Looking down from the top of the hill, you won’t see this tiny house at first glance. The 90-square-foot structure is tucked on a little ledge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, covered with redwood bark and a living roof to blend in with the Big Sur hillside. The clients’ main house is higher up the hill, but they wanted designer Alex Wyndham to design a special off-grid place for their teens.
Salvaged redwood bark covers the structure’s walls. A nearby lumber mill had planned on burning piles of the leftover bark from felled redwood trees, so Wyndham snagged the material for free.
The bark acts like a rain screen above the interior plywood walls. Wyndham carefully cut 18-inch-wide pieces from the large slabs of bark, putting them side by side for a continuous, seamless look.
After installing the siding, Wyndham cut the back section of the walls at an angle, installing hinges so the walls can lift up and out for ventilation. When the walls are closed, a peephole in one wall makes for a clear view of anyone coming down the hill. The getaway is completely off the grid, lit only by candles at night. Eventually, Wyndham plans to install a simple solar panel and LED lights.source