PostWhen you were a child, did you want to live in a big house or a small house? My childhood dream abode greatly resembled the ultra urbane teahouse featured in Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters series. Interestingly, I knew nothing about the Way of Tea back then.

The structure’s exterior clearly models after historic monuments such as Kyoto’s Kinkakuji Temple (金閣寺). Like majority of the houses in suburban America, my parents’ home in Southern California has not only a backyard spacious enough, but also a pine tree tall enough, to house this cozy dwelling.  Unfortunately, after years of callous, unmethodical trimming – a result of decades-long ill guidance from an older-yet-not wiser neighbor who undoubtedly placed his own interests before my dad’s – the once sage-like creature now awaits its own demise.  If only this noble creature could choose to flourish at Kinkakuji Temple instead, it would thrive for another six hundred years, like the revered Land Boat Pine has already had.

Post2The mission and work of Oregon Cottage Company’s architect Todd Miller are recognized through his pragmatic and exquisite creation such as the $40,000 Tiny Tea House. Though mansions, villas, and chateaus are my preference nowadays, I fancy the idea of assembling such a structure in a backyard as a sanctuary, a guest house, or even as a rental property. Some of us became more aware of the Tiny House Movement due to media coverage of Make It Right’s projects in New Orleans.

The last time I seriously considered a backyard addition project, it was during the few months when my mom and I wanted a green house for our collection of orchids, none of which survived today.