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ALL THAT THERE IS ON TINY HOUSE

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR TINY HOUSE

This guide is for everyone of you who's looking to get a tiny house. Doesn't matter how far or near are you to get a tiny house, there's a lot that you don't know and will thank us later for it.
  • Introductory Questions On Tiny House
  • Questions To Ask Yourself Before Building Tiny
  • Top Mistakes to Avoid while building Tiny House
  • Work Flow
  • Knowing What You Need
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Land & Parking
  • Buy or Build
  • Designing Your Tiny House
  • Building Process
QUERIES
TINY HOUSE BASICS

BEGINNER QUERIES
ON TINY HOUSE

All the basic questions that pops in one's mind when one first hears about Tiny House. This section all of these questions, the topics not covered here are discusses later on

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.

Do tiny homes depreciate in value?

Yes, unlike the conventional homes, tiny homes depreciate in value. They follow the same fate as of vehicles.

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.

What's cheaper? Tiny house on wheels or Foundation?

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.

Can You Change Foundation of Tiny House?

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.

PREPARING TO GO TINY

ASK YOURSELF
BEFORE GOING TINY

A lot of folks have bought tiny houses with their life time savings and then figured out it’s not for them and eventually went back to living their old life style.
Just because I want to make sure this doesn’t happen with you, it’ll be good to get answers to some crucial questions that make up the crux of living tiny.
ASK YOURSELF BEFORE GOING TINY
MISTAKES THAT'LL COST YOU

DONT MAKE THESE MISTAKES

There a lot of chances that your builder or Architect might have missed these crucial details. See the list of mistakes that are very common and will cause you a lot of troubles & money. Brace Yourselves
STEP 1

FINANCING & COSTING YOUR TINY HOUSE

HOW TO SECURE FINANCE FOR YOUR TINY HOME

The first and foremost step to go tiny is to secure your funds. This section talks about all the common and some very uncommon ways through which you can finance money for your tiny house.

  1. 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. It is through this action that you can avoid the temptation of spending it.
  2. Help From Family & Friends

MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR BUILDING TINY HOME

Primary reason most folks go tiny is because it's frugal to live tiny. Well you can build it even furgally by following these tips. I'm sure they'll save you at least $3000 - $7000 in your build

  1. 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.
  2. Smaller Floor Plan
    The floor plan of your build really matters a lot. Actually, it determines the type and size of tiny house you are going to build. The smaller the plan, the more money you will save. 
  3. Simple Design
    With a simple design, you are set to save on costs since you will have minimized all the things that are needed in your tiny house.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. Research
    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.
  8. Custom Made Trailer Helps
    Getting a custom-made trailer from the manufacturer will help you big time if you are planning on saving money. This action ensures you avoid middlemen who will only end up increasing the prices.
  9. Keep Looking For Materials
    Keep a list of all the materials as they will help you in determining whether you are on the right track or not. Make sure to remove any purchased materials from the list if you are to know your remaining budget.
  10. Use Tool Libraries or Borrow Tools From Friends
    Instead of buying construction tools, you can borrow them from your friends.  Most of your friends will not deny you the construction tool especially if you are close. Apart from borrowing from friends, you can also make use of tool libraries. In these libraries, you will be given the chance to borrow a tool for a specified period of time.

COST OF MATERIALS IN A TINY

Knowing the price of materials needed for tiny house is vital for budgeting and financing your tiny house. This downloadable PDF file contains a list of all the items needed in a tiny house and cost wise breakdown of each item. This file can be purchased for only $5
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STEP 2

LAND & PARKING

HOW TO FIND LAND FOR TINY HOUSE

Be it THOW or THOF you gotta have a place to put your tiny house. This article deals with all the possible sources through which you can find a land for your tiny house.
Land

  1. Call Your Zoning or Planning Department to Find Land For Tiny House
    It is important to call your local zoning laws department before you can buy land for your tiny house. This action will come in handy when choosing the type of tiny house that you want to live in.
  2. Towns With No Housing Codes
    Counties with no zoning laws have poor or little tax management by the authorities which also makes it almost free for you to use the land for tiny house setup. Look up towns with no housing code.
  3. Recreational Use Land
    A land that falls under “Recreational Use” category are perfect to buy since you can put your recreational vehicle or your tiny home in there, since a tiny home is considered as a ‘custom RV’ in the state. 
  4. Temporary Urbanism: A Government Initiative
    Temporary Urbanism is an initiative by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. With this initiative, the government leases out these lands to general public for the setup of public gardens, pop-up stores, restaurants on wheels, tiny homes and many others similar category.
  5. Facebook Groups & Forums
    There are a lot of Facebook groups and forums where you can find people posting their about their lot where you can park your tiny home or buy land from them for your tiny house.

CHECKLIST FOR BUYING LAND

While planning to buy land for your house, you should keep in mind these questions and topics. Try getting satisfactory answers to these questions and you then'll be assured of having bought the right thing.
Keep a Checklist of the Items You Have

WHERE TO BUILD TINY HOUSE IF YOU DON'T HAVE YOUR OWN LAND?

There are certain places such as campgrounds and RV parks (not all) where you can build your tiny house if you don't have your own land. This article talks about lot of places that can be used as a land to build tiny.
CAMPING

  1. Campground
    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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Hybrid
    Hybrid’s are a good option for those who want to have a feel of both worlds. However, you must remember to set up your tiny house in a way you can get water easily in case you want to go off-grid for some time.

5 LEGAL LOOPHOLES IN BUILDING CODES

In a lot of places, tiny house is still under legal grey zones, well, since we can't do much about them, we can always make use of some legal loopholes to suit our purpose, and this article is exactly about using these legal loopholes to our advantage.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Where can I park and live in a tiny house? This is the question that most tiny enthusiasts are asking themselves. If you are among them, here are some possible solutions to your tiny house parking problem. We've tried to cover all the places where folks have parked their tiny, so you'll get them all.
RV PARK

  1. Campground
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. RV Parks
    Even though RV parks may not come to mind, they still serve as a good location for your tiny house when you do not have land of your own.  Remember to examine all the available RV parks before settling on one.
  4. Hybrid
    Going hybrid gives you the chance of having a feel of both worlds. To achieve this, you will need to make use of a conventional hookup. Furthermore, you must set up your tiny house in a way you can get water easily in case you want to go off-grid for some time.

TOWNS WITH NO HOUSING CODE

There are certain places in United States & Canada where there's no building code and you're mostly free to do as you like. There's no zoning department, and building department either. No, they aren't in wilderness, some are quite populated places where you'll find some communities popping up.
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  1. 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.
  2. Wyoming
    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.
  3. Maine
    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.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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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STEP 3

DESIGNING YOUR TINY HOUSE

MUST READ

DESIGN MISTAKES THAT CAN JEOPARDIZE YOUR TINY HOUSE

Certain mistakes can cause you agony for a lifetime and when it can be avoided, it must be. This article will take you through those mistakes which your Architect (or you) might do will designing your tiny house.
Tiny House Design Mistakes

  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Skylight That is Not Egress-Rated
    You never know what might happen in your tiny house. It is, therefore, important to include a door and an operable window/skylight as they can serve the role of emergency exits.
  7. Improper Rough Openings of Doors & Windows
    Being thoughtful about how your door functions will help you in many ways. Will the door bang into any items? Is there enough space behind the door?  Asking yourself these questions will help in designing the perfect door.
  8. Forgetting About Proportion and Symmetry
    Proportion and symmetry are an important aspect of a good design. You should thus put some thoughts on the outside of your house too. It is only then that you come up with a balanced tiny house.
  9. Full-length Hung Clothes Storage
    Hanging long dresses and coats can prove hard for a person living in a tiny house. If you have these types of clothes, you will need a good storage. Without one, you will have to hang them while they are dragged on the floor.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Little Storage Space
    Since the space is tiny is very limited, it takes an experienced Architect to accommodate for your storage needs. Be sure to measure how much space your belongings take up, and design your storage to accommodate everything with room to spare.

MUST READ

CUSTOM DESIGN V/S PRE-MADE PLANS: WHICH IS BETTER?

Price, Safety, Suitability, Designed Per Your Needs, Modifications, Building Codes Suitability, Quality and Climatic Design are some of the topics that have been compared between the two types of plans.
REVIEW THE PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS

  1. 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.
  2. Price
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

DESIGNING FOR SENIOR CITIZENS (DOUBT)

The first and foremost step to go tiny is to secure your funds. This section talks about all the common and some very uncommon ways through which you can finance money for your tiny house.
SENIOR CITIZENS

HOW TO DIY A TINY HOUSE PLAN

Want to save money on your next tiny house build? Learn the best tips and strategies on how to plan your tiny house without having to go through a lot.
Do it Yourself (DIY)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.

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THERE ARE
2 WAYS
TO GET A TINY HOUSE

1. BUY IT

2. BUILD IT
STEP 4

BUY A TINY HOUSE (TEXT NEEDED)

HOW TO BUY RIGHT TINY HOUSE FROM SALE

If you've made a decision to buy tiny house, this article will help you to understand and learn important aspects that you should keep in mind while going out to buy a tiny house. From checking the trailer to the vibes you feel inside that tiny house, everything of importance is covered.
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.
  • Downsizing
    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.
  • Finances
    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 calamitiesYou 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.
  • Shelving
    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.

  • Lighting
    A good tiny house should be able to bring in the outdoors with large and expansive windows. In addition to this, the windows should allow you privacy of shades when relaxing in your tiny house. 
  • Trailer Condition
    If you want to buy a tiny house on wheels , it is important that you think about the type of trailer. Make sure you check for any worn out parts before you can spend your hard-earned money.
  • Quality of The Tiny House Construction
    The quality of any tiny house that you want to buy will speak a lot about the price. If you want to buy a tiny house on foundation, then the foundation must be strong enough.As for a tiny house on wheels, the walls should be stick-built if you are to get the most out of it.
  • Windows and Insulation
    At some point in life, the climate may be very hot or cold depending on your current location. To avoid the stress that comes with climate change, you will need to buy a tiny house that has the best windows and insulation.
  • General Feel of The Tiny House
    Before you buy a tiny house, you must first have a feel of everything that it has.
    This action ensures you are able to buy a tiny house that fits your needs and preference.

CONSIDER THESE TIPS BEFORE YOU ENTER A TINY HOUSE CONTRACT

Are you looking forward to hire a builder and get everything under contract? This is probably one of the best things that you can do, but how do you pull it off, what things should you keep in mind to ensure the ball's in your court? Here are some of the things that should be in your mind before entering into a tiny house contract.
Tiny house contract

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

THERE ARE 2 WAYS TO

BUILD A TINY HOUSE

HIRE A BUILDER

One of the ways is to hire a builder. When you hire a builder your cost of building a tiny house goes higher by almost $10,000 - $15,000. However, it's still lower than what you'd pay to buy a tiny house directly from seller. Hiring a builder is however the safer and saner option in my opinion.

OR BUILD IT YOURSELF (DIY)

If you've had experience in carpentry or are enthusiastic about it, or say, have friends that can help you in building your tiny, it's worth going the DIY route. DIY will help you save a lot of money about $15,000 - $30,000 and we've had clients who have built their tiny house for as low as $18,000. If they can, you too can!

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:

  1. Fully-Dimensioned Floor Plan
  2. Build Plan

TRAILER

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.

Gooseneck trailer
ORDERING & SCHEDULING

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.

Tiny House Under Construction
inexpensive insulation of your tiny house

INSULATION

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

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

tiny house toilet
Ventilation shaft ventilator

VENTILATION

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.

Tiny Home Kitchen Interior

OFF GRID TINY HOME

ALL ABOUT SOLAR PANELS

This article is an introductory article on solar panels briefing about what all solar panels are good for your tiny home, advantages, disadvantages, factors to consider and a few more topics are covered in here.
SOLAR PLANNEL

  1. Cheaper
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Installation
    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.
  9. Uniformity
    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.
  10. Buffer
    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

Grey water disposal systems, laws around it, safety instructions, and how can you discharge greywater from your tiny house are talked about in this article.
TYPES OF WASTE WATER

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bucket
    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.
  4. Wetland
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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

rain catchment system

RAINWATER CATCHMENT

Rainwater harvesting is one of the ways in which you can reduce water bills. But to what extent do you know about rainwater catchment methods? Don't worry though we are here to help you.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

BUYING A FAULTY-USED TRAILER

USING RECLAIMED MATERIAL TO BUILD TINY HOME

So you want to look for reclaimed materials for your next tiny house project in order to cut on costs. Here are some of the things that will help you in reclaiming materials for your build

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Extra-Heavy Duty

TRUCKS TO TOW YOUR TINY HOUSE

Primary reason most folks go tiny is because it's frugal to live tiny. Well you can build it even furgally by following these tips. I'm sure they'll save you at least $3000 in your build

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

The first and foremost step to go tiny is to secure your funds. This section talks about all the common and some very uncommon ways through which you can finance money for your tiny house.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

WALL CLIMBING

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