by Art Cormier
My name is Art Cormier and I decided to build a tiny house this last fall. I realized I had been living in large space, but only using a small portion of it. I began to research floor plans online and decided to start with the basic layout of Jay Shafer’s Walden (Tiny Tumbleweed Houses).
The thought of framing up such a small space and subjecting it to the stresses of transport on a trailer seemed daunting. S.I.P. (Structural Insulated Panels, SIPS.org) panels seemed like a good option.
With the panels each surface would be one piece, making the construction easy. S.I.P.s allow someone without extensive building skills to put together a sound structure. This was my first experience using S.I.P.s and there is much detail of the process on my blog, tinysiphouse.blogspot.com.
The completed house feels roomier than I anticipated. Getting rid of extraneous things must have had something to do with it. I did not sacrifice anything other than square footage for my tiny house, in fact I am quite comfortable. I hope that my experience with my house might inspire people both to downsize and to consider S.I.P.s