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From Trailer to Tiny House in an afternoon: The SIP Solution

January 21, 2016

Insulspan Tiny House 07Just like building a custom home, every tiny house is unique. Building on a smaller scale allows the homeowner to really dig into every detail, every finish, and every material that is being used. Tiny house owners must use as efficient design tools and building materials as they possibly can to make the most of their tiny home. This is where the Insulspan SIP system shines. Being a structurally insulated panel, not only is the process of enclosing the shell complete in one step, but you get superior energy efficiency.

The speed of installing an Insulspan Ready-To-Assemble System was put to the test one Saturday morning in July when we arrived in site to help the homeowner to construct his Tumbleweed home. Armed with tools and an installation manual provided by Insulspan, we began the process of assembling the home on an approved, weight-bearing trailer.

Following the plans, we assembled the house piece by piece, with the only difference being the need for the engineered fastening system to secure it to the trailer. By mid-afternoon, we had a completely enclosed shell that created an insulated building envelope.

You can follow our progress throughout the day in the gallery below:

Windows and doors installed, and completed house wrapped, this tiny house is ready for exterior finishes.

Windows and doors installed, and completed house wrapped, this tiny house is ready for exterior finishes.

The homeowner, who’s desire to have a home that he could easily place on his wooded property in Northern Michigan, completed the house wrap (provided by Insulspan), and began to work on his exterior finishes.

“One of the nicest things about a tiny house, is I could pull it into my barn and work on finishing it at my pace.”

With his Tiny House complete, the homeowner is ready to take it to its final destination in Northern Michigan.

“I could literally heat my home with one space heater because of how energy efficient it is! And I can’t believe how fast and easy it went together. It saved me a lot of steps later on.”

For more information on Insulspan Structural insulated panels and how you can build your tiny home, visit www.insulspan.com 

Tiny House, Insulspan SIPs wall and roof package

Tiny House, Insulspan SIPs wall and roof package

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2016 10:52 am

    This article should spawn an industry for any business who’s prepared to build / sell kits for SIP tiny’s !! ( Or maybe even inspire some DIY’ers to put together their own SIPs to be used in tiny-house construction

    • Anonymous permalink
      January 29, 2016 5:34 pm

      We agree Lars! The tiny house concept is a great way to use SIPs for that all in one shell that goes up in a hurry.

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