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Tiny house from the outside

September 2, 2012 | Building, Natural Building | 17 comments | Author:

In response to requests, here’s a couple of pics of the outside of our recently moved-into tinyhouse at Milkwood Farm. The outside is not quite as finished as the inside just yet, in true owner-builder style.

But let’s focus on what IS there, and there is lots. A safe temporary fence to prevent our little one sperlunking into the dam, which will be extended to encompass the whole courtyard in the next couple of months. A dam full of frogs by night and wild ducks and swallows by day. And a little home.

The tinyhouse as painted by our friend Tree over a year ago. She painted it for us as a ‘cheer up, one day it will all look like this’ image, and it’s been on the wall next to my laptop ever since, keeping my spirits high during the thrills and spills of getting into the house.

Immediate to-dos include, but are not limited to: sandpit for Ashar, final coat of lime render for outside, plant kiwi fruit and muscatel grapes to grow up and over the pergola to provide more summer shade, fire pit on upper level, planter boxes outside fence for scarlet runner beans, upgrade fence from temporary location to full courtyard, build a deck over the dam and one or two other small tasks.

Temporary pool fence. Does the job until the real thing gets built…

Winter sunlight streaming in…
A good place to eat woodfired scones, listen to the frogs, and plan the planting of the courtyard…

>> The whole build of this very small, very natural and very slow house is here…

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  • Maxine Lynch September 2, 2012 at 7:11 am | Reply

    Congratulations , what a great job you both have done .I have loved getting your updates . now for the garden !

  • Peter Robb September 2, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply

    Great job guys! While the “to do” jobs never really end, there is always time to enjoy what you have acheived so far. Looks just great.

  • Katie Gillett September 2, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply

    What a beautiful house-and a good size too-who needs an enormous house to clean and heat.

  • narf77 September 2, 2012 at 8:21 am | Reply

    Now the hard work has been finished (HA) you can settle down into spring spent living in your own little tiny creation and know that everything that you see, touch, feel and hear has been toussled by your own hands. Nothing like it! :)

  • Sue September 2, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply

    Well Done! So Beautiful. Can I suggest some solar powered snake repellers though (as I know, from nasty experience, that having a lovely frog-filled dam near the house attracts our slithering friends and they don’t like being stepped on.) Congratulations again!

  • Nam-Ha Quach September 2, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply

    It looks amazing! Great work guys, a true inspiration to us all :-)

  • casshzabok September 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply

    Aww…Thanks so much for posting the front, when you have time would love to see the gardens and maybe the back, but only when you are thinking about it. You are sooo talented…enjoy!!!

  • casshzabok September 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply

    Oh wow!!!! Just amazing! What a lovely house. I really like it. =>

  • annie September 3, 2012 at 9:04 am | Reply

    Lovely! the scratch-coat on the outside is very familiar to us too…
    Are you not harvesting water off the pergola? or is that mesh not laserlite?? Love the massive timbers…

  • dixiebelle September 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply

    Love it!

  • Megan McGowan September 4, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply

    So gorgeous, but think seriously about the muscatels. We tried grapes on a pergola and found we had problems with massive amounts of bird poo, rotting fruit and fruit fly (which we couldn’t spray because we’re on tank water). Kiwi fruit are less of a problem because the fruit are larger and tend to hang down, but getting them to cover a large area can be difficult so you may need a few. I eventually settled on an ornamental grape. We still get a layer of mess when the flowers fall but they are huge bee attracters and provide excellent natural air conditioning through transpiration. We also get spectacular, deep red foilage in autumn. The best thing about this vine is that it’s growth is triggered by the amount of light (rather than temperature) so the timing for leaf drop and regrowth is always spot on. As I type we’re in early spring and the vine is still bare and letting in lots of sunshine. By summer it will be covered and it will hold leaf until the cool part of Autumn hits us.

  • Megan McGowan September 4, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply

    As always, happy to share cuttings if you would like some.

    1. milkwoodkirsten September 4, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply

      Megan! You are becoming my new font of plantish knowledge – thank you!

  • Calvin September 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply

    Found your site while surfing the net for ideas on how to build a tiny house of my own. As first time owner-build house i’m a little anxious, uncertain if I could do it without any expert help. But having seen your tiny house give me a little confident of what to expect.

  • Darren (Green Change) September 12, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply

    It’s looking incredibly beautiful. Well done!

    Maybe you can start a worldwide Slow Build movement, modelled on the Slow Food movement :-).

    1. milkwoodkirsten September 12, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply

      Oh stop it. And thanks.

  • Atlanta Camilleri January 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Reply

    Inspiring, all we need is a tiny house and a whole lotta love


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