We start by scheduling a time to meet with you. Because we value face to face communication we prefer to meet with you in person, if this is not feasible we can meet via teleconference. During this time we'll discuss and determine what your tiny home needs and desires are. At that point we'll begin putting together a layout and interior design that is tailored to accommodate your lifestyle and reflect your personality. After you have been presented with our plan for your tiny home and have discussed with us any adjustments you'd like to make, we'll finalize the design. We require 50% of the cost down before beginning construction and the remainder upon completion. Our team will then begin building your beautiful new tiny home!
The most common size is a 24 foot trailer, which starts at $75,000. Our all-inclusive base package includes high end features that we know you'll appreciate, with quality materials and workmanship that exceeds the status quo. Our tiny homes showcase the timeless beauty of real wood, with stained exterior shiplap siding, solid hardwood floors, ceilings, walls and millwork, as well as custom cabinetry (with solid hardwood and dovetail joints). Also included are stainless steel appliances, mini-split heating and cooling (depends on climate and use), attached storage shed with 30-40 gal. water heater. Price differences from our all-inclusive base package will generally be due to the size of trailer, unique structural/layout and other material additions, and off-grid capabilities.
Other things to consider:
While the cost of a tiny home is important it is not the only factor to consider in your decision making process. While our base price of $75,000 may seem high to some people, it is important to keep the proper perspective on pricing. Purchasing a tiny house doesn't mean you have to lower your standard of living. What can you reasonably afford while incurring little or no debt? Are you able to embrace a tiny home lifestyle? To some, a tiny house is a seasonal place to live, to others it is more permanent. Whatever the reason, you can have a very comfortable living arrangement with nice amenities and without committing to a long term mortgage or high rental expenses. You will have the freedom and flexibility to live on your own terms.
Tiny houses are generally treated as an RV or travel trailer for financing purposes. The larger the down payment (20% or more) the easier it is to procure financing for your tiny house. Your credit score (720 and above) and stable work history will increase your financing options from your local bank or credit union.
For those of you that are existing home owners, "HELOC" or home equity lines of credit are ideal places to finance a tiny house with more favorable interest rates. In addition gross annual income greater than or equal to the amount being financed is acceptable to most financial institutions. A 5 year credit history with no record of defaults and late payments is also a plus.
Other online financing sources that may be of help to you in financing your tiny house include: SoFi, Lending Tree and Lightstream.
It will take between 90-120 days to build your tiny house depending upon the level of customization.
Depending upon size, the weight will generally range from 9,000lbs. to 20,000lbs. To tow, you will need a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup truck using a 2 5/16" ball hitch. Once again, we build custom tiny houses out of higher quality materials which tend to weigh more and are more durable vs. the cheaper and lighter weight products used in RV or travel trailers.
Our trailers are custom built for tiny homes providing the necessary structural strength and security you need for your tiny home. We believe a firm foundation is the starting point for a quality made tiny house. With its solid steel flange, we can reduce the amount of overhang on the trailer thus improving the structural integrity of the entire tiny house. Two steel beams (rather than wood decking) provide 4 anchor points for each floor joist to be secured to trailer frame. Our subfloors are constructed on top of the trailer frame allowing for better insulation and thermal envelope, and protected plumbing, thus minimizing potential hazards. In addition, the entire underside of trailer is flashed and sealed with galvanized metal to protect against water, insects and rodents. Finally, our trailers are equipped with electric brakes, heavy duty axles, high load radial tires and are fully certified with trailer VIN and ready to be licensed.
We use a composting toilet which eliminates the costly, complex, space consuming and inconvenient holding tank and septic systems.
We have chosen the Natures Head brand toilet due to it's reliability and ease of use and upkeep. This unit separates liquid and solid waste thus eliminating unpleasant odors. All solid waste goes into the collection chamber that is designed to accelerate the composting process; liquid waste can easily be emptied as needed from the 2 1/4 gallon container. You can expect 6 weeks with 2 people using full time before you need to empty compost. The compost generated from your toilet can be emptied into an exterior compost bin and later used as fertilizer for ornamental plants. Please visit NaturesHead.com for more information.
The electrical network is similar to that of a RV or travel trailer. We have taken the extra time to comply with applicable codes common to most residential houses. If you are not off grid, you can be connected through a 30 or 50 amp cord that will provide power to your entire home. If your tiny home is off grid and you desire a smaller carbon footprint, you can run off batteries and/or solar power, and propane. With our off grid upgrades, we utilize two 100lb propane tanks to supply heat, hot water, cooking, dryer and refrigeration needs to your tiny home. We have also incorporated a 100 gallon fresh water tank into our tiny home designs giving you ample water supply along with the 30-40gallon water heater. Our plumbing lines are heat taped to avoid freezing and all our electrical and plumbing connections have easy access panels.
Because your tiny house is not wider than 8 1/2' or taller than 13 1/2' you do not need any special permit to move your tiny house on the road. You just hook up and go. If you do not own a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup truck there are many private parties that you can contract with to provide RV/tiny house hauling services.
We advise using a hitch locking mechanism from Proven Industries. These locks are among the best available and cannot be easily tampered with.