This is Realwood Tiny Homes in Chehalis, WA.
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I have stopped by and had conversations with the staff of Realwood and found them very knowledgeable and more than willing to go over my projects. Although it is not mentioned in this article, they also have a lot of Park Model RV experience and put a really nice unit together in their facility. The last time I was by they were busy preparing for the show where these pictures were taken at the fairgrounds in Clark County Washington…It was a nice cross-section of their product an the presentations on the water systems was very successful judging by the many conversations I overheard after the presentation.
About the system. These are very much a version of Panabode interlocking solid wood walls. A more modern system and more to Tiny Home scale but still with the quality that old style product used. The big difference is the water recycle system and what it could mean for the off-grid applications. With Solar and wind power this can be put anywhere you can drag it. I would really like to see them do one on floats. As I have evolved past the “WOOD” look a painted version would be a welcome relief. A few colors of Milk Paint would be easy on the eyes with this type of unit. A few flower boxes would really soften up the presentation as well.
-The water system they’re using is actually from a company called Camel Water.
You can go to CamelWater(dot)com website to learn more about their Camel Water Cycle system…
Most of it is a multi-stage water conservation system than recycling system, it’s mainly just the gray water that gets continuously re-used… So you’ll still need a continuous supply of potable drinking water but the filters lets you get that from almost any source from rain water to rivers.
While the black tank has an Aerobic Bio-Reactor, which essentially makes it a portable septic system that just needs some place to put the relatively safe drip irrigation discharge…
-Pan-Adobe, as in Pan Abode Cedar Homes, is a company that has been operating since 1952 that is known for Danish style timber framing.
Traditional log cabin construction makes use of what’s known as a Saddle Notch Corner, which interlocks the corners.
The Pan Adobe “Classic Notch” version evolved this a bit to turn each beam into a Tongue and Groove, with a more Mortise and Tenon like Saddle Notch Corner… and yes, it can be scaled to whatever size you want to work with…
I’m sure these are great homes; but honestly, it is the ugliest home I have ever scene and there have been others, but this is really THE ugliest.
Why would anyone want to look at solid wood? Floor, walls, ceiling, etc.
And such awful looking wood. I’m sure they will do well and I know that I am the only one that feels this way. I am looking for a tiny home; but this one, I wouldn’t take it if they gave it to me. Sorry.
Actually, most people who like wood would consider this good looking… Since people who like wood generally like it for the grain patterns and character it provides, along with any indication of what it may have been through, which is why really old wood that was reclaimed from say old barns that can be over 200 years old can sell for really high prices.
The patterns of colors, shades, weathering, distress, etc. are things that can’t be replicated artificially… Much how like no two granite counter tops slabs will ever be alike.
Remember, wood is a living material and characteristics like how it ages is usually considered part of its appeal… Some people just either embrace that aspect of it or reject it… Along with varying acceptance on how much of the structure people are okay with being entirely made of wood.
Some people love wood so much that having everything wood is what they find appealing, while others may want nothing but an accent or just the flooring to be exposed wood or even none at all…
It’s like the old saying, beauty is the eye of the beholder…
Not here… the old saying is beauty is in the eye of the beer holder… ; )
I love the stained wood, hunting cottage feel of this house, but I could not live in it without more windows. The kitchen is nice but without windows it is just a like big walk in closet, though the counters and everything are pretty. The bath needs a porthole or something in to, to see the outside and for ventilation. In fact, the whole house as is, would not allow any breezes on a nice fall or spring day. The front porch is really nice, and also the front door. The stairs are great and adding a window in the loft bedroom in place of shoe hooks was a great improvement. So overall, the house is impressive, but needs some modification to be really liveable.
What Team! …Beautiful and Good!
I, too, was impressed with the Camel water systems on the these homes when I saw them at the Tiny House Living Festival.
Something I did wonder, as I am not well versed in the insulative property of various materials, is how well walls that are simple two-inch thick wood (or however thick the walls are) keep the heat and cold in/out.
If it’s only wood then the R-value for wood ranges between 1.41 per inch (2.54 cm) for most softwoods and 0.71 for most hardwoods.
However, this ignores thermal mass effect of the wood. Depending on the climate, this may effect the wood’s heat storage capability enough to result in better overall energy efficiency in some climates than in others. Providing about an additional 0.1 per inch of thickness…
While that’s one of the reasons why traditional log and timber framing is usually so massive to compensate.
More of a concern is air leakage in a pure wood framing because the wood may have 15-20% water content at the time of construction, if not more, but as it dries out over the years the wood shrinks and that can create air gaps.
Thus one of the reasons all wood construction typically requires long term maintenance.
But many modern log and timber framing construction do make use of an inner insulation layer, much like stick framing.
To much wood for me. But may be great for others.😔
I like the material and systems used but dislike appearance.
James, I definitely understand what you are saying. I love the look of wood, though I prefer a more contemporary feel for a home. But even though this house is not quite my style, I can still appreciate the hard work and craftsmanship that has gone into it. I don’t know why someone would rant on and on about how “ugly” the house is. I mean, people put their hard efforts into building it – there’s no need to be so insulting!… Idk, just my thoughts… carry on!
While I, personally might not want that much wood inside and out, this seems very well built and thought out. I LOVE the water storage on the outsides of the unit! Great idea. I’m in the process of making a tiny camper in the back of my F-150 truck (78″l x 65.2″w x 41″h) and have been researching water storage tanks. I never considered vertical tanks… maybe I need to re-think my camper arrangement. Thanks for the great inspiration!