Whether you suffer from chemical sensitivities or love a challenge, creating a toxin-free tiny home may be something you are considering. While it can be hard work sourcing chemical-free and natural materials, creating a healthy tiny home is entirely achievable with the right methods.
Focus On Ventilation & Filtration
As tiny homes are small and compact, ventilation and filtration can create problems for the dweller. Without continuous fresh, filtered air, tiny homes can begin to show signs of mold growth. They may also harbor dust mites while releasing toxic chemicals from building materials into the air.
Alongside investing in MERV 13 air filters for your HVAC systems that trap small particles, including viruses, it’s also worth making sure you’ve included plenty of vents in your home design and have opening windows to let fresh air flow through.
Choose the Right Builder
If you’re by no means a DIYer, then you will probably be hiring a builder to build your tiny home for you. Given your desire for a healthy tiny home, do your homework to find one who’s passionate about green building and catering to chemical sensitivities.
They will know where to source non-toxic materials and may even have ideas on how to improve efficiency while keeping the costs manageable. While a green builder isn’t a necessity, it can certainly help.
Do Your Homework On Building Materials
Building a non-toxic tiny home can require a bit more research regarding building materials than a traditional home. It’s worth finding out which exterior and interior cladding will be gentle on you and the environment, and even what insulation will keep you warm and safe.
Cedar with a non-toxic finish is a popular option for exterior cladding as it’s sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, and safe. You can also pair it with VOC-free, non-toxic insulation with green certification. Even though spray foam is one of the most common tiny home insulation types, it’s not VOC-free. Instead, it can off-gas into your home and expose the occupants to toxic chemicals.
Fortunately, the market is full of natural and chemical-free insulation alternatives like wool, hemp, and even recycled cotton blue jeans. This insulation can help keep you warm during the winter while being a sustainable solution.
With your insulation needs taken care of, you may like to focus on the interior materials. Low-odor poplar wood continues to be a standout option, especially when paired with natural pigment stains and hemp oil for a refreshing finish.
Creating a healthy tiny home can be beneficial for those with chemical sensitivities, but you can also be giving the environment a helping hand. The more eco-conscious decisions you make, the less energy you consume.
Consider investing in a compost toilet. Not only are they ideal for off-the-grid living, but they require no water and operate similarly to a standard toilet. You may even see the value in solar power. You get to benefit from smaller operating costs and off-the-grid convenience, but also a reduced carbon footprint.
Building a tiny home using toxin-free products can require a little out-of-the-box thinking. But with a bit of homework into the best building materials, builders, ventilation, and eco-friendly products, it’s entirely achievable.