The tiny home movement began in the 80s, gained traction around the late 90s, and started becoming widely popular after the housing crisis in 2009. The past decade or so has really shown a shift towards minimalistic living and downsizing. Tiny homes may seem trendy, but for many, they reflect a way of life that is based more on experiences and the fundamentals of happiness, rather than having a big house with a of “things” to fill it.
Spend some time researching tiny homes and you'll find that many owners tend to be quite creative with their compact dwellings. Due to the small size, it's much easier and affordable to build a totally custom tiny house versus a full-size one. When it comes to the exterior you can often go quite luxurious without hurting your wallet, which is a huge plus.
Although there are many beautiful options for tiny house siding on the market, arguably one of the most attractive is real wood.
Real wood for your tiny home
(Outdoor Bathhouse, by Oslotre AS, photo by Patric Katzman)
The natural warm feel and look of wood matches perfectly with the charming appeal of many tiny home designs. Cabin-like homes with a gable roof will look picture-perfect with wood cladding. Even modern tiny homes focusing on straight lines and a flat roof are ideal candidates for wood exteriors.
Real wood is exceptionally versatile. Considering variances in wood siding appearance, you can go light and bright or quite dark and bold. Paints and stains will further help you get the appearance you want. You also have placement options if using boards, such as horizontal or vertical. You can go for a unique look with diagonal boards or custom-cut shingles in shapes like circles or diamond.
There really are no limits when it comes to the exterior appearance of your tiny home if you use real wood. The only issues with real wood siding are its maintenance requirements and weaknesses to certain environmental factors.
Thankfully there is a solution out there for owners that want real wood but also want a low-care, durable tiny home.
Consider upgrading to modified wood
(Floating Home, by Timo Urala, photo by Jörgen Ulvgård)
Modified wood is the best siding for tiny homes when the owner wants an easy to care for real wood exterior. Modified wood takes real wood and impregnates it with a non-toxic bio-based liquid that is then cured and dried. The end result is an extremely hard and durable wood siding, comparable to the best tropical hardwoods.
For tiny home owners this translates to a stronger home exterior and one that is about as low-maintenance as you can get. Unlike traditional wood siding that must be regularly stained, painted and otherwise surface treated, modified wood only needs occasional cleaning which is easy and inexpensive to manage.
Modified wood is also highly resistant to wood-loving insects and pests. Fungus, mold and mildew are also very unlikely to set into modified wood as the aforementioned modification process simply makes this siding unattractive to such microorganisms.
Modified wood is water-resistant and able to handle various climates, from damp coastal regions to harsh dry deserts. Regardless of where you end up setting up your tiny home, choosing modified wood ensures your house will be kept safe and secure from the elements.
Cladding your tiny home in modified wood
(Artist’s House, by Cubo, photo by Henning Davidsen)
Kebony offers their modified wood in both Clear and Character grades. If you prefer a very sleek, clean exterior then the uniform Kebony Clear is a great fit, with its lack of knots and soft grain finish. If instead you want a more rustic look, Kebony Character is the best choice for you, with a rich, pronounced grain and natural wood knots.
Over time all Kebony modified wood siding will gracefully age and develop a silver-gray patina. The end result is a naturally weathered look that suits the tiny house persona perfectly. You can, however, stain and seal modified wood siding if you wish to maintain its original brown color.
Kebony modified wood makes the ideal tiny house exterior siding for any design where wood cladding is desired. You can play with board orientation, size or spacing to create whatever look you want. There are no limits to how imaginative you can get with modified wood siding for tiny homes.