Don Vardo – Micro House by PAD

This is the Don Vardo by Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD). The first Don Vardo was designed and built by Katy Anderson in 2010. Plans are now available for this micro home.

“The Don Vardo is a great starter tiny house project, perfect for a detached office, guest quarters, or a weekend get-away or hide-away. It’s a beautifully designed, inviting space, but better for occasional use than as a full-time residence. It includes ample space for a kitchen nook, writing desk and couch that pulls out into a bed. This plan set is for the compact, 8-foot long Vardo (70 square feet).  For a roomier version, see our plans for the 12-foot long house with some more elbow room (88 square feet).” -PAD

Learn more about the Don Vardo Small House Plans. Photo above by Oregon Home Magazine. Photos below by PAD.

11 thoughts on “Don Vardo – Micro House by PAD

  1. Lace says:

    I love the colors here, along with the fact that all sides have windows and there are no cabinets, closets, bathrooms, etc, blocking the view. Finding this plan and these photos has inspired me to try and figure a way to have bathroom facilities without walls, as weird as that sounds. Thanks for the inspiration, Dee!

    • Steven says:

      Hey Lace,
      I’m having the same issue with my tiny house build re: unneccessary walls that obstruct the sight lines, particularly the bathroom. I thought about it and thought about it and was finally, “..Well, it will be mostly only ME using the toilet, so why would I want to build walls all around it? My solution I think will be a screen perhaps (and a willingness to go outside while someone else is using my facilities!). Why not, right? Just one of the aspects of TH living. I’m also seriously considering having ALL my storage be below waist height, even when it comes to hanging clothes. Thought I’d make use of storage in the front porch and build special storage boxes up in the loft space. Other than that…GET RID OF IT. I’m treating my TH like a travel RV that I’m going on a veeerrrrry long trip in; whatever I want to travel with comes with me, what I don’t I don’t keep! (I also wonder why more people don’t mention keeping a storage locker in the town that they live in. They’re ony 60 bucks or so a month and you could store everything you don’t use daily and everything you couldn’t dream of parting with. For such a small expense, wouldn’t it be worth it so as to have a COMPLETELY UNCLUTTERED tiny house??

      Good luck on your build!,


    • B C Morgan says:

      It all depends how elaborate you want it to be. Right now I am collecting materials to build one. Pallets, I am able to find some of them free. I will use them for the flooring, cabinets and shelving. Cost, is the power I use to charge my power tools. There are lots of ways you can save $$$$. My budget is the very low thousands. I wish you good luck. Also how big do you want one will effect the cost.

  2. mg says:

    I doubt Jay will be upset because the vardo style existed before Jay was born. He has a proprietary design for a tiny house but his house look very different from this one.

  3. Chardman says:

    Lace – Plenty of room under the bed or kitchen counter to stash a self-contained chemical or composting toilet, out of sight behind cabinet doors, where it can be mounted on drawer slides, so that it can EASILY be pulled out into the open when needed, then just as easily stowed back out of sight again. For bathing, you’d be amazed how effective (and refreshing) a good old fashioned sponge-bath can be. All you really need for that is a good absorbent bathmat to put down to catch the run off. For privacy, how about one of those old fashioned folding screens that you always see folks changing their clothes behind in old movies? Like this:

  4. Alastair Wilson says:

    Hi, love these micro houses and trailers, I wondered how much something like this Don Vardo weighs? In the UK without a special ‘trailer licence’ you’re not allowed to tow much more than 750kg behind a car. I would suspect that all that lovely wood is quite heavy?

    • Michael Janzen says:

      The particular roofing material pictured here was rolled to match the curve due to the raised ribs. Another type of metal roofing might make that curve, but probably best to have it rolled.

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