The tiny house movement has come a long way these last couple of years, which has led to many innovative approaches to constructing these sustainable dwellings. The tiny house firm Extraordinary Structures of Santa Fe, NM is one of those companies that has been pushing the envelope in finding new and innovative ways of building these structures. Their latest offering, the so-called SaltBox was constructed with the help of digital fabrication.
The SaltBox rests atop a 24-foot-long trailer and measures 200 sq ft (18.6 sq m). It was constructed using a rapid-assembly system, which the firm has developed. This method of construction utilizes CNC-cut materials and a panelized system of SIPs which greatly shorten the time it takes to build this tiny home. An envelope made of permeable house wrap and a thermal wrap of mineral wool board makes up the first layer of the home. Next is the metal exoskeleton made out of 22-gauge steel, which serves the purpose of acting as a rain shield. The roofline of the SaltBox is asymmetrical, and this shape was inspired by the traditional New England saltbox-type roof. It was also chosen because it makes it easier to install solar panels.
The interior was kept quite open and minimalist. They left the panels and joints exposed, which gives it a very modern aesthetic. To save space they’ve also installed built-in storage cabinets, and a Murphy bed that can be folded up and thus moved out of the way during the day. When lowered, a couple of ottomans provide support for it.
The kitchen and bathroom share a wall, so that they could reduce the number of plumbing lines that needed to be installed. The kitchen is fitted with a large sink, a two-burner induction cooktop, a fume hood and a small smart drawer refrigerator. The bathroom features a Japanese-style ofuro tub, which was handmade out of cedar. The home also features a composting toilet. Over the bathroom is a small loft, which can either be used as a reading nook, or a guest bedroom. The home is heated using a high-efficiency gasifier woodstove, which takes up very little room.
The fully fitted version of this home sold for $82,500, while the company also offers a stripped down, basic version for $50,000.
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.
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