What Makes Minimus So Sustainable?
Minimus is built on a 8x26 ft trailer making her interior living space about 240 sq. ft. Simply having a small dwelling sets you up for being more sustainable and efficient in the way you live. Minimus has been meticulously designed to have all of the comforts of modern day living in a smaller space. She has a rustic modern feel with plenty of natural light and cross ventilation. The floor plan includes a kitchen, living area, dining/work space, full bathroom (indoor & outdoor shower!), large closet, a storage staircase that leads to a lofted bedroom, a secondary loft and utility closet for storage and mechanicals along with the oh-so important roof deck!
She is powered by the sun, catches rainwater, grows her own food and composts her waste products!
Water: 50 gallon interior rain water catchment system + 150 external overflow system
Waste: Compost Toilet
Heat & Cooking: Electric induction cooker and pressure cooker + back up Propane stove/oven
Insulation: Roof R-30 & Walls R-22 using closed-cell soy based spray foam + Floor R-30 Roxul
90% of Minimus is made from renewable, recyclable and repurposed materials.
Frame: Sustainably Certified Lumber
Siding: Shou sugi ban cedar (an ancienct Japanese technique of charring wood to make it fire, pest and weather resistant making chemical preservation unnecessary!) + the ultimate recyclable product, steel.
Interior: Wood including bamboo and cork
Finishings: No or low VOC paints and stains
Roofing: Metal (the best roofing option for rainwater catchment)
Mimimus was built by a community, local business discounting and donating materials, local tradesman/women donating their time and volunteers eager to help and learn with me. Supporting local economy and building comradery is an imperative aspect of true sustainable living.