You'll want to take a closer look at some of the tiny home projects from tiny house builders Acorn Tiny Homes based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Acorn Tiny Homes are local craftsmen who take great pride in creating bespoke tiny house designs and ensuring your satisfaction by doing the job right. They are start-to-finish custom tiny home designers and builders. The builders embrace new technology and ideas from design and building materials to build techniques. The following are some of the features these tiny house designs from Acorn Tiny Homes offer.
Depending on your needs Acorn Tiny Homes can do on-the-grid, off-grid, or a hybrid of the two designs. Their preference is a hybrid option as it gives you the flexibility to park at a variety of locations. The hybrid option is most easily achieved by installing a composting or incinerating toilet. Besides allowing for off-grid living, this is a good idea regardless as the average annual consumption per person is 103 000L flushed. Given how precious this resource is, flushing it away just seems a little unnecessary.
Since the main focus of tiny living is reducing one's environmental footprint, the simplest option they provide for cooling your tiny house is windows. Lots of windows. By allowing a cross breeze into your tiny home and using a ceiling fan you can efficiently and inexpensively cool your home. Since just opening a window isn’t always enough, they utilize in-floor radiant heating to efficiently heat your tiny home and a mini-split (with a built-in heat pump) to cool your tiny home on those extra hot days. Depending on your tiny house dreams, a fireplace or other alternative heating option can be included.
Passive house design. When building your tiny home for year-round Canadian living, they use exterior insulation that wraps and seals your tiny house making it air-tight and helping to eliminate thermal bridging. Since this form of tiny house construction seals your house they include an ERV, bathroom fan, and kitchen hood fan to ensure proper ventilation.
Type of insulation. The builders at Acorn Tiny Homes use standard insulation spray foam as it offers a superior R rating for the price/size, as well as providing a moisture barrier, sound barrier, and aiding to the rigidity/strength of your tiny home. However, they do understand that some people do have sensitivity to the chemicals used in the process or are concerned about VOCs. As such they do offer a wide range of other insulation options such as mineral fiber, hemp insulation, sheep wool, and vacuum insulated panels, to name a few.
These tiny houses are built to last. Acorn Tiny Homes uses steel roofing and siding that has a life span of 50 years and some of their insulation options have a life span of 30 to 50 years. Your framing should last long enough for your children to inherit it and raise their own families in it. If the wood siding is used you will likely have to apply a sealer every 4 to 7 years to refresh it. As for your trailer frame, you should spot apply rust-proof paint to areas where the paint has worn off, to prevent corrosion, every few years.
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