Thinc Home Tiny House Option

It is really neat to see the large home builders looking at making small and tiny homes. Thinc Home is one that has stepped up to the plate and offering several options.

At Thinc Home, my philosophy was to provide the most unique, well constructed dwellings for all. The ultra energy efficiency is the standard and your personal style is the option.

Our building system, which consists of a steel sub-frame, gives our structures the ability to last a century.

This unit as you see it with the bathroom is a 12x16. It has the loft and a bathroom with toilet and shower. The retail price for it is $32,000.

Our micro living space was designed to be an ultra energy efficient way to get away for a weekend or an extended holiday without the hassles of a “2000 square foot cottage”. You can actually go and enjoy the lake or woods or just relax. You don’t have to worry about a lot of cleaning and preparation. Our micro living space makes you live simply and enjoy the things you love.

Can you imagine the time you would regain if you removed a zero from your square footage? Think of the freedom you would gain from going from 1900 square ft to 192 square ft or the joy of living in 330+ square ft instead of 3300 sq feet.

I know most people are not prepared to make that step in their everyday living but we have designed our product for people to regain more of their lives a weekend, week or month at a time as a personal retreat.

By being able to design in all the modern conveniences suburban people are used to in such a small space, gives you that sense of comfort without having to rough it. Our micro living has a tile bathroom, shower and toilet, and kitchen space. Our products are made with the highest quality. The cabinetry is custom made with real wood, all real wood trim, recycled glass tile, granite counter tops, and the flooring is offered in cork, bamboo, hardwood, epoxy, etc. We want your micro living space to reflect you – so we give you the options for your personal style to be represented.

Our micro living space can be used as a getaway, cabin or guest house. It can be placed at your favorite vacation destination or even in your backyard as your personal sanctuary. Thinc Homes micro living space is shipped completely assembled and completed. There is very little to do and lots to enjoy.

We can custom design and build a micro living space to meet all your needs. By being in the Great Lakes Region, we are centrally located and can ship anywhere.

Why we are different….

Our product ships completely assembled with all of the finishing touches done. It goes beyond “being green and sustainable”. Our building consists of a heavy gage steel frame with highbred sips panel walls that are designed to be the most energy efficient and storm resistant without having to charge astronomical prices. You can’t beat our energy efficiency – R30 walls and an R50 floor and ceiling. Due to the fact that we custom build every one, we have the ability to construct these small spaces in any configuration that you prefer. For example, a 10×12 size without the kitchen in bath, can be used as a gym, yoga studio or home office. Or even a 12×28 with enough room for a family of four to enjoy as a cabin with a private bedroom.
In conclusion, Thinc Homes will continue to create, design, and build some of the most cost effective, energy efficient and unique spaces available.

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Paula - February 15, 2011 Reply

I’m thinking thirty two thousand is ridiculous for 192 square feet….

    SoPasCat - February 17, 2011 Reply

    ~~~ I Agree – Way Too Much !

    Tom Beaudin - June 20, 2012 Reply

    I’ll build you one to suit your needs for $10,000 less, Paula. You have it in writing!

    Tom Beaudin
    Owner, Tom’s Tiny Houselets

TM - February 15, 2011 Reply

I am not talking about the price yet ( although I have to agree with Paula about the price , it is way to expensive for that tiny place ) But I am looking at the loft …without a rail …I can imagine I would fall down to the sink …within 15 minutes that I lay down …
Ouch ! That would not be great at all .
It is not practical at all . TM.

    Tom Beaudin - June 20, 2012 Reply

    I’ll build you one to suit your needs for $10,000 less, y’all. You have it in writing!

    Tom Beaudin
    Owner, Tom’s Tiny Houselets

Corby - February 15, 2011 Reply

I have to agree with Paula and TM about the price. More importantly, I think admirers of tiny houses need to be concerned about the threshold that is being established by builders. Once you step outside of the owner-built experience of tiny living spaces, you enter the same profit maximization driven realm of any enterprise. Ethically, economically, there is nothing wrong with that. However, I’m skeptical of claims of simplicity and ‘green’ living that are beyond the means of working class people. Some of these options seem like really cool experiments for people who have a lot of options available to them already.

Maybe that’s just the way it is…

frank - February 15, 2011 Reply

I think you guys are unrealistic when it comes to construction costs. This is larger but less expensive than Jay Shafer’s Popomo, at $40,000 for 172 sqft and no loft. Bill Brooks estimated his material costs at close to $20,000, or $16,000 without the trailer. That is for a place 2/3 the size and it doesn’t include any of his labor.

    SoPasCat - February 17, 2011 Reply

    ~~ $32 Thousand is Too Much for Hard Working Middle Class People. They Can Buy a Single Wide Molbile Home for that Price. I See This Tiny House No More then $10-12 Thousand.

      Tom Beaudin - June 20, 2012 Reply

      I beg to differ…there’s at least $12,000-$18,000 worth of materials alone in this tiny house! So what price do you pay on top of that for the skilled, experienced labor? Call me and we’ll talk about it.

      Tom Beaudin
      Owner, Tom’s Tiny Houselets

Irene - February 15, 2011 Reply

I really like it. It looks well made and of good-quality materials; it’s ready for electricity and plumbing. It looks as if the builder is just starting to get involved in the tiny house movement, and I am sure he will take the loft rail comment into consideration. They will build to spec, according to their site.

There’s brick on the outside, folks. Give me masonry any day.

I think it may well be worth the price, but I’d like to see closets, storage, more of the inside. But my thoughts are overall positive.

alice - February 15, 2011 Reply

The first photo looks too much like a weird garage to me, the other versions look more interesting, but I like a more traditional design in general. It would be easy enough to add a rail or net beside the loft for safety. I like that adjustable bed setup, reminds me of old deck chairs. Prices, well, definitely out of my league, but then I’m a cheapskate DIY’er.

Deek - February 15, 2011 Reply

Cool place- but pricetag talk aside, my initial thought (exterior-only) was “it looks like a garage”. This look could easily be changed with some added lines, a fake-roof front, or some trellis-work I imagine- OR simply a different front-door/slider arrangement. No complaints otherwise, and its a nice effort/place overall.

et - February 15, 2011 Reply

Nice but remember to check your local building codes before you commit….

Seth - February 15, 2011 Reply

You guys haven’t done your research if you think 32k is expensive. Please read Jay Shafer’s explanation on his website (tumbleweedhomes) as to why the cost of smaller homes is typically more expensive. 32k is very realistic for what they are offering. Could you make is cheaper?? If so, start your own company.

Mary - February 15, 2011 Reply

What is the ceiling height? Is it just me or does it look like you wouldn’t be able to sit up in that loft bed without hitting your head?

Walt Barrett - February 16, 2011 Reply

I really enjoyed the article. The units are definitely high quality with solid construction and outstanding material quality. I have seen much higher,and lower prices than $166.00 per square foot. You have to consider the costs of labor, insurances and overhead as a major part of the selling price. You get what you pay for.
If you want to save money you will have to build your own micro home. Be sure to work from a proper set of plans for your location.
I would like to see full bathroom photos details, and a floor plans in these articles. Also, it’s a shame to build a micro home and not use a roof design that would allow more headroom in the loft.
I built my micro with a gambrel style roof and it has four feet of headroom and full sleeping loft. The one drawback is that you cannot truck a completed unit over the road. Could I have done something better on my micro? The answer is always yes, but we learned a lot. The main thing is that many people are building micro homes and experimenting with ideas to make them better.
One last thing. I would like to see the manufacturers of the compact bathroom units used in campers place some ads and references to their web sites to make us more aware of their products and where to purchase them.
I am sure that all of the commercially built micro homes will evolve, and improve in cosmetic and functional designs as the demand grows, which it will. One more thing, mass production will soon enable manufacturers to lower their prices or look for a new business. It’s inevitable. I give Thinc a lot of credit for taking the shot micro’s and I’m sure that they will make some design adjustments in the future. Don’t we all?

    Irene - February 16, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for your point of view, having built small homes yourself and being aware of the costs involved. Did not realize that keeping a loft below a certain height is what makes the home able to be transported on the road. The info was helpful, Walt. 🙂

JT - February 16, 2011 Reply

I don’t care for the big sliding doors, but other than that it’s a nice idea.

Arlos - February 16, 2011 Reply

I applaud companies recognizing the demand in the micro home market but it’s still a bit like when Schwinn bicycles dismissed the mountain bike phenom as fringe not understanding what was about to take place.
I think what drives simple living is avoiding entanglements with another mortgage, permits to a degree and serving more debt. it’s about cutting those strings. The truly admirable projects Kent has featured have been owner builder efforts and will continue to be so and not press kits from builders turning to less profitable venues in a down turned economy.
The best builder can rarely afford to become Leed certified and I find having having to follow an expensive process for what should be followed as a natural course of construction, absurd.
Permits in my county (Santa Cruz, Ca) for a legal ADU/ micro house range between $17,000- $22,000 and take 3-5 years before a shovel hits the ground. It has gotten so insane that when I apply for a permit in my county as a plumbing contractor to install an exterior tankless water heater that the permit has to go through Zoning and if this is with-in the scope of the Coastal Commission, it is sent to them for review which can mean a year before before they review this and then back to the building dept for a permit. You wonder why many of these projects are dropping below the radar?
What is going to make it easier for commercial enterprise to enter this market is understanding the individual needs of a client, better /flexible design and owner participation.

Benjamin - February 16, 2011 Reply

Most if not all of the photos look like CAD. I’d like to see some real photos if these folks have actually built anything.

Lori - February 16, 2011 Reply

The pictures of the brick and sided unit is an actual structure.. The other designs are renderings. Most micro living spaces are not built with this degree of sustainability. If you read the website their products are all LEED certifiable.

SteveR - February 16, 2011 Reply

Ugly in my opinion. A tiny house should have character, just not a large box shrunk down until it becomes a ‘tiny house’. I wouldn’t buy it for any price. A tiny house should be full of creative design ideas to make living in a tiny space exciting and comfortable. I don’t see anything here to inspire me to say ‘wow’.

liz - February 17, 2011 Reply

To each their own. I am sure this fills a niche and there are people who can not build there own, or do not want to. Some people like the main stream building techniques shown here.
in response to Frank about cost, bill and jays are mobile, if you want a sturdy house tethered to one place, there are cheaper ways to build. They just are not main stream. Earth, straw, and mostly recycled would be cheaper for a ground tied home.
Bill and jays designs are more like boats, and require specialty fixtures as well as trailers.
Personaly I agree with SteaveR about the aesthetics, although the second house, or first rendering, has more charm and includes usable outside space. if they build one, I would go for that one.
Is the brick structural and or load bearing? It is not in most modern buildings, usually it is a facade.

liz - February 17, 2011 Reply

this sight is loading slower than any other on my computer, any one ells having this problem?

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