Simple Oregon Art Studio

A Simple Backyard Art Studio

We love this gorgeous and simple art studio we built for our clients in Southwest Corvallis. We tore down this falling apart cabin featured in the 'Before' photo to build this more attractive and useful studio! The exterior finishes match the finishes of the house and detached garage. It is as if the studio was there since the original construction of the house, but with the durable exterior construction we insist on and new interior finishes. The project features a full bath, sink/kitchenette, two garage doors, two side doors, a deck, and a large open space for working or living. It will also serve well as a short-term studio living space for visiting family or guests.

Project Details

Roll-Up Garage Doors

Adding two roll-up garage doors to this art studio makes it easy to enjoy the warm weather in the summertime while painting or crafting, and provides ventilation of any paint fumes that might be used. We added a cedar deck just outside the garage door to provide seamless indoor/outdoor living during the summer. The insulated double glazing in the doors also draws in lots of natural light, provides close-up views of Mary's River, but gives ample protection from any weather.


A Cedar deck was added to the side of the structure to take a break from working and enjoy the gorgeous yard. With the garage door rolled-up, it provides amazing outdoor space and feels perched just above the Mary's River. Cedar is a sustainable local wood species for a deck because it resists moisture, rot, and insect infestation, and can be recycled at the end of its lifespan.

LVT Flooring

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring was used for this studio for its durability and resistance to water, which is perfect for a space of many different uses. It also requires easy maintenance, which is great for a studio that is used on an inconsistent basis. The finish color of the LVT is classy but will hide any messes.


In order to make this dream project a reality, the G. Christianson team worked with a surveyor and the City to find the hundred year floodplain and keep the cabin just outside of it.

What our Clients are Saying

“The client greatly appreciated the clear and detailed estimate and the professionalism shown in it. In addition, the inclusion of a project completion timeline, and one that seems reasonably rapid, was well received by the client. While your proposal was higher than the other bid received, the thoroughness and items mentioned above, provided the client with confidence that there is a reasonable reason for the higher price. The clients are seriously considering your bid as they see a lot of benefits to working with a company of your size, experience, and thoroughness.”

The Architect representing a Homeowners Association, Corvallis

“Mike and Karen were so pleased with our work and our crew, they invited everyone who worked on the project over for a "deck-warming" party!”

Carl Christianson, Superintendent and Owner

See the Modern Aluminum Deck project

“We felt our ideas were listened to, incorporated, and enhanced in the final plans. Elizabeth did a nice job adding architectural interest with the arch above the stove and continuing that feature in the new opening connecting the living room to dining space. Eliminating the wall between dining room & kitchen allowed for a much better flow addressing our desire for a more spacious-looking interior without adding additional space. The hot tub cover is a special feature that enhances our ability to use it daily. And creating a space for the washer/dryer in the house instead of the garage was a real win. ”

Kathy Chafin & Steve Wyatt, Corvallis, OR

See the Vibrant & Balanced Home Remodel project
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