The Moore family from Ozawkie, Kansas is not your average “tiny home” household. In fact, they are quite the opposite, being a group of seven. However, this full-sized family with their larger than life personalities was set on going tiny not only to save money, but also concentrate on spending time together rather than accumulating stuff to fill up a house and take up their time.
As was featured on “Tiny House Nation,” the family downsized from their five bedroom, 3,200 square-foot home to a 545 square-foot tiny house, which equates to an 80 percent reduction of the space that the Moore’s were previously used to. To help lessen the shock of their lifestyle change, general contractor Mel Armstrong developed a three-dimensional diagram to show the family exactly what the tiny home would look like when constructed.
Before construction began, the family had a few non-negotiables to discuss with builders John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin: they needed a large, open living area and a high-lofted ceiling to help make the space feel bigger with so many bodies sharing the same rooms. Once the vision was set, designers needed a way to make everything happen, namely turning this tiny house into a major success.
Much of that came from the materials used, which included simonized tinted windows that let in lots of light but don’t sacrifice on insulation. These windows were installed from the ground all the way to the roof of the house, which allows for the appearance of a more open capacity throughout the entire home.
Decorative stone ply gem and stained wood panels made up the interior walls, creating a hand-hewn look throughout the house. Concrete walls with attached siding formed the outside of the structure, and McElroy Metal’s Max-Rib Ultra metal panels, coated in Fluropon SR in the color Tudor Brown, formed the metal roof. The metal roof was chosen because of its versatility and durability, and the solar reflective coating was chosen in part because it delivers an eco-friendly way to resist heat absorption from the sun. This can help lower energy cooling costs and keep buildings at a more comfortable temperature without sacrificing durability, performance or beauty.