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The Fuchsia: Zyl Vardos’ Springtime Haven

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You don’t have to love Zyl Vardos’ newest build, the Fuchsia, but it’s pretty hard not to.

Never one to commit to the ordinary, Abel Zyl’s freshest design embodies springtime with it’s sunny green and burnt orange trim, and absolutely spectacular roof life. Walk inside the dutch door and you’ll find a spacious interior with a loft bedroom accessible by funky handcrafted steps, a bathroom and kitchen to meet your needs, and a large living area for relaxing and entertaining.

It’s already gone home to its new owners in California, who I’m sure love their house even more than I love looking at it! Get Zyl’s contact information below.

Related: Newest Zyl Vardos Build: Belinda’s Little Bird

The Fuchsia: Zyl Vardos’ Springtime Haven

Doors can say a lot. This one says, “Come Home.”

The Fuchsia: Zyl Vardos' Springtime Haven

The lantern is also a stunning touch.

The Fuchsia: Zyl Vardos' Springtime Haven

Zyl makes a boring staircase a piece of art in this home.

The Fuchsia: Zyl Vardos' Springtime Haven

Spacious living room lit by skylights. Perfect.

The Fuchsia: Zyl Vardos' Springtime Haven

What a roof line! I really like the burnt orange windows, too.

The Fuchsia: Zyl Vardos' Springtime Haven

Plus you get plenty of ventilation and even a screen (no bugs!).

The Fuchsia: Zyl Vardos' Springtime Haven

Tiny oven and stove. Just enough to cook for a couple.

Have I mentioned how much I love pebble floors?

The vertical space rivals the horizontal in this home!

Love those curved shelves on the end of the counter.

Cute itty bitty sink here! Stainless steel back splash.

Awesome! I love the hanging storage and how far back it goes.

Admiring the house from the side. Love this trim color.

Such beautiful lines. Kudos to “unique.”

This style of window feels cozy to me. Is that crazy talk?

Also the rounded shingles just ad to the amazing feel.

Abel and crew celebrating a job well done! You go, guys!

Related: The Ark House by Zyl Vardos

Love this? Abel Zyl has a September build slot open! Contact him to inquire at [email protected].


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Bonny
    May 30, 2017, 10:02 am

    Hi. I love all the curved shelves and steps. And that fabulous door. Thanks for sharing!
    I am collecting pieces of houses for the future – just don’t like how close the toilet and oven are – there’s a joke in there somewhere for someone!
    Thanks again!

    • marcia
      May 30, 2017, 12:16 pm

      Bonny- no joke, I am with you on that toilet versus stove! Makes my skin crawl just thinking about it! Glad to see someone else agreeing! Other than that I LOVE this tiny!

      • Eric
        January 14, 2019, 10:54 pm

        Marcia… I think the joke might revolve around gases and naked flames… lol or, for the English/Kiwis… boom, boom ala Basil Brush.

        • James D.
          January 15, 2019, 12:39 am

          Eric, on the dividing wall between the kitchen and bathroom…

          Two things…

          1) It’s structural and is helping to support the loft and is why there isn’t a bunch of joists like you would see under most lofts and that allows the loft floor to be thinner and provide a little more headroom…

          2) It has a service cavity where he’s running some of the plumbing… So there’s more than just the wall there…

        • James D.
          January 15, 2019, 2:58 am

          Eric, sure, if it was only for structure it doesn’t need to be that thick but you missed my second observation with pointing out that it also has a service cavity and that it’s not just a wall…

          Service cavity is a gap built into the walls to allow running of utilities… If you look at the next to last photo of the exterior, you’ll see three circular vents. The upper two larger ones are the through wall bathroom and kitchen vents respectively but the smaller third vent that’s below and between them is right where that interior wall is located…

          This means he has at least the plumbing drain line vent pipes running through that section of the wall and they’re typically thicker than the water lines…

          Mind, the fewer things you have running through the exterior walls then the less gaps you have in the insulation and this makes features like the house mechanicals easier to hide…

          Like the hot water heater is in the closet but all you see is the remote control for it wired and mounted to the side wall in the closet… So he built quite a bit into the walls…

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 30, 2017, 1:03 pm

      Good news is I do think there’s a door to keep the two as separate as possible while you are cooking, although it’s not ideal 🙂

      • James D.
        May 30, 2017, 8:44 pm

        Yes, there’s a pocket door visible that can be locked… The separating wall is also pretty thick and should be at least 8 inches thick…

        The corner the cooking range is installed also has a heat shield that doubles as a little back splash. So no heat will be getting through that wall…

        • Eric
          January 14, 2019, 10:56 pm

          8 inches thick? Why? 4 inches would be more than adequate for crying out loud.

        • Eric
          January 15, 2019, 1:33 am

          James, I take your point regarding the structural integrity of the loft. Hadn’t noticed that, creeping alzheimers might have something to do with that. And yes, serious, it appears that I “may” have early stages of it. But let’s digress… I would have thought a 4 inch thick beam would have been adequate to hold the loft given it is fixed to the 2 external walls. But then nobody ever got fired for over engineering that I’m aware of. Better safe than sorry. That aside, I’d have said 4 inches would have been adequate for a pocket door for the toilet. I’m sure many people would want the toilet away from the kitchen zone though. Personally it wouldn’t worry me.

          Again, personally, I’m not enchanted by this one from Zyl. Don’t hate it but I think most of the others are more aesthetic. For me the roof has too many ins and outs, for want of a better term. I like my forms to be clean lined. Like the Moon Dragon and The Ark House. But that’s just me. Be boring if the whole world liked just what I like.

    • jerry
      June 1, 2017, 3:26 pm

      I love the look of the steps and going up them. But such small steps going down will be an adventure you don’t want to be doing in the middle of the night.

      • James D.
        June 2, 2017, 3:45 am

        jerry, possibly, it’s hard to say for sure without knowing the exact dimensions, but at least there’s a handrail to hold onto… and you can always add anti-slip mats to the treads/steps…

    • jake
      June 1, 2017, 5:39 pm

      Perhaps it’s an incinerator toilet. Cooking before & after digestion. Nevertheless, more space needed.

      • James D.
        June 2, 2017, 3:41 am

        jake, nope, it’s a standard water flush toilet…

        But there’s no set size to his models… So you can always have him build one a little bigger or a different design altogether…

        • jake
          June 2, 2017, 7:09 am

          Yep. See that. Bonny suggested there was a joke in there somewhere. “Cooking the food before and after digestion” was my lame attempt to find the it.

    • Donald
      June 11, 2017, 10:38 am

      Toilet next to the Oven. That’s a Gas. LOL
      Deal breaker for me. Easy enough to move,

  • AVD
    May 30, 2017, 11:58 am

    Cudos to ZV for maintaining the highest quality design and attention to construction details and quality. Also nice to see that they are willing to design outside of their normal signature motif.

    I wonder if this design could become even better if it was not limited by the constraints of being anchored to a trailer frame.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 30, 2017, 1:00 pm

      I can’t even imagine what Abel could do if he wasn’t constrained to a trailer. Then again, maybe that’s what makes him so amazing: What he can do with a trailer!

  • marcia
    May 30, 2017, 1:39 pm

    Natalie-unless it is magic door that controls odor there will still be stank waaay to close to the oven/stove. ☹️😝😮

    • James D.
      May 30, 2017, 8:52 pm

      No magic, just simple air flow control… Closing the door will at least slow air from flowing into the rest of the house and then all you have to do is run the bathroom air vent, just like you would do in any other bathroom… and wait till it’s well ventilated…

      Besides, it’s a tiny house… Another few feet isn’t going to make a lot of difference. So just clean any mess right away and keep the house ventilated with fresh air…

  • Karen Rogers
    June 1, 2017, 4:02 pm

    His are always so special! I prefer a tad of space between the bathroom and kitchen or a tiny half bath tucked elsewhere.

    • Marcia
      June 2, 2017, 12:07 pm

      I am with you, Karen. My parents’ “regular” has a bathroom near the kitchen but there is a door AND a pantry in between. Still not enough space for me!

  • John
    June 1, 2017, 4:41 pm

    I think I’ve seen other stuff from this company. Any roof fun ends up costing more – but it’s worth every penny the way they do things. Little works of art to live in. What a concept.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 2, 2017, 12:28 pm

      Love that though John — living in a little work of art!

  • jake
    June 1, 2017, 5:45 pm

    Always fascinated by the high quality, creativity, and beauty of Zyl designs and execution. Every time I see the name I have to see the product, and when I do, my high hopes are never disappointed.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 2, 2017, 12:25 pm

      Totally agree, Jake!

  • June 1, 2017, 8:01 pm

    Another great design to admire. These tiny homes look like real homes because of the lines, the little touches which are added, colors, multiple gables and all those wonderful curves. No other home quite matches these designs.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 2, 2017, 12:22 pm

      I completely agree 🙂 They are their own species!

  • Danielle DiLisio
    June 1, 2017, 10:31 pm

    Love, love, love Zyl’s homes!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 2, 2017, 12:19 pm

      Me too, Danielle!

  • Bigfoot, just too small
    June 1, 2017, 11:37 pm

    Yes, another beautiful build. Love the colors & the entry door. I’m always glad to see curved lines in these small spaces rather than sharp angles.
    Couple things – the kitchen sink & faucet is nice aesthetically but I would personally not like using it on a daily basis, just too small. Also, I keep looking but I can’t see a shower or bath? Did I somehow miss it?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 2, 2017, 12:18 pm

      I do think there is a shower across from the toilet in the little bathroom, but it’s not pictured. And yes, I love a big sink!

      • Bigfoot
        June 3, 2017, 6:12 am

        I was thinking that may be the case also. Looks like there is enough room for that judging on the space/area between the bathroom door frame & the closet. —— ‘just too small’ wasn’t supposed to be in my name spot, another typo accident 🙂

  • ct petersel
    June 2, 2017, 5:22 am

    another vardalos masterpiece ! i yearn for the design skills shown here. very nice, like the storage stairs. of course, a few other personal tweaks, but when dealing with such quality, small adjustments can only add to the magic. thank you for this new profile

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 2, 2017, 12:10 pm

      Masterpiece is the right word 🙂

  • Michael Isabell
    June 2, 2017, 4:41 pm

    Are we to “assume” this has an under the counter refrigerator?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 5, 2017, 4:32 pm

      You can see one if you look reaaaaallyy closely in one of the pictures 🙂

  • Susan
    June 2, 2017, 7:06 pm

    It’s quite beautiful, but…..
    Cannot crawl in and out of bed at the age of 63. Come on guys, there’s a whole market of people who would love tiny/small house living, but the sleeping arrangements are too challenging.

  • Keith Falkner
    June 5, 2017, 2:07 am

    I admire the skill shown by the designers and builders, but I would prefer a simple roof. This roof has six planes, adding complexity, cost, and plenty of weight, but subtracting much from interior space and headroom. Some owners collect rain water; some want all snow directed to one side. These objectives are easily met with a shed roof, the lightest, cheapest, and most leakproof roof that can be made.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 5, 2017, 3:21 pm

      True! But Zyl Vardos has kind of “made his name” by doing crazy rooflines and tons of curves/edges/wacky things. It’s what makes his designs so unique! There are plenty of builders who stick to shed roofs, but not Abel Zyl haha.

  • marcia
    June 5, 2017, 2:21 pm

    I am with you, Karen. 65 and not too eager to get up in the middle of the night to potty-up and down at least twice. Also an amputee so I can’t just “get up and go”; it’s a process. Hope folks don’t think I am a negative nelly but I have to consider so much. All being said, I love the design just not for me. My granddaughter, perhaps.!!!

  • Allison Bradshaw
    July 22, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Love, Love, the windows! May I ask, are they wood clad? What company makes them? What color are they? Thank you.

  • Karen Blackburn
    November 4, 2018, 7:39 am

    While a loft isn’t really suitable for me unless a very shallow staircase is available I do sometimes wonder if, depending on the height of the owners, the ceiling height in the bathroom and also possibly the kitchen could be lowered to provide more headroom above.
    As to the bathroom and kitchen, our current THoW has the bathroom door leading out of the kitchen and simply opening the window takes care of any smells (mind as they frequently manure the local fields it can be hard to tell at times) and as long as the door is kept closed (cats please note, shut after exit) I don’t have a problem. In many older properties the bathroom opens directly out of the kitchen, my landladies tiny house (2bed, living room/kitchen plus tiny shower room/toilet) has the bathroom door between the cooker and the fridge. Another friend has the bathroom door opening out of the kitchen with the backdoor in between on one wall and coats/boots plus dog bed on the other. In the 1800s this seems to have been common practice, if you were lucky enough to have an indoor toilet. Often the toilet was added later and space used was the scullery.

    • James D.
      January 14, 2019, 11:17 pm

      On the loft height, absolutely, they only typically follow the recommended minimum height required by most residential building codes that sets the minimum around 6′ 8″ to 7′ but if the owner is not that tall then they can just set it at a lower height to give more headroom to the loft.

      You can even give full standing height to the loft if you don’t need much height below, like putting storage space there that you don’t actually need to get into to access or a seating area you can slide into like a dinette, etc.

      While a reversed loft puts the bed below and what you normally have below above it instead… So there’s lots of way to make that work…

      Usual road legal height limit just usually limits the interior height to a maximum of around 11’… give or take a few inches depending on specific design but that can be split up anyway you prefer… and the loft doesn’t all have to be at the same height as well and so part of the loft can be standing height and part not as yet another way to do it…

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