Tiny 'Pinafore' house boasts lots of gothic charm (Video)

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A tiny house with a gothic streak? Why not. In this whimsical tiny house tour, artist and photographer Bernadette Gardner joins Jenna of Tiny House Giant Journey to give insights as to how this unique little home was designed.

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Conceived and built by Abel Zimmerman of Zyl Vardos, (whose work we've seen previously in this gypsy-style "vardo" caravan called the Fortune Cookie), Gardner's home sprang from her desire to have a “Gothic, European, whimsical” place to call home. Zimmerman then sketched her up something that he dubbed the "Pinafore."

Measuring 8 feet wide, 24 feet long, 13 feet high and with an area 172 square feet, the Pinafore boasts a lot of meticulous details that Zimmerman is known for: round, operable "moon" windows, hand-crafted leaded glass windows, quirky rooflines and distinctive cedar cladding, plus the requisite gothic-style windows.

Tiny House Giant Journey/Video screen capture
Tiny House Giant Journey/Video screen capture
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© Tiny House Giant Journey
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In the Pinafore, there is a steeply angled, copper-clad roof that sweeps the viewer's eye up, giving the impression of greater height. There's a set of stairs instead of a ladder, since Gardner wanted her small Australian shepherd dog, Alice, to be able to climb up to the sleeping loft too.

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Gardner wanted to have real furniture instead of built-in cabinetry or seating, and opted to have a four-burner propane stove that she could bake with.

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The bathroom features a fully-lined stainless steel shower, and a custom-made composting toilet.

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Unlike most other tiny houseowners, Gardner actually has two tiny homes -- one is for living in, the other is a tiny purple, picturesque studio that she works out of.

Tiny House Giant Journey/Video screen capture
Tiny House Giant Journey/Video screen capture

It's quite the contrast, but both tiny home and studio suit Gardner's lifestyle well. Boasting lovely craftsmanship and an eccentric character, it's great to see yet another imaginative tiny home from Zyl Vardos. To see more, check out Zyl Vardos and Tiny House Giant Journey.

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

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