Materials, Features and Techniques
Most of my houses feature:
- Hand built windows and doors (doors with rectangular 10-light glass are not built in my shop, but very high quality nonetheless)
- Galvanized steel tub (light weight, very long lasting) or stainless shower enclosure
- Water-base varnish and/or pure tung oil for interiors
- No particle board or OSB. Aside from keeping formaldehyde out of my houses, this represents a huge advantage in longevity and maintainability of the structure
- Cutting board countertop. Other countertops available on request.
- Very high quality 2 burner propane or electric range top
- Counter-height compact refrigerator/freezer
- Convective electric heater, but other heating options are available
- Lead-free and freeze resistant PEX water supply system. Pipe heater at water inlet.
- Cedar and fir exterior. Long lived, UV-stable exterior oil finish. Cedar has recently increased in price up to 25%. This is due to gradually dwindling resources and shifts in a North American trade agreement. Our house prices have been adjusted to compensate as of March 1, 2017.
- Ventilated roof structure
- Ice/rain barrier beneath roofing on low-pitch roof designs, and at all valleys and skylights
- For tiny house structures, all systems are engineered to be code compliant for NFPA 70 (electrical), IRC, NFPA fuel gas code (if there are propane appliances), UPC 2014 (plumbing), and American Tiny House Association guidelines
Note: It is possible to build a project to be placed on a foundation. If you are having one built with a trailer frame for easy mobility, it can be made to be removable, so you can attach it to a foundation later on.