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From the May Issue: Building Robin Luciano Beaty's Eco Art Studio

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Our May issue—making its way to newsstands and mailboxes now—features the gorgeous eco-friendly art studio of Robin Luciano Beaty. To save money, she decided to find a builder that would agree to let her be his only crew member. Luckily, her ambition won over George Abetti at Geobarns. When you see the shots in the magazine, it's hard to imagine that just two people (one of whom was completely inexperienced) could make something that beautiful and inspired. But here's the proof! Check out these in-process shots from Beaty below.

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1 The blueprints for the 1,000-square-foot studio.

2 The foundation was dug on a north-south to follow the sun's path for natural heat and light.

3 Every artist needs to leave her mark.

4 All of the lumber was sourced from responsible and local companies.

5 Building the structure using a diagonal framing system doesn't require covering the exterior in plywood--which has a huge carbon footprint.

6 The lumber was salt-soaked instead of weatherproofed with chemicals. This meant that the excess could be burned safely in the studio's woodburning stove.

7 Proud of their progress.

8 A metal roof was a more eco-friendly choice than petroleum-based shingles.

9 The second floor loft was designed to float in the middle of the studio.

10 The floating second floor from below.

11 Every stone from the excavation was used somehow.

12 If it looks this pretty without walls, you can imagine how great it looks completely finished in the May issue!

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Comments (7)

  • I love your new studio. I'm planning to build one for myself (I'm a letterpress artist in Portland,OR). I'm curious about your costs.I'm planning to do most of the construction in order to save money, but also to be part of the process, as you did. Can you give me a square foot price on your studio?
    Thanks,
    MK

  • Also, can you give me a follow-up via e-mail. Thanks.MK

  • Congratulations on the building of such an inspirational space! It is calming just to look at your pictures. I have been looking for a table on rollers for my kitchen such as the one pictured on page 121. Did you build this table or did you purchase it ready made?

    Thanks!

  • Thank you! My studio continues to inspire me everyday. It is truly my little labor of love and an incredible creative oasis in every way.
    Candice~ My work table is an old "hand-me down" piece that was in my family. I reclaimed it by simply sanding it down and adding casters. I put everything in my studio on wheels whenever possible!
    This table would be very easy to make though. You should give it a shot! Or do what I did and don't waste the wood. Just bring an old table back to life and add yourself some wheels! Have fun! http://www.robinlucianobeaty.com

  • Robin, love your studio. I am in the process of converting a den into an art studio. I noticed the wonderful work table you had in the pics from Whole Living Magazine. It is the one on a saw horse frame that can be raised or lowered. I have been looking for something I can change heights on. Can you tell me who made this work table and where you found it? Thanks so much.

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