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 Wally Hofmann
A unique and luxuriously-nostalgic, lodging experience awaits travelers to California’s Central Coast. Ninety years of history have been resurrected with the restoration and reopening of the historic Santa Barbara Auto Camp located in the heart of Santa Barbara, just a 15-minute walk from the old Santa Barbara Mission.
For the past month, neighbors have been admiring the re-landscaped park entrance that features four smartly-renovated Airstream trailers. The SB Auto Camp is part of an existing RV park that houses 30 other trailers from varying manufacturers. Several dozen local residents live fulltime at the park – some have called it home for more than four decades. The Airstreams are now available for nightly rentals online at www.SBAutoCamp.com.
The SB Auto Camp is located a short bike ride southeast of Santa Barbara’s bustling Downtown shopping district. Major shopping centers are within a half mile, and quaint local shops, services, and eateries are next door and across the street on De La Vina. Continue Reading »
Last year, I did a post on Sisters on the Fly, a camping and fly fishing group for ladies who love small, vintage trailers. Since I (Christina) just went camping over the holiday in my teardrop trailer, I thought it would be appropriate to list a few ladies (some who are Sisters on the Fly members) who camp in style. Girls, no matter what the men say, there is nothing wrong with a little “glamping”.
Anton Schwartz contacted me about his mother who is moving out of her house-of-fifty-years and looking to get rid of a wonderful vintage all-in-one kitchenette which she bought new in 1969. In beautiful condition and it runs perfectly and comes with all original instructions and paperwork. Folds up elegantly and opens and closes effortlessly and is Sand in color. It is a Dwyer EA400 Kitchenette and comes with:
- Two electric stovetops
- Refrigerator with freezer compartment
- Bult-in cupboard and drawer
- Dish draining area
- Light (on/off/auto)
- Lockable, with keys
- Hooks up to electricity (normal 115 volts), water and drain
She is asking $675 and it is located in Manhattan, on West 56th street. Pick-up required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (212)580-4787.