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Rubicon Tiny House Shell by Tiny House Basics

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You might like the idea of building your own tiny house, but are worried about having a strong foundation. Meet the Rubicon Tiny House Shell by Tiny House Basics. This was a custom design for a customer in San Diego.

This superb option allows you to have a beautiful, sturdy exterior that you can customize to your exact needs. Besides the Rubicon, Tiny House Basics has a number of Tiny House Shells you can check out here. When requesting a quote for a custom shell, be sure to mention you heard about the shells from Tiny House Talk 🙂

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Rubicon Tiny House Shell by Tiny House Basics

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  • Standard Features for all Tiny House Shells:
  • Exterior Walls ** 2” x 4” Studs @ 16” on center ** Bolted to Trailer metal frame ** Hold
  • Downs On Major Framing Members Covered with Tyvek over OSB Sheathing
  • Exterior Siding ** T-111 @ 8” on Center Siding, Primed, Corners Trimmed with 1” x 3”
  • House Trim, Primed
  • Insulated Floor ** Fiberglass R10 Value ** Framed-In with 2” x 4” ** ¾” Plywood Floor
  • Bolted to Frame, Frame Covered with Waterproofing & Membrane Vapor Barrier
  • Vaulted Ceiling ** Trusses covered with ½” OSB, ** Tar Papered
  • Roof Style ** Select Roof Style @ No Charge
  • Metal Roof ** Full Metal Roof ** Ridge ** Edge Trim Chose of Color Included
  • Exterior Door ** 36” Pre-Hung Exterior Door w/Hardware
  • Windows ** Vinyl, Double Paned Windows (6) Total, (1) 2’x 3’, (2) 3’x 4’ (1) 4’x 5’, can
  • select placement
  • Added Features for Rubicon Model:
  • ½ Gable Roof & ½ Gable with 12ft dormer on Driver/Pass Side
  • Roof Outrigger Under Dormer
  • Windows: Black Vinyl &Black Grid inside Milgard Windows
  • (1) 4ft x 4ft Double Hung
  • (1) 4ft x 3ft Awning
  • (3) 2ft x 3ft Double Hung
  • (4) 3ft x 1.5ft Awning
  • Milgard Essence Outswing French Door Installed
  • Cedar Shakes
  • Black Standing Seam Roof

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Claude
    February 21, 2017, 11:40 am

    Nice shell construction, the inside is left to the imagination of future owner!

    February 21, 2017, 11:43 am

    I like this shell package deal, and I think that is what eventually I may end up with… That is, If I am unable to have the converted shipping container build out that I would love to have done.. Which would be in sort of a beach cottage design that I have drawn out plans for…

  • Fred Enzel
    February 21, 2017, 12:18 pm

    Great concept and great price point.
    I would recommend a few upgrades in terms of plywood sheathing instead of osb and something more solid for the exterior siding. But that’s just me and all that I’ve read about THOW construction over the last few years.

    I’d like to see the trailer story to because that is such an important element this combination.

    Once upon a time I wanted to build it all. Then maybe a halfway project. Now sadly, I have to leave it all to someone else as my health has declined. Guess that means I’ll be of the genus THOW User rather than Builder.


    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 22, 2017, 9:16 am

      Oh no, Fred 🙁 I’m so sorry!

    • February 24, 2017, 6:32 pm

      Hello Fred,

      We can certainly use OSB or Plywood sheathing, the OSB has a higher shear rating that Plywood but we can build to your preference. we can even use PureBond plywood as a upgrade. you can find more info about our trailers on our website at http://www.TinyHouseBasics.com and check the blog section, lots of articles and you can find videos on our youtube at http://www.YouTube.com/TinyHouseBasics

      Im very sorry about your declining health, we try to make tiny house living more approachable for all people even those limits by health and circumstances that is why we offer all levels of completion to match all needs and budgets

    February 22, 2017, 8:48 am

    Yup! I like the shell package too! I wonder if they come in different lengths? A great idea for me to think about when the time comes for me to build my own TH.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 22, 2017, 8:59 am

      Yes, they do Rosee 🙂 You can also get a custom one, so you get exactly what you want 🙂

    • February 24, 2017, 6:33 pm

      Yes we can do any length from 10ft to 50ft and even up to 10ft wide!

  • February 27, 2017, 12:12 pm

    This looks so beautiful! Love how the windows and swing doors turned out. Great project.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 28, 2017, 6:51 am

      Yes that’s a nice feature!

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