As tiny houses are getting larger and more similar, my guest Abel Zyl is still building handmade pieces of functional art. He hand builds windows, doors, roofs, and more, and incorporates amazing curves that lend the houses an almost fairytale or dreamlike appearance.

In This Episode:

  • Tiny houses as functional pieces of art
  • What's the story of how Abel got into building tiny homes in the first place?
  • How did Abel develop his signature style?
  • How long does each build take?
  • How many houses can Abel build per year?
  • How far out does Abel book?
  • What are some of the biggest challenges with how Abel builds?
  • Why Abel doesn't build ground-bound houses
  • Abel's favorite build
  • Tips for building curved roof homes

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Guest Bio:


Abel Zyl

Abel Zyl

Zyl Vardos founder, Abel Zyl, has been designing and building tiny houses since 2007. Zyl Vardos tiny houses are known all around the world for their curved lines and fairy-tale stylings. Abel is a founding member of the American Tiny House Association, and known for his educational, activist and informative efforts in the tiny house world.


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