Compact Home Anatomy

Anatomy of a Compact Home

What goes into making your Compact Home?

Compact Home Manufacturing knows Quality is more than skin deep, and we are happy to prove it.

What better way to prove we “walk the talk” than to show you the Care and Craftsmanship that goes into every Compact Home… including yours.

Welcome to “Compact Home Anatomy – Aspen Edition”

Rotisseries Aren’t Just for Bar-B-Que’s

The frame under a tiny home performs the same function as the foundation of your house.  The structure on top is only as strong as the foundation that supports it.  But your house has one big advantage… it doesn’t have to stand up against repeated travels down bumpy and treacherous roads.

We recognize the vital role placed on the frame under every Compact Home, which is why we make them from fully-boxed steel, meticulously welded at all seams.  The welds are so vital for the durability of your Compact Home, each frame must endure the challenge of the Rotisserie – around and around – until each seam’s weld passes the scrutiny of close inspection.

It is this utilization of the Rotisserie for accurate and thorough welds that ensures your Compact Home will survive the rigors of transport under the burden of your new home, maintaining its value for decades, no matter how many times it hits the road.

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Functional Art – The Rembrandt Supporting Your Wall

If a frame survives the Rotisserie, it graduates to a “rolling chassis” with the addition of  7,000lb, heavy-duty axles.  Each axle is laser-aligned for precision tracking, reducing tire scrubbing, overheating and wear during transports.

Once tires and wheels are introduced, you’ll need weathertight wheel wells.  But, not just any wheel well…

Wheel wells on a Compact Home are more than fancy splash guards… Yours will carry a structural load, so we make them out of steel with artistically crafted fender arches that are not merely a design element.  Taking their cues from the early Roman Aqueducts dating back to 312 BC, these fender arches rely on similar principles to add optimal structural integrity to the wheel wells. 

Whether it’s for the 3-axle, 30-foot Main Cabin, or the 2-axle, 20-foot Great Room addition, the Functional Art designed into each of Compact Home’s wheel wells is more than a pretty face.  These hand-crafted wheel wells become key elements in the quest for durability… and for proof, you need to look no further than the numerous, 2000-year-old aqueducts still traversing the Italian landscape.

All that Craftsmanship… and no one will ever see it, once covered by your Compact Home’s exterior.  But at least you’ll know it’s there for the long haul.

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Compact Home Anatomy continued…

Stands Up to the Shake, Rattle and Roll of Life

Besides ensuring a stable surface for flooring and fixtures, the heavy-duty, interlocking subfloor provides a thermal break between the steel frame and cabin structure, helping to keep the inside of your Compact Home cooler in the Summer and Warmer in the Winter. 

Immediately following the subfloor, the structure of the walls (“Superstructure”) begins to take form.  Every Compact Home is constructed using steel studs for the Superstructure, which offers substantially greater strength with less weight, compared to wood.

In addition, an important feature of an all steel Superstructure is the ability to pre-engineer it for “managed flex” to prevent cracks and separations that could allow unwanted exposure to outdoor elements as stresses and road vibrations assault your Compact Home over the next several decades. 

It is this use of our rigid, all-steel frame (“Substructure”) mated to a Superstructure designed for managed flex that combines to bring you our industry-leading durability.  

The principle behind a Compact Home’s skeletal design is the same as why tall buildings in earthquake-prone regions (such as, Tokyo or San Francisco) are designed with a solid foundation, but walls that sway during seismic activity,  instead of collapsing.


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