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Rustic Way Whimsical House

Recently, I discovered a neat little company based in Minnesota that specializes in building whimsical tiny structures out of reclaimed wood. The company is called Rustic Way and the owner is Dan Pauly. The minute I saw this building I just couldn’t let it go. I just had to reach out to the owner of this company.

I had a great conversation with Dan this morning and he explained how his idea was born. He was looking for a way to build a unique sauna that is popular in the northern states and Canada. He was playing with some ideas and his little spa structure was born.

Rustic Way Garden Shed

At the time he lived near a busy intersection and he placed the structure near the road. People stopped constantly to take pictures of it and ask questions. Dan knew he had stumbled upon a design that was a winner. Dan decided to trademark the design and took his love for salvaged and reclaimed wood and started to make several different designs using his whimsical theme.

Dan now builds a variety of structures from small play houses to a large guest house. The buildings are custom. Dan works very closely with each customer to achieve a final result that is a perfect match for his client’s needs.

Rustic Way Guest Cottage

The little building ranges in size. The smallest is a six foot depth and the largest to date is a twelve foot depth. The entrance size is about one and a half foot narrower than the depth. So, if you ordered an eight foot building the width would be six and a half feet. The height of the building is 13’6″.

Guest Cottage Interior

Guest Cottage Bunks

I asked Dan about pricing, which is certainly a great concern to Tiny House readers. He says that Rustic Way Whimsical Houses start at $6,500 for the six footer and increase in price to $12,500 for the twelve footer. These are base prices only. As with any custom construction the final price depends on the customization requested by the owner.

Rustic Way Sauna

Dan has shipped these buildings all over the U.S. and uses a gooseneck trailer to haul them. He prefers to put two homes on the trailer if heading to a certain area, helping to reduce costs and encouraging owner to work together when purchasing to make this happen.

By the way, if you live in the Minnesota or are visiting this summer and just happen to be going to the State Fair one of Dan’s little houses will be on display. I highly recommend you check them out in person.

Loading Building onto Trailer

Building in position for Transport

Dan had a neat idea for someone who has a little property. He suggests making a private village out of his whimsical buildings using one for sleeping, another for an outhouse, a third for a sauna, and the final for a kitchen. All of the structures are next connected by a walkway creating a central hub. I think it is a great idea, don’t you?

Dan also builds beautiful furniture from reclaimed wood and does other exterior work. He enjoys using reclaimed wood that has been around for hundreds of years. He loves to bring out the beauty of the old wood in varied forms. You can view more of his work at the RusticWay website.

Rustic Way Cabinets and Furniture

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MJ - June 23, 2011 Reply

Charming, magical, whimsical indeed. What’s not to love!

robin yates - June 23, 2011 Reply

wonderful idea! This guy has created a new niche market. I am sure this idea will catch on bigtime.

lisa - June 23, 2011 Reply

I LOVE this design! And the idea of a cluster of such cabins. Wouldn’t it be great to find a piece of property where you could have more than one bunkhouse for friends in addition to the kitchen/bathroom cabins?

Kari - June 23, 2011 Reply

This little house is absolutely adorable!

Mark Tisdale - June 23, 2011 Reply

Love his style – they remind me a lot of the houses from the Enchanted Forest in the Casper and Wendy comics!

karen ho fatt - June 23, 2011 Reply

Just like out of the storybooks! I guess we can still live a fantasy!

Christina Nellemann - June 23, 2011 Reply

These are wonderful designs! Storybook houses come to life. Great job Dan!

Kim - June 23, 2011 Reply

Glad you found the tiny house blog, Dan. It’s wonderful for so many people to see your awesome work. I would love for you to help me with a tiny house someday as I live in your area.

alice - June 23, 2011 Reply

Wow, must be pretty well-built to withstand being on it’s side for transport. Love these designs, definitely would look good in the woods as a tiny storybook village. Gnomes optional.

Mike Glodo - June 23, 2011 Reply

Great potential for intentional communities, education/vacation camp, away room and cohousing. Design that makes me smile. Love. It.

Angie - June 23, 2011 Reply

This is so cute. It is enchanted looking. I’d love to apply this concept to an eventual home.
Thank you for sharing.

Kasey March - June 23, 2011 Reply

I love what Dan has created at Rustic Way. Can you imagine a nature preserve or campground of sorts where you rent one of these for your vacation?

I know Shane and I would love to explore the woods in the North East – hiking, fishing, kayaking etc. during the day and then having a tiny house to stay in at night.

Bravo, Dan – fantastic design!

craig - June 23, 2011 Reply

this is pretty good! clear proof that bigger is not always better.

Hannah - June 23, 2011 Reply

I am in love! These remind me of the cottages you see in the Harry Potter movies. I would love a house that looked like this!

Corby - June 23, 2011 Reply

I could live in a space like this for decades and never lose the urge to crack a whimsy-induced smile.

How is the roof line made? Steamed or otherwise bent wood? Or, is the underlying structure a series of slightly angled rafters?

Maureen BZ - June 23, 2011 Reply

How incredibly charming! I have a mini me studio in my garden- same facade as the house, but MUCH smaller (art deco too). Being 5’1″ I’ve always believed that good things come in small packages!

Diane - June 23, 2011 Reply

So Storybook, like a fairy tale.

Tonita - June 23, 2011 Reply

These are adorable little adult play houses. So enchanting. I could see why people would stop and take pictures. Great job.

darla long - June 23, 2011 Reply

it would be too funny to put a pair of legs..sticking out…wicked witchy poo!

    alice - June 24, 2011 Reply

    I can just picture that! Too funny!

    freespirit - June 24, 2011 Reply

    On the same line of thinking, how about some rickity legs, a magical house coming to life and walking! LOL

      alice - June 24, 2011 Reply

      Baba Yaga’s house on chicken legs!

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cj - June 24, 2011 Reply

I think this is taking over as my favorite. Before I even scrolled to the paragraph suggesting the village, I was already thinking that myself.

BigGoofyGuy - June 24, 2011 Reply

It is like story book house. It is really nice looking.

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Kevin - June 27, 2011 Reply

The combination of whimsy and reclaimed materials is very creative. Just got done reading Pocket Neighborhoods and the idea of a little village of these structures is something I would like to see.

Tammie - June 28, 2011 Reply

my goodness, these are wonderfully charming and whimsical! I love looking at all the details and over all look. So fun.

Lorraine - June 28, 2011 Reply

Are you sure Dr Suess didn’t build it? I love it!

Barbara DeRosier - June 29, 2011 Reply

I would love to live in a little house like this.

Joost - July 7, 2011 Reply

Looks like something out of an Anton Pieck drawing.. 😀

Brianna Olds - July 11, 2011 Reply

I love the storybook aspect of this space. Do you have any other posts like this?

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sophistimom - July 30, 2011 Reply

I love this. I love it! It looks like a fairy tale house.

Erika - October 24, 2011 Reply

Dear Dan! wonderful idea, I love this design, THIS LITTLE HOUSE IS ADORABLE!

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