Why should I choose a cylindrical home?
Monocoque, Semi-monocoque and structural skin construction is a structure that supports loads and provides the main structural support through its external skin, similar to an egg shell. The word monocoque comes from the Greek for single (mono) and French for shell (coque.)
Our semi-monocoque is a hybrid combining external and internal shells and a compressive structure made up of ribs or frames, further strengthened by the floor, cabinetry and partitions (that we like to call bulkheads.)
The cylindrical home is energy efficient. Cylinders have few corners to heat or cool. And, just think of the corners that aren’t there to collect dust.
Cylinders are also materials efficient. Whacking off the corners of boxes saves a lot of unnecessary labor and lumber.
Besides! It is architecturally unique. Who wants a tiny home that looks just like everyone else’s!
Do you sell finished models?
We do, but we believe you’ll get the most bang for your buck if you do as much of your own work as you can. We have several kits and assembled component packages in whatever combination of parts you’d like – and then you construct and finish your tiny home yourself. You decide, based on your time and money, exactly how much of the home you want to build, or if you want it turnkey ready.
So you’re saying I can decide the level of completion for my tiny home?
Yes, that’s it exactly. Check out our price list and available packages. We believe you’ll save money by buying items such as faucets and appliances from your local dealers. You can shop around for sale prices, or choose to use recycled items.
How does the plumbing work?
Just like all other homes…fresh water flows up and gray water and solids flow down.
Whistle Crossing homes can be fitted with a garden hose style connection (like an RV) that allows you to connect to an existing water supply. Simply changing the fittings will allow you other options such as a well, cistern, fresh water tank, etc.
You may choose a traditional flush toilet that drains into a conventional sewer, septic system or RV style holding tank. Or, if you prefer to be off grid, choose a composting or other RV style toilet. Gray water from the sinks and shower can be separated if desired.
How is electricity hooked up?
Our finished models are equipped with a service panel that’s fed through a 30 amp RV style plug. Tiny
homes that are permanently located can connect to electricity as any other dwelling does. If you prefer living off grid, simply connect to a battery bank charged by wind, solar, generator or a combination of sources.
Are the circular ribs difficult to construct?
They are easy to construct using our Rib Component package. Or, order the plans and cut your own. Of course that requires marking out the pieces, sawing them, and then fastening them together, but if you have the tools and the time, then doing it yourself is a good option.
How much do Whistle Crossing homes cost?
Price depends on how much sweat equity you want to put into your tiny home. See the Prices section of this website for pricing options.
Is financing available?
We accept nearly all credit card types.
We do not have in-house financing, but with your exceptional good looks and a presentable credit score, you’ll likely have no problem with getting funds.
Is the house insulated?
That’s up to you. If you’re building your own, you can insulate to suit your climate. Or, specify the type of insulation you prefer when you place your order for a finished model and we’ll insulate to your specifications.
The tiny homes we’ve completed for climates such as ours have two layers of insulation: Low-E (a double-faced aluminum foil laminated to polyethylene foam) and a layer of R-15 batt fiberglass insulation. Yes, that’s R15 batts, not R11 or R13. R15 costs more initially but…you know the rest of the story.
Our homes can be polyurethane spray-foamed, and the ribs can be cut wider to take more room for insulation which would be best in extreme climates.
Whistle Crossing Cylindrical homes are insulated completely around the circumference, which means the “basement” (the under-floor area) is insulated. Items you put in the smugglers boxes (those hatches in the floor) are as protected as items in the living space.
How is it heated?
You decide. With the hefty insulation in our completed models, not much heat is needed. Electric space heaters or a propane heater rated for indoor use are easy heating options.
A marine/boat bulkhead heater would be a nice feature in your home. Or, one of these would be cool, or actually hot! www.shipmatestove.com
As for natural cooling, we build our tiny homes to support air flow via the front and back doors. Careful positioning of your tiny home can make the best use of prevailing winds in your area.
If you choose air conditioning, a very small unit will be sufficient. A high SEER rated mini-split ductless HVAC system like a Mr. Slim or Klimaire would be great if you want effortless climate control. Mini-splits also come in do-it-yourself versions that are completely charged with refrigerant. You can find a variety of units here.
Does a Whistle Crossing Cylindrical Home need additional roofing?
Yes. Both inside and outside wood strips are coated with epoxy. The epoxy bonds each strip to its neighbor to form a strong structure. Epoxy does not do well in sunlight. Minimally, we suggest an easy to apply roof coating. If you prefer the bright wood look, clear roof coatings with UV inhibitors would give the epoxy protection. There are many brands of roof coatings available. Browse the Internet to learn which best meets your need. Roll-on roof coatings can also be tinted however you lilke. Other roofing materials like a white TPO fabric membrane, EPDM rubber roofing, or similar products would be more effort and costly, but they can be added later over the top of the roof coatings. Sheet metal, either steel, aluminum or aluminum tread plate will provide a lifetime roof for $1000 to $1500, depending on prices in your area.
How long will the house last?
Given proper care, your Whistle Crossing home will last as long as any ordinary stick-built home given the same care.
What kind of components do you use?
We use American-made CCX plywood and sturdy dimensional lumber from certified sustainable forests. We source plumbing, electrical wiring, nails, screws, etc from building and construction suppliers. We choose American Made products whenever possible. We use Concrete Resurrection stains and epoxy.
Is a Cylindrical home permanently attached to a trailer?
Whistle Crossing Homes can be permanently attached…or not…to a trailer. Local ordinances and customer requests vary depending on your usage. They can be welded, bolted or simply strapped onto the trailer.
Can I buy the plans?
Yes, plans are available. See the Plans section of this website.
Do the plans include the cradle the home rests on?
Yes. There are several ways to cradle a Cylindrical home, for example wood or steel skids or crosswise cradles like large tanks rest on. Depending on your situation, you may not need or want a cradle. If you want to sling it from the trees, then a cradle would not be necessary.
Is it possible to add on units or change the size of the structure?
The answer to both questions is Yes!
Connecting units is a great way to add living space. See the Modular Design section of this website for some awesome ideas. There you’ll find several suggestions with thumb nail drawings of differing configurations.
Does it come with kitchen cabinets?
You decide. If you want some high-end cabinets with lots of fine joinery, you can do that. We have inexpensive CCX plywood Kitchen Cabinet Packages available that are easy to install and finish. Or, use our plans to build and install them yourself. We can also install them for you.
What about a foundation?
Foundations vary widely. Concrete, treated wood, rock, concrete block, steel and composites thereof are some of the choices. Or, you might just mount it on a trailer if you want to move once in awhile.
Where are you located?
We are in Mansfield, a small town in the heart of the Ozarks region of southern Missouri.
When and where do you offer training and what does it involve?
We offer training at our manufacturing facility in Mansfield, MO. We tailor our training to fit the needs of the attendees. Those with little or no building experience are grouped together, and those with some construction experience are in another session. All workshops are hands-on and highly focused on tiny home construction. Please call for a schedule and pricing.