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Pacifica Tiny Home at the Tiny House Hotel

This is the Pacifica tiny home on wheels at the Tiny House Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Outside, you’ll notice it’s curvy whimsical roofline which gives this tiny lots of character.

Inside, you’ll find a living area, kitchen, bathroom, daybed, and an upstairs sleeping loft.

This tiny was designed and built by Zyl Vardos. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Pacifica Tiny Home at the Tiny House Hotel

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  • Brian
    June 18, 2016, 3:43 pm

    Zyl Vardo is truly the Rolls Royce of Tiny Homes, with a touch of whimsical. Awesomeness!

    • Annette
      July 1, 2016, 12:48 pm

      You said it! This builder is an artist & truly thinking outside the box.

    • kristina nadreau
      July 26, 2016, 12:31 pm

      Well said……….. Abel is a genius!

  • Swabbie Robbie
    June 18, 2016, 3:52 pm

    What a fun place to come home to. Like living in a work of art. Too small for me as is, but as a concept to add onto (design around) = Wow!

  • Brian
    June 18, 2016, 3:56 pm

    I don’t know why, but I foresee the Tiny House movement getting hijacked by corporations, who will possible lobby to get ordinances that will only allow certain standards in tiny homes, and the building thereof. When you start to see bodies of building standards oversight orgs being assembled, it’s the beginning of the hijack. I was talking with a modular home manufacturer about this same thing, and corporate home building manufacturers are kinda burnt over the entire Tiny House movement, and this particular manufacturer conveyed Their idea of the tiny house movement, and it was painted in a very “regulated to benefit them” more so. Just throwing that out there.

    • Rev
      June 18, 2016, 8:41 pm

      Avoid all those bureaucracy issues by building as an RV. A home on a trailer exists beyond the bureaucrats! (At least, until they sharpen their Number Two to scribble up some new code or regulation. Remember, only congress-critters can make law…)

      • Chuck
        March 3, 2017, 7:57 pm

        The Tiny House Summit that just happened mentioned that it is not a good idea to get certified as an RV since it is illegal most places to live in an RV full-time. They recommended NOAH certification

        • Natalie C. McKee
          March 6, 2017, 9:13 am

          Oh thanks for that, Chuck!

        • Rose
          April 6, 2017, 8:26 pm

          What is NOAH

        • dave
          December 20, 2017, 12:06 am

          For a country that is supposed to be based on personal freedom the American government sure tries to control just about every aspect of your life. It makes sense if you think about it, the more they tie you to the grid, the more dependency on their “services” they create, the more taxes they get, and the more the economy “grows”. Money, afterall, is really just debt in disguise. In the county I live in they have specifically outlawed tiny houses in the code, minimum trailer size permissible is 8 x 32. Has to be RIVA certified as well. I have come to the conclusion that freedom is just a word in 2017, and it certainly isn’t something worth fighting for. Retire to Mexico, where your money goes 4 times farther.

        • Arthur
          December 20, 2017, 7:18 am

          I’m not living here; I’m researching the tiny house phenomenon, and possible off grid functionality. Look around and you tell me how it’s going.

    • Swabbie Robbie
      June 19, 2016, 9:43 am

      The price of popularity. I see plenty of companies commercially building them now. But, there are many folks who build tiny houses themselves because of: 1. Necessity (can’t afford to have it built and need low cost housing). 2. love of doing it for themselves. 3. philosophical position on issues from saving the environment, living small and sustainability, and self reliance. 4. Feelings of being over taxed, over commercialized and costs of living (infrastructure and utilities) being too burdensome and turning our lives into wage slavery. For such people the zoning laws and industry standard laws will always be a moving target to work around.
      Don’t let the bastards grind you down! Choose Liberty!

  • June 18, 2016, 4:10 pm

    WOW !! Is Super, unique in the color well researched material forms alright calibrated. When a dream vision, becomes “Pure Art”.

  • Vicky
    June 18, 2016, 4:52 pm

    There is no way this is actually being lived in….

    • Alex
      June 20, 2016, 1:07 pm

      People stay in it all the time but nobody lives in it full time. It’s part of a Tiny House Hotel in Portland, Oregon (link in the article)

  • Nancy
    June 18, 2016, 7:46 pm

    Finally, a handicap accessible tiny home! It’s the first one I’ve seen. Where did you find the wheelchair ramps? They look metal and like they might fold up for portability. Thanks!

    • Becky
      February 2, 2017, 6:25 pm

      Other than the ramp I don’t see anything inside that is very accessible for a wheelchair. Everything is too low, especially the bed. Also the counters are low, can’t see how they would transfer from chair to toilet. Might be able to back a chair into the shower, depending on the width of the doorway. My first hubby was a paraplegic. Just sayin’

    • skeeter
      September 23, 2017, 7:36 pm

      Discount Ramps is a great place for such ramps; there may be others. (Note–I have no connection whatsoever to this comp other than I purchased from them once.)

  • Gigi
    June 18, 2016, 9:07 pm

    The tiny house “movement” is big enough to include everyone/anyone who wants to be part of it. So why waste energy bemoaning the hijacking of the idea? Just take what you want from all the examples and use those ideas to come up with your own original. Don’t worry about what somebody else will do.
    With that said, I knew the minute I saw the exterior of this tiny house that it had to be one of Abel Zyl’s creations. His designs always amaze me with their whimsy, creativity, and craftsmanship.

  • Marsha Cowan
    June 18, 2016, 9:12 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the flowing curves and the beautiful countertop. Just fabulous!

  • Danielle DiLisio
    June 18, 2016, 10:31 pm

    I absolutely love Zyl’s designs. He is a true artist and his homes are so unique. He is my go to designer when I’m ready to go tiny.

  • sc
    June 19, 2016, 12:33 pm

    This is great. There were some jerks who said they would complain to the authorities this Tiny house hotel didn’t have wheelchair accessibility. Now they have a unit! This must be the first truly tiny house I have see that is wheelchair friendly. It’s my understanding that the builders of the houses keep ownership and just park their houses there. I guess they split the profits. Its great advertising for the builders too. its a win win win.
    The house is absolutely gorgeous! That being said, I think the walls should have been painted white/or some light color. it would make the ceiling, door, floor, counter, trim and stain glass windows really pop.
    The white would have been a beautiful contrast against the dark greens, intense blues and the wood patterns on the door and ceiling, but those brown walls are drabbing everything out. The paintings on the walls are horrible, but they would look better against white or light color walls.
    The heavy looking dark green curtains also adds to the drabness.
    There are also not quite enough windows to make the house bright during the daytime and a lot of the windows are small. so white walls would help brighten the place.

    • A Johnson
      August 29, 2017, 12:36 pm

      Up north I can see your comments as valid.
      However I have lived in the tropics and the desert where the light is so bright your eyes need relief — and what you call “drab” is genuinely restful when you need to get away from the harsh desert or tropical glare.

      • sc
        November 23, 2017, 1:00 pm

        I have never lived in the tropics or the desert, but when I google tropical or desert house interiors, I see white or light coloured walls. and the northern climate look with have all wood cabin walls, the opposite of what you said. I didn’t imply all white walls and ceilings and floors. just wall walls and keep the floor, ceiling and trim its natural colour. While you find all wood soothing, I find all the wood anxiety producing. I find some all wood interiors ok, most of the time all the patterns are too much for me. I find the white walls, even whitewashed wood, more soothing. Its all in how you look at it.

  • Nanny M
    June 19, 2016, 8:13 pm

    It would be living in beautiful art. I like the wood-colored walls. Some people need more light and “pop” than others. I appreciate the soft quiet nature of this.

  • June 22, 2016, 1:01 am

    Thanks Alex!

    • Alex
      June 22, 2016, 2:17 pm

      Honored to help, Abel! Thanks!

  • Jane on Whidbey
    July 3, 2016, 12:44 pm

    Abel, I get more excited over every house you build, although the Little Bird is still my favorite. This is lovely, too. I designed my house for wheelchair access, because I know the time is coming. I’m just more than a little sorry that I didn’t go to you to build my home. Looks like the next best thing is for me to visit Portland again. I’ve stayed at Caravan twice, already. I hope lots of folks get to experience staying in a tiny before buying and/or designing one. Congratulations at finding your true metier.

  • jm
    July 19, 2016, 5:30 pm

    For all the anti-government extremists and anarchists who think all laws are bad…There is a reason, sometimes many, that these laws come to exist. Handicap people have many varieties of disabilities. These can hinder them in not only their daily lives–but endanger them in emergencies such as fires, etc. If laws did not address their concerns–you can be sure, as history has shown–that the “corporations” simply would not spend a dime addressing their concerns. I count my blessings everyday. It is why they have my wholehearted support.

    • Rev
      September 20, 2016, 2:53 pm

      You did it. Congratulations.
      Karl Marx is smiling in his tomb.
      Lenin is so proud.
      Comrade Glorious Leader Yakov Stalin is looking up from Hades with fresh hope in the black pit where his heart should be.

      The progressive liberal Marxist fascist social justice warriors are chomping at the bit for more laws, codes, regulations, opinions. Diversity is talked-up… unless I disagree with their goals, then it’s off to the Re-Education Camp. Or off with my head. Is everybody ready for their form of Sharia ‘law’? It’s coming faster than you realize.

      And yet, I feel no more secure knowing you traded my liberty for your illusion of security.

      Delighted Extremist!

      • AmyCat =^.^=
        November 25, 2016, 11:15 pm

        You DO realize you’re conflating about four competing ideologies here? Also, anyone using “Social Justice Warrior” as an insult is indicative of a troll who’s getting his ideas as sound-bites from alt-right websites and talk-radio yammerheads. Go troll somewhere else.

        • Jane on Whidbey
          November 29, 2016, 5:23 pm

          Don ‘t feed the troll.

  • Sarah
    July 20, 2016, 1:44 am

    My favorite designer by far! Not afraid to be creative and use color. Outstanding kitchen, love the countertops and sink! A!!!!

    • Alex
      July 21, 2016, 1:57 pm

      Glad you liked it so much too, Sarah! Thanks!!

  • Cyndi Raper
    July 20, 2016, 7:13 am

    Those stairs are to die for!!

    • Alex
      July 21, 2016, 1:58 pm

      They are pretty awesome! Thanks, Cyndi!

    • Adina Hirschmann
      April 17, 2017, 1:09 am

      Falling down at night, trying to go down without a handrail.. Also, where are the stove and refrigerator (hotplate, microwave and cooler)?

      • Natalie C. McKee
        April 17, 2017, 7:05 am

        It’s a hotel rental, so it mostly comes fit like a hotel room, rather than a full-time dwelling 🙂 You can get all the specifics here: http://tinyhousehotel.com/pacifica

  • Sparrow
    July 22, 2016, 9:00 am

    I absolutely love Zyl Vardo houses. I could TOTALLY live in this full-time. My only changes would be white paint in the interior and a railing for the stairs (and some stair railings can be whimsical too, and add to the ambience). Love Zyl Vardos so much!

  • Sandra
    August 10, 2016, 4:23 am

    I am in augh of your roof lines.

  • Sparrow
    August 10, 2016, 1:23 pm

    This is an adorable tiny house, and I can definitely see staying there, or even living there. But $165 a night???? I can book a hotel room at Disney World for less! And what’s there to do in Portland?

    Too bad. I’d really like to stay in this house to see what tiny living is like, but not at THAT price!

    • Michelle
      September 19, 2016, 10:01 pm

      My brother lives in Portland, so I visit often. That’s definitely a competitive rate for a decent hotel in downtown Portland, and there is lots to do there. Fantastic restaurants and microbreweries, cool shopping, not far from the gorgeous coast, etc. Mind you, the thought of Disney World makes me shudder, so perhaps my idea of a good time differs from yours!

    • Nanny M
      March 5, 2017, 8:59 am

      I love Portland’s world class Japanese garden. And Mt Hood. And Cannon Beach.

  • Arthur
    August 18, 2016, 6:58 pm

    I am in the beginning of my first build (a cedar cabin) (mini-tiny) 12’x7′ and I have a single axle; so I was impressed to see such a large build on a seemingly single axle, because I am concerned about weight.
    Am I seeing this correctly? Thanks for the great pics!

  • Tammie Miller
    August 30, 2016, 7:24 pm

    I love love love this tiny house! It’s perfect! I don’t need anymore space than this. The person who built this is so creative!

  • Sarah
    September 8, 2016, 2:47 pm

    I don’t think there is any better designer with wood and glass. The front door and the different types of wood used are absolutely beautiful. I’ll take 3 of these, one for my crafts, one for my teaching stuff and one to live in!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • September 19, 2016, 4:44 pm

    Large complex and sophisticated work. Those seeking art, art expresses.

    • Large Marge
      September 20, 2016, 2:59 pm

      Again, your words dance! As light as clouds, as sweet as requited love.

  • Linda
    January 9, 2017, 11:31 pm

    It is funny, I glanced at this house and thought, ‘yup, gotta be one of Abel Zyl’s creations.’ So talented. He builds beauty & function into each of his works. Very easy to spot his work.
    To see the mastery you just need to look at the picture of the stairs. I could look at that for an hour and still not see all the intricacies. Great work again.
    [Do you see me standing, swaying with my lighter above my head along with the rest of the adoring crowd?]

    March 5, 2017, 8:54 am

    Another tongue-groove and plywood pine TH! BEAUTIFUL!

  • April 6, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Our Souls suspended touching, They are looking for a place to lay the body that will give us the chance to experience pleasurable sensations.

    April 9, 2017, 6:42 am

    No doubt a Zyl built tiny house, only he could create something as tasteful as this beauty…! I love the stained glass, it’s worth the price tag any day, to see it in any thing Zyl builds….!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      April 10, 2017, 5:02 am

      Yes the stained glass is such a great touch!

  • Paula Clark
    April 12, 2017, 11:00 pm

    Oh!!! I got a tiny shed out back. … this is awesome…..!!! Mines not as awesome as this…but gives me tons of ideas!!! Love the stained glass effect as well!!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      April 13, 2017, 7:14 am

      Oh good! I’m so glad it’s helpful 🙂

  • Sophia
    July 14, 2017, 12:14 pm

    This is such a beautiful tiny house. The furnishings, on the other hand, really take away from it. Especially that ratty rug in front of the shower and those white pillow things on the bed. JMO.

  • September 23, 2017, 7:01 pm

    The universe is the book where God writes the story of creation with words
    of stars.
    Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi

  • sara
    September 25, 2017, 2:44 am

    Beautiful. I love the colors… the tiles, sink, stained glass. Needs more clear windows for light.

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