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MoonDragon Tiny House

This is the MoonDragon tiny house.

It’s designed and built by Zyl Vardos in Olympia, Washington.

The home features a handmade dutch-style door and a beautiful roofline.

Inside, you’ll find a kitchen, bathroom, living area, and a huge overhead loft.

Plus you’ll discover plenty of storage throughout (including a kitchen pantry). Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

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  • Debbie Johnson June 6, 2016, 10:43 am

    I know this is expensive to build, but I absolutely love everything about it. Wish I knew the dimensions W, H, L. I would love to try to copy some of the ideas into mine.

  • T. Kaye June 6, 2016, 12:38 pm

    In all my years of following Tiny Houses, this is THE single most beautiful one I’ve ever seen. Zyl, thank you for sharing your creative vision from the top of Mt. Olympus! Truly extraordinary.

  • Canyon Man June 6, 2016, 1:02 pm

    I like the design. The workmanship looks very good from the photos. I am sure this is not a $15,000 home. On the other hand, one usually cannot buy a Frank Lloyd Wright home for normal market value of equivalent sized house. It is up to each buyer to decide what they want to or can afford to spend on a home.
    I always enjoy seeing something outside the box.

  • William Charlebois June 6, 2016, 1:25 pm

    If I had the money, I’d buy anything Zyl Vardos builds. Fantastic! The only thing missing in this one is a couple of those stained glass windows he usually puts in.

  • Paula June 6, 2016, 1:29 pm

    Zyl’s work always hits me right where I live. Magical, playful, great thought and workmanship going into everything he builds. I wish I could ship him and his tools over to WNC so he could build me a tiny on a foundation.

  • carolyne June 6, 2016, 2:07 pm

    Ok zyl,,,this is my favorite not only plenty room downstairs ,,,but plenty of head room upstairs and the way you design the loft is pure genious,,to big storage closets and plenty room for sleeping ,,and again ,,plenty of head room without banging your head ,,,how much does this go for?,, simply beautiful! !

  • Gordon June 6, 2016, 2:08 pm

    Seriously cool!

  • amsterdamsel June 6, 2016, 2:25 pm

    This is crazy cool! I envy the lucky individual(s) who get to move in! The sense of whimsy is fantastic, yet it doesn’t get in the way of true functionality (except, arguably, in the living room windows). One of my top 3 favorites, for certain!

  • Kristin June 6, 2016, 2:30 pm

    I have never commented on one of these before. And I probably won’t again because I like to keep my opinions to myself. :)

    But, I have to say thank you to the builder for putting DOORS on the loft bedroom! I know most people don’t care, apparently about a little privacy in the bedroom. But with a small child in our house, doors are an absolute must!

    So I thank you for this small, but necessary, addition to this incredible tiny home. Seriously, this is a work of art! Beautiful!!

  • Kathy June 6, 2016, 2:30 pm

    The perfect Zen! Zyl Vardos has done it again. How I long to occupy one of his masterpieces.

  • Rob June 6, 2016, 2:39 pm

    Wow…love this place, as well as the other models he builds..his sculptural approach is far more appealing than the typical “box” look…just a couple of things I would add if buying one of his places..,a railing on the stairs for sure…I am surprised a railing isn’t required as a safety factor…the other addition is just personal taste..that would be some light grey or whitewash-like stain on some of the interior wood surfaces..most of these houses are too “raw” looking for me..maybe it reminds me of the knotty pine ” rumpus room” at my parents home…lol..anyway, fine job!!….

    • Joe from Queensland Aust June 6, 2016, 10:15 pm

      With you on the wooden surfaces Rob, reminds me of things my late dad used to make, too much exposed woodwork. A wash or coat of paint would make a lot of difference. But it is a truly amazing structure.

    • Susan Melkus June 7, 2016, 6:43 am

      I agree with Rob about a rail actually *on* the stairs. I need a railing and would have to have to hurry down and not have one. I’m also surprised that they are not required by OSHA. Other than that, I love this TH immensely! Love the loft that one doesn’t have to ‘crawl’ around in!

      • Stephanie June 27, 2016, 1:18 pm

        I think there is a railing but it’s on the wall instead of dividing the space. Look closely at the first few pictures in the upper right.

  • Gigi June 6, 2016, 2:42 pm

    Without a doubt Abel Zyl reigns supreme in the creative design and exquisite craftsmanship of tiny homes. Some will question the cost of his works, but there is a huge difference between building and crafting. Congrats, Mr. Zyl, on the completion of yet another beauty!

  • Saga June 6, 2016, 4:00 pm

    Oh! Oh! Oooooohhh. Somebody build the house of my childhood dreams.
    And it has a good size kitchen, lots of storage space, stairs, proper headroom in the loft. Perfect, just perfect. I’ll have one of those, thank you.

  • twocrows June 6, 2016, 4:06 pm

    Omg! Zyl has done it again.
    Every so often, I save a url to glean ideas from for when I’m ready to start building. And I ALWAYS do it with Zyl’s homes.
    For this one, it’s the stairs and the loft. Both are ingenious.
    How rare is it to incorporate closets for hanging clothes? And to include them in the LOFT? Unheard of.
    And I’ve seen plenty of ship’s ladders before. But to modify the design into a storage staircase? Seriously? Oh, this is a must-have.

  • Saga June 6, 2016, 4:08 pm

    By the way, I just took a look at his homepage, and his other builds are between 44.000$ – 86.000$. And this one is bigger than those pictured there.
    But they are works of art as well as having an extremely well thought out design and being vey well build. And I wholeheartedly agree with Canyon Man:
    “On the other hand, one usually cannot buy a Frank Lloyd Wright home for normal market value of equivalent sized house.”

    I am not connected to the builder in any way, just in love with his builds.

  • Janice Gerlisky June 6, 2016, 7:15 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness! I could go blind from gazing at the perfection of this one. I LOVE it. Now, if only I could talk my husband into going tiny…

  • Kwalk June 6, 2016, 9:05 pm

    As many have already stated, just absolutely beautiful and functional. Absolutely love the head room in the loft, large kitchen and looks like enough room for a couch for relaxing. Zyl does amazing designs. Saving this one to drool over. Thanks for sharing. Can’t say enough about it, love this one.

  • Rue June 6, 2016, 9:13 pm

    Always love to see a Zyl Vardos house. So creative, and so individual!

    This one is definitely another winner. I really like how the closets separate the loft space (huge loft! awesome headroom!) and that there’s space for some real seating in the living area.

    I also like that not every wall is covered in windows down there – there’s somewhere to put the TV! Not all of us are ultra-minimalist off-grid types.

    The alternating-tread stairs do look a bit chancy in a hurry, or in the dark, but that might just be because I’m a giant klutz.

  • Brandi June 6, 2016, 11:09 pm

    Absolutely Wonderful!!!! I Love , Love, LOVE this one!!!!!!

  • Tim June 7, 2016, 12:41 am

    Design wise certain far above most. Love that is has that kind of head room in the loft. I looked for a total height though and couldn’t see one. Just wondering if it’s height would comply with highway regulations for transporting it.

  • Kim Gifford June 7, 2016, 2:25 am

    Such amazing artistry on the exterior, such bad taste on interior design. A mismatch… does Zyl do his interiors or does he have someone else do that part? Love the dragon-back roofline. Outstanding.

  • Maria June 7, 2016, 7:03 am

    I love Zyl work. This one is beautiful and so are all the other homes he creates . How big is this one and what is the price ?

  • Denise June 7, 2016, 7:47 am

    As usual the craftsmanship, attention to detail and quality are above par with this house and this builder. His use of different colours and textures of wood create a lot of visual interest while packing in the wisest use of space. I love the nave at the end and those loft closets not only provide extra stow away space, but give privacy as well. The ceiling fan and plumber’s galvanized pipe, while having an industrial look, have their perfect setting in this home and add to it’s warmth. I love the fact that he didn’t paint over the natural beauty of the wood which in my opinion is a downward trend in THOW these days. What a nice addition to have not only a wood stove mount, but a box under it to store wood in – great thinking! The round corner window and arched Dutch door are both a beautiful eye draw.

    I would like to know what the material was that was used for the floor throughout, and what material the shower was made out of. The only change I would make is to put a real toilet in there and get rid of the composting toilet, I love the sink with the metal surface and a cabinet to boot, providing a bit of toilet paper storage.

    I do have one concern and that is only because I worked in the electrical trade – having the panel box in the bathroom where it gets steamy from showering is not such a good idea and wonder what is used to protect it from moisture?

    • Carrie June 12, 2016, 7:12 am

      It’s a great craftsman build, and The materials look clean and durable. As far as the electrical breaker box being in the bathroom area goes, If there is an exhaust system designed well enough to evacuate moisture efficiently, I don’t see why it would be a issue. I would hate to see ingenious design and ideas in building tiny houses get stifled by any future Tiny house standardization of building or national codes get into place. There is usually a solution to everything, and in these days somebody always wants to regulate someone else, which suppresses ingenuity, and inventiveness. Usually the free market and evolution of customers needs naturally produces products far superior than regulations being forced can ever do. I don’t see why a ceiling fan or an outlet or even a live light fixture would be any less of an issue than a breaker box within a bathroom. With all that said, totally agree with you, as the design thoughtfulness is fabulous with this TinyHouse.

  • Dennis Elliott June 8, 2016, 12:12 am

    O.M.G.!!! I think I have just seen the most beautiful house ever!!! The stairs need to be smooth across the tops, no little boxes to trip you up.

    I have to give props where props are due, the designers and builders of this house have outdone even themselves! Bravo guys, Bravo!!!

  • Diane June 8, 2016, 8:56 pm

    Please tell me there will be a shower that does not look like a cement dungeon. A little color or something of interest please. The house is so cute otherwise if given color by furnishings. Grey to me is dirty white and washed out black. It makes me sad to look at it in a house that should be happy with all of the wonderful detail features.

    • Brian June 12, 2016, 6:54 am

      It does not look like its being lived in yet, but yes some colorful personal furnishings the lucky new owners can provide and wallah!

  • Brian June 12, 2016, 6:37 am

    This is a great craftsman build example. Super neat! I like the cabinet closets in sleeping area, adds a skosh of privacy and functionality. I have always wondered how to add functional privacy for a loft sleeping area. If by chance you happen to have a guest at the house staying on the couch for a night or something, and you happen to be a nude sleeper or need to change in private, a small divider or closet cabinets dividing the loft space like this build has is a great feature.

    • Brian June 12, 2016, 6:43 am

      Must add as One of my top 10 tiny house designs for sure! Clever design inside use of space, and nice craftsmanship.

  • joy June 12, 2016, 9:40 pm

    Bill Burgess, the word is spelled c-r-i-t-i-c-a-l, not ‘criticale.’ No such thing.

    I like everything except those stairs; far too steep to climb on an every day basis, and since my bedroom would be a multi-use room, I’d have to have better stairs for going up and down multiple times a day. Other than that, it’s one of the very best THOW’s I’ve seen in 20 years. Would love to get this one.

  • Rocky Berry June 12, 2016, 10:55 pm

    Let me give you something to think about.
    These tiny home can be built for much less than what you see on some of them. Especially if your willing to do some of the work yourself. I know for a fact that you can build a nice tiny house of around 200sq. Ft. For under $5000… I have seen more than one built for less than this. And a very nice roomy home.
    I know of on err lady who built one for $3500 . She did use some recycluled wood & etc. But the final tin y home built you wouldn’t know that she used some recycled products. Now it was only one story with a small loft for storage & only 197sq. Ft.

  • Marsha Cowan June 13, 2016, 2:47 pm

    Not crazy about this one…lost its cuteness…

  • ct June 15, 2016, 1:21 am

    beautiful design inside and out. storage everywhere. most of us dislike the stairs, but it IS unique. so much room, outside the box thinking. would be excited to live here. thank you for posting this.

  • Carl Woodley June 21, 2016, 3:51 pm

    How much did this go for and was the work contracted out? I’m looking to build myself but don’t have the construction skills.

  • Trish Dee June 26, 2016, 10:18 am

    Although I am not a fan of the outside design, the inside has great storage and the layout works for me.

  • Charles June 26, 2016, 11:55 pm

    Beautifully done! For some reason it made me think of Howls Moving Castle when I first saw it.

  • Claude October 25, 2016, 6:52 pm

    I really like this one with nice finishes, large loft, overall very well designed.

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