A Tiny Art Studio

This post is the first peek of what it has taken me to realize the dream of a dedicated place to make art and honor my creativity skills.

We live on a small lot. We also live in a very small house (under 900 square feet). Space is so limited and precisely defined that building a tiny studio, on wheels, seemed to be the best solution for me to have a dedicated place to work.

Last year I went about searching for a work unit that would suit my needs and my dreams. I dedicated two Pinterest boards to my ideas. First, a board for mobile business units, and second a studio setup dreams board.

The dream boards helped me to focus on prioritizing my needs.

I had a list of furniture I already owned, and a list of how I would like the space to function. Every inch counts in a tiny space!

I considered purchasing a used Airstream to gut out to be a work space. I then looked at buying a used tiny house that I then re-tool and remove what I didn’t need to make room for what I did need. In the end, I hired a contractor in a different part of the state to build a tiny studio on wheels for me, from scratch.

My tiny studio was being brought to life miles away, in a different city. A licensed contractor not only built the unit, he also delivered upon completion. I do not own a truck or vehicle appropriate to haul the unit! The communication we had was via phone, texting, and email. Some things went really well, other times, communication or details fell apart.

I do have a space to work. However, the process was not without problems. Many problems. I might have done things differently if I knew then what I know now, but isn’t this the truth in any project worth undertaking? I am happy to share the first few images sent to me from the contractor!

The walls of my tiny art studio went up.

©2018 Suzanne Gibbs, Tiny Studio Build. Door and window.
©2018 Suzanne Gibbs, Tiny Studio Build. Door and window as viewed through the structure.
©2018 Suzanne Gibbs, Tiny Studio Build. Tiny and tall!
©2018 Suzanne Gibbs, Tiny Studio Build. Plywood sheathing is attached. This side will face the street (that was my hope and plan).
©2018 Suzanne Gibbs, Tiny Studio Build. Door and window with plywood sheathing. This side will face the main house.

I didn’t notice, at this stage, that the roof was sloped in the wrong direction. I was completely overjoyed to simply see progress being made and for my dream to come to life! Soon, I’d have a dedicated place to work that was all my own, not rented and if I had to move, I could!

More on this adventure to follow!

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