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Off-grid Shou Sugi Ban tiny house is giant by nature

Alpine Tiny Homes, the firm behind the Brown Bear tiny house, recently completed a large new model that looks finished to just as high a standard. Aptly named the Tiny Giant, the towable dwelling stands out from the crowd thanks to its size and unusual charred wood siding.

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French tiny house with Japanese flair serves as full-time home to a family of three

Due to the country’s towing laws, French tiny houses give firms less room to work with than their US counterparts. With this in mind, Baluchon had a real challenge to make the 6.5 m (21 ft) long and 4 m (13 ft) high Calypso suitable for use as a full-time home for a family of three.

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Off-grid tiny house comes in Shou Sugi Ban style

Canadian green living proponent Greenmoxie recently completed its first tiny house. The firm is off to a strong start, and alongside some impressive off-grid technology the eponymous dwelling includes novel features you don’t usually expect to see in a tiny house – most notably an electric drawbridge-style deck.

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Escape’s latest tiny house has a Japanese flavor

A big-hitter in the small living scene, Escape’s tiny house models always offer good build quality and smart design. The firm’s latest tiny house, the Escape One, is no different, and features a Japanese-style charred wood exterior and a well thought-out interior.

Based on a 25 ft-long trailer,

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Tiny minimalist hut goes back to basics with Shou Sugi Ban

muji-hut-3Japanese retailer Muji has entered the small living scene with a tiny new hut. Featuring an attractive minimalist design, the Muji Hut is about as basic as it gets, but could suit those looking for a simple cabin in the woods, a home office, or guest accommodation.

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Japanese Surrealist Architect Fujimori Revels In Fairytale Visions

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A one-legged Shou sugi ban teahouse suspended amid cherry trees in the Japanese mountains showcases the vivid imagination and designs of architect Terunobu Fujimori. Conceiving his first creation at the age of 42, Fujimori is considered one of the world’s first surrealists in his field.

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Shou-Sugi-Ban Wood Siding

From Remodelista, a photo-overview of how to create Shou Sugi Ban siding.

One family’s account of building a house in Southern California with Mexico City–born, San Diego–based architect Sebastian Mariscal.

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Buildings Made Of Previously Charred Lumber Reduce House Fire Risk

From PSFK, an article espousing the benefits of using Shou Sugi Ban in contemporary homes – including reduced fire risk.

The manufacturing process is detailed, accurate and dangerous, creating anything from a highly burnt fragile look to a sleek and contemporary finish.

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A Teahouse, Charred and Blackened (On Purpose)

From Gardenista, explore a zen garden tea house in the Czech Republic inspired by shou sugi ban.

Built for a family that wanted a peaceful, contemplative spot on the southern edge of a garden, the teahouse is a variation of an unostentatious style that the architects developed after they traveled together to Japan while still students at Prague’s Academy of Art,

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Remodeling 101: Shou Sugi Ban Wood as Siding and Flooring

From Remodelista, an article about how shou sugi ban is catching fire in the world of hip designers and architects.

Repeat after us: Shou sugi ban. Devised as a way to make wood less susceptible to fire and to keep away insects and rot, this longstanding Japanese method involves torching your building materials.

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