What is I Wood?
I Wood is created by milling lumber with a groove. That groove makes I Wood Homes almost snap together like Lincoln Logs.
The groove also generates needed wood products and allows the creation of up to four boards per log. Milling methods used today typically generate only two boards per log.
Thus we save a significant number of trees in each cutting. If that’s not enough, the groove reduces the shipping weight of the resulting I Wood lumber by about a third when compared with conventional 2 x 4s and 2 x 6s.
Finally I Wood lumber can be milled with the simple addition of a couple of easily obtainable blades for the mill.
How big are I Wood houses?
I Wood houses come in a variety of sizes from a “Sleeping Cabin” which is 8’x8′ all the way up to a “Granny Flat” which is 16’x24′.
What can I Wood houses be used for?
I Wood houses are adaptable and can be used for many purposes such as: Bridge Housing for the homeless, disaster relief shelters, refugee housing, Granny Flats, ADU’s (accessory dwelling units), camping shelters, temporary housing for events, home offices, art studios….the possibilities are endless.
How easy are they to set up?
Depending on the size, two people with two screw guns can assemble the frame in under two hours. The rest takes the balance of the day.
Are they weatherproof?
Yes. The roofing and siding have sealing tape applied at the seams. For additional protection, the roof peak and the siding seams are covered with wood trim.
Are they expensive?
No. The I Wood frame for an 8’x12′ unit is about $400. The finished unit is around $2,000*.
What about electricity?
For the smaller units being used as a “Sleeping Cabin” a solar panel can be added to power a light or two and recharge a cell phone. Larger units can be completely finished with utilities depending upon local city ordinances and codes.
What about hygiene?
The units can include a marine toilet or composting toilet. Groups of cabins could include dedicated bathroom units or porta-potties. There are organizations that provide mobile showers in some areas for units being used as homeless housing. A centrally located larger unit can be completed with plumbing and used as a bathing unit.
What about meals?
Large enough groups of cabins can come with additional support buildings such as communal kitchens. Larger units can be completed with small appliances as allowed by city building codes.
Are they disposable?