Building Tiny Structures To Call Home
These days there are experienced tiny home builders in most areas of the Americas and abroad. The tiny house movement has gained a stronghold and is rapidly going forward.
Jay Shafer and Tumbleweed is the father of these builders. When searching for a builder there are things that need to be taken into consideration.
Here are a few:
Reputation – Normally, you would search for builders who have been in business for years. This may not be possible with tiny homes because the industry is not very old. Many builders are fairly new and as it becomes more and more popular with people that want to simplify their lives, we are finding new builders all over the country. There are even some architectural firms taking advantage of the popularity and adding very small home designs to customers.
Regardless of whether you choose to go with a tried and true company, or a new one, it is important that you do the research to make sure that you get what you want at the best price.
Flexibility – Are the builders open to customization? Is it possible to add a loft? Can you add an area for added storage? Maybe you would like a front porch or a back deck. Will the company work with you so you get the design layout you want?
Trust – Some tiny houses are built in one location and delivered to another. If you choose this option, you may not be able to go and oversee the building of your home. This is where their reputation is very important.
You must feel comfortable and trust that you are getting what you ordered, and that it is the best quality that you’ve paid for. If possible, ask for picture and/or video updates so you will be able to monitor some of the construction process.
Responsiveness – How does the builder react to questions, customization, and change requests? Going with the comfort and trust level again, your builder should respond in a timely manner to any question or concern you have.
Warranty – Ask about warranties and what is available. The structural integrity of any structure is very important – ask what is covered and for how long.
Go Green – If environmental issues are important, there are builders that use salvaged material. In fact, many small houses have been built using recycled materials. It saves on time, cost, as well as being environmentally friendly.
Sound and Noise Control – You may want to discuss with your builder about insulation – what to use, safety, temperature changes, and sound and noise control.
Storage – Storage is an important consideration. You’ll need to be as creative as possible. Discuss options with your builder and see where you can squeeze storage areas in your home. Combining storage and furniture is another option to be considered.
Built In Furniture – Because of the small living space, built in furniture is a good solution to decorating. You’ll need to discuss with your builder if he would build in furniture or if it is something you would have to do after the structure is completed?
There are many things to keep in mind when you build any size of home. Each house and each person has their own ideas and needs in mind. These are things that should be decided upon before finalizing the building plans and designs.
That is usually the hardest part – coming up with a plan that you know you will be happy with long-term. It’s best to take your time with the plans.
Some places where you can start: http://affordablehousingdesigns.com/companies/ and http://affordablehousingdesigns.com/plans-and-designs/
Once all the research, studying, discussions with tiny home builders, and planning and designing is done, all that is left is the build your and enjoy your new, improved lifestyle.