One cute tiny house caught our eye because of its shape, inspired by a farmer’s traditional corn crib which stores and dries crops. The place seems like an elegant take on a Dr. Seuss type house, right?
Yet the Crib surprised us with an intelligent, environmentally-sound and moveable design. The structure gets shop-fabricated and quickly assembled on-site, and may be dismantled and relocated elsewhere. Let’s take a look.
The Crib Exterior
The Crib Interior
The Crib: An Enviresponsible Shelter
This tiny house is intelligently designed with structural insulated panels (SIPs), insulated glass and multi-layer polycarbonate panels. Steel, aluminum and rubber are also used in construction. Here’s how Broadhurst Architects describes assembly:
- “The main structure consists of two shop-fabricated galvanized steel bents that combine the concept of traditional wood timber framing with the structural simplicity of common scaffolding systems.”
- “The floor and roof consist of structural insulated panels (SIPs) which are supported by engineered wood and steel beams that span between the bents.”
- “Prefabricated wall panels made of unpainted heat-treated native and sustainable poplar and recyclable translucent insulating multi-layer polycarbonate sheets are weather-stripped and clipped into the framework.”
Heat can be from a propane fireplace, radiant floor heat and/or solar hot water and voltaics. Other features include rainwater catchment for showers and gardening, LED/CFL lights and a fan rather than air conditioner.
Our favorite building feature is the anti-rodent and anti-other animal proofing for when the home isn’t in use. Building above ground definitely helps out.