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How big or tiny is a tiny house?
Well, primary notion is any house with a footprint of 500 sq. ft or lower is a tiny house
How much does a Tiny House On Wheels (THOW) cost
It costs about $30,000 (USD) to build a 24′ THOW (if you DIY it)
About 15% of a conventional home.
How many types of Tiny Houses are in market?
Generally when we say tiny house, we mean Tiny House on Wheels (THOW) , however, the term is used interchangeably.
Tiny Houses on foundations are essentially small homes.
What is the size of a tiny house on wheels?
Normally, Tiny House On Wheels comes in sizes of 8’6″ (W) x 20′ (L) x 13′4″. Where Length varies from 12′ to 40′. The total maximum allowable length is 65′ which includes the towing vehicle.
Can Tiny Homes Be insured?
Yes, A tiny house can be insured, there are a few companies who provide full coverage of your THOW and tiny houses on foundation (THOF).
Read More: Tiny House Insurance
How much does a tiny house weigh?
For a tiny house that is 24′ long, the weight of trailer is about 2000 lbs + Weight of structure and appliances comes to about 10,000 – 13,000. This totals to about 15,000 lbs for the complete Tiny House On Wheels.
Get a list of weight of individual material used in tiny house
Do tiny homes depreciate in value?
Yes, unlike the conventional homes, tiny homes depreciate in value. They follow the same fate as of vehicles. Recently though, we’ve seen some resellers of tiny house selling it for a profit. So it’s still in grey zone as of now.
What about property tax?
Yes, Tiny home owners have to pay property tax but that’s usually not as high as those of regular houses and the taxes vary by states. It’s usually about $50 in some of the states.
Take a look at Checklist before you buy property for tiny house
What's cheaper? Tiny house on wheels or Foundation?
If your tiny house is light in weight, you can go for lighter foundations which will be considerably cheaper. Otherwise for a normal heavy home, Tiny House On Wheels is relatively cheaper by about $500 -$1000. The difference will vary from place to place.
Can You Change Foundation of Tiny House?
Yes, Foundation can be changed from On Wheels to Permanent Foundation but not the other way round.
PREPARING TO GO TINY
BEFORE GOING TINY
I want to make sure this doesn’t happen with you, it’ll be good to get answers to these 30 crucial questions that make up the crux of living tiny.
MISTAKES THAT'LL COST YOU
DONT MAKE THESE MISTAKES
FINANCING & COSTING YOUR TINY HOUSE
HOW TO SECURE FINANCE FOR YOUR TINY HOME
- Your Savings
You should start by making a budget. You can then allocate the funds that you need to finance your tiny house. Remember to keep the tiny house savings far away from other personal accounts.
- Help From Family & Friends
Apart from cash, you can borrow loans from family and friends as it is a good way of financing your tiny house. Once you move into your tiny house, you will no longer pay rent or mortgages. Instead, your sole focus will be paying back the loan.
- Manufacturer Financing
Some tiny home manufacturers have built-in financing for your tiny house which are worth considering. These products are aimed at making their tiny houses more accessible to buyers.
If you opt for sponsorships, make sure you come up with a good offer. Let them know exactly what they will get in return from the deal. You can even show them how companies have benefited from sponsoring tiny houses.
Consider starting a GoFundMe page for your family and friends donations. You should however not count on crowdfunding to give you lots of money without working hard.
- RV Loans
If your tiny home is on wheels, then you can consider getting an RV loan. Your tiny home must be certified by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. It is only then that you can be eligible for an RV Loan. Most of these RV loans may have interest rates of 4% and 7%. This is usually for a term of about 15 years.
MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR BUILDING TINY HOME
- Find Cheap & Reclaimed Materials
Before starting the build project you should find cheap and reclaimed materials. Finding cheap and reclaimed materials may at times prove difficult. However, with the right information, you can get the best places.
- Habitat For Humanity Restore
Habitat ReStores are run by the local Habitat for Humanity organizations. This store accepts donations and sell home improvement items at a discount.
- Use Corrugated Metal Roofing
The quality of roofing material really matters a lot. Going with a weaker roof will mean regular renovations to restore its condition. A good corrugated roofing material will last 5-10 years after which you can replace it.
- Step Wise Building
Opting to build the tiny home in phases can save you from monthly rent payments. This is because you will be living in your own home as the construction continues.
- Custom Made Trailer Helps
Getting a custom-made trailer from the manufacturer will help you big time if you are planning on saving money. You’ll also save on stress that comes from old & faulty trailer and their effect on safety of your tiny house. Getting a custom trailer ensures you avoid middlemen who will only end up increasing the prices.
There are quite a number of stores out there all with different prices. You should thus carry out a detailed research before parting with your hard-earned money. To make sure you get the best deals, you will have to know the full cost of each item.
COST OF MATERIALS IN A TINY
LAND & PARKING
HOW TO FIND LAND FOR TINY HOUSE
- Call Your Zoning or Planning Department to Find Land For Tiny House
- Towns With No Housing Codes
- Recreational Use Land
- Temporary Urbanism: A Government Initiative
- Facebook Groups & Forums
CHECKLIST FOR BUYING LAND
- Questions you should ask your seller
- Questions you should ask your local Building Department
- Questions for Zoning & Planning Department
There are total 21 vital questions that you’ll need to ask respective parties for ensuring the land you purchase is fit for building a tiny on it.
WHERE TO BUILD TINY HOUSE IF YOU DON'T HAVE YOUR OWN LAND?
A campground can act as a good location for building your tiny house on wheels. All you have to do is check out some smallish campgrounds near you after which you can rent a site.
- Self-Storage Units
Self-storage units can come in quite handy for aspiring home owners who want to build a THOW. You should however compare the different prices available before settling on one which is in line with your financial capabilities.
- RV Parks
Even though the thought of an RV park may not be in mind, you should consider getting the most out of them. Make sure you examine all the RV parks before making the decision to settle on one.
Driveways can also be utilized as a good location for setting up your tiny house on wheels. However, you must first speak to the homeowner concerning the duration of your stay and payable rent before building your small house
- Tiny House Communities
The good thing about living in a tiny house community is that you do not have to worry about code enforcement officers and police officers as is the case with other areas. This is because they are designated areas for tiny house owners.
5 LEGAL LOOPHOLES IN BUILDING CODES
- Make Sure Nobody Complains About You
Code enforcement is an ongoing collaborative neighborhood effort. It is aimed at ensuring you do not break zoning, municipal and housing codes. What you may not know is that “complaint-driven enforcement” depends on your neighbors. Therefore, chances are the official will not seek you out if the neighbors remain silent.
- Maintain Your Traditional Home Address
When maintaining your address at a traditional house, building inspectors will find it hard in proving whether you are living in a tiny house. Instead of considering it as a tiny house they will view it to be a traditional house.
- Code Enforcement Staff Are Already In Short Strength & They’d Rather Leave You Alone
Most cities have been cutting down on code enforcement staff as from 2012 and 2013 yet building inspectors do not want you to know this. The cut back on number of staff can be attributed to the declining municipal budgets and tight revenues.
- The 2 Campgrounds Trick
As an owner of a THOW, you can decide to alternate between two campgrounds until you finally settle on one. This action will go a long way in securing the land that you have been looking for.
- They Are On Our Side
Building inspectors have already realized that people are now opting for tiny houses but they are not willing to say it. Despite their silence, more people will still opt to build tiny homes.
FINDING PLACES TO PARK YOUR TINY
- Your Own Land
If you own land or have rented it, it can be used as a tiny house parking space as long as the local zoning or planning department allows you to do it.
- Temporary Urbanism
It’s an initiative by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The underlying idea is that there are several downtrodden urban lands which are abandoned and no more in use. The government wants to lease out these lands to the general public for the setup of pop-up stores, restaurants on wheels, and many other similar categories.
Look for Airbnb (and other competitors of Airbnb) to look for people offering their house/property. Give them a call, talk to them and ask if you can park your tiny home in their property.
Look for a house with a huge backyard for rent on Craigslist, there are high chances for you to find a place that’ll let you allow to park your tiny house on their property (obviously at a cost).
- RV Parks
- Facebook Groups & Forums
- Call Local Planning & Zoning Department
TOWNS WITH NO HOUSING CODE
- Delta County, Colorado
Delta county, Colorado is the most perfect place to buy a land in. there are no legal issues pertaining to the setup of the house and there are no housing codes that govern the building.
Most incorporated areas of Wyoming have no zoning laws apart from septic which happens to be a state code. Being a plateau you can buy a piece of land and set up your tiny house hassle free.
In Maine, more than 50% of the townships are unorganized which implies that there’s not enough to collect taxes and implement the local housing codes. This would, therefore, serve as a suitable location for your build.
- Rural Texas
In Texas there are no housing codes for rural property. You can practically go out, find a piece of land, buy it, and build a 1000 square feet home on it and nobody will blink an eye.
- Marfa, Texas
Marfa is a popular tourist town which is famous for its minimalist art and all the unconventional housing along with the 19th century rail road and of course Donald Judd.
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DESIGNING YOUR TINY HOUSE
DESIGN MISTAKES THAT CAN JEOPARDIZE YOUR TINY HOUSE
- Missing Auxiliary Spaces
It is important to remember small things such as laundry hamper and compost receptacle as they will come in handy when you start life in your tiny house. With the limited space in a tiny house, you may fail to find a suitable location. So do not forget to include space for trash, laundry and other stuffs. You will be glad to have made the decision!
- 3D Render (Image) is extremely important
Since traditional houses do not exist in 2D, it is necessary to translate your floor plan to a 3D rendering. To do this, you will need to get hold of a program like SketchUp.
- Spending Lots of Money Before Trying Out The Space
Before spending money on something, you should try the lower-price version first. With the right purchases, you may save tons of money
- Choosing the Wrong Trailer
Before you decide to build, It is important to estimate the weight of your trailer. This action will prove beneficial whenever you want to increase or lower the weight of your trailer.
- Not Planning For HVAC
The importance of moisture and air control is intensified in a tiny house. With the different activities such as cooking you will be releasing water vapor. You can thus opt for a Heat Recovery Ventilator System (HRV) as it will help in distributing fresh air in your tiny house.
- Building a Home That’s Downright Threat to Your Life
It is important to hire a competent professional if you are to have a proper weight management and loading pattern of your tiny house trailer. This action will prove beneficial whenever you wish to relocate or move.
- Building/Buying a Home That’s Not Right For You
Study different types of tiny house plans and pick a design that best suits how you actually use your living space. Communicate these needs to your builder so you have plans and, eventually, a home that meet your needs.
- Skylight That is Not Egress-Rated
- Improper Rough Openings of Doors & Windows
- Forgetting About Proportion and Symmetry
- Full-length Hung Clothes Storage
- Little Storage Space
CUSTOM DESIGN V/S PRE-MADE PLANS: WHICH IS BETTER?
- Fulfills Your Needs
Whenever you intend to get a tiny house plan make sure you have all your needs and wants written on a piece of paper so that you can objectively decide and make an informed decision. When it comes to pre-made tiny house there is non that will satisfy your needs 100% because it is not supposed to do so. on the other hand you can get a customized plan designed for yourself by contacting a design firm that specializes in tiny house designs.
Pre-made plans are sold in stock and are generally designed for a general audience. They will, therefore, be available n the price range of $100 – $300. As for customized plans you are going to shell out more than $2000.
- Need For Modifications
Not every pre-made plan will meet your definition of a perfect designed plan. Therefore, you should do some modifications to tweak it to be right for you. Unlike pre-made plans, you have the freedom of including anything you wish in a customized plan. You are thus sure of coming up with the perfect fit house that meets all your needs.
- Quality of Plan
Pre-made plans are questionable as they are sold only over internet and internet is a vast place and you can’t be sure of every other website. On the other hand, customized plans are usually perfect since a tiny house design firm will ask a lot of questions to get a clear idea of how you picture the tiny house in your mind.
- Building Codes Suitability
Since pre-made plans are designed for general audience, it is designed per IRC (International Residential Code). You will thus need some tweaking before it can suit your local code. As for a customized tiny house plan, it will be suited for your local code when you hire a local firm in your area.
- Adverse Weather Conditions
Pre-made plans follow International Residential Code and don’t specifically cater to your local weather conditions whereas Customized plans are compliant with local weather conditions and code.
- Safety of Your Tiny House
Most pre-made plans don’t have any anti-theft measures designed to keep your house safe. However with customized plans there are provisions which can be installed or designed in a tiny house which when installed can ensure safety of your tiny house.
WHY DO YOU NEED A FULLY DIMENSIONED FLOOR PLAN?
- Helps In Getting Loans & Finances
The first thing that they ask you when you apply for loan or finance either is to present a professionally designed plan.
- You Get Better Visualization
A professionally designed plan helps you get a clearer visulaization of your space. You can thence make changes, effective changes according to your suitability.
- Aids In Buying Material
To get a complete material list, you gotta have a floor plan to work with. A poorly drawn or hand drawn floor plan wouldn’t help in getting the list right.
- You Cannot Get RVIA or BILDSWORTH Certificate Without Professional Plan
When you apply for a safety inspection and/or apply for certification such as Bildsworth or RVIA, they’ll begin with Design Plan Review and for this they’ll need a professionally designed floor plan.
- You Can Buy The Right Furniture
Since floor plan gets you a clearer visualization of space and shows you space occupied by each element, you can choose a better or more ergonomic furniture that suits your lifestyle.
- It’s a Universal Language
Drawings are a universal language and can be understood by anyone with technical know how. This plan will be used by professionals ranging from Arhcitect, Building Department, Certification Agencies, Builders, Plumbers, Electricians, HVAC professionals, and a lot others.
- It’s Easier Making Changes
You can easily make changes and modify your floor plan as and how it suits you. You’ll just need to have a compliant software such as AutoCAD or Revit to do it.
or we can design a fully dimensioned professional floor plan for you for only $99
HOW TO DIY A TINY HOUSE PLAN
- Analyze Your Current Lifestyle
Before thinking about the important things to include in your tiny house, you should list all the things that you do currently. Take time to think about the things you like to do daily. You can then make a list of these things from the common ones to the less common.
- Tryout Different Floor Plans
With a clear picture in mind, you can sketch as many floor plans as possible until you find the perfect fit. Once you have a clear picture in mind, you can map the entire plan to scale on the floor. It is only then that you will get the perfect floor plan for your build.
- Make Modifications
Nothing will ever be complete without doing some modifications. The same case applies to a tiny house floor plan. You should thus have a look at any mistake that the plan may have by simply seeking the help of your friends. Take time to go through everything until you are satisfied with what you have.
- Check Out Already Made Plans
The best way to know how to plan your tiny house is looking at those already in existence. You should examine all the plans at your disposal to see if any is close to yours. Through this action, you will get to know whether you are on the right path or not.
- Visualize The Build Process
With the plan in place, you can set aside some time to work through the build process. Envision the process of building your tiny house. Think about what to start with and the steps that will follow. You should however take your time to reason everything out.
- Sourcing Materials & Forecasting
Once the plan is in place, you can start sourcing for the materials you are going to use in your build. It is important to consider the time line since some materials may take long to be delivered. You should order these materials first if you are begin the build earlier.
WE'LL DRAFT A FULLY-DIMENSIONED FLOOR PLAN FOR YOU
HIRE US: THE BEST TINY HOUSE DESIGN AGENCY
TO GET A TINY HOUSE
1. BUY IT
2. BUILD IT
BUY A TINY HOUSE
HOW TO BUY RIGHT TINY HOUSE FROM SALE
- Where To Put Your Tiny House
Deciding on where to put your tiny house is the biggest obstacle that you may come across before buying one. However, you should not think too much as there are only two decisions to choose from i.e Tiny house on wheels or tiny house on foundation. The decision that you make will depend on your preference.
- Family Size and Style
Putting your family size and style into consideration will play a key role in determining the type of tiny house you are going to buy. With enough square feet, the privacy of each person will be guaranteed.
A tiny house is way smaller when you compare it to a residential house. You should thus look for a way to keep the extra household items that you own.
Before buying a tiny house, you must have enough finances to get a tiny house that meets your interest. If not, you should look for ways in which you can raise the money needed to finance your tiny house. It is only then that you can get a good tiny house to live in.
- Tiny House Insurance
Any person who wants to buy a tiny house must be ready to protect it from any risk whether fire or natural calamities. You should thus look for a tiny house insurance plan that will protect your tiny house in case such risks occur.
- Outdoor Space
If the outdoor space is not enough, you will need a large deck, porches and room to roam outdoors to cater for your additional needs.
Most tiny houses have limited space due to their small size and hence it is important to add shelves along the walls, in the kitchen or under the stairways. These shelves will prove beneficial especially when it comes to keeping your personal things.
- Composting Toilet
Before buying a tiny house from sale, you should check whether it comes with a compost toilet. A composite toilet is very helpful if you cannot get full hookup services to a sewage connection or waste disposal.
- Electrical and Plumbing System
Before you buy a tiny house from sale, you should make sure that the electrical and plumbing systems are up and running. With a good plumbing system, you will never have to worry about floods that occur due to water leakage.
- Trailer Condition
- Quality of The Tiny House Construction
- Windows and Insulation
- General Feel of The Tiny House
CONSIDER THESE TIPS BEFORE YOU ENTER A TINY HOUSE CONTRACT
- Put Everything in Writing
Before entering into a tiny house contract with a builder, you must make sure that you note down all the details. By noting all the agreements down, you will be able to account for everything that happens. This way, you will not have to get a tiny house that is not in line with your expectations.
- Keep All Communications
Effective communication is important whenever you are entering into a contract. Any communication that takes place should be saved in a safe and secure place. This is because it will act as proof of what was agreed with the builder even before signing the contract.
- Examine All The Builders Available
There are quite a number of tiny house builders out there that you can rely upon. However, not all of them will offer the services that you are looking for. To avoid putting yourself into problems, you will have to carry out detailed research of all the tiny house builders.
- Seek Help From Other People
Your friends can come in quite handy whenever you want to enter into a contract for your tiny house. These friends will help you know the builders that you should trust and work with.
- Review The Plans and Specifications
It is important to know what the builder is planning to come up with before reaching an agreement. To get this information, you will have to review the plans and specifications. Once you have this information, you will have a slight idea of what to expect at the end of your contract.
- Weigh The Advantages and Disadvantages of Multiple Builders
Chances are you may come across more than one contractor to choose from. This can be difficult to handle considering all the builders may offer the same services. To save yourself from this situation, you can examine the pros and cons of each builder.
- Make Sure Your Contractor Has a License
Any tiny house enthusiast who signs a contract with a company that has no license will find the going tough. You should, therefore, check whether a contractor is licensed before making the decision to work with them.
- Follow Up
It is important to follow up on your contractor if you are to get a tiny house that is in line with your expectations. For those who live far away it is mandatory that you set aside some time to visit the contractor to know their progress.
- Get Proof Pictures From The Builder
It is necessary that you get proof of what the contractor is doing if you are to know their progress. With pictures, you will be able to know what to expect from the builder and the things that are not according to plan.
- Avoid Getting Into Personal Relationships With The Builder
Most people get what they had not planned for just because they were too friendly with the builder. For this reason, you should avoid getting into a personal relationship with a contractor as it will only end up working against you.
BUILD A TINY HOUSE
HIRE A BUILDER
OR BUILD IT YOURSELF (DIY)
STEP WISE CONSTRUCTION OF TINY HOUSE
TINY HOUSE PLAN
All constructions start with a drawing, a plan as we call it, for a perfect home, you need a perfect plan. Planning is a crucial step in your tiny house design and usually it should be left with the professionals to do, however, people like to do it themselves and sometimes make mistakes that are irrecoverable or may cost them a fortune. Anyway, for the folks with experience in designing and planning, they can do it themselves, others who can’t should approach a design firm or Engineer or Architect for the drawings and plans.
There are 2 kinds of plan that you’ll need for tiny house:
- Fully-Dimensioned Floor Plan
- Build Plan
You may already know that trailer acts as a foundation for tiny house on wheels and you’d always want your tiny house to be sturdy and safe. To ensure this, we, as Engineers and Architects always suggest going for a new trailer for your tiny house. Though an old trailer may be sufficiently sturdy for your needs there’s always some degree of risk attached to it.
Trailer and the Tiny house are engineered in such a way that maximum weight is loaded on the tongue side of the tiny house trailer. To ensure this you need to have an exact idea of the weight of your tiny house.
ORDERING & SCHEDULING
Ordering build materials in advance is one sure way to build affordably. Materials when offered in bulk and advance can help you get discounts which most builders get. Go to the pro-desk and order your material from there.
But for that you’ll need a list of all materials that you need and when will you need them.
FRAMING & BUILDING
After getting materials on site it’s time to frame the building. You can choose to do it yourself or hire a builder to frame it for you if you dont have enough experience in doing this. If you don’t want to go through either of them you may check our facebook group where in we’ve had certain members who are building it together, post it there if you’re looking for a partner to build your tiny house with. I’m sure you’d find someone in your area.
There has been a lot of debate on tiny house forums and groups about which insulation is best for tiny house. Well, there’s no one answer to this question because it all depends. It depends on a lot of factors such as your location, material availability, price, and quality of insulation.
Well there can be certain useful hacks when it comes to insulation and you should definitely read the article below to catch hold of these insulation hacks.
Toilet is an interesting aspect of design of tiny house. It is a standard practice to have it near kitchen to consolidate plumbing. Also, for toilet the flooring used is vinyl tiles because vinyl tiles are lighter in weight and also are anti-skid. In tiny house, normally folks use a Nature’s Head Compost toilet, which though is quite expensive tends to do the job.
There’s however a cheaper alternative to compost toilet which you can very easil
Ventilation is one very important aspect of a comfortable living. Mold and mildew brew up is one of the very big problems associated with ventilation in a tiny house. This mold and mildew build up in turn deteriorates your health and the health of your electronics.
Mini Split Air cons are the best choice of folks in tiny house. They are affordable and also do the job just fine. Here’s an article that will take you through the best mini split ACs and another article which shall talk about ventilation your tiny house.
APPLIANCES FOR TINY HOME
Juts like any other house, you’ll need some essential appliances such as Washer, Dryer, Refrigerator, mini Split, heater, water heater, cook top, and a lot more.
We’ll gradually update you with the best appliances for tiny house but as of now we’ve written an article about mini splits ACs and tankless water heaters, please take a look.
OFF GRID TINY HOME
ALL ABOUT SOLAR PANELS
Solar panels are quite cheaper when compared to any other form of conventional energy. You will, therefore,be in line with the goals of a tiny house as they tend to cut on costs.
- Energy independence
Solar energy is reliable as it is applicable even in remote areas with no access to power. With a solar panel, you can enjoy the freedom of travelling in your tiny house on a trailer.
- Environment Friendly
Solar panels are a good option to go with as they have no negative effects on the environment. You will thus be able to take good care of nature while at the same time enjoying life in your tiny house.
- Low Maintenance Cost
Maintaining a solar panel is a piece of cake regardless of the amount of money you make. They, therefore, suite tiny house owners since they do not have to spend more on maintenance costs.
- Weather Dependent
Tiny enthusiasts living in areas that lack enough sunlight cannot enjoy solar energy. Fortunately, they can consider using a moveable solar panel to cater for all their energy needs.
- Solar provides DC Energy
When using a solar panel you have to buy an inverter to convert energy from DC to AC. This may at times prove costly for people living in a tiny house.
- Grid-Tied Systems or Batteries
Before spending money on a solar panel, you must figure out what you need. It would be better to go with a grid-tied system as they are available at a pocket friendly price.
Solar panels need to be installed in the most suitable location. You should, therefore, make prior arrangements on where you want to install the system.
When purchasing solar panels, you should make sure they have a uniform size if they are to produce the same quantities of energy at the same rate.
Purchasing an extra buffer will do you good when using solar panels in your tiny house. This additional buffer can account for cloudy days hence guaranteeing enough energy.
GREY WATER DISPOSAL
- Types of Waste Water
Before deciding to join the tiny house movement, you need to consider how you are going to dispose of wastewater. There are two types of wastewater: Greywater and Blackwater. Make sure you understand these types of wastewater if you are to dispose them perfectly.
- Branched Drain Water System
A branched drain system. would be the perfect fit if you are living in a tiny house on a foundation. When having a wide area to cover, it will be able to serve you to the maximum.
One of the simplest ways in which you can reuse greywater is by placing a bucket in your shower or beneath the sink. You will then have to take the water-filled bucket. You can then put this water into use be it in your toilet or garden.
Creating a wetland is the best idea especially when the greywater is too much for your garden. A good wetland can either be a pond or marshland that redirects the water to where it is needed.
- Surge Tank
A surge tank can also act as a good disposal for greywater in your tiny house. In order for this option to be effective, you will need the best possible way of securing the hose and surge tank.
- Gravity-Fed Filtration Tanks
Gravity can come in handy whenever you want to filter greywater from your tiny house. However, you must have parked your tiny house on a slope if you are to get the most out of gravity. This is a good option considering the fact that you will not break the bank to put it into place.
- Rules and Regulations Concerning Greywater
Before setting up a greywater system, you will need to understand the rules and regulations. Since regulations vary with the area, you should contact your local authorities. It is only then that you can find the best possible way of disposing greywater.
- Avoid Contact With Animals and Humans
Greywater is contaminated as it may contain bacteria, soap and home cleaning products. You should thus make sure it does not come into contact with humans or pets when redirecting it to plants.
- Use Natural Biodegradable Household Products
Natural biodegradable household products. are made from natural and renewable sources. They will, therefore, easily break down into their individual components.
OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS
- Understand Your Water Needs
Rainwater collection is a good way to supplement your water needs regardless of how off-grid you may be living. However, you will first have to calculate your water needs before choosing a system to use.
- Materials Needed
The material to use really matters a lot when choosing a rainwater catchment system. You should thus estimate the amount of rain received in your area before deciding on whether to go with a small or large tank.
- How Much Water Do You Consume
It is important to know the amount of water you consume in a month or year. This information is vital as it helps in choosing a storage system.
- Calculate The Water You Can Harvest
Determining the amount of water you can harvest is of great importance. This action will prove beneficial when sourcing for a rainwater catchment system since you will already have a clear idea of the amount of water to be harvested.
- Know The Laws of Water Collection in Your State
Most states have their own laws concerning rain water. It is, therefore, important that you have a look at all the laws before making the decision to invest in a rainwater catchment system.
- First Flush Diverter
Opting for a first flush diverter is a step in the right direction when setting up your rainwater catchment system. With this diverter, you can wash the roof of your tiny house with all gunk in it.
- Catchment Surface
A catchment surface can be any location where water lands before being channeled to a storage tank. If you ant to use your roof as a catchment surface, you should go with a metal roof as it will offer the best results.
- Storage Tank
The storage tank you choose will depend with your water needs. A large tank will be better if you need plenty of water. If you have minimal water requirements, you can choose a small storage tank.
USING RECLAIMED MATERIAL TO BUILD TINY HOME
- Materials to Reclaim
Before reclaiming materials, you will have to look for reclaimable materials that will work for your build. In most cases, they will include household stuffs for your tiny house. It is advisable for you to avoid reclaiming materials that need installation as they will only increase the maintenance costs.
- Good Things Come To Those Who are Patient
Even though reclaimed materials help you in saving money, it is important that you wait until the time is right before making a purchase. Go over everything you may need before making the decision to buy.
- Never Pay For Pallets
Since most companies give pallets for free, it will be unwise of you to spend your hard-earned money in making a purchase. To avoid incurring more, you should look for a company that gives pallets free of charge.
- Learn To Say No
When building your tiny home, you will need quality. Not all free materials guarantee quality. You should, therefore Only buy when sure of getting the expected results from the material.
- Be Present
Since most stores change their stock after some time it would be better if you showed up on a regular basis and have a look at their inventory. With patience and regular visits, you will never miss out on what you want.
- Get Creative
Open you mind to the thoughts of how you are going to use the reclaimed materials. Whatever you do, be creative in all your dealings if you are design a home that fits your definition of tiny living.
- Get Comfortable With Talking and Asking People Questions
Consider asking fellow tiny house owners the things you need to know about reclaimed materials. It is only then that you will find it easy in making your decisions.
TRUCKS TO TOW YOUR TINY HOUSE
- Dodge Ram 2,500/3,500
The Dodge Ram 2,500 or 3,500 tiny house truck is able to offer efficient towing services since it can handle a maximum weight of 16,320 pounds. This truck has two drive trains just like any other Ram truck. Furthermore, you should also expect 8 trims unlike the Ram 3500 truck which has 7 trims.
- Chevrolet 3,500 HD
The truck is powered by a Duramax 6.6 liter turbo-diesel motor making it a good choice when pulling a small cottage. Chevrolet 3500 is a must have for tiny house owners living in a cold climate or those travelling to colder areas.
- Ford F 250/350
Ford’s heavy duty towing truck comes fully equipped with a high-capacity tow package necessary for doing all sorts of heavy lifting. A Ford 250/350 towing truck gives drivers the full control that one needs while at the same reducing downhill brake wear when on the road.
- Ram 5500 Chassis cab
Ram 5500 Chassis cab has a low torque at 750 pound-feet yet it can still handle a maximum weigh of about 29,600 pounds.
- Nissan Titan Turbo Diesel PRO-4X
Nissan Titan PRO-4X has a 555 pound-feet of torque together with a gasoline V8 engine. However, it can only handle a maximum weight of 12,300 pounds.
10 CREATIVE IDEAS FOR TINY HOMES
- Utilize Your Roof
One of the most under utilized space in a tiny house is it’s roof. However, this should not be the case since you can add a deck on the roof with 1’ railing all around it and that gives you your roof top a large space for your hobby.
- Wall Climbing
Wall climbing will be one of the most enjoyable activities in your tiny house especially when having kids. You can install the climbing wall grips on the walls by drilling a hole, and logically this wall should go up to the loft.
- Kitchen Extension
You can opt to include a kitchen extension which opens 2 sides, one in the kitchen and other to the deck if you are to save on space for a dining table. Furthermore, you will not have to spend more money in purchasing a dining table.
- Sliding Door-Barn Style
With a barn door, you can add functionality to your tiny house while at the same time saving space. In addition, you will also find it easy in giving your tiny house the beauty that it requires.
- Hideaway Bed
Using a hideaway or foldable bed gives your the freedom to actively switch between sleep mode and work mode. To make it even better, a hideaway or foldable bed will make your tiny home stand out from the rest.
- Outdoor Shower
An outdoor shower is an investment worth considering when living in a tiny house on a foundation. The whole idea is to get an outdoor shower and make your baths more comfortable and cool. You can also save some space from the bathroom and use it for some other purposes.
- Rain Catchment System
By adding a rain catchment system, you can reduce water consumption for the grid, thus reducing water costs. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on this option when having a tiny house on wheels.