Tiny House Artist Studios

NOTE: This post has been extremely popular in recent days.  So you may also want to view a post called Studio Envy, here

The Tiny House movement has made it possible for many artists to find free-standing space right on their own property. True, not everyone has the opportunity to go this route, but shed-cabin style studios are filling a huge need.


This 480 sq ft drawing room and studio combination is described by the owner as Victorian greenhouse meets southern farmhouse. Located in rural Harpersville, AL, It has 48 salvaged windows and lounging space.

Studio sheds by Ocean East Construction in New Jersey (above) have a modern vibe. (See more examples here)

The lower floor of this 500 sq ft backyard mini cottage in Aspen, Colorado (above) has storage and an office with a library. The lofted studio is open to the ground floor with railings along the side to allow air to flow freely between floors.

This unit was designed by Grey Griffiths Architects for a ceramicist in North London (photo by Adam Scott). It’s been named The Potting Shed. See more pictures here.

Australian artist Tina Dinte “got kicked out of the house,” to a studio created by her architect/builder husband from a recycled shipping container.

In Avalon, Australia, Olaf von Sperl and artist Cindy Goode Milman designed a shed for the corner of Milman’s backyard with a green roof.  Milman wanted a space that would work as both a functional studio and a place of respite.

This 12 x 12′ backyard shed in Tampa, Florida, works as an artist studio or writer’s retreat. From the Historic Shed Company.

A Seattle artist found an affordable studio option with Modern Shed, a structure with metal panels cladding the exterior. Natural light pours in through glazed double doors and clerestory windows.

This project in San Diego, designed by Safdie Rabines Architects, is a studio for two artists seeking a new workspace that would minimize the impact of new construction on the natural landscape of their property. It’s larger than a tiny house, at 800 square metres, but reflects the same economy of space and back yard location of the other studios featured.

The studio was conceived as a “bridge” spanning a small arroyo adjacent to the house, enabling the owners to experience the canyon from the best of all possible locations.  The bridge is supported by two concrete piers on either side of the canyon, and is spanned with two trusses made of top and bottom glulam chords with steel cross members.

See some beautiful traditional studios on a previous Art Junkie post, Studio Envy here.

Canadian photographer Joseph Hartman’s stunning series, The Artist’s Studio here.

Famous artists’ ‘What the Studio Tells,’ here.

Vancouver studio with link to Hyperallergic’s fascinating View from the Easel series, here.

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    • Thank you for your comments and I find it very appropriate that our own studio dominates where you live (even if you’re short of space!) I barely have a desk where we live, so I always lust after studios like these.


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