I came across a Facebook post about Zyl Vados. For those who don’t know, as I didn’t before now, this post is about Tiny Homes that are beyond your traditional shed-roofed boxes (which I am not against for the record).
Abel Zyl is the Founder of Zyl Vados, a company based out of Olympia, Washington that creates “unforgettable tiny houses and art structures”. He has over twenty-five years experience in residential building and has also done AC electricity, theatrical lighting, mechanical drafting and marine construction (which shows in most of his tiny home designs). Abel is also a founding member of the American Tiny House Association and is the consulting board member for construction and design.
As mentioned on his website, he (and his work) have been featured on HGTV, National Geographic News, Forbes Magazine, OPB’s State of Wonder, ADR Germany TV, The San Francisco Globe, and in the book Tiny Homes on the Move, by Lloyd Khan.
Abel has been building Tiny Homes since 2007, long before the whole “Tiny Home Movement” picked up steam. His designs begin as pencil sketches, and then models and finally, beautiful handcrafted works of art.
There is no question, Zyl and his team, and Family, create some of the most eye-catching tiny homes ever seen! Visit the Facebook page and Instagram account to see way more awesome photos.
So there I am, scrolling through my Facebook feed, when I suddenly see something that catches my eye immediately. It’s bright red, and very hard to miss! Then I see that it was posted on one of the many Tiny House groups and pages I follow. A tiny house boat on the water. As it turns out, this little red gem has quite a story as she was converted from an old boring boat, to a bright red star.
It began as an old 1969 Cobia Mini-Yacht, originally bought as just a gutted shell on Craigslist by Katie Trinket Hartwright.
Katie spend a lot of time and effort to design, and restore her to the bright and beautiful tiny house boat she is now.
Katie named her ‘Petal’. Sadly, the Emeryville Marina and Safe Harbor called the boat “an eyesore” and Katie was forced to get rid of it by the Harbormaster.
‘Petal’ was purchased from Katie by a woman named Cindy Hanson O’Neil, who now co-owns the boat with her daughter Brittney Vinculado. They have aptly re-named her, and now call her ‘Betty Boop’.
You are sure to find ‘Betty Boop’ in the San Francisco Bay Area near Oakland where she is docked and ready any time Cindy is up for a quick and easy getaway.