How do we do it?
Anyone who understands standard construction methods today will agree that there are much better ways of building a home. Drywall cracks, wooden studs warp, and shingles get blown away with high winds. By eliminating those components in our homes, we also eliminate the problems that come along with them. We believe that home building is a constant evolutionary process, and we aim to be at the tip of the spear when it comes to alternative building techniques. These techniques include Fiberglass exteriors, SIPs panel construction, and the careful construction of every home in our controlled shop environment.
Let's start at the beginning.
Each and every one of our homes are meticulously designed using our computer design program. Every window, appliance, plumbing line, electrical wire, and fixture are carefully planned out and accounted for. Once the design is established, we begin construction in our climate controlled shop. All of our homes are built in-house. This includes the Structural Insulated Panels, interior woodwork, cabinets, shelves, exposed wood beams and trim. We are not just a woodshop- we are licensed contractors with years of experience doing fine woodwork, cabinetry, timber frames, and hurricane-proof homes. We have simply taken our hard-earned techniques and scaled them down to build a Tiny House truly unlike any you have ever seen.
The most obvious feature of a Bayside Tiny Home is the sleek fiberglass exterior. Hard as a rock – we chose fiberglass for the same reasons boat builders have for decades: strength, durability, and water-tightness. Our seamless, monolithic homes eliminate the joints between the roof and walls where water can leak through. Each panel is blended into the next with a smooth curve known as a "fillet".
High winds have little effect on a Bayside Tiny Home. Because there are no shingles or siding, there are none to be blown off. Minimal roof overhang provides nothing for wind to lift against, thereby saving the roof from being lifted off. We stand behind our techniques so much that we guarantee every single house against cracks and defects in the fiberglass.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
SIPs stands for Structural Insulated Panels – 3.5 Inch styrofoam is sandwiched between two layers of plywood. Instead of stud walls which are built in-place, we vacuum-bag every single panel we build in-house to save on cost and ensure the quality of construction. SIPs provide a superior strength-to-weight ratio over conventional construction, and styrofoam has a greater “R” value per inch than conventional fiberglass insulation. Due to the SIPs construction method combined with the fiberglassed exterior, our homes don’t “breathe” like a normal stud-frame home. Instead, controlled ventilation lets the homeowner decide where and when you allow fresh air into your house. Strong, lightweight, and durable, SIPs are the obvious choice in Tiny House manufacturing.
The time-lapse below illustrates our "lay-up" process, which we have developed over the course of many years.
No Drywall or Studs
Drywall (also known as SheetRock) has no place in a Bayside Tiny Home. All of our interior walls are made of an epoxy/wood composite which is lighter, stronger, and much more durable. This means no cracking of joints while on the road, no punched holes in the walls, and no searching for a stud while trying to hang a picture. The walls are made of wood, plain and simple, and can be treated as such.
As our walls are Structural Insulated Panels, the insulation (expanded polystyrene) provides structural rigidity as well as insulation. Rigid foam insulation, sandwiched between OSB sheathing, creates a "sheer wall", which is very stiff and therefore does not require studs. The end product is a stronger, more lightweight wall which is far superior to a stick-built wall.
Because our building process is so unique, we understand that you may have questions about our system. Please send us a message and we'll answer any and all questions you may have!