Robin Luciano Beaty Art Studio, Byfield MA
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I must say of all the barns I have built that this was among the most
enjoyable...for a panoply of reasons. First, working to build an art
studio for an artist who is passionate about her work is a blessing in
and of itself--given I see myself within the same creative genre of
work. The fact that I got to build it full time with Robin--my
client--and part time with her husband and extended family made it even
more of a personal joy and challenge--given we were all the crew there
was--and yet managed to get the shell up in seventeen days. It was a
petite but complex little structure--out of design necessity to suit the
exigencies of being an artist who simultaneously needs lots of wall
space and light at the same time--which we solved creatively by pulling
the upper floor system four feet back from the exterior walls which in
turn allows the upper transoms to flood the lower level with light. It
has a vaulted section in the rear bay and a cantilevered porch and
deck off the rear gable--totally gathering in the exquisite back yard
ambiance and landscaping.that Robin and Rick have cultivated for years.
I look forward to her grand opening next spring and to the wonderful
work she will continue to paint within...
Words can not begin to express the gratitude and appreciation I feel
towards the amazing experience I had building my Geobarn. I never
thought the dream of building my very own art studio would become a
reality, let alone it be as beautiful as it is, until the day I met
Mr. George Abetti. The entire process of working with George, from
start to finish, was absolutely wonderful.
I fell in love with Geobarns immediately upon discovering the website
but thought it was financially out of reach. I had priced out so many
other options (garages, kits, even sheds) just to be continually
disappointed. After speaking with George just a few times, I felt
hopeful and optimistic and after meeting with him just once I couldn't
have been more impressed and overjoyed.
Being an artist, I had a strict budget and very unique needs, to say
the least! From day one, George worked with me on every detail
customizing my barn to suit my personality and specific needs -all
within my set budget! Well before construction began, he exceeded my
expectations; creatively planning, brainstorming and continually
communicating with me. He is a true exception to most contractors. He
always gave his artistic input rather than just considering it "another job". Building this studio was for him, nearly as personal an
endeavor as it was for me.
To my surprise and excitement, George offered me the option of being
his full time crew during the building process. We worked together
everyday, joined by my husband Rick on weekends (YES, George works on
weekends!!) along with my Father and Brother as extended crew for the
really heavy lifting. Unlike anyone I've ever met before, George was
willing and happy to share his knowledge and expertise, always
remaining a patient pleasure to work with.
In 17 days and right on schedule my studio was complete. Never once
did George's ambition and passion for this project wane. He is the
ultimate "exception to the rule".
The entire experience makes me extremely emotional. I'm so proud of
everything my beautiful little Geobarn represents: art, passion,
inspiration, diligence and the inevitability of more to come. I'm
amazed at my own capabilities, never-mind the integrity, endurance and
undeniable talent of Mr. George Abetti, my amazing builder, teacher
and now, very close friend, who I could obviously not have
accomplished this dream without. Thank you George!!