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The Tiny House Blog has profiled Dayton Taylor and his vintage trailer builds and restorations before, but Dayton also constructs small structures and introduced me to a tiny tea house he recently built for his decorator wife, Pam. After working on vintage trailers and “Man Caves” for himself, he promised his wife that her tea house would be a place just for the ladies.
The house, which sits in a tea garden in the couple’s Temecula, Calif. backyard, took three months to build and Dayton made up the design as he went along. The house is five-sided and 14 feet by 14 feet. Dayton said he built it as a pentagon shape for good luck and Pam has decorated it with soft colors, chandeliers, vintage hardware, a Dutch door and bead board on the walls. The house has air conditioning and a small sink.
“The women love it,” Dayton said. “Surprisingly, the men love it too. This was my first attempt at building anything “estrogen injected” so it was a challenge. For a while the pendulum swung WAY too far to the “girlie” side of the equation so then I had to reel myself back in and find that middle ground.”
The next issue of the Tiny House Magazine will be featuring Dayton’s Woodie Love Bug and you can view more of his trailer restorations at Vintage Trailer Crazy.
Photos by Dayton Taylor
An 11×14 foot former vegetable patch eventually became the home for this tiny backyard house designed and built by sustainable building advisor Megan Lea. Since her veggies were not getting enough sun, she decided to bite the bullet and build an environmentally friendly house out of salvage 100-year-old barn wood behind her main home in Portland, Ore.
Her 154 square foot retreat, which was built in less than six months, contains salvaged lumber from three barns in Oregon, a salvaged copper roof, natural plaster walls and a wood stove. The salvaged barn wood on the exterior is from Barnwood Naturals, a company that sells reclaimed vintage wood. The loft contains a comfy sectional sofa and the floor of the loft and its supports are exposed to show the structural elements. The little living room has seating for several people and a large sliding door. The building does not have a bathroom or kitchen. Continue Reading »
by Captain Michael Schiller
I had a dream that I was in my backyard sitting in a recliner in a glass cube and it was snowing and decided to make it so.
This 13×6 ft building is made out of 11 used doors and mostly recycled lumber and the roof and floor are insulated with styrofoam panels reclaimed from a storage tank. The light fixtures, brass floor lamp, and oriental rug came from the swap section of the dump. The reclining wing chair came from craigslist, the wall to wall carpet was used at a trade show, and the exterior is painted with left over paint.
Everything is primed with a close out oil base primer I found for $5.
The two center doors open on to a bluestone patio. I installed and wired the structure with indoor and outside lights on dimmers, surround sound, and a flat screen that I had kicking around. The fan was a clearance item on sale for $23 from Lowes. Continue Reading »