Brian Schulz built a tiny, zen forest home in Oregon. He was inspired by the traditional Japanese minka homes that rely on local materials and steeply sloped roofs to create, open structures. Brian created his small 14 x 16 foot home using salvaged materials and things he found from around the area.
Brian teaches traditional wood kayak-building for a living. Most of the wood he collected was from the bay while kayaking. Kitchen counters were milled from a fallen tree that Brian held onto for 8 years. The stair railing is alder poles cut from beside the house.
The 3 tables in the home were cut from cedar found on the beach and constructed in 2 hours. Brian laid flooring using low-grade reject fir, created trim using miscellaneous scrap wood and bought all the home’s windows for $40 from the local dump. The French doors came from Craigslist.
It took about a year and a half of his spare time, but as you can see it was well worth it.
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