Category Archives: Architecture

Lloyd Kahn’s next book.

Shelter Publications , Bolinas, California.

Shelter Publications , Bolinas, California.

I am super-stoked (!) that my Nesthouse will be featured in Lloyd Kahn’s next book which is currently in preparation.  Called ‘Small Houses’ it is the latest in an influential line of architectural tomes which have formed the backbone of ecological self builders’ inspiration world-wide for decades.

Feature in Campfire Magazine

Campfire magazine article.


The Nesthouse and I are happy to have been featured in an article in Campfire – the online magazine for those who love the outdoors.  They have written an excellent little article about Tiny Houses which gives a good contextual overview of this US phenomenon which has been part of my inspiration to create an innovative and sustainable new housing form.

Read the article in Campfire Magazine.

Sneak peek at the Nesthouse interior!

Tiny House Scotland's Nesthouse - designed and built by Jonathan Avery.

I have been working on the interior photography of the main space in the Nesthouse this week – so here’s an early release to whet your appetite!

Now you could just have your Nesthouse completed to shell finish – so it is ready for you to furnish, or,  I could design and custom build every furniture item in the house – as demonstrated in the prototype; total Jonathan Avery style from inside to outside! More photos to follow soon – checkout the gallery.

The Nesthouse meets new friends!

The Nesthouse from Tiny House Scotland.

We had a family party this weekend with friends and family travelling long distances to visit and celebrate Jo’s birthday.  As a by-product, this also amounted to the Nesthouse’s debut public event with around 40 curious party-goers taking the tour!

Mind you, it has had quite a few previous visits at various stages of construction by potential clients, but not in it’s new location and virtually finished (we won’t mention the bathroom yet!).

It was an exhausting but rewarding couple of hours showing people around and explaining the ideas behind the Nesthouse.  The feedback was tremendous and at times embarrassingly fulsome and gushing (for me)!  Those familiar with my design styling and details over the years certainly spotted them and declared it totally “Jonathan”. There were several people ready to “move in immediately” and a couple of possible sales leads too.  All in all a reassuring debut for the project…I’m a happy boy!!

Tiny House Scotland’s Nesthouse actually moves!

The Moveable Small House…actually moves!

Moveable Modular Small House System

Central to the Nesthouse concept is the ability to actually move the house when desired….well I am pleased to say the prototype has passed its moveability trials with flying colours!!  Tiny House Scotland is now ready to do the external cladding.

There’s still another 2 tons to add to the build – it’s currently 5 tons – so a bigger tractor may be required!

Sparrow condo’s from Tiny House Scotland

After seeing a great piece by the RSPB on trying to help our beleaguered House Sparrows by putting up  communal nest boxes – I decided it was time to ‘Practice what you preach’!  These cute little birds were a very common site when I was a child – always nesting and chattering around the eaves of the house, but as with many other species they have fallen on hard times and the way we build now does not give them the same nesting opportunities.

We have quite a population of house sparrows here at Shangri La Farm – usually in and around the beech hedge but I don’t know where they actually nest. So as an act of solidarity with the RSPB I rattled up a triple nest box for them…its just scrap OSB but it will be well sheltered under the house eaves…I have finished it with a coat of Osmo’s superb Country Colour which is very similar to Falu red.

OMG‪#‎tinyhouse‬ all in a row ha ha – Tiny House Scotland – IS a housing developer after all!!

Gothic Arbour – Tiny House Scotland

tiny house Scotland Gothic arbour

Tiny House Scotland’s latest construction – a garden arbour in a neo-gothic style. To be used as a view point, weather shelter and sculptural landmark. L 2.1m x W 1.1m x H 3.3m.  Heavy timber frame post and beam with new and recycled materials. Redwood shiplap cladding. Sixty degree roof. Hand cast concrete piers. Recycled windows set asymmetrically for standing and sitting heights. Reclaimed corrugated steel sheeting for the roof and rear elevation.

L 2.1m x W 1.1m x H 3.3m.

Part of the Tiny House Scotland buildings range  – prices starting from £2900 email if you are interested in one!)  See the product page here.

Barn Finials

shangri la farm barn with new finials

690mm tall, these finials were inspired by my love of victorian railway architecture and made for our barn.  I hadn’t used the lathe for a long time so it was quite a challenge to end up with two identical forms.  They were turned from lime wood, primed, painted with Jonathan Avery Sabbathday Blue and stuck on with silicon – no mechanical fixings!  Why do it?  Well they emphasise the structure almost like punctuation!



Drawings, paintings and objects designed and made by Jonathan Avery. Lots to add still.

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