What is a tiny house?
A tiny house is a house that is 250 square feet or less and is usually built on a trailer. They are built on
trailers specifically to get around zoning rules which in most places prohibit a house being built that small.
Because they are on trailers, most counties classify tiny houses as recreational vehicles (RV’s).
How much does a tiny house cost?
There are several factors that go into determining the price of a tiny house. The biggest of those is if you
plan to build it yourself or have it built for you. If you plan to build it yourself it is reasonable to estimate
that the cost will be between $18,000 and $25,000 for the materials. If you are looking for a completed house, you can view our pricing here
Build it yourself? Is that something you think I can do?
Definitely! In fact most people living in tiny houses have built them themselves. Just search the web and you will find
countless examples of mothers, students, nurses, office workers and so on having successfully built their own tiny house.
These are people you might have never suspected of being able to complete such a task and yet they have, and more than likely, you can too!
How long does it take to build a tiny house?
It takes us approximately 2 to 3 months to complete a custom built tiny house. If you are building one for yourself the time
required can vary quite a bit depending on your skill level and the amount of time each week/month you are dedicating to the
project. If you are new to construction we generally recommend allocating between 6 to 12 months to complete your house.
Can you customize a set of plans for me, and if so how much does that cost?
We don't change or customize any of our plans at this time, unless we are doing so as part of building your house. However,
the digital version of our plans include the SketchUp model
making it easy for you (or someone else) to customize them.
Where can you park a tiny house?
There are several options when it comes to locations to park and live in your tiny house. The most common of which are rural land, a back yard,
or an RV/Mobile home park.
It used to be a lot harder to find a location to park and live in a tiny house, but with their growing popularity this is becoming easier.
However, it is still the biggest challenge to moving into a tiny house. The issue is that most counties classify tiny houses as being RV’s,
and most counties don’t allow people to live in RV’s. There are several reasons for this, one of which is that no property taxes are collected
on RV’s. When you live in a county, the people of that county generally want you to contribute to the cost of the infrastructure (schools, roads,
etc). The county also wants to control the population level in specific areas, again, because of the burden on infrastructure. So the idea of a
bunch of new residents showing up in an area, living in RV’s, not designed to support them is undesirable. However, there are groups all over
the US that are trying to get a unique classification for tiny houses that will allow them to be lived in. Often, this effort is accompanied
by some concession on paying taxes. This is being done on a county by county basis and so you will need to check with your local government
to see how they are handling this in your area.
In the meantime most people are just choosing to live in their tiny house regardless of what the local rules are. Since there are so few of
them they can usually get away with this by simply ‘flying under the radar’. This can be done because most code enforcement agencies are
complaint driven, meaning they only show up if someone is complaining about something, and tiny house dwellers are really good neighbors.
How does a tiny house get and connect to utilities?
Most tiny houses are just hooked up to standard utilities. In some cases people place their homes where utilities are not provided so their houses need to be 'off grid'. Sometimes it is a combination of the two. For instance, you may be able to get power and water to your house, but not a sewer hookup.
The standard hook-ups are what you would use if your house was at an RV park or on a lot that had all the standard utilities available, for instance in someone’s back yard.
Water : RV white hose hooked up to an outdoor faucet
Power: Heavy duty extension cord. If you house has 30amp service you may need an electrician to install a special heavier duty outlet. Most RV parks offer at least 30amp service by default.
Sewer: Hooked up to city sewer or septic (can be spliced into existing houses sewer depending on where it is parked.) This is the only semi-permanent connection but a plumber will do this for about $150-300.
Internet and Cable: Standard cable provided by a service provider
These hook-ups are what you would use if your house was located where no utilities are provided, for instance in a remote location or undeveloped land.
Water: Tanks supplied by bringing water in or by rain water collection. Typically tiny houses are not large enough to collect enough rain water for daily use. If water collection is desired, it will likely require an accessory structure to increase the collection areas square footage.
Power: Solar or wind (DC power stored in battery banks, then converted to AC as needed by using an inverter)
Sewer: Composting toilet or container toilet (with onsite composting) with grey water draining to flower bed or portable collection tanks
Internet and Cable: Wireless and/or satellite
How much does it cost to deliver a tiny house?
Delivery cost varies based on the distance from our location. We generally quote between $1.50-3.00 a mile beyond the first 50 miles.
Can I get financing for my tiny house?
While we don’t offer financing directly, many of our customers do get financing from other sources when buying a house. Where we have
seen people have the best luck getting financing is with a local credit union and even USAA, and they are normally getting secured
RV loans. You can also get a non-secured loan, meaning there is nothing backing the loan other than you credit worthiness, but those
generally have much higher rates. On company that can provide a non-secured loan is
Another option is to save up the money that you’ll need while you plan and prepare. If you cut back on your spending it might not take
as long as you think. Find out how long that might take with our online goal calculator.
Where can I build my tiny house?
If you already live in a house that doesn’t have a Home Owners Association (HOA) you can likely just build your tiny house at your
existing home. If you live in an apartment or condo however, you will need to find another place to build your house. When searching
for a place you will need to ensure that you will have access to water, power, a safe place to store your tools and supplies, and preferably
access to a restroom. TO find a location that meets this criteria you can check with friends or even post an ad on Craigslist. If you happen
to live near Altanta Georgia we offer a build space that meets the above criteria as well as offering shared tools.
Where can I get more information about your trailers?