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A handcrafted, clutter-free cabin on the Oregon coast [Video]
When your job title is 'traditional wood kayak building instructor,' it's pretty much a guarantee that your newly built home is going to be something special. And Brian Schulz's handcrafted 'Japanese Forest House' doesn't disappoint.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Having previously documented the heck out of
Sonoma County, Calif. (AKA "The Land of Tiny House People"), Kirsten Dirksen and the gang at Barcelona-based website faircompanies have being doing a bang-up job surveying the Pacific Northwest for some of the region's most sustainable — and at times unconventional — living arrangements: A live-aboard boat
, a tiny house hotel
, the 84-square-foot residence
of a big name on the micro home scene, etc.
A simple yet stunning 200-square-foot handcrafted cabin nestled away deep in the woods off the Oregon coast that, in the words of owner/builder Brian Schulz
, is "my dream of what I think living should
look like." He adds: "I wanted to see how small of a space that I could make feel big."
Constructed for only $11,000 (Schulz, a carpenter by trade, used primarily found/recycled/salvaged/donated/locally-sourced building materials), the design of the woodsy retreat — "Japanese Forest House" as Schulz refers to it —was influenced by traditional Japanese minka straw bale houses although it ended being "slightly more like a chalet" in style due to a couple of miscalculations on Schulz's part. Whatever the case, it's a real looker with some gorgeous salvaged woodwork throughout, an old-school woodstove, a lovely little "door to nowhere," and not a trace of clutter in sight.
Please do take a tour and check of Schulz's handiwork — "what I'm always looking for is ways to make things beautiful and functional that don't take a whole lot of time and effort to put together" — in the video tour above.
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