Here’s a new approach that will likely become the best way to build your own tiny home in the very near future – a self-build kit. Leading the charge is Volstrukt, a tiny house frame builder in Austin, Texas.
Using start of the art FRAMECAD machines, Volstrukt is literally printing tiny house framing in steel. In just a few hours, this machine takes a CAD drawing and turns a spool of 20 gauge, high-tensile galvanized steel into perfectly cut, bent, drilled, and punched framing members.
The team at Volstrukt then assembles the individual pieces into walls, floors, roofs, and lofts – just like a good old-fashion erector set. Once the house parts are ready the package of house parts is delivered to the owner-builder who simply screws together the panels and jump-starts their tiny house build. A trailer and sheathing can be added as options.
Volstrukt debuted the self-build kit concept at the 2017 Tiny House Jamboree and received a lot of positive feedback. The benefits of going this route are many:
- Owner-builders get a strong & lightweight house frame – steel frames are approximately 50% lighter than wood.
- No special carpentry skills are needed.
- Frames assemble quickly with just a few friends helping to lift the parts together.
- The frames connect together with screws in predrilled holes – no welding or special metal working skills are needed.
- Once screwed together the owner builder can finish it in a similar way to a wood framed house.
- Outsourcing the framing of the home also adds confidence that the house will be safe and strong.
Would you consider buying a self-build kit for a tiny house? What questions do you have?
Read more at the Volstrukt website. Photos via Volstrukt. Stay tuned for more news about Self-Build kits here at Tiny House Design.
Interesting. I’m surprised it’s considered “efficient” to manufacture framing elements as opposed to using stock metal framing sections. That issue aside…
1) What would be the difference in sheathing between a home on a trailer and a site-built home? Both have demands for wind load and resisting lateral motion (whether it be from an earthquake or a highway).
2) If you and your friends are amateurs at building, is getting the panels sheathed the best way to prevent wracking (getting out of square), or are the steel elements fairly secure already?
3) What are the limitations for cuts through the framing members for utilities?