As it gets harder to get on to the property ladder — more people have been looking at how to make more from less. Tiny homes give those with little income the chance to live on a budget — perfect for a couple, a family, or someone looking for a quiet retreat.
There are many sites out there offering help, on building your tiny home, to transporting the finished product to your doorstep.
Here are some of our favorite sites:
Tiny Home Builders cover all the segments you need, from hints to a finished home. The site began as a pet project for the founder — to discover the best way to build a tiny home. The site has made appearances on a variety of major US-news shows.
Tiny Home Builders has a strong following. The site runs both direct tutorials and eWorkshops for those wishing to get their projects moving along. Those that want to start building can buy one of their many tiny house plans, complete with a list of materials. The plans are on a standard 3D format — the user can also alter them.
If building the house from the beginning seems like a daunting prospect, you can buy the shell instead. The site sells trailers, the shell, or the finished product complete with kitchen appliances. And if you are in a hurry, Tiny Home Builders has a marketplace where you can find your dream home ready and waiting.
Tiny Heirloom focuses less on DIY and more on custom living spaces. The site offers a choice of tiny home designs to choose from. Each design starts with choosing the length of the trailer that you want your home to sit on. The choice of trailers starts from 20-feet and goes up to 34-feet.
Homes are timber, insulated, and weatherproof. Tiny Heirloom installs the floors, windows, and kitchen cabinets. The bathrooms, toilets, and bedrooms are ready to go. And there are even panel heaters. Tiny Heirloom’s specialists travel with the finished home to help you stabilize and install it.
Tiny Heirloom also makes corporate units, for roadshows or executives living at worksites. This site is more about supplying a finished product than showing you how to build a tiny home. Even though you may not want to buy one of their homes, they have some interesting ideas that are worth looking at.
Wind River Tiny Homes allows you to either download the plans or to use the company’s expertise to guide you through the process. The plans are for sale on the site if you are looking for detailed instructions. They have several videos to give an estimate on price, the process of building a tiny home, and what you would expect a finished home to look like.
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Buy Shells or a Complete Home
Win Driver can build you a shell on a trailer so that you have something to start with. A pre-fabricated shell accelerates the building process, and it gets much of the complexity out of the way. You can choose one of three designs. Each design has three tiers of finish, ranging from the basic utilities to the ultramodern appliances and cabinetry.
An interesting site, which offers a broad overview of what is possible in a small space, and how much it will cost. The prices for a finished home are a fraction of what you would pay for a stationary build. If you are planning to build a tiny home, it is worth considering how much your time is worth — over, paying someone with experience to make it for you.
New Frontier Tiny Homes has a lot of information on modern design and efficient use of space. The site has interesting articles and ideas that may help to point you in the right direction. Models start from, a simple writer’s cabin, and go up to full executive and commercial spaces.
The four styles all use tested materials and put a modern twist on them. You can view the basic materials list on the site to give you an idea of what it takes to build a tiny home. The site also has an interesting choice of photographs if you are looking for inspiration.
And if you choose New Frontier to make your tiny home, it will take 3 months. But, 3 months is still much faster than trying to build a tiny home in your spare time. The best part of this site is the pictures — which are a good place to see what can come of limited space.
Tumbleweed offers an interesting range of trailer shells. These are homes on trailers, complete with exterior walls and roofing. There are no interior walls or fittings, and the outside is bare. You can choose how much more work you want Tumbleweed to put in, such as windows, plumbing, or cabinets.
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Custom Plans and Builds
In this way, you can have a tiny home that fits your immediate budget. Then once the home is in place, you can add to it as you can afford to do more. The company has a range of discounted homes available, which are ready to live in. These are trailers starting from 20-feet — and ranges up to 30-foot stationary homes.
If you are in the mood to make a tiny home from scratch, there are some good pictures to show you the finished products. The site also has a range of basic floor plans, so you can see what works best. The company sells its plans, designs custom plans, and lists materials — if you want a bit of help with the planning stage.
Tiny Home Builders offers a comprehensive look at all tiny homes. The site has blogs, guides, plans, workshops, and diagrams. The blogs are good introductions to the philosophy of a tiny house. The site has plenty of hints and tips to help you avoid the common mistakes. These blogs go well with the preparation work of cutting down on belongings, getting the financing, and where to find workshops.
“Cutting Down on Belongings”
Tiny Heirloom makes basic floor plans of their units, which you can download to get a better idea of the layouts. After choosing the length of the trailer, you can then go on to customizing and personalizing the unit. Little extras make a home cozy and personal.
“Cozy and Personal”
Most sites also supply plans, but the most critical point is that they offer insight — they know what works. It is worth browsing through these sites, to cherry-pick the ideas, and to see what best suits your style. A tiny home is a small and efficient space — so you want to start by thinking about what you can do without.