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A DIY Shipping Container Home

Back in 2014 we discussed the debt free sustainable lifestyle associated with The Tiny House Movement and Shipping Container Architecture. Throughout the past several years the movement seems to have moved along even further. HGTV has released several “Tiny House” shows and our Container Home customer base has grown from tiny to not so tiny.

InSoFast PLUS: Adding Extra Insulation

It’s easy to increase your R-Value beyond R-10 code minimums while maintaining the engineered benefits of continuous InSoFast panels. Simply layer rigid foam insulation board over top of InSoFast panels, a technique we’ve dubbed InSoFast PLUS. This saves money by utilizing locally obtained rigid foam to enhance the R-Value. Additionally, PLUS projects can be completed

Interview: An InSoFast Passive House

Although code minimums vary from state to state, InSoFast EX 2.5‘s R-10 capabilities fit the bill in terms of meeting the energy codes for most projects. We’ve also made our panels adaptable with the InSoFast PLUS option, just in case you’re determined to go above and beyond the minimums. That is exactly what a recent

Guest Post: Top 3 Places to Check for Escaping Heat in a Home

Maintaining climate-controlled interiors is essential for many homeowners this time of year. While heat is considered a necessity, some individuals might be surprised to learn how much of it leaks from the home – even through closed doors. In fact, a third of a home’s total heat loss is typically through the windows and doors,

Guest Post: How to Best Utilize Your Small Space

As a follow up to our previous post about The Tiny House Movement we teamed up with journalist and blogger Tina Hamilton for a Guest Post geared towards planning your downsized home. It’s important to tackle a small space smartly. And here’s how to do it: Many people today are making the choice to downsize

Going Small: The Tiny House Movement

Owning a house has grown into an integral aspect of the ‘American Dream’. This concept shared by generations of Americans was coined by James Truslow Adams in 1931 and pertains to the belief that anyone regardless of their circumstances at birth can pursue a better life by working hard. Becoming a homeowner symbolizes for many

Z-Furring Alternative for True CI

After visiting the Canfield Middle School worksite, we drove a few miles to downtown Coeur d’Alene to chat with Scott Fischer of Architects West. With over 40 years in business and projects spanning Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Oregon it was no surprise to see that the firm was filled with countless framed awards, articles and

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