling and is not in one of those 12' ceiling NY apts.
I shoot in my house alot too. It takes a lot of effort but I think it's worth the savings.
For leaping dancers, Jene rents a studio for the 1/2 day.
I used to shoot in a patio with that white plastic for a roof (great soft light!) You can shoot anywhere, and many clients would love to have you come to them(product/fashion, etc)
I bought the building that I use in 1990
for $283K owner/carry loan, and it's worth almost $2mil today. Try to buy a house near commercial areas (cheaper) it's
never been a better time!