The 25 Year History of Kokoon Homes
About US: The genesis for Kokoon Homes was the desires of our founders to be out of the city and debt free. Our years in Atlanta constituted over 15 hours a week of commute, coupled with the noise of the city itself, which called to us to “get outta Dodge.” In 1990 we purchased a lot in Dahlonega Ga. and started our homestead. We built a modest 12’ x 12’ home and lived in it for 2 years. Back then there was no Tiny House Movement, just ‘oh those silly kids’.
My background in construction & farming exposed me to both foam insulation & steel framing. Many nights I would sit and think there must be a better way to build homes that are efficient & do not need a contractor. About us, We started designing components that would enable the walls to be placed anywhere in the structural exterior, with & without windows installed.
The adventures of revisions involving patent attorneys, CADD (Computer Aided Design & Drafting), CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled Equipment), builders, electricians, plumbers helped us develop the final product. As we grew we had several requests literally in a weeks time to put our panels on trailers. This client driven request prompted our latest product line – Kompak THOW (Tiny House on Wheels).
We are now producing Kokoon Products in an 80,000 sq.ft. factory on 30 acres in Toccoa, Georgia under the same family owners. We are poised to meet the needs of today & expand to the necessities of tomorrow.
Today’s Kokoon SIPs kits & the Kompak THOW are both keeping our original design criteria. We demanded that an average person can erect a home kit with NO crane necessary. Both product lines exceed structural requirements of NAHB; that was important to us. The highly effective, soy based, fire safe, & ecologically sound insulation is constructed into structural steel framed panels. This exclusive designed component can be picked up by the owners in a truck & a flatbed trailer! It’s fun to see a 2,000 sq ft. home’s walls all stacked on a 24 ft flatbed trailer being pulled by a full sized pick-up truck. The owner thought we were kidding when we said it was all there & that we two crew members would have the walls up in a couple days. The owner later told us that he was enjoying an average utility bill of around $100.
Practical, Affordable, Logical. That was the original thought process that has become now – Kokoon Homes KITs & Kompak Tiny House on Wheels.
We look forward to hearing of your adventures as you pursue your dream home.
BUILD YOUR OWN HOME HAVE FUN BE FREE
Dave & Cathy Rades