A vacation home with Japanese style: Summer teahouse

A touch of Old Japan, added to the occidental comforts and convenience you’ve come to expect — that’s the charming summer teahouse design by architect Laurence S. Higgins.

A vacation home with Japanese style - Summer teahouse

The summer teahouse: How this simple vacation home is built

Into a compact 20 x 24 foot shelter, he’s planned a lot of vacation living with more than the usual luxury. Yet — because fir plywood is used to its fullest economy and most practical application — the Summer Teahouse is meant for those who want to keep costs at a sensible level.

Siding and sheathing is one material — Texture One-Eleven, the grooved fir plywood that provides a pleasing pattern of vertical highlight and shadow. Flooring, roof decking, and built-ins are of fir plywood, too.

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And because Architect Higgins has planned for construction simplicity, the wall sections and roof trusses can be pre-assembled and hauled to the site for easier, faster erection.

Designed with plenty of window area to take advantage of a marine view, the Teahouse can be built on concrete piers, right at the water’s edge. Yet it would be as suitable for a mountain or view location, if that’s your favored site.


This summer teahouse’s floorplan

Designer s eye-view shows how maximum livability can be planned into minimum space. Bath features handy outside entrance. Area behind low couch is for storage, accessible from outside.

A vacation home with Japanese style - Summer teahouse


The summer teahouse’s design

View of living area shows subtle blend of eastern and western decor.

A vacation home with Japanese style - Summer teahouse


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Source publication: Second Homes for Leisure Living, by the Douglas Fir Plywood Association

Filed under: 1960s, Drawings & illustrations, Home & garden

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