09/12 Large Innovations for Tiny House

Lil Lodge by Tracey and Trevor Powell

Lil Lodge by Tracey and Trevor Powell

The Tiny House movement shows no signs of slowing down and CertainTeed, one of North America’s largest brands of building products, has joined the trend to “go small” by helping create an architect’s dream home: a 150-square-foot trailer-mounted dwelling affectionately nicknamed Lil’ Lodge. This unique portable home features the latest technologies in commercial building materials.

A brother-sister design-build team has taken on the challenge of building a tiny house that is affordable, high-tech, meets regulations, and uses high-quality products–quite the big order for such a small home. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Tracey Powell is an architectural consultant whose work takes her all over the country and her brother Trever Powell is a commercial electrician. The peripatetic lifestyle fueled a decision to downsize and build a small but feature-packed house that could be towed around and lived in as she travels from project to project. CertainTeed wall, ceiling and insulation systems met unique requirements for a go-anywhere house on wheels.

“The challenge was finding products that would work within the confines of the space while meeting the need for outstanding performance,” said Powell. “I’ve worked as an architect for more than ten years and have specified CertainTeed products on many different projects. I’m extremely familiar with and comfortable with the brand.”

Project Principles:

  • Safety – This tiny house strives to meet residential codes and regulations including building, energy, fire, life safety, security, and transportation.
  • Sustainability – Products are being mindfully specified for high energy efficiency and low environmental impact.
  • Durability – Materials are long-lasting, low-maintenance, and designed to withstand vibration and high winds during transport.
  • Functionality – Building elements are compact, lightweight, and serve multiple purposes — beautiful but not purely decorative.
  • Technology – The design integrates numerous high-end high-tech innovations, many not found in full-size home

Read more – http://www.wconline.com/articles/90396-large-innovations-for-tiny-house

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Elaine Walker