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  • Where can I put a Tiny House?
    Part of the appeal of the tiny movement is that you can take your home almost anywhere. We recommend that no matter where you want to place your tiny home, check your municipality to ensure you are not in contradiction of any zoning or bylaws. Zoning and land use bylaws can vary greatly from city to city, province to province, and state to state so we can't provide additional information for your specific area. We offer CSA Z-240 certification which certifies your tiny home as an RV and will be launching a foundation product shortly which will also have CSA certification. This can be beneficial when looking for a place to park your tiny home as it allows you to place it anywhere that RV's are permitted such as campgrounds, RV parks, and RV subdivisions.
  • Why go tiny?
    There are many reasons to consider making the change to living tiny. A THOW offers you the freedom that a traditional home can't simply by virtue of being mobile. If your life requires change relocating is as simple as hooking up a truck. No realtors, no commissions, no movers, no waiting for your home to sell or searching for the right home to purchase. A tiny home can be a great path to owning your own home without having a life defined by the debt associated with a traditional home and mortgage. Low cost of living; tiny homes have tiny utility bills. It is not uncommon for tiny home owners to pay under $100 a month for water and electricity combined. The maintenance and up keep on a tiny home is also less again just based on the smaller size. If you've ever wanted a vacation house on a lake or in the mountains, a tiny house on an undeveloped piece of land is an inexpensive way to make that happen. No need to source contractors or builders away from major centers, just a bit of site prep, and your tiny home can be pulled into place and ready to live in in just a few hours. Simplify your life to maximize your lifestyle. Living a minimalist lifestyle allows you more personal time for doing the things you love and less time spent doing the things you have to do to maintain a large home and mortgage.
  • How do I winterize my tiny home?
    Very little actually, our homes are designed for 4 season use and are built to take on the harshest Canadian winters. That being said there are a few things you will need to do to avoid any winter-related issues; WATER - If your water connection is above ground it is crucial to use a heated hose or heat tape to protect your water supply and drainage. Heating the lines allows them to remain flowing during freezing temperatures. Without this, you can endure frozen hose lines, drain pipes, and/or reduced water flow to your tiny home. If your home is being left unheated and/or unsupervised during freezing temperatures we recommend blowing out your water lines as you would with an RV. ​ PROPANE - Propane tanks do not need to be heated but it is a good idea to insulate them when temperatures drop to extreme lows. Propane blankets can be purchased for this or you can insulate a propane tank enclosure. ​ SKIRTING - While not required skirting underneath the home will help prevent cold winds from getting underneath the home making the floor feel cooler.
  • Why not just buy an RV?
    RV's have a purpose much different than a Tiny Home. They are intended to be lightweight, extremely portable, and to be used for short periods. Most RVs are built to be as light as possible and the market demands that they are also affordable to a large portion of the population meaning quality is not the highest priority for manufacturers. They are also not designed to meet the demands of full-time living or year-round living – they are very poorly insulated, thin-walled, expensive to heat and cool, and often have significant moisture and air quality issues in the colder months. The typical lifespan of an RV is only about 10-15 years and they retain very little value at the end of that lifespan. At Tree Hugger Tiny Homes we focus on aesthetics, quality, and functionality. We build custom homes on trailers or skids rather than a concrete foundation, not campers. Most tiny house owners choose to live in a semi-permanent location, possibly moving only a couple of times a year or less.
  • What about the toilet?
    Our specification is a standard flush toilet but you will require the appropriate hook ups in order to use it. If you do not have a way to tie into a septic system or if you just want to eliminate the sewer tie in we can also provide composting toilets or incinerating toilets as an alternative.
  • How do you heat/cool a tiny house?
    For heating, we use a small direct vent propane heater. Due to the small size of our homes and the quality of the insulation they require very little effort to heat in even the coldest temperatures. We can also add small wood stoves in addition to the heater, however, we do not recommend removing the propane heater completely if you have water in the home for obvious reasons. Mini-splits or heat pumps do not perform well enough in extremely cold temperatures and an additional heat source would be required as a backup which is why we don't use them. Air conditioning is not standard but can be easily added if that is a feature that you require.
  • Towing a tiny house?
    Our tiny homes on wheels are designed so that you will not require any special permits to move them. To be legal to tow without a permit, a tiny home can not exceed 13'6" in height and 8'6" in width. We can exceed these dimensions, but you will require permits for transportation. Our foundation models require wide load permits for transportation. There are other considerations you will need to make when preparing to tow your tiny house. You should be sure that you have a truck with enough towing capacity and set-up to handle the weight you will be towing. Many Tiny Houses can weigh between 15,000 lbs and 20,000 lbs and have a higher-than-average tongue weight. The question is not, "Will I be able to tow my tiny house?" The question should be "Can I SAFELY tow it?" and more importantly "Can I safely bring the tiny house to a stop?" Most large block gas or diesel engines (V8 or V10) can pull a Tiny House, but you also need to ensure that you have to capability to hook up the trailer to the truck, that your truck has the proper transmission for towing, and that YOU have the skills required to tow it. If you do not own or have access to a large enough truck or if you simply do not feel comfortable towing it yourself, we do offer delivery services and can work with you to deliver to a location of your choosing anywhere in North America.
  • How much does it cost for one of your Tiny Homes?
    Our finished Tiny Homes can be built for anywhere between $99,000 - $180,000+ in our standard specifications. Several factors can greatly affect pricing, they include: Length of the tiny house or total square footage Materials selected for interior/exterior finishes Size and quantity of windows Quality of appliances & fixtures Custom work (ex: custom cabinets & countertops, built-in shelving, custom stairs with built-ins, multi-use custom furniture, etc.) Type of systems you choose (propane, electric, solar, etc.)​ If you would like to get pricing for a project that you are interested in please contact us using the Request a Quote form or the Contact Us page with your details and we would be happy to put some pricing together for you.
  • Do you offer financing?
    We currently offer financing for our tiny homes on wheels. We use several different lenders for this service and the rates may vary depending on your credit and the lenders' terms. We will be releasing finance options for our CSA-certified foundation homes this spring once we launch them. Please contact us for more information on our financing options.
  • Can I insure my Tiny Home?
    Most insurance companies will insure tiny homes on wheels that are CSA-certified. To an insurance company, the RV certification makes it quite simple. Foundation homes with certification are also very straightforward for insurance companies. Uncertified homes on the other hand can be quite difficult to insure. If you are concerned with being able to insure your home a certified product is your best bet.
  • Can I go off grid?
    Of course! We completely understand the desire for some to want to be off-grid as it suits the tiny home lifestyle. We offer full solar systems, composting toilets, propane appliances, and just about anything else you may need to be completely off the grid in your tiny home. We can also offer hybrid systems if you are just looking to reduce your (already low) utility bills, or if any of these options just suit your lifestyle better than the standard services.
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