Tiny House Toxic Free
HOUSING FOR HEALTH
About TIny House Toxic Free
Tiny House Toxic Free is very specifically dedicated to two things:
- how to build a tiny house on a motorhome chassis
- how to build a tiny house that is free from toxic building materials.
Building a motorhome is different from building a conventional house or even a tiny house because—it moves. It’s more like a trailer in that regard. You can’t, for examaple, lay a tile floor on a flexible subfloor. So part of our challenge is to find materials that work in a motorhome environment.
And then those motorhome-friendly materials need to be nontoxic. Motorhomes are typically made from various toxic plastics—mostly polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethene foam, and particleboard. These are flexible, but toxic.
But there is a need to address this issue of toxic materials. Virtually all the tiny house shows and videos we have watched are constructed from standard building materials that emit toxic VOCs. And because tiny houses are small spaces, emissions can concentrate to dangerously high levels in a short period of time.
Our intent is to show you step-by-step both the process of building a tiny home and our choice of toxic-free materials.
We believe tiny houses of all types are the solution to the problem of the need for affordable housing. Mobile tiny houses allow their owners to move as needed for work or pleasure, bringing along with them their personal style and belongings.
On this blog we intend to show it’s possible to build your own tiny house, it’s possible to live big and be happy in a tiny space, it’s possible to have a home designed around your personal needs, and your home can be healthy.
Tiny House Toxic Free is part of a collection of websites called The Lifely Group, which is all about life beyond industrialization. We’re building our own tiny house and including this blog in the collection because we beleive that tiny houses are a viable option for those who wish to create a self-determined, life-sustaining lifestyle. As our society continues to look beyond industrialization for a more lifely way of life,, tiny houses will be an integral part of our collective future.
About Debra + Larry Redalia
We’ve been building nontoxic houses together for more than 30 years.
When we met, Debra had already been researching nontoxic materials as Debra Lynn Dadd. She was co-author of one of the first books on nontoxic building, Healthful Houses: How to Design and Build Your Own, with AIA architect Clint Good. In 1985 she had remodeled a cabin in the woods in Inverness, Caifornia using all the nontoxic materials available at the time.
In 1990, we married and remodeled our first toxic-free house together—another cabin in the woods—in Forest Knolls, California.
In 2001, we moved to Florida, where we did a toxic-free remodeled a 1600-square-foot family home built in 1940, and a smaller cottage as a toxic-free rental property.
We designed all these properties together and Larry did most of the work with his own hands. So we are very familiar with design, building and remodeling.
We’re looking forward to creating this tiny house to meet our specific needs in every way.