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Music Box Tiny House

This is the Music Box Tiny House.

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

This tiny home is 24′ long, 8.5′ wide, and 14′ high.

The bed is on the ground floor and it has a big bathtub!

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Music Box Tiny House

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  • Robert
    July 31, 2016, 12:33 pm

    How cool! A very refreshing twist worth at least a penny or two thousand. I like the transom lite over the bathroom door. That is a detail lost through the past 50 years. Looks very ready for life, enjoy.


  • Linda D.
    July 31, 2016, 1:10 pm

    Love, love, love this beautiful tiny home! This is so lovely. I think I would be in heaven in this home.

  • Dominick Bundy
    July 31, 2016, 1:12 pm

    WOW this seems like one of the better ones yet. Like the fact there is no loft, nicely laid out . Would have like to see a floor plan..

  • July 31, 2016, 1:15 pm

    I love this THOW! It’s perfect for those of us who are older, and don’t want to be climbing stairs to get to a bed. Zyl Vardos always builds the most beautiful and amazing homes!

    • N.D.
      September 22, 2016, 11:30 am

      yes he (Abe) does. I am always looking forward to the next build.

  • Sydney Christen
    July 31, 2016, 1:23 pm

    I could live out my life in this precious house !

  • two crows
    July 31, 2016, 1:25 pm

    How did I know, before reading a word, that this was a Zyl Vardos house? Oh, that’s right, because it’s not just a home – it’s a work of art. And, once again, he has outdone himself!

    Would love to have seen inside the cupboard next to the bed. I take it that that’s a closet for **gulp!** hanging clothes? Another feature Zyl includes that so many ignore.

    Beautiful home.

    • alice
      July 31, 2016, 2:12 pm

      absolutely love it….the only changes I would make are skylights, metal roof, full sized refrigerator with washer and dryer.
      I think the windows are too big in places for me like in the shower.
      But would love to know if you have floor plans and how to do it that I could see,
      Grand Rapids , MI’
      I will have a tiny house sometime in 2017 for sure. I want to be completely off the grid would probably have to add a utility shed on the back LOVE THE FLOOR PLAN IN GENERAL.

  • Kathy
    July 31, 2016, 1:30 pm

    Zyl, thank you for including those two selfies! I have warched all of your videos over the years, but somehow I knew there was “more” of you to see. You are a fine craftsperson……and apparently a fun guy!!!! I love this little house. It’s space is very well planned out – for a smaller tiny house, there’s lots of storage.

  • Emily c.
    July 31, 2016, 1:46 pm

    Beautiful little home. I would love a hobbit style house like this. I love that the bed is on the lower level,but I wouldn’t mind a loft if it had a stair case with rails and good ceiling height. Speaking of which are the laws different in Washington that the height can be 14′. I always thought it can’t go over 13.5. I would love to see this house decorated with a more famine touch. It’s so cute on the outside, seems like a woman should be living in it.

    • Alison
      August 2, 2016, 4:39 pm

      The height limit varies by state. In California it is 14 feet. Check on your state’s department of transportation website to see your limit. If you want to cross state lines, 13’6″ is wiser.

      • Alex
        August 2, 2016, 5:50 pm

        Thanks Alison!

  • July 31, 2016, 2:05 pm

    Thanks guys!

  • Cheryl Gilkison
    July 31, 2016, 2:18 pm

    Love the pennies on the floor and bathroom vanity

    July 31, 2016, 2:24 pm

    Lovely! Everything is just right and mainly on one floor too, I like that. Might be just the thing I am looking for, if you had a floor plan too. Great job on all the wood work!

  • Mary
    July 31, 2016, 2:27 pm

    In a word: perfect. More words: beautiful, functional. Is this for sale?

  • Gigi
    July 31, 2016, 2:54 pm

    Beautiful! This is not just a tiny house. It is an artistic creation by a true visionary. Congrats, Abel!

  • Marta
    July 31, 2016, 3:21 pm

    Beautiful! Love that it is not over decorated, lot of people tend to forget that the whole purpose was to down size. Less is best! Thanks Alex for this one.

  • Kate
    July 31, 2016, 4:26 pm

    I so love this. So much so, I can’t find a thing in the photos I’d need to modify for my use. Small yet spacious. Love the use of wood and cooper. The tub selection is a fun touch. All the windows to allow one to be part of the outside and observe wildlife. I can really see myself there living and working. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • July 31, 2016, 4:28 pm

    Some houses evoke the “food”, this has the fabulous charm of a large
    chocolate cake. But in realities have sought in particular special
    and a beautiful rounded line with unequal windows. Communicate, send, it is Art

  • Belinda Diann wears
    July 31, 2016, 4:42 pm

    I think it’s adorable !

  • john
    July 31, 2016, 5:06 pm

    Would trade you my classic 26′ 1977 GMC MOTORHOME for it

  • Sherry
    July 31, 2016, 5:50 pm

    Another great example from Zyl Card . This guy is so creative and does such beautiful work. Just wish I could have him do one for me…..but alas I have no place to park it.

  • Lola
    July 31, 2016, 6:49 pm

    Beautiful, love the layout and the bathtub. Like others have said, I would love to see floor plans. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tiny house. It is inspiring.

  • Dell
    July 31, 2016, 7:31 pm

    Love the create penny floors and countertop!

  • Sarah
    July 31, 2016, 10:10 pm

    Mr. Zyl, you are my favorite designer and it’s easy to see why with this tiny house! Love the windows which I know you specialize in, love the wood, are those pennies on the floor? You are fantastic! Thanks.

  • Sarah
    July 31, 2016, 10:12 pm

    Oops, forgot to mention: Love the copper sink and the DRAWERS in the kitchen. That is really neat because they look like they would hold a lot.

    July 31, 2016, 11:17 pm

    Of course it’s a beautiful house it’s one of Zyl’s Vardos, I have yet to see some thing done by him I did not like yet… My first and always will be my first love, is his vardos.. OK…! It’s not a traditional vardo but it was done in great taste, and with class… I don’t think anyone could argue that point…! And if they did, they don’t have a clue what they are talking about… OK…! It’s not the Baldwin traditional vardo built by two retired collage professors, or the one that was just shown on tiny house talk just recently…. But this man adds a flair to his Vardos that just make sense… Enough said….!

    • Lisa E.
      August 1, 2016, 1:31 am

      Zachary: The word “vardo” means “living wagon”. So, it doesn’t have to be traditional. A living wagon is a living wagon. I think the thing that defines it the most is the half-barrel roof. After that, it’s up to the creator, wouldn’t you agree?

  • Beth Grant DeRoos
    August 1, 2016, 12:30 am

    Didn’t think I would like this but I LOVE it. Bed on the same floor as the rest of the home and a actually size bathtub. Love the penny floor and would love to hear more on how he did it.

  • Lisa E.
    August 1, 2016, 1:35 am

    Oh, wow. Abel has done it again! This man is non-stop creativity!
    Abel is able… to do it all!!!

  • John J Dozier Jr
    August 1, 2016, 3:29 am

    I want it!! 😉

  • Mary
    August 1, 2016, 5:42 am

    sweet little house, can imagine pulling up those chairs to the table and enjoying a bowl of soup or some other foody creation from that kitchen

  • Maria
    August 1, 2016, 7:18 am

    I love all his Tiny Houses that he builds. He is a very creative man and great craftsman.

  • kevin
    August 1, 2016, 7:50 am

    I want to love this. but the lack of storage space/ wasted space for storage bogles my mind. is it pleasing to the eye: yes. could two people live here: no.

  • tanya hohe
    August 2, 2016, 12:08 am

    Every house this man makes it extrodinary!!! Love the rounded roof!! His homes are true works of art!!!

  • linda Caprice
    August 2, 2016, 3:14 pm

    Love this one! Perfect for me….I think. 2questions. Where is the fridge? I know u must have one in there and where would I hang a TV?

    • Beth Grant DeRoos
      August 2, 2016, 6:50 pm

      Refrigerator is opposite the stove in photo 10 or 11. Not all of us tiny house folks own a tv

  • Nancy M.
    August 3, 2016, 1:47 am

    LOVE this one! No stairs, and no ladders. Only thing missing is washer/dryer, but I could definitely live in this one!

  • Judy
    August 5, 2016, 7:56 pm

    DEE-LIGHT-FULL!!!! This is so cute I can hardly stand it. But I would need more storage, maybe a cute shed with shelves and bins and a w/d set up. Lol. And while I’m dreaming a piece of land all my own. Thanks, Alex, for showing what’s out there. 😀

    • Alex
      August 6, 2016, 3:14 pm

      Thanks, Judy!

  • Leslie
    September 19, 2016, 1:21 pm

    Very beautiful little house, but isn’t that a half foot too tall for towing under bridges?

  • Michele
    September 20, 2016, 4:04 pm

    My favorite part are the recliners. I’ve always thought those narrow, hard sofas look too uncomfortable. Placing swivel recliners around a table makes the most sense in such a small place. Comfort and practability.

  • Susanne
    September 22, 2016, 11:28 pm

    The inside is really lacking compared to so many other homes we have see here… And what’s the obsession with covering a house with shingles? To each his own!
    Is this 80,000 too?!?! Ha!

    • Beth Grant DeRoos
      September 22, 2016, 11:54 pm

      Susanne cedar shingles are very common in many traditional homes in a state like Washington where they get a lot of rain. Great in rain, great added insulation factor.

  • jake
    October 2, 2016, 5:19 pm

    What a imaginative craftsman.
    And that bathroom flooring. Saved/earned.

  • Gigi
    October 2, 2016, 10:13 pm

    Whimsical. Stylish. Well-crafted. Abel Zyl creates eye-candy homes and I love them!

  • Emily Le Moing
    October 3, 2016, 3:44 am

    Absolutely beautiful and unique, like all Zyl Vardos’ tiny houses!

  • Trish Dee
    October 3, 2016, 9:43 am

    Love the door, the canopy above it, the steps, the table and the bed. Something I don’t understand is why the bathroom sink is more useable than the kitchen sink. It’s too shallow to wash pots and pans, or do you use the bathroom sink for that? I like to cook and it would not work for me, especially a divided metal sink. Give me the old one bowl ceramic sink and I would be happy.

  • Susan
    March 4, 2017, 4:02 pm

    Really love this! You have done an amazing job.

    March 5, 2017, 9:07 am

    Hey Robert! Can I come and live with you? Both you and your adorable TH are so C-U-T-E!

  • Nanny M
    January 17, 2018, 4:00 pm

    Fairytale charm and warmth, another masterpiece for Abel.

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