Richard Ward of Dallas, Texas has decided to sell his tiny house and downsize to an even smaller home. He built the mobile tiny home Terraform One by himself, but spent the last four months travelling across the US in a modified 2010 Honda Element, and has now decided that even his tiny house is too big for his nomadic lifestyle.
Terraform One measures 250 sq ft (23 sq m) and he built it himself, with the help of Artisan Tiny House. The road trip that made him decide he needs to downsize even further began with the intention of finding a new place to park Terraform One, but in the end Richard saw that even a tiny home was too big for him. The home is very well designed and built though. It was constructed using structural insulated panels (SIPs) that give the house the needed structural strength and insulation. The house rests atop a 32-foot-long gooseneck trailer.
The tiny home is also designed very cleverly. Most of the interior is taken up by a comfy lounge area and a full-sized kitchen. The bedroom is not located in a loft, but instead rests atop a platform on one end of the home, so that it features more than enough headroom. The platform conceals ample storage space, and Richard even found away to hang his bike on the ceiling, which is quite ingenious. There is also a storage loft, which frees up the living area considerably. The sofa in the living area also transforms into a bed. The bathroom features a shower, sink and toilet. The home also features a 110-inch home theatre projection system and an eight-speaker surround sound system.
The home was built a year ago, and Richard is selling it for $75,000. Visit Terraform Tiny House for more info.
The firm Rocky Mountain Tiny House of Colorado has earned its reputation of creating unique and well-designed tiny homes, and their latest creation is no exception. The so-called Rusted Mountain Roost is a cozy and innovative tiny home, which features a cool rust-colored façade. It is also towable.
The Rusted Mountain Roost measures 312 sq ft (28.9 sq m). One of the best features is that the bedroom has so much headroom that most people can actually stand up in it. The bedroom is located on one end of the home and is accessible via a storage stair. It is separated from the rest of the home by a repurposed barn door, which hangs on Wild West saloon-style hinges.
The home also features a lounge area, which is fitted with a sofa and a TV that’s mounted on the wall to save space. Next to it, is the kitchen and dining area, which features a folding table, a range cooker, sink, and fridge, as well as a washer/dryer, and lots of storage space. The bathroom is quite spacious too and is fitted with a shower, toilet, and sink. There is also a loft, which is accessible via a ladder, and can be used as a guest bedroom or for storage.
The tiny home needs to be hooked up via a standard RV-style hookup to get power. The framing is made from structural insulated panels (SIPs), and it is cooled and heated using a ductless mini split system and a roof fan. It weighs 13,200 lb (5,987 kg), and rests on a 24 ft (7.3 m) trailer, which is elongated with a 7 ft (2.1 m) gooseneck. The Rusted Mountain Roost costs $84,000.
MAKAR, an architecture and design firm from Scotland is currently building very sustainable and eco-friendly homes. The homes they design are also constructed by local workmen, while the SIPs used to build them are all-natural and made from locally-source timber. These homes are also energy efficient and have very low carbon footprints.
The homes they offer are prefabs made from so-called Natural Structural Insulated Panels, which MAKAR creates in their own factory. However, these SIPs are different to those we are used to seeing. The commonly available SIPs feature a closed panel system with polyurethane or polystyrene insulation at the core. These materials are derivatives of petrochemicals that are toxic and have a negative impact on the environment once the building has outlived its life span. However, MAKAR created a custom made closed panel system, which is made from timber and uses natural insulation materials, namely cellulose and sheeps’ wool. Care is taken that the insulation is not exposed to moisture during any part of the building process, while the panel can also be pre-plumbed and pre-wired at the factory, which speeds up the construction process considerably.
The company is also experimenting with acetylated timber, while they are even developing their own solid wood panels, which can be held together with dowels. They are calling these Dowellam and they are very similar to cross-laminated timber panels. The difference between the two is that the latter requires lots of expensive equipment to make, while the one MAKAR is developing can be made cheaply by just about anyone.
The homes themselves look very cozy and spacious as is evident from the Di Rollo House pictured in this post, and also come with a green roof and solar panels for energy generation. But it’s the ingenious SIPs that make this home truly an eco-friendly gem.
More and more people are choosing to live frugally, which is why the tiny house movement has grown considerably in recent years. Tiny homes are affordable to build and maintain, highly sustainable, can often be designed and constructed by the owners themselves and, if mounted on a trailer, can literally be moved anywhere across the country. Something like that went through Art’s mind as he designed and built his tiny SIP (structurally insulated panels) Tumbleweed Walden Tiny House.
According to Art, building with SIP panels was easy. After he finalized the designs for the house, he then ordered the SIP panels, which were cut to the correct size by the manufacturer. After that, he enlisted the help of a few friends, who put together the basic structure of the house using construction adhesive and a screw gun. Using SIP panels in this way also makes it possible for a person with little or no technical knowledge of framing a house to build a structurally sound and well-insulated house in a manner of days, which is the main reason why Art opted for this method. Using SIP panels to form the basic structure of the home produces a shell that is already fully insulated and all that remains is to finish them in any way you want to. Art opted for wood, and his tiny house is covered primarily with reclaimed and repurposed wood.
The outside is lined with 100-year-old cypress wood reclaimed in the Louisiana area. Furthermore, a lot of the trim and structural supports for the house are made of antique pine, removed and repurposed from local barns and other disused buildings. The interior is mostly clad in fresh and locally milled tongue and groove cypress. The antique pine flooring was also salvaged locally.
The tiny home features an 11-foot ceiling, which give it a very spacious feeling. The kitchen measures 6 feet by 4 feet and is equipped with a stainless steel countertop with a built in sink. The kitchen also features marine style appliances, including a small refrigerator that doubles as a cutting board. The bathroom is also fully equipped and is separated from the rest of the house by a custom-made Japanese style paper door. It is fitted with a full size 30 inch shower made out of fiberglass, and a Nature’s Head composting toilet with a vent.
For space maximization purposes the bedroom is located in a lofted area, which sits atop the bathroom and kitchen. The rest of the space is taken up by the living area, with a table and a sofa, which also doubles as a guest bed and storage area.
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