Sarana House is named after a word in Pali, an ancient Buddhist language, that means “safe place” or “refuge. It will be the ultimate refuge when moved from its current location in Los Angeles, where it’s being built, to its final home on a private 23 acre forest retreat, named Sarana Park, in Northern California.
The tiny house on a trailer is being built by Juko and Jerry, not only as a new home, but as a way to respond to the Great Recession. Following the foreclosure of their home in Santa Monica, the couple decided to downsize and live more simply. Their first tiny house, the Huling Halfway Hut, was featured in a Tiny House Blog “Tiny House in a Landscape” post. During this time, Juko and Jerry became stewards of Sarana Park and wanted to make this new land a place for reflection, restoration, and transformation. They think of it as a “re-boot camp” – a place where their friends and guests can take some space to recharge, rest, and be inspired.
Sarana House is being built with as many reclaimed materials as possible. They are using reclaimed white pine from Ohio (Juko’s childhood home) and Pennsylvania; and Juko is building a larger kitchen by re-furbishing an IKEA freestanding kitchen. A long bench will be the focus of the dining room. It will be large enough for several people to sit or for one person to sleep. Bamboo flooring has been installed and a stock door from Lowes has been cut down to fit the entrance.
The original tiny house, the Huling Hut, will be the couple’s bedroom and that is being run by a 60 watt solar system. Sarana House’s kitchen will have a propane boat stove, a small refrigerator and a six gallon hot water heater. Juko and Jerry are still working on what electrical system would be best for Sarana House.
The ideas for Sarana House came from two different sets of plans and was influenced by Japanese architecture. The approach to the space was less about maximizing and more about placing things to encourage intimacy without feeling crowded. Juko and Jerry will be sharing their home and 23 acres with friends and family, as well as their three dogs.
Photos courtesy of Juko and Sarana Park