Frequently Asked Questions

What is a tiny home?

Officially, a tiny home is defined as a house that is less than 400 square feet. Tiny homes are fully functioning dwellings with all the required spaces for living. They have a bathroom, kitchen, sleeping space, and an area for eating and living. Due to the small footprint, some areas serve dual functions.

How much do tiny homes weigh?

On average, finished tiny homes weigh about 550 lbs. per linear foot (length of trailer). We use this number to calculate the number and capacity of axles when purchasing your trailer. These numbers can vary depending on the materials used and the amount of interior structure such as lofts, built-ins, etc. As a safety precaution, we add at least a thousand lbs. to this calculation to cover any personal belongings that might be inside during transportation.

How big are tiny homes? Can I pull one down the road without permits?

Yes. We design and build tiny homes within the DOT regulated dimensions of 8'6" wide, 13'6" tall and 52' long. We can go bigger by request, but anything beyond those measurements will require permits to legally move down the road. For builds up to 10' wide, the required permits are easy to obtain and inexpensive (around $30). Anything beyond 10' wide requires lead and follow cars, which adds to the cost. As for length, we can get trailers up to 52' long, though weight becomes an increasingly difficult issue on anything longer than 28-30 feet.

Do I need a truck to move my tiny home? What type?

We suggest having them moved by professionals rather than purchasing a vehicle to move them yourself. At a couple dollars a mile, this is usually far more cost effective than buying a vehicle for the purpose. If you do want to move it yourself, or plan on moving often, you will need a 3/4 ton truck or better. Always refer to the manufacturer of the vehicle, hitch, and tires for official capacities.

Where can I place my tiny home?

Tiny homes are currently classified as travel trailers. This means that they generally follow the same rules as any RV, which changes based on location. They are allowed in RV parks at the owners discretion. Many people put them on their own property or in a rented space as well. While none of our clients have had an issue with placing them, it would be worth looking in to local laws pertaining to camping and RV parking.

Is insurance available for my tiny home?

Yes. Our tiny homes are built to multiple regulatory standards including NOAH and RV certification through Pacific West Associates. This allows for insurance to be obtained through many agencies.

Can I finance a tiny home?

Yes, it is possible to finance a tiny home. Because we are a certified RV shop, our clients can secure an RV loan. We are working with a local lender to streamline the process for our clientele. When talking to a bank or lending agency, be sure to use the term "custom travel trailer" instead of "tiny home".

Do you build using recycled materials?

In short, yes we do. The process of using recycled materials is a time consuming one and while we are happy to source and use recycled materials in most cases, the process is much more expensive and time consuming. This is due to the fact that most recycled materials need to be sourced, gathered and processed (nail removal, milling, cleaning/restoring, etc.) to be made into a usable material. Any such materials would also be void of warranty.

How long will the whole process take?

Most full builds take about 3 months. This number varies depending on the level of customization and intricacies. For instance, the second time is always faster, so if we are building an existing plan that we have built before, you can expect this time to be shorter. The planning stage is another thing to consider; if we are designing a custom tiny home for you, there will be some back and forth, from major changes to minor tweaks, to make it fit your needs. For a custom design we suggest getting started 5-6 months in advance, which allows some time for the unknown and unexpected. 

Does it hook to utilities like an RV?

Yes it does. Our standard package is a 50 amp, 220 volt sub panel with normal household breakers and a twist-lock male end mounted under the trailer for supply. Smaller service and solar options are also available. Water supply is provided through a food grade hose, and waste is removed through a standard RV waste hose. Tanks can also be used, either on the ground under the trailer, or built-in at the cost of interior space.

Why not just buy an RV?

Tiny homes are an entirely different thing, though regulatory agencies have yet to define them as such. In short, tiny homes are meant for living in, RVs are meant for traveling with. Our tiny homes are designed and built with much higher R-value (Insulation) and longevity. Stick built houses can last lifetimes with proper care and maintenance. Like any other home, a tiny home can be remodeled by an average contractor, not a specialist, which saves cost if you wish to make changes in the future.

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
–William Morris