Abel Zyl of Zyl’s Vardos sent me some photos and information on his latest build. A tiny house called the Little Bird which resides in Portland, Oregon. I hope to visit it in October as my daughter is a good friend of the owner, so expect another update then. In the meantime, here are some of the details and some great photos.
Able says: I can’t quite believe how beautiful of a little ‘pocket’ in the city this house has become. Credit to the owner for all the surrounding elements.
This house is 22 feet long by 8 feet wide. It has a cedar exterior, copper roof (fabricated by Abel from sheet copper), and handmade windows all around. The stained glass windows are restored and set in frames Abel built. It has wood heat, on demand hot water & shower, and a composting type toilet. The owner uses an electric cook top, which she stows away (that is why you do not see it in the photos.)
The Little Bird house cost around $50,000. It was constructed in five months and no plans are available. This is a client design with Abel’s engineering. Abel builds both clients’ designs and he builds his own designs.
As for Zyl Vardos: Abel is booked thru the next year or so, but happily accepting future builds (just not anything run-of-the-mill).
Zyl Vardos, Olympia WA
The tiny EcoPod Holidays vacation homes, located in the Derbyshire area of England are not only portable vardo-like structures, but they have been built from over 50 percent waste materials including sheep’s wool and recycled glass bottles. Each of the EcoPod Holiday huts are available as vacation rentals for people who love to be in the outdoors, but want the comforts of home.
Each of the small structures, scattered around the countryside, are constructed using reclaimed timber with some additional FSC approved woods when needed. The owners also use sheep’s wool or recycled bottles as insulation and all finishes are derived from plant-based paints and natural oils. Solar panels are used for lighting and appliances. EcoPod Holidays also manufactures their own wood burning stoves for space heating and heating water for washing and showering.
Each of the EcoPods have different configurations that include a cozy interior with a kitchen, a dining/sleeping area, a bathroom and shower and some even have an airy conservatory and a balcony. All of them are located in scenic areas close to walking and biking routes. The EcoPod Holidays company will also work with customers to build their own tiny home using local and reclaimed materials.
Photos by EcoPod Holidays
Sheepherding may be a thing of the past, but along Idaho’s Salmon River is a little community preserving this past with a modern twist.
Though the residents don’t tend sheep, they choose to live as the sheep herders did in a small efficient sheep wagon.
Massage therapist Renee Silvus had her sheep wagon built by craftsmen Kim and Kathy Vader. The wagon’s 7 ft. by 12 ft. footprint features a small kitchen, a queen size bed, a lovable loo, and a woodstove. Renee plans to retire in her simple home sometime in the future. She uses solar powered lamps for light and has no electricity or internet.
Read the full story at the AOL website.
The name of this vacation rental company in the United Kingdom might have picked the best name to describe the simplicity of staying in or living in a tiny house. Canopy & Stars have taken it a step further and offer handpicked quirky and eco-friendly small places to stay within Europe. They include tree houses, cabins, vardos, caravans, barges, yurts and more. Several of their properties caught my eye and stilled my heart: two shepherd huts on wheels in Hampshire, two shepherd’s huts located at a farm in Norfolk, and a train carriage in Wales.
Alex Evan’s Wiggly Tin shepherd huts (one pictured above) are located in Hampshire in the South Downs National Park. The huts (named Beacon and Butser) are completely off-grid and contain raised beds with storage underneath and wood-burning stoves. Showers and a bathroom are accessed in a nearby converted shepherd’s hut. Continue Reading »