"Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer."
-Simone Weil
"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful."
-Oscar Wilde
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
-R Buckminster Fuller
"One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things."
-Henry Miller
"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
"I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace."
-Gaston Bachelard
"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."
-Kurt Vonnegut
"The future is already here––it's just not evenly distributed"
-William Gibson
"Happiness is not about more––it's about less"
-Anthony Douglas Williams
"We've multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life."
-George Carlin
"We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness."
-Tom Waits
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."
-Edgar Degas
"In most large houses, the table furniture, the
cooking materials and utensils, the sink, and the eating-room, are at such distances apart, that half the time and strength is employed in walking back and forth to collect and return the articles used. "
-Catharine Beecher
"Une maison est une machine-à-habiter."
-Le Corbusier

The SaltBox is the first iteration of the novel Extraordinary Structures panelized construction system as applied to the idea of a tiny house.

Via the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program, we worked with Los Alamos National Laboratory engineers on thermal efficiency and our signature CNC-cut panelized construction system. Our goals were to combine great, human scale contemporary design with environmentally-friendly products in a compact footprint.

The panelized walls are left exposed on the interior so the joint system may be viewed. On the exterior, the walls are surrounded by a permeable house wrap and a thermal wrap of mineral wool board. A steel exoskeleton contains the mineral wool and serves as a mounting point for the siding. In this case, the siding is a 22 gauge steel that will rust overtime. It doesn’t have to be completely water tight, because it functions as a rain screen.

The exoskeleton also serves as a mounting point for accessories, such as the herb box which is accessible through the sliding kitchen window.

The house is just over 200 square feet and sits on a 24 foot trailer.

Photos are courtesy of Kate Russell Photography

FEATURES of the SaltBox Tiny House:

Extra-wide Trailer Platform from TrailerMade
Rapid Assembly Panel wall system developed in-house
Sheep’s Wool insulation from Oregon Shepard
Mineral Wool insulation from Small Planet Supply
Siga House and Ceiling wrap from Small Planet Supply
R20 walls and R35 floor and roof
22 gauge steel sheathing custom formed at Reliance Steel
Standing seam roof system from Metal Sales Incorporated
High efficiency Western Windows and entry door from Architectural Windows and Doors
Kitchen sink drain valve for grey water switching
50 amp RV power connection
Potable water inlet port
Hot and cold exterior water spigot
Ecosmart tankless water heater
Super efficient Kimberly gasifier wood stove from Eagle Rise Trading Company
Mitsubishi mini-split heating and cooling system from Hubbel Electro Mechanical
Lunos HRV heat recovery ventilation system from High Performance Building Supply
Two burner induction cooktop by True Induction
Functioning ventilation cooking hood
KitchenAid convection micro-oven
Fisher Paykel Actrive Smart drawer refrigerator
Humidity-activated bathroom ventilation
Separett composting toilet from
All LED light fixtures
Amazon Echo voice-controlled speaker and information system
Mesquite end grain floors from Old Wood
Stainless Steel kitchen counter with large integrated sink
Knotty pine interior finish using Columbia Forest Products Pure Bond sheet material
Felt-lined loft
Queen-sized wall bed
Tuft & Needle mattress
Built in closet, shelves and desk
Modular seating cubes with built-in storage
Beautiful hand-built cedar Ofuro soaking tub
Crisp acrylic bathroom finish
Hand-built five panel bathroom door with single light
High cathedral ceiling with natural tongue and groove finish

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