When his gorgeous, handcrafted "Japanese Forest House" began to feel positively too spacious at 200-square-feet, Oregon's preeminent traditional wood kayak builder/anti-clutter proselytizer Brian Schulz renovated an old tool shed on his property, tacked on a front porch complete with a pergola and a lovely Japanese-inspired woven cedar privacy fence, and moved on in. "I dressed it up as pretty as I could," explains Schulz.
With an interior that measures 8-by-12, there's not room for much of anything but the bare necessities which is exactly how Schulz, who admits to working all the time and spending little time settled down at home, likes it. And like with the past structures that he's built, Schulz takes a strict anti-closet stance, instead opting for open shelving and under-bed storage: "... there's a reason for that," Schulz explains. "It's because closets are inevitably with crap that you don't need and will never see again. And so when you build things with open shelves you have to look at it, and it makes you think about what you have and it also tends to keep the space tidier."
Next up for Schulz? "I think my dream is to take a space about two-thirds of this size and put it about 30-feet up in a tree. I think that would be the perfect house."
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