If you’re in the market for a foundation for your tiny home and feeling uncertain about which materials to use or how to anchor it safely, you’re in luck! This week’s expert, Bill Taha, is a structural engineer with vast experience in designing modular tiny homes on wheels and permanent foundation options that are both durable and affordable.
During his interview, Bill shares his valuable insights on what types of materials work best for different climates, how to secure your tiny home in place to prevent any accidents, and cost-effective ways to build a sturdy foundation. As the Founder and President of PSE Consulting Engineers, Inc., Bill Taha is an authority in his field and has successfully helped countless individuals in the tiny home community build their homes with confidence.
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In This Episode:
- What is a tiny home?
- Framing, material, and design options
- Anchoring your tiny home: why and how
- Preventing sinkage in your tiny home
- Securing the tiny house to the chassis
Links and Resources:
- Permanent Foundations Guide for Manufactured Housing from HUD
- Episode 251 with Kate Bohn
- Episode 247 with Bill Knapp
- Episode 181 with Janet Thome
- Bill’s Presentation [PDF]
What exactly is a tiny house?
Well, it’s a small living space that’s typically no more than 400 square feet in size. Most tiny homes are built on a vehicle chassis, which allows for mobility. However, it’s important to note that tiny homes are not like RVs. They are larger and heavier, and their mobility is more limited.
Most tiny homes have a single living space and may include a loft. Unlike lofts in traditional homes, the loft in a tiny home may have less than five feet of height and must be open to the rest of the living space. It’s also important to tie down the tiny home for safety, as they are typically higher than RVs and can be affected by wind and seismic activity.
Unfortunately, there is no single building code for designing a tiny home, as it falls somewhere between a vehicle and a home. Building departments may ask for engineering documentation, and it’s important to work with a knowledgeable professional in the field to ensure that your tiny home meets all necessary safety requirements.
Different climates require different materials
Bill advises to secure your house with tie downs, even in temporary parking
These colors are so much fun!
Tiny homes make good tiny businesses