How big is a Tiny home?

A general tiny home definition is a home 500 sq. ft. or under on the main floor. There is no confirmed definition of a tiny home, however the 500 sq. ft. tends to be industry standard.  (don’t be afraid to ask if you want to go bigger!)


Where can I park my tiny home?

The tiny home movement is sweeping across the US and Canada.  Typically, a tiny home can be lived in an RV park, a mobile home park, a park model park, or can be installed on a site with a foundation in municipalities.  All of these options need to be thoroughly investigated in the sought-out area.

Can I just park a tiny home in a back yard, or on a piece of land and live in it?   You can try, but most likely you will get asked to move.  This is not a legal option. Other tiny home builders suggest parking your tiny home in a discrete, non-visible location not to attract whistle blowers. 

Different than conventional home building, we do not find you a place to park, or install your tiny home, nor will we accept any responsibility for the location in which you choose to park and live, that part is up to you to do your do-diligence.


Tiny Home Vs. RV: Why wouldn’t I just buy an RV?

Rv’s are manufactured to be moved frequently with lightweight, affordable materials, and can be built with an all-season package, however typically are not rated for cold weather. RV’s will depreciate, and with full time use, deteriorate much faster than a tiny home. RV’s are classified for seasonal living only, however people do live in them all year round.

Tiny Homes however are built using conventional building materials to ensure they wear the same as a conventionally built home.  Tiny homes are typically heavier, use higher quality materials, are built specifically for full time living with better insulation and are customizable.  Tiny homes have been found to appreciate, and it is easy to add your own personalized touches after possession to increase the value of your tiny home.


How much does a tiny home cost?

Our tiny homes range between $35,000.00 and can exceed $100,000.00 We are finding the typical price of an average sized tiny homes based on size are running at approximately:

  • Smaller 18-20 ft. (8.5 ft. wide) Tiny Home: $45,000-$50,000 CAD mark
  • Average 24-26 ft. (8.5 ft wide) Tiny Home:  $65,000.00- $85,000.00 CAD mark.
  • Larger 28-30 Ft. (8.5 ft wide)  Tiny Home: $90,000.00 + CAD mark

Price is very dependant on the weight of the home (which will determine the GVWR) and the products in which are installed. This has huge impact on the frame or foundation and the weight of the axels used to support the load.


The Teacup Experience

We believe that every experience in life should be cherished and enjoyable. We have streamlined processes to make sure your Teacup experience is top notch!

We begin with an initial, free consultation to learn your needs, wants and goals. From there, we generate a price point and a very basic conceptual plan.

To take your dream to the next step, we require a non-refundable design deposit, in which we will generate a plan for you, and nail down any opportunities to personalize!

Once the plans are finalized, we require a 40% deposit, to take the home to “lock out stage” (once the doors and windows are installed) an additional 40% to complete the build, and lastly the remaining 20% upon possession and completion.

The process is a bit more complex than this, and we can elaborate on those details on your free consultation!


Do you allow customization?

Yes!  Our background is design! If you are going on a tiny adventure we only expect that your home needs to work for you!  We are passionate about having your home work and function FOR you to make your living experience enjoyable. We have professional Designer Extraordinaire’s on staff to take you through your Teacup Experience, and ensure your needs are met!


Can we provide financing?

Financing options are available though third-parties. 

  • If we build your home to CSA Z240 RV guidelines you may qualify for RV financing.
  • If we build your home to be installed on a site, you may qualify for a conventional mortgage.
  • Thirdly, you may qualify for a personal loan through your bank or credit union.

Either way, we can assist you with getting in touch with the right people to make your tiny home dream a reality.


 How long does a Teacup Tiny Home take to Build?

Once your tiny home frame arrives we can build your tiny home anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks!  This again is dependant on customization, size and the special personalization items we decide to include.


What is your experience and background?

The tiny home movement is new, and just like the home building industry it will take years to build the trust within the industry and ensure products are being built to safe standards.  Before we went tiny, our team was (and still is) highly involved in the home building industry. For decades of combined experience our team has spent our professional careers passionate about building quality products. Everything from conventional homes, to manufactured homes, multi-family, and even renovations.  Our team consists of certified journeymen contractors to complete our work, certified moisture control installers for our building envelopes, and are collaborating with professional engineers and certification bodies to ensure you receive a product that will last you years into the future.  Want a resume? Feel free to contact us and we will send over all our bragging rights!


Do you ship to the US?

We can build a tiny home that is certified for and to the US Tiny Home codes and regulations. (They are very similar to Canada’s) We can make arrangements from there once your home is built to get it to you and choose a delivery location as needed.


Why don’t you do slides in tiny homes?

Have you ever had an RV with a slide?  We feel slides contradict the concept of energy efficiency, durability, and permanency.  A product is only as good as its weakest point.  Slides are known to slump, create heat and energy loss, as well as wear down when extended over long periods of time.  We want your home to last for years and years and not cause you head-aches.


Do I need a permit to pull a tiny home?

Your Teacup Tiny Home will be built to comply with road regulations. Different states and provinces have small differences in their Transportation Acts.  It is important to check those regulations as you travel with your tiny home.  Also, very important to check overpass heights on your route!


 What size do you build your tiny homes?

We build our tiny homes to be 8.5 ft. wide and 13.5 ft. tall.  We can build wider for you which will require a permit, however, permits are typically inexpensive and worth the extra room inside.


What do I need to move my tiny home?

You will need at minimum a ¾ ton truck. Size and weight dependant, we suggest a 1 ton and that may increase with a larger and oversized home. Don’t let this part stress you out. We can arrange delivery and set up for you if moving your tiny home yourself is not an option!