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Jaye Bayfield’s ultra-green “housing” ideas…
October 28, 2010, 8:21 am
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Hi Deek,

I’ve been enjoying your blog and those hilarious Tiny Yellow House episodes and videos (impressive Yoda by the way). You are a very talented guy…and a bit crazy, but in the best sense of the word!

 I spotted this structure while hiking a preserve in central Connecticut and thought it might be a fun addition to your “Humble Homes…”book/blog collection. This “twig teepee” got me thinking about short-term shelters–ones that are biodegradable, seasonal, literally green or that can be easily disassembled and hauled off. (Editors note: Or used a party bonfires afterwards! I actually have a sketch of one of these in an upcoming MINI-book I’m very close to being done with. Its a comedy/novelty gift book/card-style book, with a kid’s fort and adult double-entendre twist (sure to alienate anyone who has taken me even half seriously up until this point!)

Some ideas and very abbreviated how-tos:


Weave cord around the ends of three branches or poles. Lift the middle branch up and around to tighten the rope collar, then splay the ends of the branches to form a tripod. Add more branches and secure with cord. Fill in the structure with smaller branches, bark, or other natural objects. Hang door beads for a ‘70s vibe.

2. “GREEN” BEAN TENT (best with sketch)

Create an A-shaped tent by crossing the tops of several pairs of bamboo poles or branches and tying them to a ridgepole (ridge beam). Use stakes and twine to secure the frame to the ground or pound the poles into the ground beforehand. Leaving one end of the frame open for a doorway, wrap twine horizontally around the bottom of the frame and between and parallel to the poles. Plant pole bean or scarlet runner bean seeds along the sides and back of the tent to create an edible, green canopy. (Deek: I really do like this idea- and sketched a similar one for Book #2 -it would be far from rainproof, but would make for a nice sitting/shady/reading spot in a garden.)


To grow a Mother Nature-friendly fort, plant three staggered rows of sunflower (or corn) seeds in the outline of a rectangle or circle, leaving space for a doorway. To create a labyrinth leading to a secret room, plant the seeds in a spiral pattern.


Construct a removable pergola/room by bolting four 4X4 legs to four 1X4 (or 2X4) upper crosspieces. Rather than sinking the posts into the ground, center them in large terracotta or wooden flowerpots and fill the pots with gravel. Create the roof and walls from fabric, tarps, lattice, bamboo poles, branches, or a combination of materials; just be sure the coverings can be easily removed when it’s time to disassemble the frame.

(Deek: 5 gallon buckets, size and volume wise (not to mention cost) would probably be best (although ugly, unless painted).

Forts? Kids play structures? hideouts? Shed/Shelters for lumber or tools?


Again, thanks Jaye- and thanks to all the others (keep ’em coming) who have submitted their own TINY HOUSE/SHELTER/SHEDWORKING photos for possible inclusion in my new book through The Lyons Press.


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Hi Deek,
Thanks so much for posting my ideas and for adding that safety/cost note. I had thought about using big buckets, but chose the ruinously expensive big garden pots instead due to aesthetics. Ah, vanity…

Comment by Jaye Bayfield

I dig your style, Dude!

Comment by Tucson Phoenix

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