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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 discreet, 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 due-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 start at $60,000 CAD and can exceed $100,000 CAD. The baseline pricing for our Tiny Home's are (all in CAD):

 

Simple Bare Necessities 16' home starting at $59,692.31

Bare Necessities 18' home starting at $64,000.00

Summers Night Dream 26' home starting at $68,869.00

Not So Lonely Wanderer 24' home starting at $76,106.93

NSLW2 28' home starting at $85,637.78

Empty Nester 30' home starting at $88,502.98

Tiny Luxury 30' home starting at $91,482.73

 

Price is very dependent 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 axles used to support the load. We recommend leaving a minimum of $15,000 - $20,000 CAD for personalization and upgrades to ensure your tiny home will meet your needs. Our average tiny homes fully built typically range from $95,000 - $125,000 CAD. 


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 1-on-1 Discovery Call to learn about YOU and all your "tiny" hopes and dreams. This allows you to get to know us, and us to get to know you! From there, we set out an action plan for next steps and the possibility of creating a general price point on how much your Teacup Tiny Home will cost. 

To take your dream to the next step, we require a non-refundable design deposit, in which we will generate a plan, design and specification 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 Discovery Call.

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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 a tiny home can be tough, but because we build our homes to be CSA certified it makes it much easier. Financing options are available through financial institutions, banks and other lenders. (Our clients have had the most success talking to their personal banker about an RV loan)

Please note: You cannot get a mortgage on a tiny home on wheels.  You are looking for either a personal loan or an RV loan.

If you know you need some extra cash for your tiny home, get in we can assist you with getting in touch with the right people to try to make your tiny home dream a reality.

To begin this process, we recommend getting in touch with a personal banker or lender and discussing options.

Cosigners have also been very beneficial to have to secure RV loans and financing for your tiny home.

Things you will need for financing:

  • A realistic budget
  • Good credit
  • Last 2 year tax returns
  • Proof of savings and worth
  • Pay your bills on time
  • Typically a minimum of a 20%-30% down payment.

 

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 How long does a Teacup Tiny Home take to Build?

If you are custom designing the process can take quite a bit longer. 

  • Custom design time: 2-4 months
  • Financing appraisal: approx. 1 month (if needed)
  • Trailer manufacturing: 6-8 weeks
  • The build: 8-12 weeks

Using one of our standard plans significantly reduces this timeline. 


What are some great products I could use in my tiny home?

Tiny Life Supply is a great resource for tiny home projects check them out here: Tiny Life Supply


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 headaches.


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.  Our Park Models are 10 ft. wide and will require a permit to be moved irregularly. 


What do I need to move my tiny home?

You will need at minimum a ¾ ton truck. Size and weight dependent, we suggest a 1 ton and that may increase with a larger and oversize home.  We also suggest a diesel vs. a gas model for more power. 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!