NEW! Custom Built Tiny Homes

Our designer and craftsmen have collaborated to create a beautifully and thoughtfully designed 220 sq. foot tiny home, able to function on or off the grid in any climate. It starts with a trailer specifically designed for tiny homes providing a solid foundation. The striking exterior displays pine shiplap siding stained a weathered grey.

You'll appreciate the attention to detail we've incorporated in the features and craftsmanship of this scaled down home. We've placed a special emphasis on Shiloh's off-grid capabilities including batteries and two 100-pound propane tanks, stored in the attached exterior storage shed, to provide ample fuel for your cooking and heating needs. The 22,000 BTU heater will keep you warm and cozy through winter's coldest days. We've also included a large 100 gallon fresh water storage tank along with a reliable 40-gallon gas water heater so that you'll always have an abundance of hot water.

Shiloh showcases gorgeous black walnut flooring throughout and unique pickled white-washed maple and birch paneling accented by reclaimed maple. The kitchen area features stained quarter sawn white oak cabinets, open wall shelving, large sink, oven, cook top, and 10.7 cu. ft. refrigerator. Opposite the kitchen you'll find bar height seating under a large window which serves as your eating area and work space. The convenient main floor queen-size bed provides convertible seating with storage drawers beneath.

Above is a multi-purpose loft providing space for a guest bed, storage and a lounge area with a view of the TV. The bathroom is also an important part of the layout, providing comfortable and spacious place to get ready for the day. The features and amenities include: high ceiling, multiple windows, full-sized closet with extra storage above, washer, dryer, vanity, sink, Nature's Head composting toilet and tiled shower.

Whether you are looking for an economical second home for yourself or to have a family member nearby, or just desiring to simplify and declutter your life, we invite you to explore tiny home options that we can provide for you.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I start the process of my custom tiny home?

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 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!

  • How much will my tiny home cost?

The most common size is a 24 foot trailer, which starts at $79,000. Our base package include high end features that we know you'll appreciate. 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, washer/dryer, mini-split heating and cooling (depends on climate and use), attached storage shed with 30-40 gal. water heater. Price differences from our 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 $79,000 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. 

  • What are my financing options?

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. 

  • How long will it take to build my tiny home?

It will take between 90-120 days to build your tiny house depending upon the level of customization.

  • What is the approximate weight of my tiny home?

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.  

  • What type of trailer do you use?

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. 

  • How does the septic and sewer system work on my tiny home?

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.

  • How does the electrical and plumbing work?

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 you are off grid and 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 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.  

  • Do I need any special permit to move my tiny home?

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 hauling services.

  • How do I secure my tiny house against theft?

We advise using a hitch locking mechanism from Proven Industries.  These locks are among the best available and cannot be easily tampered with. 

 

Model Home

This home is a unique cedar-sided home designed with a mission style theme, set back on a deep one acre lot. A covered front porch offers a protected and inviting entry with a gorgeous black walnut door. Entrance from the attached 3 stall garage offers easy access to the mudroom and lower level, featuring a family room, recreation room and bath. This home features a well-planned kitchen with an island and snack bar, ideal for entertaining.

The kitchen cabinets are a rare and unique Birdseye maple accented with curly maple crown molding and beautiful granite countertops. The kitchen is open to the great room which leads you to a wrap around deck with a view of 2 ponds on the 16th fairway of Lake Arrowhead's Lakes Golf Course. You will find rustic red oak on the cathedral ceiling in the great room as well as on the porch ceiling. A rich walnut fireplace rounds out the comfortable great room.

A picturesque view of the golf course is seen from the great room, kitchen, and master bedroom. Iridescent red birch flooring is the unifying theme through the kitchen, dining and great room. A wide hallway takes you to an inviting den incorporating a hickory floor with warm butternut wainscoting, as well as a guest bedroom with a rarely seen American elm floor. Next you will find a granite-topped quartersawn red oak vanity in the tiled guest bath.

The conveniently located main floor laundry is just outside the spacious master bedroom, which features a captivating cherry vaulted ceiling complimented by a northern fleck white birch floor. Additional features include ample closet space, including a walk-in closet, as well as a cedar- surrounded whirpool tub and two breathtaking granite-topped black walnut vanities. Wide quartersawn white oak moldings are seen throughout the home with 4-inch casings and 8-inch baseboards, while all doors are solid 3-flat panel white oak.

Although attractive from the outside, once inside you immediately notice the quality craftsmanship and attention to detail as well as the warmth and splendor of the wood floors and moldings. The tranquil northwoods setting makes this an ideal executive, vacation or retirement home.
2900 sq ft. - 3 bedrooms - 3 baths