A great lesson in DIY, eco-friendly, backyard art studios #Home#AirBNB#building a house#eco-conscious#living small#studio#toilet November 13 2012 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin If you've ever thought about building an art studio in your backyard, you can really learn a thing or two from Chris and Jean's hand-made art studio… This studio is large enough to have a bed and a dinette set on one side. Notice the un-finished wall that acts as their "wall of hope." Adorable! They also created a private bathroom, with the sink on the outside, so it can double as the art sink for projects. Concerned about plumbing? Chris and Jean use a basic composting toilet called "Loveable Loo" that uses no water. There's an outdoor shower as well as this hand-tiled indoor shower. And all water is used to water the plants. They have lots more photos of the DIY art studio, including pics of it being constructed over here. But tell me, is this making you realize YOU could build your own art retreat in your backyard? I'm not sure mine would look as good as this, but I'm starting to dream up plans for my very own eco-friendly backyard studio. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS I've started telling my daughters I'm beautiful NEXT A collection of Doctor Who yarn projects that are cooler than bow ties (which are really cool) Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] If you lack building skills- in my SoCal days I used a basic prefab garden shed as an office for several years. Just enough space for a tiny couch, a desk, and a few bookshelves, but it became a sweet retreat. Having a workspace separate from our tiny living space (a tiny 1950s "motorhome" that was no longer mobile) made both spaces all the sweeter. 3 agree Reply I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of this! Reply Ah, I've wanted this for a long time :). But first I have to work on getting a back yard. 🙂 Reply I didn't click on the link, or this wouldn't have come as a surprise, but later I was browsing on airbnb and said, "Hey! This place looks just like something I saw on Offbeat Home! Wait…I did see it on Offbeat Home!" XD It looks adorable, and I'm excited to know I could actually stay there! Reply I'm pretty sure this would be illegal where I live. 🙁 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.