What do tiny home enthusiasts have in common with Disneyland groupies? They both will stand patiently, in very long lines, to be entertained and amazed. That is exactly what 40,000 people did at the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs, August 7-9, 2015.
It was an epic event that has been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for most tiny homes in one location. Rhino Cubed attended, showcasing Nola, our version of a tiny home. Nola is 192 square foot, repurposed shipping container. People were enamored with her spacious ceiling height and roomy, full size kitchen. They were mystified by the structural soundness of her exterior and delighted with her unique, artistic design. It was inspiring to see so many attendees realize that living tiny and sustainable is not just a pipe dream, but a possible reality.
Rhino Cubed had the privilege of talking to thousands of guests as they toured Nola. We answered many logistical, design and architectural questions relating to the building process of a shipping container home. We thought we would share a few of those questions here on our blog.
1. Why are these ceilings so tall? We use a “high cube” which starts with 10 foot high ceilings.
2. How secure would this be in windy conditions? Attach a cube to a foundation and it can withstand 130 mph winds.
3. Where did you get that cute little mini sink in the bathroom? We purchased the last one from a store in Boulder called The KB Studio.
4. Nola is a 24′ container that was chopped off from a 40′ container. What did you do with the part you chopped off? It was recycled. However, the extra piece could be made into a small shed, greenhouse or storage area. The uses are unlimited!
5. Wow! It is hot outside but when I entered Nola it was nice and cool. How? Yes, we were one of the few tiny homes that was not running a fan or cooling unit during the Jamboree. Our Cubes are insulated with closed cell spray foam. R22 on the walls R30 on the floor and R54 on the ceiling. The unit retains whatever is blowing through it, be it cool air breezes or warm heat in the winter.
6. How do you prevent rain from collecting on the flat roof? The roof is not actually flat. It has a slight pitch that angles away from the front door. Rain or snow melt will run naturally off the roof.
7. How much does Nola weigh? Approximately 12,500 pounds.
8. I noticed she is not built on wheels like all of the other homes here at the Jamboree. Why? Nola is transportable via flatbed truck, but is not meant to be hauled behind your pick-up truck. Our Cubes are heirloom quality products and will last for generations with little maintenance. They are structurally sound and built to 2012 International Residential Code. Placing our Cubes on wheels would limit the integrity of the product. Think of a shipping container tiny home as more of a permanent residence that could be transported each time you made a life changing relocation.
8. Could you put Nola on pontoons and make her a house boat? Hmmmmm….not sure about that one! A tiny home enthusiast from Kansas told us about plans he had drawn up for a shipping container placed on pontoons. I would love to know how that works out!
Without sounding cliche, the three days were absolutely magical. Tiny home tours, tiny home celebrity speakers, good food and fabulous entertainment. Everyone we encountered was positively beaming with tiny stars in their eyes and dreams in their hearts of a smaller, more abundant life.
Here’s hoping for a second annual Jamboree in 2016!