The Most SPACIOUS TINY HOUSE You Will Ever See


Hi, welcome back. I’m Abel Zyl. I’m the
founder of Zyl Vardos. I’m a tiny house builder based in Olympia Washington. I’m
currently working on my 24th tiny house. I work with a crew of four to six
carpenters and mechanical geniuses in my workshop. The tiny houses I build start
typically as a sketch. When I kind of feel happy with the balance of the form
and the design I take it to the 3D model stage then I bring in my other designer,
friend, carpenter. He works with me to get all the parts and pieces made in the 3S
world and fit together so that we have a working model. From that point on it’s
just a matter of organizing the project tasking small like two-person crews onto
the various parts like framing the walls building the roof structure, creating the
windows, and hanging them properly in the house. I often build the utility systems
myself then the house goes on to this really wonderful finish restage which is
long-winded but really fun because that’s where we bring in the woods that
we’ve been curating and we create trims and curve pieces that go around the
windows. We install cabinetry and flooring and tiles then when the house
is really close to completion there is this testing and check off phase that is
something I’ve gotten a lot better at as I’ve gained experience. That’s where I
get to like hone how everything functions together. I really enjoy that
part of the building process. This is the Damselfly House. It’s got a
10-foot by 24-foot floor plan so it’s pretty big. One of my favorite parts
about this exterior is the entry door. This is Zyl Plank Door, which is kind of
a very heavy laminated build up. A marine plywood and then wood planks.
It has a damselfly wing inlay of contrasting wood. It turned out so
beautiful. That ties into the roofline of the house which is kind of unique. I’ve
been wanting to do a double curved roof line for a while, which is where it
curves upward and then downward again or concave convex. I used the on de’via roof
again and it handles curves which is where it’s at for roofing for me. The
Damselfly house has a lot of windows which is what makes it so bright and
airy inside and as per usual we hand-built all of them in the workshop
and this feature is one that I kind of insisted to do despite the fact that
there was barely enough budget for it but that I wanted to build a window box
in the kitchen. Welcome to the interior of the Damselfly
house. Damselfly has a pretty good-sized bathroom
because it’s a ten-foot-wide floorplan. You enter the bathroom through this
Shoji door that I hand-built, has an acrylic diffused filler so it’ll last a
lot longer than like Shoji paper. Right Right above the bathroom is a not-large
sleeping loft. It could also be a small space for a desk. It has pretty good
headroom up there. I designed these stairs new for this house. I incorporated
storage in the stairs. The rest of the steps are drawers and behind this lower
set of steps which is removable is the hot water heater. There’s the kitchen. Of course we built the cabinetry
ourselves in the shop. Then going over from the kitchen there’s
a flat-screen television, which is on a like articulator bracket so you can
either remove it kind of out of the way if you don’t want it in the kitchen area
or you can aim it at the bed or the couch. There’s a bed platform in this end
so you can sleep on the main floor without having to climb stairs or a
ladder. There’s some of my storage underneath the bed. Small couch and a side table. You could
also put a dining table and a couple of chairs in here if you wanted or you
could put up pop up tables and eat from the couch if that’s your jam, but I think
this is a flexible space you could you could do whatever you want with it. I think that 10-foot width is what makes it feel more open than usual, but
also we’ve been designing to keep the floor low and the top of the peak
high so there’s a lot of vertical space in here. It’s really tricky but fun to try to
transcend the the box limitations of a tiny house that’s meant to move on
wheels so by adding dimensionality to it you open up the space more than usual. I’ve been building small living spaces
for 10 years now and I think one of the most important things I’ve learned about
building them is it’s important to find the right people to work with. That makes
all the difference. It’s really difficult to find good people to have in
your crew, but it’s also like one of the most rewarding things when you have a
great crew. Over the 10 years I’ve been building one of the most important
features that a small space can have seems to be flexibility. Like some space
that’s not built out or designated for one particular thing. It seems like
people enjoy their spaces the most when they can kind of reconfigure it from
time to time. I think the best advice I’ve been given in my time building,
which has been almost 25 years, is to not sweat the small stuff, to work hard
because really to build you kind of have to put your nose to the grindstone and
keep it there for a much longer time than some people are comfortable with. If you
take that original like florid pipedream of an idea you had for a project whatever
it is and cut it in half you’ll end up with something that’s much more
manageable. That’s especially true if you haven’t built something like that
before or you don’t have the experience to approach a project like that. Keep
your dreams, keep your huge idea, but build it in small increments, and don’t
get yourself into too much debt. That’ll give you the freedom to do what you want
and go the directions you need to to make a living doing what you love. If you
want to see more of the projects that I built there are images of them up on my
website. There are also video tours up on my YouTube channel. If you’re interested
in booking me for a tiny house build you can find information about that on the
website as well. Thanks for visiting my workshop and we’ll see you around.

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