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12 Videos (32m)
    • Inroduction

    • Overview

    • Choose a Location to Build (or Renovate) Your Dream Studio

    • What Type of Structure Do You Want to Build?

    • How do You Want to Place Your Structure in the Space?

    • What Materials Are Suitable for Building Your Structure?

    • How Much Sustainability Can You Mangage?

    • Think About How You May Want to Landscape Your Structure. What Are Your Outdoor Needs?

    • What Level of Security Is Important to You?

    • Make a List of Your Primary Items and Gather Swipe for Those Things

    • Create Your Sketch

    • Research, Revise, Research, Revise..


About This Class


If you dream of an inexpensive studio/home/cabin/getaway outside of the city, this class will help you make this a reality. I'll show you how I did it and help you sketch out your tree house, cabin, greenhouse, hobbit house, yurt, micro home, trailer.... whatever your home away from home may be! You will leave the course with a good idea of the dream space you want, a necessities list, and a building sketch.

I'll provide you with an introduction to the tools you need to design the studio of your dreams including site scouting, materials, prefab options, recycling, and using reclaimed materials.

My father taught me to build a cabin in the woods when I was 16. We were air dropped into our 400 acre plot of land with lake in Northern Ontario. For the next three weeks, my sister, stepmother, my father and I built a cabin with just a few tools and lumber from the property. We had a local helper, a man named "Peg Leg Mike," who actually did only have one leg. Since then I helped my father build the cabin I now live in part time. I renovated it after my father died in 2000. All the plans for the design are my own, bouncing off my father's original vision for the cabin and property.

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A great good course if you’re looking to build a workspace, cabin, or the like. E. Genevieve Williams presents resources and planning for many different types of personal building projects. You’ll come away from this course with a solid understanding of how to brainstorm, sketch, organize yourself, make decisions, think through the steps you’ll take, anticipate and solve problems, and begin the building process.
Who knew classes like this exist? Genevieve gave us the privilege of telling her story and showing us her own space—and has composed videos and course assignments that intimately flow from her own experience as an artist, designer, lover of nature, and the unseen things of daily life. She will take you through the process of creating your personal space along with the environmental & technical considerations one can expect to encounter. I really liked the fact that her experience was weaved into each section of the course and her love for her lifelong project really made the experience of this class. I don't know when I will be able to build a space of my own, but it is great to imagine what it could be.





E Genevieve Williams

Artist, Creative Director


I am an American artist, designer, educator, and writer. My design studio in Manhattan has earned international acclaim for its groundbreaking multi media work including a Silver Clio, Creativity Platinum and Gold Awards, among many others. My work falls into the categories of transmedia storytelling, collaborative culture, user-generated contents, and narratology. I have an affinity for solitary, nature soaked settings. My ...

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