One of the most heavily discussed topics regarding tiny houses (other than can a family live in a tiny house) is that of material properties and toxicity. From those who are committed to living chemically free to those who think traditional building materials are good enough, there are valid points on both sides of the discussion. However, the idea that flame retardants, formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds, and fiberglass shouldn’t be in any house is perhaps the most valid of them all and one that tiny house committed to.
Because of their size tiny houses are perfect canvases for unconventional materials and exploration into things like chemical-free homes. With more and more people suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune thyroiditis, and other autoimmune illnesses the need for homes free of paints, stains, glues, plastics, fibers, etc. has grown.
The builder Ben built the tiny house using carefully selected and tested, non-toxic materials and published a robust blog documenting the process!
The tiny house trailer is 20′ x 8′ and built from the Leaf House Version.2 building plans. It is a beautiful home with a shed roof running from back to front (tallest height in the rear) and giving a lot of room for loft head space.
To see the builder Ben’s latest home, learn more about the choices of materials and the impact they may or may not be having, be sure to register for the Tiny House Conference. With no less than six tiny houses and alternative dwellings representing and at least 12 high profile speakers being present, the conference is sure to be the most exciting event to hit the tiny house community this year!