This is Art’s SIP Tiny House on Wheels. SIP stands for Structurally Insulated Panels. They come pre-manufactured with insulation and everything. All you have to do is put the panels together. Don’t worry, at the bottom half of this article, you’ll see how it’s all done.
The outside of Art’s house was covered with 100-year-old reclaimed cypress from around the area in Louisiana. You would never know it was built with SIPs from looking at it, right? Much of the trim and structural supports for the structure are antique pine that was removed from barns and other buildings in the surrounding area.
Inside you’ll find fresh and locally milled tongue and groove cypress to clad the interior walls and ceiling. The flooring is antique pine salvaged from the surrounding area. When you walk inside it actually feels roomy thanks to the 11′ ceiling. The couch triples it’s service as a convertible guest bed while serving even more with storage underneath.
Be sure you take a look at the way Art designed and built his loft ladder because it folds up in a unique, space-saving way that’s great for tiny houses. Enjoy! To explore more amazing tiny homes like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter. It’s free and you’ll be glad you did! We even give you free downloadable tiny house plans just for joining.
Updated January 3, 2019
Art’s SIP Tiny House on Wheels
I encourage you to see and learn about the rest of this unique little house below:
The kitchen is approximately 6′ by 4′ and features a beautiful one-piece stainless steel countertop with built-in sink.
All of the appliances utilized are from the marine industry because of their space and energy saving features.
The refrigerator is small but opens up like a chest and doubles up as a cutting board. Very cool!
Head over towards the bathroom and you’re magically greeted by a beautiful custom-made Japanese style paper door that lets the light shine through.
Inside there’s a full size 30″ shower made out of fiberglass.
The toilet is a nature’s head composting toilet with vent.
The sleeping area is in the loft directly above the kitchen and bathroom.
There’s just enough closet and storage space for one or two persons with not very much clothing or stuff.
At just 117-square-feet, this house is packed with functionality and features.
SIP Panels and Tiny Homes
“The panels allow someone without the technical knowledge of framing a house to erect a structure that is stronger and better insulated in a weekend. I hope you are inspired to create your own tiny house and that you now have an example of a different construction method to explore.” – Art (builder/owner), Finished SIP House
100-year-old Cypress Exterior Siding Used on this House and Why
“The exterior of the house will be clad in antique cypress beveled siding. Cypress was the building material of choice for the early settlers in south Louisiana. It was abundant, easy to mill due to its soft nature and it was rot resistant and insect resistant. This Resistance was due conditions created when the Mississippi river would overflow into the wetlands infusing brackish water in the deltas of the south. Now that the Mississippi is confined by levies the conditions are no longer present for the new growth cypress. As a result it is not rot nor insect resistant. I collected cypress from several sources. All the siding was removed from buildings that were 100 years old or more and being torn down. It is impressive how beautiful the siding still is after 100 years of use in this harsh environment. The siding was partially covered in what was left of the last paint job and has holes left by the original nails. I decided to install the siding with the back side out, (paint against the structure). The back side still has light saw marks but a light sanding makes it look amazing.” – Art (builder/owner), SIP Tiny House’s Siding
Windows and Ventilation
The casement windows (which are hinged and open just like a door) open fully as you can see in the photos. This allows maximum air flow throughout the house. Plus the window placement was strategically designed for maximum ventilation. Kudos on the casement window choice (and placement) Art!
Electrical Wiring and SIPs
When you want to wire your house and you choice SIPs you face a problem unless you designed your electric before you had the panels made in which case you can have the manufacturer create the holes for you. Otherwise, you have to do it yourself, as Art had to do. Even after you create the necessary holes for your wiring, it can be difficult to get the wire through all the foam and insulation. One method that has worked for this is using a heated ball bearing because it burns and melts through the foam. Before you do this you have to install some kind of metal flashing to catch the ball and funnel it into a bucket with water. Here’s a video clip of a couple of guys doing it:
Video Tour and Walk Through of Art’s SIP Tiny Home
This video will give you a complete walkthrough of Art’s little house. He’ll explain the interior, exterior, and how the utilities and appliances work. Oh, and again, be sure to notice how he built the ladder! I know you’ll enjoy:
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