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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.