The tiny house trend involves, well, tiny houses. It’s for people who want to conserve resources and minimize the literal footprint of their lifestyles.
This latest tiny house goes one better. According to TreeHugger, this Canadian house was built to be chemical-free. Its builder, and owner suffers from severe reactions to chemicals, and she’s not the only one.
People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) or autoimmune diseases can have adverse reactions to the paints, glues, plastics, and flame-retardant materials found in a normal house.
The house measures 20×8 feet and was built to an existing design with some changes. The cotton insulation, for example, required thicker walls. The extra weight of various materials also meant risking making the house too heavy to be towed on a trailer. Tiny houses are classified as trailers as a legal fig leaf to get them around building codes.
To make the house totally chemical-free, individual materials had to be thoroughly researched and tested. Samples of materials also had to be experimented with, which meant risking illness over and over.
It’s all documented on the blog My Chemical Free-House. Check it out for all of the details.