A few weeks ago we towed the Mushoom Tiny House on its first journey up to the Yestermorrow Design Build School in Vermont for the first annual Tiny House Fair. I wanted to take some time to share some photos and give a bit of a recap.
The Tiny House Fair was a blast! It was a perfect shakedown test for the freshly completed Mushroom Tiny House, and I’m happy to report that it made it there and back along bumpy Vermont roads in one piece. I was thrilled by all the positive feedback we got about this radical method to GROW the walls of a house. I left convinced that Mushroom Insulation is a perfect fit for Tiny Houses. It’s manageable and affordable for people to do on their own without special equipment. Compared to cellulose or fiberglass, it won’t settle or reduce in effectiveness after vibrating down the road. Like spray foam, it insulates, air seals and also glues the whole house together. Unlike plastic foams however, it’s all natural, renewable and it’s safer in the event of a fire. Mushroom Insulation and Tiny Houses really seem like a perfect match.
For me, the highlight of the weekend was teaching a workshop on how to pack walls with Mushroom Insulation. This is the first time this has ever been done outside of Ecovative’s R&D facility! Thank you to all the guinea pigs who participated. Great work! Check out all these smiling faces insulating test walls during the hands-on demo:
We hope to teach more of these workshops in the future and keep expanding these walls into a dog house or chicken coop or some sort of teeny tiny house. Thanks to everyone who helped grow the first section!
I had an absolute blast at the first ever Tiny House Fair. Thanks so much to everyone at Yestermorrow and in the Tiny House community for making this event happen. We hope by next year there will be a whole village of Tiny Houses insulated with Mushroom Insulation!
Hello, Mycelium Mavericks at Ecovative Design! Please let me be the first person to order your currently-in-development SIPs for my 399 square feet very small (but bigger than tiny) home in Richmond, Virginia. I'm planning on breaking ground at the beginning of August, and would like to know if your new product will be ready around that time. Please contact me at your earliest convenience: Laura Middlebrooks 804-502-6419. THANKS!
Our SIPs won’t be ready by then, but you can pre-order live Mushroom Insulation to grow your own walls similarly to how the Mushroom Tiny House was put together. Check out the pre-order form on this site and let us know if you have any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
HI there, I realise you will be wanting to make a profit, but I was wondering if you will put up the details of how you made this house? I'm currently wanting to build a tiny house made from timber shipping pallets and am looking for options for insulation. Is it possible to use mushroom spores or is there another way of only using the roots? Thanks for all the great work you are doing :) Ben
It takes a lot of specialized equipment that we’ve build and developed over the past 6 years to make this work well. We are now taking pre-orders for the live Mushroom Insulation so you can buy some and grow it yourself in your creation. Check it out!
Re dwelling units: there are a number of attractive designs for small dwelling units (500-800 sq. ft), including some "pre-fab" ones. How about teaming up with designers of these to prepare DIY kits? Re: furniture, do you expect to be able to create a smooth,continuous surface (as would be needed for tables, etc.) using the approach that results in a material lighter than balsa but as hard as pine? I believe very light-weight, disposable furniture has great potential for today's life styles.
Yes, we’d love to find a pre-fab builder to team up with on this.
Our R&D team is also working on some alternatives to engineered wood like MDF and particle board. We use mycelium as a glue instead of carcinogens like formaldehyde.
Just lurking about your blog, and I just saw the post about offering the house as a kit. I would definitely dig that!
It’s available now for pre-orders… check it out and let us know if you have any questions. email@example.com
Thanks! Let us know what you think of the house now that it’s done growing!