Tiny Homes & Shelters for the Chemically Sensitive

Simple, small modular and custom homes for the chemically sensitive.

Metal Yurts

The metal yurt from Clean Air Yurts is 18 ft in diameter. The shell is made of galvanized steel coated in zinc. The door is metal as well.

You would need to build a foundation and choose materials for the exterior and interior, provide insulation and wiring and plumbing (if desired). Though you could just leave it as a steel structure. The yurt can be assembled in one day and can be taken down and moved if needed.

The cost of the metal yurt is 10K

Grain Bin Home 

These Grain Bin Homes are also 18 ft in diameter and made of galvanized steel. There is room for a loft and it has louvers that can collect rain water if desired. Other options include solar panels. It does not come with options for interior/exterior or foundation, so those would be up to you.

The homes are around 10K but there is a big discount for non-profits who are purchasing them.

SIPs Prefabricated Dome 

Eco Built Systems makes these really promising little MgO based modular homes. The walls are SIPs made of MgO, basalt, glass fibers and mineral foam. They claim they give off no VOCs. Because these are prefabricated homes they reduce construction time compared with a tiny home. They claim they cut down on construction time by 40%.

They are being manufactured for distributors now. So you will have to find a distributor to order one. The 20 ft dome is 38K.

Wooden Treehouse

From Out N' About, a company that rents out treehouses, sells plans and parts, this 16' Treezebo Hexagon could be a great non-toxic home.

The plans for the treehouse are $450 and that includes a 3-hour consultation. The metal parts are $2000-2500 and the wood would come to around 5-10k, not including materials for wiring and plumbing.

Arched Cabins

The basic kit for Arched Cabins includes floor plates, ribs, ridge beam, standard insulation R13, Super Span Roof Paneling (metal), trim and fasteners needed to assemble the cabin. This does not include the foundation, installation, interior, end caps, and delivery.

The 12x12 which has room for kitchen and bathroom is $2708. It includes the basic kit plus a fireplace thimble, Super Span Roof Panels color upgrade, and R25 insulation.

This is a simple, mostly metal kit that you could then customise to be chemical-free on the inside. 

Intershelter Domes

These cool domes are easy to transport and assemble and have a lifespan of 30 years.

They are made of a fiberglass composite material which the company says does not emit an odour. Some sensitive people say fibreglass needs some time to offgas and others find it ok fairly soon after production. 

The domes start at  $7,500 for the 14' model.

I've looked into these in detail so contact me for a consultation if you are interested in how to make these non-toxic and for more details and tips. 

Simple Wooden Cabins 

These bare bone wooden cabins are made of solid wood. I see some OSB in the subfloor but that could be avoided. Opt for solid wood for the roofing as well. There is no insulation so they would be difficult to live in in extreme temperatures.  It does not include roofing shingles and roof prepping, stains, railing, foundation and deck or windows. You do your own wiring, plumbing and systems as well.

It is $6500 CAD for a 14 x 14 foot cabin. They  are produced in Canada. 

A SIPS House
The Nomad Micro is a 10x10 metal SIPs house. It can be made to be very non-toxic. You order the shell from them for 25K CAD (which is actually quite pricey). You need to add: shipping (From Vancouver BC, platform or slab, installation, wiring, heat, plumbing, hot water heater, flooring, and cabinets. There is an option to complete the inside in a non-toxic way. My most sensitive friend tested the SIPs and thought they were good.

I have seen the installation instructions but you would still want to ideally visit the factory as well as talk to someone that owns one. They haven't been around that long and there is no warranty. For a 10x10 house this is on the expensive side.

They come in a larger size and you can also connect more than one.

Amish Built Wooden Home

From Backyard Buildings in Maine, these tiny houses are a good deal. They are custom built. This one pictured is from a member of the EI groups on Facebook and I have her permission to post about it.

The house is made of local wood, non-fiberglass insulation, low VOC adhesives, a woodstove (but you could use electric heat), wired for on grid (but can do off-grid as well), cedar siding, metal roof, and plumbing.  They can be moved though they are not on wheels. This one is 400 sq ft and was only 14K!

Hemp House

Hemp House Pods - a simple 8 x 12 structure meant to qualify as an ADU (without a permit) is made from hemp and a wood frame. Hemp may be mould proof in certain climates. The cost does not include plumbing, electrical or the deck.

The houses are 15K and they say they go up in a week.


  1. I imagine 18 inches should be 18 feet.

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  3. Many interesting ideas here... thanks for posting!

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    1. Hi Kerrie, if you are looking for a tiny house I have a lot of them listed here. Check out the post on building a mold free house. Join the Facebook groups for safe housing those will help a lot too. I'm in BC as well. If you would like to book a private consult shoot me an email at corinnesegura@gmail.com

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