I have following the Tiny House Blog for years and am proud to finally introduce our high performance tiny houses from New Sage Homes!
Our Backyard Series offers a unique option to small living with the Backyard Quadra and Diamond models. At 119 sq. ft. these small spaces have a large and open feel inside with high 12′ ceilings and room for a loft area. Anyone who has endeavored to plan and build a tiny house knows the proud satisfaction of completing their project.
Our approach is to reduce both the construction time and investment by offering super efficient building envelope kits that assemble in hours and get closer to energy independence with energy savings for the life of the building.
We offer the high performance building envelope kits and you or your builder finish out the interior and exterior treatments. This allows you to shop locally for the windows, doors , siding roofing, etc. which supports local economies, gives you the choice of materials and saves on shipping costs.
These buildings are perfect for a studio, guests retreat or an off-the-grid getaway. Go to newsagehomes.com to learn more.
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company recently added trailers to their lineup making it easier for you to build your own tiny house.
Designed specifically for tiny houses on wheels they are available in sizes of 14 ft, 18 ft and 20 ft. offering Full Porch, Corner Porch, or No Porch, these trailers create a perfect foundation for your home.
The trailers are constructed in the US, the quality-built trailers come standard with brakes, lights, underside flashing and radial tires. They say the tires are a significant upgrade from tires normally found on utility trailers. Radial tires differ radically from traditional bias-ply tires in their construction, minimizing tread wear and improving flexibility for better handling especially with heavier loads. The average steel-belted radial gets about 100,000 miles of wear, while the bias-ply tires generally only get about 30,000 miles.
When it comes to attaching your house to the trailer the techniques have improved greatly. Tumbleweed has taken advantage of the latest technology and added threaded galvanized rods which serve as anchor bolts for you to attach your framing to. Heavy-duty, they are made to withstand major wind-drafting when driving on the open road.
Additionally, the trailer is designed to allow an increase of 3.5 inches of headroom in the house interior, something you cannot achieve on any other regular trailer.
You can get all the details at the Tumbleweed site by clicking here. Pricing ranges from $3,800 to $4,400 depending on which trailer and design you choose.
I receive many emails regarding tiny houses and building codes. This is a very difficult subject because every location is different. However, up to this point there has not been a good resource to send people to show them how to go about the process of getting answers in their local area.
Ryan Mitchell of The Tiny Life blog has recently published a book to help you find these answers. I have had a chance to look at the book and would highly recommend it if you are doing this kind of research.
Here is Ryan’s description of his his book and what it will help you accomplish:
This guide is designed to help you navigate all the red tape when it comes to tiny housing. I have designed this manual to help you quickly familiarize yourself with some of the key bureaucratic road blocks, suggest possible pathways to building your home from the legal perspective, and several strategies to make it a success. If you are hoping to build a tiny house, this is information that you will need. For those who purchase this they will also get and additional 180 pages of reference materials and free updates on future versions!
Thanks Ryan for this great resource. To learn more and to purchase the book click here.
We were just featured on our ABC news affiliate here in Portland, Oregon for our vision and involvement in tiny houses. We thought that it might be a nice link for you to share on a slow news day.
We have launched a new 2013 initiative offering three eclectic new and we are offering them in three affordable ways:
- We manufacture and ship a complete kit , ready to assemble $7,500-$9,000.
- We manufacture and assemble the kit at our warehouse or at buyers location. Exterior 100% finished, interior 60% finished. $12,500 – $14,500
- We assemble the kit and then have an affiliate contractor finish the interior to the buyers specification. $15,900 – $18,900
We like these approaches because it allows every person interested in a tiny house or cottage to participate in their own project to whatever extent they are comfortable and it brings the final cost of a cottage down to 50-60% of what people are paying. Continue Reading »