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
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 »
I retired a few years back to help my wife, who’s health is failing. Looking for something to do to occupy my spare time without leaving her by herself, I decided to drag out my woodworking tools and work in the garage on little projects.
I went to wally world and purchased a baby monitor to listen for her if she needs help (she’s confined to a hospital bed) while working outside. This is probably the best and most used tool I have ever invested in. It has opened up a world of possibilities to create different projects.
I started off small with things for around the house. These little projects got boring after a year or so. At night I like to surf the web and look at interesting things. The Tiny House movement caught my eye. After researching a few months I decided to build one, and did. But that’s a different story. It’s not what this story is about story. If Kent is interested in that build I’d love to share it with you.
This story is about a rustic looking little cabin on wheels. It’s mounted to a 6 x 10 single axle trailer. I wanted an 8 x 12 so I made corbels for the sides and front which got to 8 x 11. On the nose I came off the corbeled ledge on a 17 degree angle for 3 feet. That got me the extra foot I wanted.
I didn’t want to sacrifice any more floor space to make room for the full size bed. Continue Reading »