Frequently Asked Questions

We offer information, education, and empowerment to people who are exploring tiny houses and tiny house living. We can also point you towards additional resources that we think are awesome.  Here are the questions we get most often and what we tell folks.

“I’m curious about tiny homes. I was inspired by Dee’s story and I want to know more!”

If you are new to tiny houses, or are looking for ways to simplify your life, we recommend visiting our Tiny Houser Profiles.  These short profiles are a great way to meet some of the people who are getting more out of life now that they have the time and freedom to enjoy it! To stay in touch with us and learn more about living little, follow us on Facebook.

“How can I figure out if tiny house living is for me?”

Our Tiny House Basics Workshop addresses the many different considerations that go into tiny home living. This workshop includes a tiny house visit so you can experience one in person.

“Where can I stay in a tiny house?”

To stay overnight in a real tiny house and get a real sense of what it would be like to wake up in your own tiny home, check out Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel and Bayside Bungalow, which offers nightly rentals.

“How much does a tiny house cost?”

The cost of a tiny house depends on a variety of factors like the quality of materials, size of the structure, how much experience you or your builders have, etc.  We wrote a whole blog post about it, including where and where not to skimp on costs.
In brief, an experienced builder with good connections to discounted materials, using almost all salvaged materials, doing all the work his or herself might spend $15,000-$20,000.  Someone with some building experience doing most of the work alone but with some hired help, and using a mix of new and salvaged material might spend $20,000-$40,000. Having a tiny house built for you from start to finish using high quality materials might cost $40,000-$80,000.

“How much does a tiny house weigh and how big a truck do I need to pull it?”

Depending on the materials you choose and the size of the structure, your tiny house could be fairly lightweight or very heavy. An 18-foot-long tiny house on a trailer could weigh close to 7,000 pounds. Most trailer axles are designed for 3,500 pounds, so a standard double-axle trailer (also called a tandem axle trailer) can haul 7,000 pounds, including the weight of the trailer itself. Heavy-duty axles are designed for 5,000 pounds, so a heavy-duty tandem axle trailer can haul 10,000 pounds. Depending on the weight of your house, you might need an F-250, F-350, or larger truck to haul it.

“Where can I park my tiny house?”

Finding a sweet spot for your tiny home is about more than locating a parking place. It’s about finding the place you’ll call home.  We wrote a blog post about tiny house parking to walk you through some of the steps to take to find a place you’ll be happy to come home to.

“I want to build a tiny house on wheels.  What should I know about choosing a good trailer?”

Here is a helpful blog post we wrote about the basics of choosing a trailer.  If you’re shopping for a trailer here in the Pacific Northwest, we recommend Iron Eagle Trailers.  They make excellent trailers and have lots of experience building custom trailers for tiny houses.  We’ve worked with them for years. If you contact them, tell them we sent you!

“Are tiny homes on wheels safe?  Are they legal?”

These are great questions to ask, and the answers depend on a number of factors.  Tiny homes can absolutely be built safely, but different countries, states, counties, and cities all handle their legality in different ways.  Dee wrote a blog post about safety and code compliance that we recommend you read to get familiar with how building codes, safety, and legality issues work together.  Our consultants can also help you navigate the codes that apply in your situation.

“How much of my stuff can I fit in my in a tiny house?”

For most people, going from a big house to a smaller house is a big decision. If you’re moving to a tiny house it’s an even bigger decision. But there is help available! Our workshops are designed to increase people’s familiarity with the many different considerations that go into tiny home living. Our Tiny House Basics Workshop also includes a visit to a tiny house, so you can experience one in person and feel what is like to be in a space that size.

“If I have a specific question about my particular situation, can I talk to a tiny house expert?”

If you’re frustrated you haven’t found the answers you were looking for during your endless Google searching, check out our Consulting Services. Our consultants can speak with you directly on the phone to answer your specific questions. Our consultants have built, designed, and lived in tiny homes themselves. They know what you’re going through because they’ve gone through it themselves, and they can help you save you time, money and end up with the best result possible.

“I want to build my own tiny home, where do I start?”

We like your gusto! We highly recommend our Tiny House Basics Workshop, which is an overview of everything related to tiny house design, construction, and systems.  If that’s not in the cards, check out Go House Go, our tiny house construction guide.  Even if you’re planning on hiring out the design or construction of your tiny home, it has to fit YOU, so you need to be educated about the many important considerations that go into a well-built tiny house. These resources will save you countless of hours of research, dead end leads, headaches, money and wrinkles on your face.

“I have a set of plans but I’m not sure what my next step is. Who can I talk to?”

If you want experienced supervision, counsel or oversight for your design or construction process, we offer hourly consulting to get you the answers you need with no lingering doubts.  Our consultant partners offer design services and feedback, on-site “build coaching” to get your construction process on the right track, and everything in between.  Visit our Consulting page to learn more.

“I have a question I don’t see answered here.  What should I do?”

Visit our contact page and use the contact form.  We’ll help if we can!