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Design Choices to Consider Before Starting Your Tiny Home Build

Guest Post by Kebony

Before you start building, consider the following materials for construction to improve the quality of the tiny home that you are building for yourself and your family.

A Sustainable Wood that Resists Aging


Modified wood is real wood but it resists decay and has increased longevity by increasing the hardness and stability. With the increased hardness there is less wood damage due to humidity by up to 40-60%.

Modified wood is great for the environment. With the higher longevity that the wood has, the less wood that each home needs to replace over the years, saving you money in the long-run. There is no maintenance needed and you only need to clean the wood. Many modified wood manufacturers do not use any chemicals or toxins in their wood, making this material safe for everyone, including kids and pets.

There are many varieties of modified wood to choose from, so you can be sure to find a style that you love. Great for outdoors, this wood is an excellent wood alternative to use as it will last longer, save you money, and is great for the environment.

Strong Wood for Interior Construction

Hardwood plywood is an alternative to regular hardwood but it has higher stability by having an assembly of layers. This means that you don’t have to worry about hardwood plywood warping as much as regular wood, so it lasts longer.

Hardwood plywood comes in a variety of thickness and size of panels, even large panels if you need, making it easier to work without joining up edges. Because of the options you have for hardwood plywood, planning and building becomes a lot easier. Great for building, including for cabinets, furniture, and other projects, hardwood plywood is a great material to use when you are ready to create your tiny home.

Durable Siding that Protects Against all Earth’s Elements


Fiber cement siding is a very sturdy, strong material that is great to use when building your tiny home. The weight of this siding would require your home to sit on a foundation. This material has been proven to withstand high-winds and other harsh effects of weather, protecting you from the elements. Fiber cement siding also has fire-resistant properties and will keep out insects, moisture, and UV rays.

Sturdy against the elements, fiber cement siding is less prone to any kind of damage that causes wear and tear, often coming with at least a ten-year warranty. If your home is meant to be long term and not moved, fiber cement siding is a great material to use when building the outside of your home that will protect you and your family for years to come.

Easy to Maintain Hardwood Flooring

Before you get started on building your tiny house you will need to find a great hardwood floor. You will want hardwood that is strong and durable so it will last.

The best engineered hardwood flooring has acrylic added to the top layer of the wood, which makes the floor 300 times stronger than regular wood floors. If you want your floor to withstand the effects of time, wear, and tear, get this kind of hardwood flooring. It will cost you more, but will save you in the long-run.

You can find this hardwood flooring in a variety of styles to match the look that you want, perfect for any kind of interior. Hardwood flooring is the way to go for the indoor floors of your home, as they are easy to keep clean, will last longer, and save you money.

Hand Crafted Furniture to Built to Size

Before you go to look and buy your furniture at a regular chain store, consider buying custom, handmade Amish living room furniture. You can get any kind of furniture you want built however you want it, and you will have one-of-a-kind, perfect for those who want a unique but elegant interior design. Buying Amish furniture means that you won’t have to deal with the salespeople at big stores who are really just middle-men anyway, and your money won’t be going to a big corporation that already has plenty of it. You do have to order at least 6-8 weeks in advance usually for custom furniture so as to give them time to build, but it is well worth the wait.

These Choices for your Tiny Home Will Make a Big Difference

These are all great options to look into before building that will improve both the quality and the value of your tiny home. These strong, durable materials will last you for years to come without having to worry about replacements, keeping more money in your pocket in the long-run.

Guest Post by Kebony