For your convenience, some of our most common customer questions are answered right here.
Q: What is a tiny house?
A: The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical tiny house is between 100 and 500 square feet. People interested in Tiny Houses are looking to reduce their carbon footprint as well as downsize to a more minimalist lifestyle.
Q: Where can I put my tiny house?
A: This varies based on the city and municipality in which you live. In some cities, tiny houses can be deemed “accessory dwelling units” or recreational camping vehicles and can be parked in a back or side yard along on a property that already contains a primary dwelling. These codes vary by city, so it is important that you check your cities planning and zoning codes before purchasing your tiny house. Here is an example of the City of Arlington’s codes pertinent to parking your tiny house as an accessory dwelling unit.
Some us cities are passing legislation and ordinances to make their cities more Tiny House friendly. An example of that is in the town of Spur, TX. They passed a city proclamation in July 2014 to allow Tiny Houses within most of the city. The only caveat being that they must be on a foundation and they must hook up to city utilities. Visit their website at www.spurfreedom.org to find out more details.
Tiny Houses may often also be parked in RV parks as it is a convenient place that offers both water and sewer hook ups. Each RV parks rules and regulations vary so it important to check with them before purchasing or renting a lot.
Finally, eco-villages and tiny house communities are popping up all across the country. Visit Tiny House Community’s website HERE to see if there is a community near you.
Q: How do I move my tiny house?
A: Towing your tiny house is very similar to towing any large trailer. Once construction is complete most tiny houses can be towed safely with a pick up truck. (Up to 18′ trailers can often be towed with an F250 or similar; Larger houses 20′ and above often require a 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck to tow.) If you are unable to secure a towing vehicle for your tiny home there are options to get it to your preferred locations. Many homeowners choose to rent a larger truck to tow their home when they would like to move it. The sporadic cost to rent a truck is much less than the significant cost to buy and maintain a truck capable to move their tiny home. Our Tiny Houses are built out of wood and are built very strong, therefore the structures do not bend. Driving your Tiny House is at your own risk. Though they are built road-ready, driving them through steep areas, areas with dilapidated road conditions, or areas without an adequate road surface are at the owner risk and possible expense. Use caution when driving your Tiny House in areas you are not familiar with.
Q: How much will my Tiny House cost?
A: Tiny Houses vary greatly in cost depending on the trailer, size of the tiny house, and quality of finishes and furnishing used in the home. From a basic shell starting at around $20,000 – $25,000 to fully finished and furnished model from $35,000 to upwards of $55,000. If you are interested call our offices today and we can speak to you about different options for your tiny home.
Q: How long will it take to build my tiny house?
A: Again, this subject depends on materials chosen for the construction of your Tiny House, as some specialty items and materials are not readily available locally. Those items that cannot be sourced locally will dictate the time it takes to complete construction on your Tiny House. The average time of completion can range from 1 to 4 months, depending on materials and finishes.
Q: Can I finance my tiny house?
A: Often times a traditional mortgage on a Tiny House can be difficult or impossible to obtain. Many Tiny Home dwellers are looking to free themselves from the constraints of a large mortgage payment. There are several non-traditional ways to finance your Tiny House such as using private/peer-to-peer lending through companies like Lending Club or Prosper. Another option may be to obtain an unsecured bank loan through your bank, though their qualifications vary.
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