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Cubist Engineering made a splash with The Sturgis, a gorgeous tiny home built with some very innovative materials like Cross Laminated Timbers. Mike Haney has an engineering background so I asked him to come on the show to explain what CLT’s are and how they can be used for building tiny houses. Plus, a look at Cubist’s transformable trailer that can be converted into a permanent foundation.

In This Episode:

  • How did Cubist Engineering devise the Transformational Foundation?
  • What preparations are needed for the use of a transformable trailer?
  • Hot-Dip Galvanizing keeps the trailer strong and rust-free for 75 years
  • Why Cubist Engineering usually doesn’t sell just the trailer
  • Cross Laminated Timber (CLT): what it is, pros and cons, and how it’s used.
  • What kinds of insulation is typically used with CLTs and how does it perform in winter?
  • The Ceiling Bed: The solution to bulky Murphy beds and lofts
  • The Rapid Deck: Take your deck with your tiny house

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Guest Bio:


Michael Haney

Michael Haney

Mike Haney is the co-founder of Cubist Engineering, a prefab small space design, build and consulting firm. With a background spanning magazine editing, furniture building and software, Mike handles design, sales and marketing for Cubist. He lives in San Diego.


instagram: @cubistgrams

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