These Ark Houses Are Buoyant, Waterproof, And Can Double As BOATS!
Custom Tiny House Ark – the name says it all. Well, sort of. You know, to be honest, when I came across this article, replete with photos of the little ‘house ark’ trailers made by Zyl Vardos, there was a part of me that was hoping to find the line, ‘and, designed with extreme flooding in mind, these trailers are completely buoyant and waterproof’. They certainly look like they would make good boats, designed with a smooth forward-curve that looks ready to break its way through some rising waves. Oh well! They still look like very cozy little homes.
Abel Zimmerman Zyl, the owner of the Zyl Vardos company, has been designing tiny houses with comfort in mind. He described the feeling of undeniable familiarity he’s trying to achieve with his little mobile homes as being akin to an old pair of scissors that fit your hand just right. Don’t let the quaint description fool you, though – these tiny homes don’t come too cheap. His average creation costs $50,000. However, if a tiny home is what you’re after, you may see why he gets away with such a high price tag. His creations really are attractive, and don’t ditch style in the name of simplicity. Rather, he finds a way to incorporate style into simplicity. The designs of Zyl Vardos seem consistent with their location: based in Olympia, WA, their designs reflect the flowing simplicity of Pacific Northwestern architecture. Zyl Vardos makes a point of custom-making all the windows, doors, cabinets and such, making each tiny home unique. With this care and attention to detail, they build only about a dozen little homes each year. He has affectionately dubbed his cozy creations as being ‘fortune cookie’ style, and if you have a look at the photos, you can see why. I think there’s something a little nice about that imagery, anyway. One of these little homes would be a good place to start a new adventure in your life and find out just what your fortune is. And, although they might not survive any biblical floods, they would be awfully nice to curl up in on a dark stormy night. But don’t take my word for it – check out the photos and video for yourself by visiting the Tiny House website below.
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