The Tiny Project
Tiny house designer Alek Lisefski used smart construction methods, including advanced framing and a rain-screen exterior cladding, to build a home that will be as durable as it is energy efficient.
The Tiny Project house is an 8-ft. by 20-ft. structure built on a flatbed trailer. It’s a modern yet cozy passive-solar design with a low-sloping shed roof, 10 windows, and an all-glass door for lots of natural light. The layout includes a small front porch and a fold-up deck. There’s even a home office and “his” and “her” closet spaces in the loft.
Construction features include advanced framing for decreased weight, double-pane fiberglass windows, closed-cell spray-foam insulation, rainscreen exterior cladding, and a metal roof.
The house has many of the basic amenities you’d find in any house, including kitchen and bathroom sinks and a shower—which are supplied with hot water from a propane on-demand heater. There is a stainless-steel two-burner propane range, a refrigerator/ freezer, an efficient electric convection heater, a washer/dryer unit, and a composting toilet. Priority was given to the use of natural materials such as sustainable bamboo flooring, beetle-kill pine ceiling and walls, marble countertops, zero-VOC paints, and hand-planed custom-built joinery.
The Tiny Project house cost roughly $30,000 in materials to build.
- Designer – Alek Lisefski, tiny-project.com
- Photos – Alek Lisefski
Originally featured in the 2019 Downsize special issue of Fine Homebuilding Magazine
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