Tiny Houses

Music Box tiny house hits the right note

The Music Box costs US$67,000, with construction time rated at around five weeks
The Music Box costs US$67,000, with construction time rated at around five weeks
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There's a reasonable amount of storage space considering the home's small proportions
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There's a reasonable amount of storage space considering the home's small proportions
There's plenty of natural light inside and glazing includes a moon window and a small stained-glass window
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There's plenty of natural light inside and glazing includes a moon window and a small stained-glass window
The Music box is a single-level home that brings to mind Güte's Shepherd Hut but is bigger and more practical as a full-time home
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The Music box is a single-level home that brings to mind Güte's Shepherd Hut but is bigger and more practical as a full-time home
The Music Box tiny house is set up for propane heating, cooking, and hot water, though it also includes a small wood-burning stove 
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The Music Box tiny house is set up for propane heating, cooking, and hot water, though it also includes a small wood-burning stove 
The kitchenette includes a four-burner propane cooker
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The kitchenette includes a four-burner propane cooker
The bathroom features a penny floor
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The bathroom features a penny floor
Inside, total floorspace comes in at 192 sq ft (18 sq m), which is all on one floor
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Inside, total floorspace comes in at 192 sq ft (18 sq m), which is all on one floor
The copper sink
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The copper sink
The bathroom's tub and shower
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The bathroom's tub and shower
The curved roof has a maximum height of 14 ft (4.2 m) and includes a large skylight
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The curved roof has a maximum height of 14 ft (4.2 m) and includes a large skylight
The sole bed
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The sole bed
View toward the entrance
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View toward the entrance
The Music Box costs US$67,000, with construction time rated at around five weeks
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The Music Box costs US$67,000, with construction time rated at around five weeks
Inside the tiny house
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Inside the tiny house
It is currently plugged into the grid for water and electricity, but can be outfitted to run off-grid
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It is currently plugged into the grid for water and electricity, but can be outfitted to run off-grid
The room includes a folding dining table 
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The room includes a folding dining table 
Though the Music Box pictured was recently sold, Zyl Vardos will build another for US$67,000
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Though the Music Box pictured was recently sold, Zyl Vardos will build another for US$67,000
The stained-glass window was designed by the owner
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The stained-glass window was designed by the owner

With its easily-identifiable design language and focus on fine craftsmanship, Olympia, Washington's Zyl Vardos has carved a nice little niche for itself in the tiny house scene. The firm's latest build, the Music Box tiny house, turns up the charm with a single-level towable dwelling suggestive of an old-fashioned shepherd's hut or gypsy caravan.

The Music box's cute old-school styling is reminiscent of Zyl Vardos' Moon Dragon model, with its cedar shingles, curved roof – which reaches has a maximum height of 14 ft (4.2 m) and includes a skylight – and circular window. The small stained-glass window was designed by the owner.

The home measures 8.5 x 24 ft (2.5 x 7.3 m), while weight comes in at 9,000 lb (4,000 kg).

Inside, total floorspace comes in at 192 sq ft (18 sq m), which is split between a main living space, sleeping area, and bathroom. Notable features include a fold-down dining table, a small kitchenette that with a copper sink, four-burner cooker, and storage space. The bathroom sports a penny floor and tub/shower.

The room includes a folding dining table 
The room includes a folding dining table 

The Music Box's heating, cooking, and hot water is all powered by propane, though a small wood-burning stove is also available for additional heat, and an air-conditioning unit for keeping cool.

The home is plugged into the grid for water and electricity, but Zyl Vardos boss Abel Zyl told us that it would be an easy conversion to make it run totally off-the-grid at additional cost.

Though the Music Box pictured was recently sold, Zyl Vardos will build another for US$67,000. Construction time comes in at around five weeks.

Source: Zyl Vardos

2 comments
Calson
After World War II the average starter home was about 1200 square feet and that grew over time to be more than 2000 square feet for a house that the average American worker could afford to buy and own. Now we have millenials with their student loans payments and lower wages and income that need to buy a 200 square foot tiny house. Meanwhile the One Percent have multiple mansions spread around the world. How is this progress?
LembuAbraxas
Well Calson, the world population seems to be increasing. The answer to this is, apparently, to social engineer peoples opinions on small homes. More people per square mile, less resources per dwelling, problem solved. Also, a lot of these homes seem to be on wheels. A mobile work force is a valuable commodity.
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