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Tiny House Insulation: Efficiency vs. Health

For most of my design/planning process I have been pretty sold on using closed-cell spray foam insulation. Now I’m reconsidering, and wanting go with a more natural alternative if possible. Closed-cell Spray Foam Closed-cell spray foam costs more than most other types of insulation (and has to be installed by a professional – so doesn’t jive with a lot of tiny house builders’ DIY thinking), but it has so many benefits: Efficiency – highest R-value per square inch of any insulation material (approx R6-8/inch – great for use in the narrow 2×4 walls most tiny home builders use to maximize […]

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Tiny House Moisture Control

In planning my tiny house, another issue I am facing is how to deal with moisture control. The biggest moisture source will be hot showers, but cooking (especially with a propane stove) can also add moisture to the air in the house. Not knowing where my final destination/climate will be, I need to make precautions to avoid future mold/mildew problems. In the mild seasons I can prevent too much moisture build-up by simply cracking a window or two (always a good idea when cooking with propane, anyway). I plan to get as much light and air into the house as […]

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Best way to create white walls?

I’ve been having an internal debate over whether I want the purity of all natural wood walls, or if that amount of wood will overwhelming and make me sick after a while. Paint fumes may make me sick in another way, but I’m leaning more and more towards a cleaner white look for the walls, though I don’t know how best to achieve it. Carrie and Shane Caverly of Clothesline Tiny Homes did a great job using drywall. They seem to have some tricks up there sleeves involving flexible mud and tape to prevent cracking during travel. I’m not sure […]

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Questions about tiny house plumbing

As I continue to refine my plans and attempt to think of all problems before they arise, and am left with a few hang-ups. One being: How do I winterize my exterior plumbing? And: How should I design to reduce the need/headache for winterization, if I end up living in a climate where cold winters are a reality? I’m still seeking answers to these questions, and would love your input. One thing I am considering is to keep as much of the graywater drainage within the insulated walls, only exiting in the house in one, or maybe two spots. This is […]

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