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Tennessee Tiny Homes
by Joe Everson
My name is Joe Everson and I just wanted to touch base with you and tell you a little about myself and my brand new business, Tennessee Tiny Homes. I was in the residential and custom home business for over 15 years until I left to take a job in law enforcement which I did for almost ten years, until starting a security business which I now run. What I wanted to talk with you about today is Tennessee Tiny Homes! I’m very excited that I have finally found something that I love doing!
I researched tiny houses for over a year on the internet and just as I was about to build my first tiny home on a trailer, a family member of mine, who has special needs, needed a place to live. I withdrew my life savings and started a 12 ft x 20 ft tiny home on a foundation on my property so that he could have his own independence, but I could keep an eye on him.
Well, the cost of his tiny house added up quickly and I realized if I finished it I would not be able to start the tiny house on a trailer so I stopped midway thru his home, moved him into my house with my fiance, and started my first home on a trailer.
A little bit about the home…
Its on a 8 ft x 16 ft heavy duty 10,000 lb tandem axle trailer. It was framed using only new premium lumber. It has cedar siding and industrial strength heavy gage aluminum on the roof. Everything was screwed and glued using 3″ screws. There is not a screw in this home that missed target. In a combined 50 years experience between my foreman and I, we have never seen a home built so right!!! I put a lot of love into this tiny little home! We are almost finished with the exterior, lacking the front windows which we are custom building and the front porch which will be a lean-to style to optimize space.
The interior will be all wood with stainless counter tops and appliances, a bathroom with shower and compost toilet, and a loft area above the kitchen bathroom area. The living room will have vaulted ceilings and a flat screen TV mounted to the wall. A portable freestanding ac unit and faux fireplace will heat and cool the 100 or so sq ft home. I hope to have the home finished by the end of this month. I’m going to list the house on the Tiny House Listings, which I learned about through you and your website, for $30,000 once it’s complete.
If I don’t have a buyer by the next month I hope to take the little home on a tour across America and Canada to try and drum up some business for my company.
In looking at the trailer, it appears that the house is not balanced over the wheels and too much weight will be on the tongue of the trailer. Have you measured the weight on the hitch and how it meets towing specs? I would hate to see you towing it and the weight was so much on the hitch that it broke loose or caused the vehicle to sway and jackknife.