This is Ella and Doug’s Catskill Bungalow and their Dome in Hensonville, New York. They’ve owned their tiny house, which they’ve named the Catskill Bungalow, since 2005.
So later they built a geodesic dome as an additional structure on the property. Now they’re able to earn income by renting them out as vacation rentals. Here’s our interview with them below along with a photo tour of their tiny homes. Enjoy!
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Ella and Doug’s Tiny Bungalow Cottage on a Foundation and their Geodesic Dome Cabin
Video Tour of the Catskill Bungalow
Interview with the Owners
What are your name(s)?
Ella and Doug
Where are you from?
The Catskill Mountains, upstate NY (Hensonville)
How did you first become seriously interested in tiny houses?
I own a tiny house in Prattsville (since 2005) that I renovated and began renting as a short-term rental. Eventually, we got inspired to build something unique and started to look into yurts, eventually switching our focus to geodesic domes. We loved the idea of creating a unique space for guests to enjoy.
What type of tiny house do you have or are you working on?
I have a tiny cabin (about 10 by 20 feet) in the town of Prattsville ( www.catskillbungalow.com ) and together with Doug we’ve built a geodesic dome (15 feet in diameter, 12 feet tall at the peak) in Hensonville ( www.catskilldomeo.com )
Why did you build the dome?
Unique experience for guests looking to “try out” smaller spaces while on their vacation
How long did it take you to finish your dome and bungalow?
The tiny bungalow has been renovated twice (originally after purchase and recently due to damage from the flood our town had in 2011)
The geodesic dome took us about 2 years to complete as we have work schedules and due to winters slowing us down.
Did you do it yourself? Who helped? How much did it end up costing you to build it?
We did do it ourselves. The cost would have to be calculated but under $20,000 (dome).
How did you figure out where to put it?
Our only choice for the dome was our backyard
What’s been the most challenging part about it so far?
It’s been fun! Most challenging was probably figuring out all the angels while working on the dome.
What benefits are you experiencing now that you have it?
Guests love it (and so do we)
What helpful piece of advice would you give to others who are interested in going tiny?
Try it first.
Do you have a website, blog, or social media pages where we can connect with you and follow along?
Our big thanks to Ella and Doug for sharing!🙏
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