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Two Tiny Homes by Ward Hensill


A few more photos of Ward Hensell’s tiny buildings. www.bodegaportablebuildings.com.

To conform with state laws of max. 8′ wide on roads, he adds the pop-outs after arrival at site. The one with red trim was added to an existing house as second story.

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Tiny Homes by Ward Hensell, Bodega Portable Buildings

A few weeks ago, I dropped in on Ward Hensell, who builds tiny structures (Bodega Portable Buildings) in Sonoma County, Calif.

These are my favorite tiny homes; they are built with 1⅛″ plywood, so no framing necessary, and the pop-outs are a unique feature, both visually and practically. He says buildings this small don’t need insulation (at least in Calif. climate becuz they’re so small). The pop-outs don’t count as floor space, so you’re still within county rules where no permit is necessary for an under–120 sq. ft. structure.

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Interior of Little 10′ by 10′ Cabin

For tiny homes, I like the curved roof (as in vardos or Gypsy cabins). It gives you a feeling of spaciousness, as opposed to, say, the typical steep gable roof used in tiny homes. Another factor, which I learned from master builder Lloyd House, was to have windows at eye level; this focuses your attention on the outside, and the room feels much larger than it actually is.

The paneling is from a recycled hot tub. I had the staves band-sawed. Insulation is with recycled denim. Most of the work on this was done by Billy Cummings.

More details on this building are in The Half-Acre Homestead.

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