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Tiny House For Flood Victims

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We have a newly-formed tiny home company here in Bluffton, South Carolina, near Hilton Head Island. The concept of Driftwood Homes USA began several months ago when the intrigue and popularity of the tiny home movement caught our attention and the discussion of building tiny homes began.

In the process of getting ready to build our first tiny home, the tragedy of the floods in South Carolina hit the areas to the north of us. In the words of our owner, Ben Kennedy, “I knew we had to step in and help, and I trust others would do the same if we were in this situation. We were fortunate that our area was not affected and are able to safely tuck our children in at night. That’s when I had the inspiration to build and donate two Tiny Homes to those who need it most.”

Our parent company is a custom home building business, so we combined the knowledge that we already had with the tiny home information we had gathered and began building tiny homes with the support of our community, subcontractors and suppliers. The first tiny home has been completed and we have begun construction on the second tiny home.

We are currently working with several organizations in the selection of the families that will benefit from these homes. Our hope is that when the immediate housing need of a family is met, they will continue to pay it forward to other families so that as many people as possible are able to benefit.

There is currently a donation site set up at www.BlufftonCares.com to cover the cost of building these homes. Although several weeks have passed since this historic flooding, many victims are just beginning to rebuild their homes and their lives.

The first of many tiny homes built in Bluffton, South Carolina to house victims of the 2015 South Carolina Floods. Designed and built by Driftwood Homes USA. Donate here.

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30 Comments

  • Reply Mike January 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Easily the best detailed tiny home I’ve seen to date. Great proportions and you can see how hard the interior space was managed to have everything integrate so well. Look at the relationship of the windows to the rest of the structure. This is really, really good.

    For something you could live in for the rest of your life, 50K doesn’t seem out of line, especially if a mortgage was available. I suspect this is well built enough to appreciate in value over time. And if you could build it yourself, you could probably do it for a little less than that, but the average person might not do it as well. I’m not a fan of manufactured Tiny Homes hardly ever, but this company seems to get it exactly right. Good work.

    • Reply Ben Kennedy January 8, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Mike,
      Thank You so much for the kind words. We take pride in building quality and character in each home. We put a lot of passion into building this home and I am glad you and others can appreciate our efforts. This home is well built with high quality efficiency you would see in standard homes. The walls are built out of 2×4’s with 2×6 roof rafters. In the bathroom we have a standard toilet and pedestal sink and a 36″x36″ shower stall. The Kitchen has Fisher and Paykel Appliances in the Kitchen with a microwave hidden in the pantry cabinet. The flooring is true hardwood flooring comprised of a mixed species of wide plank wood screwed down to the sub flooring. The interior walls are made of 1×8 butt board. A very important feature is the Integrity Windows by Marvin. These windows are Low E and very efficient. The additional thing the windows offer is plenty of clear light which makes the home feel larger and open. We installed foam insulation throughout to add comfort and energy efficiency. The mini split Air Conditioning is rarely needed because the foam insulation in the home. The counter tops are heart pine wood stained with a marine grade varnish on top. The cabinets are custom wood cabinets built to fit.
      Their are so many features to list but these are some of the top ones we feel are what brings the quality of this home.

      We would be happy to share more with you and share our story and vision.
      Thanks again for your kind words.

    • Reply Marty January 9, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Unless I read this wrong, 50,00 would purchase two homes. That is a really really good price!

    • Reply Andy January 11, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Could not agree more with you, especially with your comment about proper proportions.

      So many of the houses featured here are an absolute horrible mishmash of styles, where it’s clear that the designer has zero architectural training. This house is amazing, it’s beautiful and looks extremely well built.

  • Reply Randall January 7, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Beautiful THOW! I really like the lightness of the interior, I like the change from the typical too much of a good thing pine or aspen covered wall. Lightening the surfaces makes it seem larger. The mini split system is nice too.

    But what is with luan paneling in the shower? That won’t last two weeks, it will delaminate, leak, then slowly flood the entire home. Too many tiny houses being built with wooden shower surrounds. For a house that shows a higher level of craftsmanship than most to use such an inferior product is beyond unacceptable IMHO. Use a shower surround, FRP board, or if money allows stainless steel but not 1/8″ or 1/4″ interior grade paneling.

    • Reply Rebecca July 4, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      I’ve been noticing a lot of wood shower surrounds in tiny homes, too. To me, it seems to be a mold and mildew nightmare waiting to happen. Randall’s post is the first one I’ve seen mention this. Would like to see others’ opinions on this. Maybe there’s a way of protecting it that I don’t know about. Also, how would you keep it clean?

  • Reply Thomas Malkin January 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Well done; don’t see anything to kvetch about. Distilled essence of tiny house.
    What strikes me is how easy it would be to mass produce these in a factory, rather than stick-building it a piece at a time in a parking space or industrial space. In a factory, the advantages to the consumer would be speed, reproducibilty (with accuracy), and a drastically lowered labor and design cost, not to mention better prices on materials in volume. To the builder’s advantage, it would be possible to build the houses in what could be called a jig – a structure around the build, with two levels, one for ground floor and the upper for easier roof and loft installation. We could get the cost of these down to, what, 12-15 thousand?

    • Reply Sara January 9, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      Love that idea! Would love one as a second home!

  • Reply CLC January 7, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I need one for my granny cottage!

  • Reply Henk de Wit January 8, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Although I think it a very wonderful initiative and wish you well with your business. I love all the details and admire the lay out of the whole but , I personally , think the canopy @ the entrance is to low , it may be ok as long as you keep the stairs @ the entrance but as soon as you would consider a deck in front you’ll have a problem with the height o/t canopy. I understand you will not be able to move it up w/o compromising the upper window , it’s either flatten the roof pitch of the canopy , eliminate the canopy or give the roof a bigger overhang @ this end. Good Luck !

  • Reply Jason Waite January 8, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Does anyone know if we can finance something like this? On the market, how much would you pay for something like this? $25,000? Are their some cheaper options at say $15,000?

  • Reply Melinda Saltzman January 8, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Beautiful!!

  • Reply Kathy January 8, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    How warm and welcoming! Lovely idea and execution. Nice full kitchen, too. I hope whoever ends up living in it adjusts to the restricted space with minimal problems. For TH enthusiasts, it’s a grand adventure, but even so it’s challenging.

  • Reply Meighan seigel January 8, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I think it is lovely for couple. I agree with others who described it as well designed, well appointed. I love the kitchen. Looks from the sign that the hope is to get two for the $50k goal, sounds very reasonable, wish you great success.

  • Reply Jane January 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    What a great idea. May I suggest a brighter, more lively color for the exterior to help perk up the folks who have been devastated by these floods?

  • Reply Using Tiny Homes For Crices January 8, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    […] You can read the entire story and see more high-resolution images (as well as a link to donate if you’re interested) of Ben’s tiny house here. […]

  • Reply Monica Sweere January 9, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Well done, Your custom building experience shines in this micro-custom home. Beautiful merchandising. Thanks for sharing this home.

  • Reply Danni January 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Very nice

  • Reply ann January 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I seen the store about the help build for the flood victims.I would like to know if there is anyone that would help me finish my tiny home seen a month ago my home burned down and now I have started my own tiny home but do to my health I have not been able to finish is there anyone that can help?

  • Reply KelliAnn January 9, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Love this tiny house! The appliances are fab, there’s actually room to relax and even entertain a bit in the living room and it looks like it’s got a pretty decent bathroom too. My only complaint is that having a range hood in a tiny house is a MUST. Otherwise you spend great gobs of time cleaning greasy cooking residue off of EVERYTHING. Anyone who’s had a small enclosed kitchen will tell you the same. Must have some way to vent heat/steam from cooking.

    • Reply Ben January 10, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Kelliann,
      Thanks for the suggestion. We the range hood into consideration and decided the window near the range would have to serve for additional ventilation because of the limited space for the range hood. Good eye though.

  • Reply Sandra January 10, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    You guys rock! This tiny house is the most gorgeous and amazingly well designed use of space. I would be so happy in this space. For me I would put in a condo size sofa for comfort and add stairs to the sleeping loft somehow but that is it!!! Love the interior design choice of colours and finishes.
    It is great inspiration for our one day tiny home that I’m bookmarking.
    Thank you!

  • Reply Liane January 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Wondering how a mobile tiny house would work on beach front property? In terms of insurance and safety. If movable, is that a good thing, or would making it stationary be better option?

  • Reply phil January 11, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Gasp, someone put an upper cabinet with doors and a huge closet in a tiny house. It’s about $%^& time. I’m so tired of seeing open shelving. My only issue is the shower. What kind of wood is that?

    • Reply Susan Gunyou January 14, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      I believe that the wood for the shower walls is cypress. The wood has been treated with a marine grade finish.

  • Reply rktrix January 11, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Beautiful material selections (but… what is the material in the shower?), colors, proportions and details. Just lovely. A fabulous gesture to helping a family maintain their roots in a “swamped” city.

    My only quibble: Light fixtures over the windows – if they could be turned 180 degrees, they’d cast more light up onto the ceiling and less on a dark surface.

    All in all – very well done!

  • Reply Jeff January 11, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Great job on the house and for thinking of others. For some reason, this house reminds me of a lighthouse or outlook post or something. Love that upper bedroom with the windows. Then, my brain went crazy: Has anyone ever proposed putting their tiny house on a pontoon and turning it into a house boat?! It seem so logical to me. Back your trailer onto a platform with pontoons, a motor and small cockpit. Have a large deck around the house and a way to lock it down. If this idea ever happened, this house would be the one to put on it!

  • Reply Le January 19, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Lovely house, but what about families with kids? Surely they need help as much or more than couples? Doesn’t seem to be much provision here for actual families..

  • Reply Leah January 20, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Lovely! And my heart is warmed.

  • Reply Jannette Moss April 23, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    I am disabled and low income. This would be perfect for someone like me. Do you sell these… I love this house.

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