The Big Science Behind a Tiny Home

Visualize your favorite room in your house. Now picture your entire house packed into the size of that room where your whole family lives – don’t forget the dog.

This is a choice and a reality for a growing number of people around the world choosing to live in a tiny house. The tiny house movement today is one where people are downsizing the space they live in to a fraction of the average American home. Most tiny house dwellers do so for environmental reasons or financial reasons and in some regions entire tiny house communities are built providing affordable housing for homeless or low-income families.


For one couple, the decision was based on a mission to inspire and educate other communities to consider innovative, alternative housing solutions. Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons built a tiny house on wheels to take on a cross-country Tiny House Expedition. They will document the stories and the people behind them at each of the communities where they stopover.

Their 130 square foot tiny house is designed to think big and build small. Built using Outperformance Home ingredients from Dow for optimal insulation and air sealing, the Tiny House Expedition is well-equipped to travel wherever their mission takes them in climates from Florida to Alaska, knowing they’re protected from nature’s elements. Incorporating STYROFOAM™ Brand Insulation, FROTH-PAK™ Foam Insulation, and GREAT STUFF™ Insulating Foam Sealants into the home helps Alexis and Christian save on heating and cooling costs, block air infiltration, and increase effective insulating performance.

View the infographic to see how Dow’s leading insulating and air sealing solutions were used to make this Tiny Home an Outperformance Home and follow the #TinyX journey along the way.