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
This very-first Crib house, in rural Maryland, contains a masonry foundation due to its river floodplain. Standard Crib design is reflected in the upper level structure. (Broadhurst)
The Crib prototype gets displayed at the Strathmore Arts Center, in Bethesda, Maryland. There’s visitor interest in secondary units behind homes as well as small getaways. (Broadhurst)
By raising a garage-like glass wall, the Strathmore Crib prototype effectively increases its liveable square footage with the porch area. (Broadhurst)
The Crib Interior
Here is the Crib’s interior, complete with a sleeping loft, kitchen and great room. The kitchen is part of a box, which closes to reveal the TV on the outside. (Broadhurst)
From the sleeping loft, you get a bird’s eye view into the great room. It features plenty of comfortable seating for such a tiny house. (Broadhurst)
The interior plus exterior space looks expansive when the garage-like glass wall is lifted. There’s an entire new dining room outside! (Broadhurst)
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.
For more details, please reach Broadhurst Architects here or here.