WHERE CAN I PARK MY TINY HOUSE?
Part of the appeal of the tiny movement is that you can park your home almost anywhere. The challenge is that some cities, campgrounds, and even trailer parks have not amended their bylaws so we recommend no matter where you want to place your Tiny Home that you check your local by-laws etc. to ensure you are not in contradiction of local zoning bylaws. The zoning varies greatly from city to city, province to province, and state to state so it is too difficult for us to provide additional information for your specific area.
Quite often, there are simply no laws in place regarding where you can or cannot park a tiny house and municipalities are now scrambling to review their current zoning laws to catch up to the Tiny Home movement.
There are many reasons to consider living Tiny.
A trailered Tiny Home offers you the freedom that a traditional home can't.
A Tiny Home can be a great path to owning your own place without having a life defined by the debt associated with a traditional home.
Low cost of living, Tiny Homes have tiny utility bills. It is not uncommon for Tiny Home owners to pay under $50 a month for water and electricity combined.
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.
Simplify your life to maximize your lifestyle.
We will be doing more features on why to live Tiny on our website and social media in the upcoming weeks so check back to see what’s new.
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 our Canadian winters. That being said there are a few things you will need to do to avoid any winter related issue;
WATER - If your water hook up to an outside source, it is crucial to use a heated hose or to insulate your hose with electrically heated tape. Heating the hoses allows the lines to remain open and unfrozen by the outside temperatures, even when the physical hose is buried in the snow. Without this you can endure frozen hose lines and pipes and lack of water to your tiny.
PROPANE - Propane tanks do not need to be heated but they do need to be insulated when temperatures drop too low. Propane blankets can be purchased to deal with this or you can insulate 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 AN RV?
RV's have a purpose much different than a Tiny Home, they are intended to be extremely portable and to be used for short periods of time. The problem with living in an RV is that you FEEL like you're living in a plastic box. Most RVs are built as light, cheap and quickly as possible. They are also not designed to meet the demands of full-time living or year round living – they are often poorly insulated, thin walled, and can be very difficult and expensive to heat and cool. The lifespan of an RV is only about 10-15 years and they retain almost no value at the end of that lifespan.
At Tree Hugger Tiny Homes our focus on aesthetics, quality, and functionality. We build custom homes on trailers or skids rather than a concrete foundation, not RV’s. Most Tiny House owners choose to live in a semi-permanent location, possibly moving their Tiny House a few times a year or less however Tiny Homes are completely towable and can be traveled in full time if they are designed with this function in mind.
We will be doing an infographic in the near future comparing the benefits of a Tiny Home vs. an RV, follow us on social media for updates.
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 heater completely if you have water to the home for obvious reasons.
Air conditioning is not standard but can be easily added if that is a feature that you require.
TOWING A TINY HOUSE?
Our homes are designed so that you will not require any special permit to move it. In order to be legal to tow (without a permit), a tiny home can’t exceed 13'6" in height and 8'6" in width. It must also have a registered license and working taillights and turn signals. We can exceed these dimensions, but you will require a permit for transportation.
There aren't other considerations you 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 up to 15,000 lbs or more. 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 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 $40,000 - $120,000 or more. There are several factors that 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 made cabinets & countertops, built-in shelving, custom stairs with built-ins, multi-use custom made furniture, etc.)
• Type of systems you choose (propane, electric, solar, etc.)
If you would like to get pricing a project that you are interested in please contact us with your details and we would be happy to work with you on it.
WHERE CAN I GET FINANCING?
Generally local credit unions and banks that you have a relationship with are some of your best bets. The Tiny House movement is rather new which can make the process of getting financing a little challenging. You will not be able to mortgage a Tiny Home but personal loans and lines of credit should both be options.
We are currently in discussions with lending agencies to set up additional financing options but at this time we are unable to assist with financing.
CAN I INSURE MY TINY HOME?
You will need to check with your insurance company to see what they will cover. If they do not cover the full value of your Tiny Home and personal belongings, we recommend sourcing out an insurance company that will. There are quite a few out there that will insure Tiny Homes as RV's or trailers.
Again, the Tiny Home movement is ahead of the curve and many institutions are in the process of changing policies to keep up.
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 can offer full solar systems, composting toilets, propane appliances and just about anything else you may need to be completely free 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.
HOW DO I PROCEED WITH BUILDING MY TINY HOME?
Contact us! We would be happy to get started planning your Tiny Home.
Our build process is broken down into multiple phases.
The Design Phase - This phase can take 2-3 weeks of back and forth communication. Ideally, we finalize the trailer dimensions early on so we can order the trailer (a deposit is required prior to ordering). A standard trailer takes approximately 4-6 weeks to have built and this can add a significant amount of time to the build if we wait until everything is finalized before ordering.
The Shell Phase – This phase includes framing the house, installing windows, doors, roofing, siding, etc.
The Rough In Stage – In this phase we rough-in electrical, plumbing, and proceed with the insulation.
The Finishing Stage - Finishing including cabinets, painting, custom details, appliances, plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, etc.
A typical Tiny House takes approximately 8-12 weeks to build once we have the trailer in our shop. The timelines will vary based on the size of the home and the types of selections and finishes you make.