Jumping Creek Pottery Tiny Studio


By Chillia Zoll

What can I tell you about being a builder?  I can tell you that I love to toss numbers around in my head and figure out how to stretch lines into curves.  A stationary nail connected to a string and tied to a pencil sets an easy arc to any piece of wood.  This is usually how I start dreaming up rounded buildings and figuring out how wind, gravity, sunlight and snow will react.

Carpentry in Canada seems always to include late Falls in trenches, pouring concrete foundations.  Gravel slipping into my wet carpenter’s pouch, rusting my common nails, losing my drill bits, and ruining my tape measure.  Construction means numb fingers, blossoming pain tolerance and callused feelings. Continue reading

Tiny House in a Landscape

I have used Trey Ratcliff’s photography in the Tiny House in a Landscape feature in the past and recently he posted a photo that I wanted to share with you. I’ll let Trey tell you more about it.

My Fortress of Soliture

This is my studio! I walk out here every day from the main house to make art for you.
I don’t know why I’ve never taken a photo of it before now, but this seemed like a good occasion. I’m so in love with my new camera, and I’m super-enamoured since I discovered that my “old” NEX wide-angle lens works so well on the camera! No need to lug around that giant thing any more…

The Cottage Studio

If you watch the video below, you’ll see the view when I walk out the front of my little cottage. If I had filmed this a few weeks before, you’d see those cherry trees blooming over with pink blossoms… it’s my little slice of Japan down here in the Southern Hemisphere. As you can see, the roses are now in full bloom… it’s the middle of summer here. The mornings are very early and the nights stay well lit. It doesn’t even get fully dark until around midnight… it makes for a very long and beautiful day of shooting!

Thanks Trey for your continued appreciation of small spaces. Keep the great photos coming.

Camp Boucher Small Home

by Robin Boucher

Britt and I built our small house (the left one in the attached image) in 1983 while he attended Virginia Tech to study forestry and I taught art. Everyone thought we were crazy building such a small space, but it was perfect for us. It is 20 x 22 with a full walk-out basement, an open mail level and a 22 x 11 loft. We built as sustainably as possible, recycling, using local products, not overdoing, and building well. In 1993, we built the art studio (24 x 30) so I could work at home. Again, everyone thought we were nuts, this time for building another small house on our land. I didn’t want to work in my house and also I didn’t want to destroy the lovely landscape by building something that required heavy machinery in the woods. Over the years we have found that people who visit come from two camps…they either ask us right away if we plan to connect the buildings, or they think it is great just the way it is.

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About 5 years ago, when our children needed more space (as did their parents), we turned the studio into the “day house” relegating my art-making space into an 11 x 14 loft at the top of the spiral stairs in the studio and turning the downstairs into our daytime living space. Today the studio (Day House which is on the right in the photos) contains our living, dining, kitchen, pantry, my mini studio and bathroom. The Night House contains our bedrooms, a bathroom and in the basement my husband’s office and our laundry room.

When people ask how it is walking outside to our bedrooms (especially in rain or snow) I jokingly call it “Camp Boucher” where we are on vacation all year long. The nice thing about our design is the flexibility of space. As our space needs change we have been able to adapt every room to a new function (we removed the kitchen from the original house when we turned that space into a master bedroom…it was easy because it was rustic to begin with). The hard part about itis that the banks and mortgage companies hate it because there are no comparables and it is just plain different. We have avoided adding on and tried to make do with what we have. And it is a lovely place.

Robin Boucher

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Little, Lovely Living near Lake Michigan

By Terri Barrie

In periodically stopping by the tiny house blog while researching small living spaces, it and other web sources convinced me to move ahead with my little home project. This now splendid studio home was originally a weekend getaway with garter snakes living in the wall. After six months of weekend renovations, it is now a relaxing place where the wildlife lives contentedly, outdoors.

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Tiny House in a Landscape

Tanner shares a photograph he took recently. I’ll let him tell you more about it.

Love the tiny house blog! I’ve been interested in building one myself for a while now. While I was out working I saw a tiny house in a landscape I thought would be great for the blog. I’m not sure how big it is but I’d guess 100-200 square feet. I’m not sure its exact use either, but it’s likely a studio or retreat of some sort. The house is located in Henrieville, Utah, which is about 20 miles east of Bryce Canyon National Park and within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Have a good one,
Tanner Whetstone

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