Interior Design

An Eccentric Anomaly: Ed Davies's Blog

After a couple of rather numeric posts it's time for something a little more entertaining. I've previously shown some images of the planned exterior of the house but not said much about the interior design so …

I've had a picture evolving in my mind for a few years and could have pointed to lots illustrations of various aspects in different on-line locations but the closest to summing it all up is a cabin on Sauvie Island in the Columbia River in Oregon belonging to Jessica Helgerson and Yianni Doulis. Following images used with Jessica's kind permission:

More about this Tiny House and some additional, perhaps less relevant, images:

There are a few more on her Pinterest page. I originally came across the house on Tiny House Listings.

Obviously there'll be plenty of differences in detail but I'm hoping to get this general effect of a bright, simple but relaxed appearance.

To keep in the heat my house will not be excessively fenestrated (unlike many modern designs) so the white paint everywhere is a good idea to make sure any photons which do get in are bounced around enough to have some chance of finding a retina. Keeping the walls and ceilings the same material and colour should, I think, make the catheral/A-frame seem more natural.

The alternative would be to emphasize the design by contrasting the ceilings and vertical walls but I think that would make the house feel smaller and also be harder to make consistently bright without being overpowering. Their kitchen, image linked above, with the more-natural looking wood on the gable works, but only just in my opinion.

In mine the post-and-beam structure will be at least partially visible.

Physically, my ceilings will be quite a bit steeper and come down much further with the roof windows sloping with them. The roof will be a lot thicker than their walls so the window reveals will be more apparent. I hope angling them a bit will make them less obtrusive.

Also, theirs is an old house and they have somewhat antique looking fittings (e.g., lighting) to reflect this. Mine will be new and will have less-twiddly fittings and, unless I mess things up, less-rustic boarding to match.

What my ideas have in common are:

While I thought I had a reasonably good idea of what I wanted to build I was a bit surprised by some of the questions my house designer asked regarding the interior, for the specification in the building warrant application. It's not something I've obsessed on, figuring that the main thing is to get a well insulated and airtight box up then get the energy and water systems working. Decoration comes afterwards; so long as there's an overall plan that seems reasonable the details can be left for later.