Thank you so much for your interest in hOMe! We truly appreciate it. We receive a wide range of questions regarding tiny house living, hOMe, etc. and have come up with this tiny house FAQs page for your perusal.
We have teamed up with www.EcoCabins.com who will be offering manufactured models of hOMe at an extremely reasonable price. If you are interested, please go to their site and sign up on their interest form. If you want to hire a local builder of your choice, we have our architectural plans available which you can purchase and give to them to work off of.
The second most asked question we receive is “Can I come visit hOMe”? And as much as we are tickled that so many want to come and see it in person, we don’t open it up for visitors. If we said yes to each person that asked, we would need to make giving tours a full time job (nearly!) 🙂
The very best place to start down your tiny house journey is by signing up for our free 7 day e-course. It will be delivered daily to your inbox and covers everything from downsizing, where to park, trailers/foundations, framing, electrical, plumbing, finishing, and roofing. You can find it here: https://tinyhousebuild.com/free-7-day-ecourse/
You may want to consider using SIPs for the envelope. We would also recommend a thin layer of rigid insulation on the floor above the metal frame and below the sheathing to eliminate thermal bridging. If you can lower the trailer deck a little, that layer could be increased in size for more insulation. If you are not comfortable with using SIPs in the walls and roof, then be sure to focus on the best insulation options available to you and consider increasing the wall framing to 2×6. You would lose some room inside, but the extra insulation would go a long way in the cold winters. If you decide to use rigid foam, be sure to use Polyiso as it has the highest R value per inch of the rigid foam options. Finally, you will need a way to manage moisture in the hOMe. Either a dehumidifier, or some other mechanical system. If your climate is dry, just cold, then even a bathroom fan on a moisture sensor can be adequate.
We are off grid on our property. Our electricity comes from a 1,600watt solar system that charges 4 deep cycle, high quality batteries. On cloudy/rainy days, we charge our batteries with our generator. During sunny days, this system is enough to run an electric fridge, charge our 3 laptops, power our LED TV, run our LED lights, power our tiny vent fan for our composting toilet, charge our toothbrushes, and run a VitaMix.
We had a well drilled on our property that provides us with our water. We use our generator to power up the well pump, which sends water about 75′ vertical feet above hOMe on a hill and fills a 1,500 gallon tank. Gravity does the rest of the work for us and provides us with decently pressurized water for hOMe. We fill the tank every 5-6 weeks.
With a propane instant hot water heater. It is an Eccotemp FV-112LP. Having never owned a tankless system, we are amazed at how well it works. We highly recommend this product. The Eccotemp is stored inside our utility closet which stands between our kitchen counter and eating/working desk.
Our hOMe trailer was custom made by a local trailer manufacturer. It is 28′ long x 8′ wide. Our hOMe plans come with the engineered trailer plans which can be taken to a local fabrication shop. You can also search for manufacturers on this page (please note you will be leaving our website).
Since we live rurally we use propane. We have two 100 gallon propane tanks which are filled every 6-8 months. We opted to go with such large tanks because our winters can be severe. We wanted to make sure we had enough propane to last us for several winter months in case the propane delivery truck couldn’t make it up our driveway because of snow and ice.
Yes, we own 5 acres.
We live in the mountains and we have no neighbors who can see into our home so curtains are not necessary. However, one could easily add curtains to the house for privacy.
Basically, we used a product called Iron Ply which is actually substrate for vinyl flooring. It is super light weight, very inexpensive compared to all other wall paneling options and easy to work with. We created gaps in between each panel by placing 16 penny nails to hold a consistent gap. We didn’t want it to be too big but also it couldn’t be too small. We attached each panel with adhesive and finish nails. Couple coats of paint and what you see is the result. We are super happy with how it turned out and that we saved at least 75% in what we would have paid for the expensive modern paneling systems that we originally wanted.
We have a washer and dryer set up in our solar shed. The hOMe plans though do layout for a washer/dryer combo to fit under the stairs to the master loft.
I don’t know what your local codes are like in your area so can’t say for sure. Here are a couple suggestions though. Check out TinyHouseMap.com for anyone in your area registered with a tiny house and make contact with them. Local resources are your best ones. Call your local zoning and building departments and let them know that you are thinking about living in a tiny house. See what they say. If they have concerns about them, write them down. When it comes time to formally approach them, come with answers and solutions to each of their concerns. You can always ask for a variance if they don’t have anything in the code to support you living in a tiny house. Also, take a look at this great resource listing various tiny house communities/developments in the US: http://tinyhousecommunity.
We have the Rocket by Shark. Honestly, we can’t imagine there is a better vacuum for a tiny house. This one is lightweight, collapsible, and powerful. It even handles the fur from all of our dogs and cat! Here is our video review of the Rocket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg-6Gx92jsE
The emphasis on the name “hOMe” is on the “OM”, which is a mystic syllable and often used as a mantra to obtain states of inner peace and calm. Because making the move to tiny was synonymous with us making a commitment to our inner joy and peace of mind, the name “hOMe” was born.
There are families living tiny with kids. If you want to have a mobile tiny house that will be a challenge, however if that is not necessary, it opens things up a lot. You can read the story of a large family creating their tiny house dream here: http://tinyhousebuild.
All of our cabinetry, TV stand, dressers are from IKEA.
The engineered estimate for weight is around 17,000# (including the trailer) though that varies from region to region and on what building materials one uses. You will likely need a 1 ton pick up truck to pull hOMe. A dually is highly recommended. Check with individual truck brands though to see how much their engines can pull.
For us to build it, it cost just a little over $33,000. That includes everything from the composting toilet, cabinetry, appliances, furniture. The only things not included are the beds and personal belongings in drawers. For www.EcoCabins.com to build a 24′ version of hOMe is around $58,000. If you are interested in having them build you one, please go to their site and fill out their interest form.
Our hOMe has a 2/12 slope. In most cases, the lowest slope will be determined by the roofing manufacturer specifications. You can usually go fairly low with metal roofing and some extra attention to the deck preparation (roofing felt or adhesive). That said, anything much less than 2/12 is at risk of leaking due to wind driven rain.