Named after a simple, yet valuable commodity throughout history, Spice Box Homes is the vision of Colorado residents, Edwin Lindell and Chris Curry. They wanted their tiny house company to reflect their own love of the outdoors and concern for environmental impact, and felt that they could create a similar commodity through building, living, and educating.
Spice Box homes started in 2010 as an alternative to renting. When Edwin was finishing up college in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, he got tired of paying rent and decided to construct a tiny home on a trailer that could be moved every six months.
“Chris Curry, my business partner, had built a similar dwelling for himself a few years back to combat the same issues, just not on a trailer.” Edwin said. “Once our prototype was constructed and tested for seven months, we decided to hit the ground running to build a company, lifestyle, and adventure for our community, friends, and our environment. We work to construct custom homes that resemble our clientele and create better living patterns.”
The homes are built from reclaimed materials and include passive solar heating and efficient appliances. The company subcontracts all the electrical, plumbing, metal stud fabrication, insulation and roofing to ensure quality construction.
“We strive to use as much reclaimed materials as possible when building our homes,” Edwin said. “Whether we use reclaimed barn wood or metal, or find a window distributor that has back-stocked windows that were custom built for a home and returned, we are working to reduce the carbon footprint of our building materials by using products that would otherwise be thrown in a landfill. We also use reclaimed construction websites, and local contracting companies to find materials that were once used or can no longer be used.”
Each Spice Box home can be customized by the buyer. These include custom roof styles and exterior roofing, various lengths (16, 20 and 25 feet), various hitch types, interior and ceiling finishes, door and window styles and power sources. The kitchen choices include both gas and electric stoves and ovens, tankless, tank or solar hot water heaters, sinks, cabinets and shelving. The bathroom can have a composting toilet, a flushing toilet or a black water holding tank.
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