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Friday, April 5, 2013

Barn Board and Fence Lumber Rustic Ceilings/Siding for your tiny house/cabin?

     While out in Austin, TX to teach a two day tiny house building workshop for the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, I had a chance to stay in a vintage airstream trailer, AND this cool little backyard guest house- one that will eventually be listed on This little backyard cottage was built and decorated by Stjepan and Robin Boban. Stjepan is a carpenter by trade and used a wealth of discarded cedar fence boards and barn wood to not only clad the outside of his little cabin, but the INSIDE ceiling as well, which lends it a lot of character tp this cozy place! Laying in bed, you can look upward to see a wild variety of wood grains and patterns, knot holes, and even an occasional rusty nail head or two- much more interesting than a single-color drywall ceiling.

Discarded, and now-rescued, single-pane windows have now become wall hangings/decorations....

This tiny cottage makes use of the main house's bathroom (but will soon have its own). The 10' by 14' cabin also feels much larger with the employment of the ole "mirrored wall" trick. The room is all air conditioned- this IS Texas, afterall....

Even the floors are clad in second hand, and salvaged, wood- giving it an interesting/fun chaotic, and calico, look.

All photos by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen


  1. I would love to know next time you're in Austin (or anywhere in Texas for that matter). We are planning to build our first tiny house in the next few months. I met Tim Lewallen at an Earth Day event in Nacgodoches yesterday and he sent me your direction.

  2. That's very nifty an idea! It looks like marble from afar. :D Though I believe a coat of stain can help preserve it's disguise. -->Saundra

  3. What is the point in supplying a plan that no one will ever build? It is too ugly.vinyl privacy fence

  4. I had talked him into constructing the front porch of my dreams a few years ago. Since then, we have gained a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and three and a half grandchildren. I thought adding the brickwork would allow more seating when we are all watching the world go by. Do you like the tomato plant? My husband always wants a garden, but after planting looses interest. I thought this would be a compromise. We managed 5-6 tomatoes this year. white vinyl fence