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Yogan's Tiny Ship-Shape House


In 2007, we got an email from Yogan, a young carpenter in France. He said he’d started out with a Volkswagen van, worked alone, and was following in the footsteps of old carpenters, using “…noble wood.” He had a large Mercedes van that contained his portable tools, as well as a bed and kitchen for working away from his home territory. He’d seen our book Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter, and wanted us to see the treehouse he was living in. We featured Yogan in both Tiny Homes and Tiny Homes on the Move. Here’s a new creation from Yogan, a ship-shape elevated 450 sq. ft. tiny home located in France, with a deck shaped like the prow of a ship.

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The cabin is made from oak, chestnut, douglas fir, cedar, and poplar. It is 12m (39 ft.) long and 3.5m (11 ft.) wide with a spacious curved roof inspired by the 16th century architect Philibert de l’Orme. The curved rafters add strength while creating extra interior space.

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Yogan’s carpentry skills are shown in the elegant details of the woodwork.

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