Beehive Tiny House: Interior Paneling, Flooring, and Trim

Well, here is a long overdue update on our progress building the Beehive Mobile Mini Mart for our client in Colorado.  The last post I wrote about it we were doing exterior siding, staining and painting and we’ve now finished out the interior.

Shane found beautiful beetle kill / blue-stain pine siding for the Tiny House interior walls at our local lumber yard.

Shane found beautiful beetle kill / blue-stain pine siding for the Tiny House interior walls at our local lumber yard.

We ended up using EcoTouch fiberglass insulation.  Zero voc's and almost the R-value of foam.  I went to a lecture on foam insulation and while it performs, it's hard to feel good about putting a chemical product into the world that will never go away...  Have you seen the film "Garbage Island"??  It's sad.  Plastic never goes away, it just gets smaller and smaller.

We ended up using EcoTouch fiberglass insulation. Zero voc’s and almost the R-value of foam. I went to a lecture on foam insulation and while it performs, it’s hard to feel good about putting a chemical product into the world that will never go away… Have you seen the film “Garbage Island”?? It’s sad. Plastic never goes away, it just gets smaller and smaller.

I can be such a bleeding environmentalist…  here’s a quote from Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold:

“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.”
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

A world of wounds… indeed.

Okay, back to our Tiny House project….

Tiny House interior paneling installed on the walls and ceilings.  Blue-stain / beetle-kill pine tongue and groove.  Beautiful wood.

Tiny House interior paneling installed on the walls and ceilings. Blue-stain / beetle-kill pine tongue and groove. Beautiful wood.

Blue stain pine tongue and groove ceiling.

Blue stain pine tongue and groove ceiling.  Cedar beams.

You might be wondering – what are those beams running across the space???  Well, our client has decided he is going to hold off on the mobile mini mart use of this tiny house for a while.  He was encountering a lot of obstacles finding parking spaces and getting the appropriate permits.  So he is going to keep the interior empty until he finds the right place to use the Beehive as a store.  We decided to add a sleeping loft to make the space more functional as a guest house / cottage / studio in the meantime.

All the tongue and groove paneling is installed on the interior of the Tiny House and Shane vacuums the space in preparation for the wood flooring.

All the tongue and groove paneling is installed on the interior of the Tiny House and Shane vacuums the space in preparation for the wood flooring.  The sleeping loft is installed.

Starting to install the wood flooring in the tiny house.  We're using engineered hardwood flooring with a floating floor installation.  I love engineered flooring.  Makes so much sense to use less hardwood, plus the plywood backing keeps it from warping and shrinking in dry climates like ours.  Engineered wood flooring is also quite light (unless you're using the kind with MDF backing) which is great for mobile tiny houses.

Starting to install the wood flooring in the tiny house. We’re using engineered hardwood flooring with a floating floor installation. I love engineered flooring. Makes so much sense to use less hardwood, plus the plywood backing keeps it from warping and shrinking in dry climates like ours. Engineered wood flooring is also quite light (unless you’re using the kind with MDF backing) which is great for mobile tiny houses.

The wood flooring is installed in the Tiny House.  The floating installation gives it a soft cushy feel underfoot.

The wood flooring is installed in the Tiny House. The floating installation gives it a soft cushy feel underfoot.

Isn't this beetle-kill pine gorgeous?!?  Browns, greys, and yellows.  So amazing.

Isn’t this beetle-kill pine gorgeous?!? Browns, greys, and yellows. So amazing.

Clear pine window trim.

Clear pine window trim.

Tiny House window trim and beetle-kill / blue-stain pine wall paneling detail.  Pine loft overhead.  Look at the range of colors in the pine!  Shane really made a feature wall on the back highlighting the natural grain in the pine tongue-and-groove.

Tiny House window trim and beetle-kill / blue-stain pine wall paneling detail. Pine loft overhead. Look at the range of colors in the pine! Shane really made a feature wall on the back highlighting the natural grain in the pine tongue-and-groove.

That’s it for now, I’ll do another update on the Beehive Project soon as we finish up the last little details…. the exterior deck for the porch, the porch railings, the utility closet, and scissor jack installation.

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8 thoughts on “Beehive Tiny House: Interior Paneling, Flooring, and Trim

  1. Jennifer N.

    The pine is beautiful! And Aldo Leopold’s words become truer every day.

  2. Absolutely beautiful Carrie and Shane! I love the pine. Curious to see how the dark wood floors work in the finished interior. Tough to hear that permits are dragging your client down . . . Thank you for considering the lasting effects of foam insulation. Living lighter on the planet is what tiny housing is all about. And love the quote from Aldo . . .

    • thank you! totally agree with you.
      at the lecture I attended the representative from the foam company assured me that all foam is recyclable, but I have never seen recycling available to the public. they need to do what the carpet industry has done, which is include free recycling of existing carpet with a new install.
      – Carrie

      • stephanie larsen

        john wonders if they could make the foam insulation out of recycled foam

      • it appears that you can get rigid foam board with up to 46% rigid content, but that seems to be primarily the facing… not the foam itself. I imagine foam disintegrates when recycled. you can find recycled foam board, but it’s a custom order thing… might be something worth seeking out though.

  3. i love the pine too! looks awesome!

  4. ET

    Looks great.
    What kind of adhesives does the engineered wood flooring use?

    • this installation is called a “floating floor” and uses no adhesive. You could glue it down and would use whatever the flooring manufacturer recommends.
      – Carrie

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