Tiny house from the outside

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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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0 responses to “Tiny house from the outside

  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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