Yoga teacher's hand-built tiny house is a warm woodland haven

Keva Tiny House
© Keva Tiny House

Here on TreeHugger, we profess a preference for the modern aesthetic. Yet, we admit that we do reserve a warm, fuzzy part in our hearts for warm and organic interiors like the one from this gorgeous, hand-built tiny house, located in the forest on Salt Spring Island, in Canada's West Coast.

Dubbed the Keva Tiny House, it's a labour of love designed by Rebecca Grim, a yoga instructor. It was built by Grim, her carpenter friend Rudy Hexter and apprentice Lenny. Measuring 22 feet long, and with an area of 168 feet, plus a 64-square-foot loft, the house also has a porch made of 8' x 8' pallets that can be easily dismantled and moved when necessary, and is sheltered with clear plexiglass to allow light in, and to keep rain out.

Keva Tiny House© Keva Tiny House

Once inside, one of the first and most charming aspects is the cast-iron wood stove, set against two walls covered with rocks. The sitting area consists of a bench that is lit with large windows, plus a chair on the other side, to the kitchen. There's a lovely, curved wooden counter here, and another on the other side of the kitchen.

Keva Tiny House© Keva Tiny House
Keva Tiny House© Keva Tiny House
Keva Tiny House© Keva Tiny House
Keva Tiny House© Keva Tiny House
Keva Tiny House© Keva Tiny House

The sleeping loft upstairs feels roomy thanks to the shed-style roof, and has a skylight for night-gazing. The house itself measures a total of 15 feet high, as it is built to fit the size requirements for the ferries of British Columbia, rather than 13.5 feet for the roads.

Keva Tiny House© Keva Tiny House

There is a good amount of organized closet space. The bathroom has this cute shower; water can be heated via a hot water on demand system. Graywater is collected in a 5-gallon container outside and reused to water the garden. There's no toilet in the house; Grim prefers using an outhouse.

Keva Tiny House© Keva Tiny House
Keva Tiny House© Keva Tiny House

In all, it took six months and USD $38,500 to build this tiny cottage. Grim pays a few hundred dollars a month to rent the land it sits on, and for car parking, laundry and utilities. The savings she's generated will allow her to travel, while still having a home base to come back to. She and Hexter plan to help others build their own tiny homes, as she tells the Huffington Post:

We’re really interested and keen because it is a lifestyle that we really would like to support. It’s a way for young people to own their own home when they’re 20–something, and I think that in this day and age that is not really available to a lot of us. It would be nice to be able to support that.

Keva Tiny House© Keva Tiny House

Read more over at Keva Tiny House.

[Via: Tiny House Living]

Tags: Canada | Less Is More | Living With Less | Small Spaces

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