April 4, 2011
From the May Issue: Building Robin Luciano Beaty's Eco Art Studio
Posted by Sarah Engler
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.
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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