I wanted to give a long overdue update on the design process of our new Tiny House. Though we did work out the plan and do a 3D model of the project prior to building, it’s definitely a design-build project. We’re letting things like exterior and interior wall cladding and materials work themselves out as we go. But! I like to have a concept, even though it keeps changing.
We started the design process by sketching plans to scale on grid paper, then I built a sketchup model. (well, I built a trailer park of sketchup models!) Then I printed images and sketched over them to determine window placement and exterior siding options. Then I drew the plan and elevations in AutoCAD so we’d have some dimensions. Though the plan is so simple, we don’t actually have any drawings on site.
Here’s our plan:
The total area inside is 162 SF, not including the closet space under the bed platform. Here are a few sketches of the exterior showing cladding options:
Option: Hardie panel exterior siding in 4'x8' sheets
Option: Rainscreen with 12" wood planks
Option: Rainscreen with varied height wood planks
Our current plan is to go with the 12″ high wood plank rainscreen system. Sort of modern, and the material is $1/sf, so not too expensive. Also it is much lighter than the Hardie panel siding, which lists as 2.6 lbs. per SF! whoa. We joked about doing strawbale walls… but the interior would have been 4′-0 wide after deducting the 24″ wide straw bales. haha. Because Tiny Houses are portable and built on a trailer foundation they don’t seem great candidates for natural earth building techniques like rammed earth, earthbag, strawbale, cob, or adobe. So, another way to be environmentally sensitive is to use small amounts of conventional construction materials – and tiny houses only use small amounts of everything, instantly minimizing their carbon (and literal) footprint. Another way to be “sustainable” is to use high-tech materials that are recycled, recyclable, rapidly renewable, or durable to minimize the need to replace or maintenance them.
Enough about that. Here are the two finish palettes we arrived at:
This first one is more rustic and would utilize wood reclaimed from a tornado:
This second palette (the one we’re planning on) is more modern, using locally available materials that are inexpensive:
We’ll keep you posted on what materializes (ha). And if you’re looking to purchase a custom built tiny house from Clothesline Tiny Homes, we have many more options and are ready to start the design-build process with you!