Zyl Vados

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.

Savannah

There are those who love the tiny home idea and who have a tiny home built with all new materials…and then there is Savannah. Savannah is a huge fan of minimalism and living off the land and recycling old materials, which you will easily spot in her tiny home design.

I have helped Steve Zaleschuk with about 6 or 7 designs now, but this one is a bit different. Different because I have actually interacted with Savannah. Kind of got to know her, even if it’s just a little. I also love what her and Steve have done with the interior and the exterior. From using old doors and metal cladding to the upcycled handles on the cabinets and drawers. I also love the exposed copper piping in the bathroom. The second-hand claw-foot tub, the old vanity from her Dad’s childhood.

Have a look and let me know what you think…

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Vagabond

What you are about feast your eyes on is a 1953 35-foot Vagabond ‘Park Model’ trailer that is in original condition for the most-part. It was bought brand new from a dealer in Clearwater Florida named C. J. Stoll by a couple who lived in it for just a few years before putting it into storage. It remained in storage until being purchased in 1987 by a man in Lakeland Florida. The 8,000lb trailer was most recently advertised for sale on the Vintage Camper Trailers Facebook page back in 2015 for $75,000.

Where it went from there we don’t know, but one thing is evident to me, this was more like a Tiny Home than a camper, and it is awesome!

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WeeCasa es su Casa

Ever wonder if Tiny Home living is for you? Well now you can test it out at WeeCasa Tiny House Resort in Lyons, Colorado. All the Tiny Homes are less than 250 square feet and range from your basic mini-cottage to a model with all the bells & whistles.

Kenyon Waugh is the Wee.E.O of the 23-home resort which rents out 22 of the homes in the picturesque town of Lyons, which is home to about 2,000 people. Rates vary between $149 and $185 per night depending upon the house, time of year, etc, with a 2-night minimum stay.

Website: http://weecasa.com/

House Information

Video from USA Today

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37-Foot Toy Hauler Tiny

It was roughly 10 months ago that Robyn and her Family of six decided to pick up a 1990 37-foot low-boy toy hauler and transform it into their Tiny Home.

Their 13-year-old affectionately named the new home “Taylor” and the following photos and links show and tell about their journey.

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Website/Blog: https://www.tinyhousetaylor.com/blog/

Instagram: @tinyhousetaylor

School Bus Gets Good Grades!

My last post featured a Tiny Fire House, designed & built to teach Fire Safety. This time we are going to have a look at an old School Bus transformed into a Tiny Home.

The idea & transformation comes from a man who says,

I have never built anything. Ever. I’ve helped paint a few houses on mission trips and I helped install some plastic lattice once, but that’s about it.

My background is in graphic design and illustration. I always wanted to build a tiny house and I always wanted to travel. So I spent years playing around with tiny house designs in my spare time.

Ultimately I decided upon a school bus because I thought “Hey, there’s already for [sic] walls and a roof. Throw some wood and some light bulbs in there and call it a day.” How foolish of me. I ended up doing a complete build on the back of the bus.

He purchased the bus for $2000 from publicsurplus.com. He got it so cheap because the busses were being sold on a new site and not many people had known about the switch yet.

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Although he doesn’t mention how much he spent on the transformation, he did get some really great deals, as he mentions in his posts which were published in this article.

The Tiny FireHouse – Station #9

Just when it seems like I have seen everything the Tiny Home Movement can throw at us… a Tiny FireHouse comes along!

It’s the brain-child of John & Fin Kernohan and was designed and built to help teach fire safety and fire prevention. It is 148 square feet and of course is complete with a fire hose, hydrant, fire gear, and of course…a pole!

The house is also equipped with working fire extinguishers, smoke & carbon monoxide detectors and a ladder fire escape.

The house was featured by the Today Show and as mentioned, tours around teaching fire safety & prevention.

Have a look at some photos and let me know what your thoughts are!

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To see more photos, check out their Facebook page!

Special mention to Nature’s Head Composting Toilets and Trailer Made Custom Trailers used in this build.