Zen forest house

Judging by all the positive comments, this tiny home is one of reader’s favorites. It really is a stunner. So nice and yet so simple.

“Brian Schulz wanted to see “how small of a house I could make feel big”. Inspired by the traditional Japanese minka homes that rely on local materials and steeply sloped roofs to create affordable, open structures, Schulz created a home using materials salvaged or sourced from within 10 miles of his home.

The result is a 14-by-16-foot home iin tune with its surroundings that cost only 11,000 dollars – mostly for concrete, shakes and insulation-, along with about a year and half of Schulz’s spare time.”

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This is another great video by Fair Companies.

10 thoughts on “Zen forest house”

  1. This is the only state I’ve ever heard of that has such a law. They seem to think it’ll take the “beauty” away from the beaches. It figures….it’s a democrat state duh……………

  2. Great house, but I’d like a bathroom. Hey Owen, how about an Earthbag version? I always hope to see a new design of yours here!

  3. The wood is beautiful. The builder has a relationship with the parts of, and the house itself. I love mystical connections in everyday life. I did not plan to watch all of the video–but I did. :)

  4. Love the natural edge battens. Fantastic look. Cheap and easy to do as well. I’ve seen natural edge clapboards before, but this works great as well. That’s an idea I’m going to steal and use for a client.

    Very cool.

  5. Very nice place he has. And, I really like the way he did the boarding on the exterior. The steps were very nice but, man I bet that thing was heavy. Owen, you mentioned about the guy getting driftwood from the ocean. Here where I live it’s against the law to gather driftwood. Can you imagine that?? Where do they come up with these stupid laws?? I don’t know about rivers but, if it came from the ocean…… Plain stupid to me. Anyway, you can do some amazing things with driftwood. When I first returned from over seas I was trying to acclimate to being back “in the world” as we used to say and I didn’t hang around people much so, I’d go and collect driftwood from the rivers and take it to a florist shop and sell it. Many a piece she would put high dollars on it and when I’d return with another load it would be sold. It was a great, quiet place to get my gears running normal again plus it gave me money to do other things like pay for the photos I took when I went to look for the wood.

  6. We were just talking about gathering free wood left over from logging crews. This guy got a lot of his wood from driftwood in the ocean.


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