Hello Panelman Readers! A few weeks ago, I backpacked into the Pinckney State Recreation Area. It was the perfect fall hike, and I spent the night in a tiny tent which gave me just what I needed: shelter for the night. Nothing more, nothing less. It got me thinking about the tiny house trend.

Haven’t heard of the “tiny house”? It’s exactly what it sounds like…a very small house, the size of a larger shed. Most people who are big on small homes are into living greener, simpler, and more sustainability. It’s minimalism to the max. Some tiny houses are built right on a trailer bed that can be towed wherever the owner wants to go! The majority of tiny houses feature wood frame construction, or are like small log cabins.

But don’t think for a minute that these small houses skimp on style or design! Check out this great blog link :http://tinyhouseblog.com/ to see what I mean. Of course, my mind went directly to SIPs (structural insulated panels) and my friend Damian’s awesome SIPs kit concept. It’s literally a home in a box, which can be customized to your specific needs. The great thing about using SIPs for tiny house construction is that it provides unparalleled energy efficiency.

The SIPs that Damian uses are comprised of 3.5” EPS foam sandwiched between 7/16” OSB. So the 4×8 panels come pre-insulated thanks to the foam, and are ready to be assembled and finished. People love SIPs for homes because it creates an indoor environment that stays cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter. The smallest SIPs kit floor plan is just 12×16 but yes, it has windows, a roof, doors, space for a hideaway bed, and you can wire in electricity and build out plumbing. The best part? This tiny SIPs house has a tiny price tag starting at just $8,500.

The 12x16 Tiniest Tiny House!

In some cases, Damian may be able to build SIPS with MgO skins, which are even more resistant to the elements. MgO (magnesium oxide) is naturally resistant to insects, fire, and moisture. It won’t grow mold or mildew. Contact me if you’re interested in talking tiny homes, and how a SIPs kit could work to build your dream (tiny) house!

2 Responses to “Tiny House Big Idea”

  1. ilene says:

    Great read Fred! Very informative. It was nice meeting you at Pinckney State Rec Area. Hope to see you again soon. Happy Trails! :)

  2. bro says:

    you are the man. nice site!


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