“Hard Teepee”… It’s NOT the name of a Rock Band.

30 Oct

We’ve been talking a lot lately about “tiny houses”.

Corten Containers can lend themselves to the creation of small and really cool spaces, but once you’ve accomplished that, you sometimes have some yard left over!

The way I see it, the more I build in the yard, the less lawn I have to mow. right? LOL!

What would happen if you built a teepee on a raised (insulated) octagonal deck (that sat on pilings up off the ground to get you out of the snow and muck…)

What if you then sprayed SPF (spray foam insulation) on the inside to not only insulate it but to add a vapor and moisture barrier…

What if you then sprayed it on the exterior with lightweight concrete?

What if you added photovoltaic panels to runs the lights and electrical appliances?

What if you did it, in about two weeks?

What if it looked something like… um…  THIS?

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You’d have a 24/7 shelter that was easily four season. And that’s exactly what some guy (I”m still trying to find out WHO) did, in the California Desert.

Let’s step it up a notch…. By building it large enough, you’d get a sleeping loft up where all the heat got trapped.

Cool, huh?

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2 Responses to ““Hard Teepee”… It’s NOT the name of a Rock Band.”

  1. Steve Spence October 30, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    I would have sprayed the inside with foam, then concrete. That way you get an insulated thermal mass.

    • Renaissance Ronin October 30, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Not sure I agree with you on this one. You’d have to spray a significant amount of lightweight concrete in that interior to create that thermal mass and it’d be working against you as you did it (gravity). It’s easy to build UP lightweight sprays on an incline. It’s hard as hell to accomplish that when you’re now spraying “upside down” as well.

      Lightweight concrete isn’t “adhesive” like SPF is. So, you’d also have to provide something beyond that SPF for it to “stick” to. Most people couldn’t handle the task or the costs.

      ‘Course, you ain’t “most people”. YOU might be able to pull that off! LOL!

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