FAQ

What makes Tiny Green Cabins different from other small homes?

  • Custom plan services
  • Non-toxic options
  • Customized trailer
  • Thicker wall and roof sheathing
  • Welded steel frame
  • Organic-certified material
  • Floor and roof insulation board
  • Thicker interior paneling, with more options
  • Break-away hitch and electric brakes

What are the biggest benefits of a tiny home?

  • Less initial cost
  • Less energy consumption
  • Less cost for repairs
  • Less food
  • Less insurance
  • Less taxes
  • Less interest paid
  • Freedom
  • Security
  • Location

What are the best reasons for going sustainable?

  • Improve the air quality in your home
  • Make your living space more comfortable
  • Reduce energy costs
  • Protect water reserves
  • Reduce time and costs related to maintenance
  • Reduce home construction waste
  • Reduce dependence on fossil fuels and promote cleaner air
  • Have a global impact – locally
  • Reduce landscaping costs and help clean the air
  • Live sustainably

What makes Tiny Green Cabins so environmentally friendly?

Materials used in construction include recycled blue jeans,  low VOC paints,  locally harvested lumber, steel framing, and recycled products.  Customizations include solar panels and solar hot water heaters, allowing the homes to be taken entirely off the grid.

How does a Tiny Green Cabin differ from a mobile home or trailer home?

Tiny Green Cabins are built with the same demanding craftsmanship of the finest homes, so they will last a lifetime.  Mobile homes, or as they are referred to now be manufactured homes built in a factory and moved to the site for installing on a foundation.  The axels being meant for 1 trip are often discarded after reaching the final destination.  In today’s manufactured housing, there is little that separates them from a job site built home.  Manufactured housing and mass produced job site homes are both well built and meant to be mass produced to maximize profits, so one will see a lot of products that off gas or require replacing within a few years.

Do you do custom designs?

Yes, we do. We are a custom tiny house builder and each one is built to the specifications of our customers.

Will you build from others plans?

Yes, we will build from others plans. Our plans on the website are to give people an idea to start creating a plan. if, they already have a plan, we can build from those plans as well.

What do you charge for custom plans?

We charge $799.00 for custom design plans. This price covers 2 rounds of design/drafting times. After the 2nd round of design work, we charge a flat rate of $65 per hour.  When you order the tiny house from us, we then deduct the plan fees from the tiny house price.  We always retain the copyrights to all plans we design.

All the plans on line are for 8′ Wide.  Do you build cabins and tiny houses wider than 8 feet?

The plans are starting points to get the thought processes going on what is possible.  The 8′ wide models can be easily moved without permits.  If you are not moving them often, say 1 or 2 times a year, then they can be built 10′ wide and a little taller.  The over size permits are not hard to get, and they cover interstate and state highways.  You need to verify with the states DOT what their rules are, as some states require chase vehicles with over sized permits.  If rarely moved, then you can go wider than 10′ and it is possible to panelize the house and cabin , ship it to you, and then assemble it on site.

How is a nontoxic home different than your standard models?

The standard models are built conventionally, just like the finest custom homes, with lumber and materials purchased locally, the lumber is SPF, OSB’s, caulks, glues, and standard products.  The nontoxic is built for people that are chemically and/or environmentally sensitive with steel framing, hardwood products, and  products that do not “off gas” into the tiny house.

Are your trailers recycled car hauler trailers?

No, our trailers are built by Fellings Trailers and are custom designed for tiny houses.  The foundation (trailer) is the most important part of a home and we want your tiny house to have an excellent foundation.  The trailer is rated for the tiny house, is equipped with electric brakes, and a breakaway system that will stop the tiny house if it ever comes unhitched while in tow.

Could a tiny house ever get blown away?

The typical tiny house is usually stable enough to withstand normal winds.  However, since I live in a tiny house, a concern of mine has been about wind gusts.  So, we now include in our tiny house package “tie downs” that can be screwed into the soil, thereby anchoring the tiny house in place.  They would not withstand a tornado, but give some peace of mind and security that your tiny house would be anchored to the earth.

Could somebody steal my tiny house?

That could be a concern, that is why we suggest removal of the tires  and using the “tie downs” for added peace of mind and security when it is parked for an extended period of time.

What is the cost of shipping?

Prices quoted by zone are subject to change due to swings in fuel prices. This chart will give you a base line to reference. Base line fuel was figured at $2.98 a gallon

 

How do I move a Tiny Green Cabin?

A Tiny Green Cabins can be moved by standard pickup truck or larger, such as a ½ ton, ¾ ton, or 1 ton pickup or a U-Haul truck. They can also be moved via one of the many RV transport courier services. WE encourage people to hire a transport service for moving as they will provide a insurance package covering the road hazards.

How much headroom is there?

A Tiny Green Cabin can range in size from 64 sqft to 400 sqft not including lofts. The head room at main floor loft location is 6’3” while at the great room is 12’. And you can order a “tall mans” version that will increase the head height by 4-6 inches.

How customized are Tiny Green Cabins?

Tiny Green Cabins are built to the customer specifications and are easily customized.

What if I want to build my own Tiny Green Cabin?

We sell plans for the person that wants to build their own cabin as well as naked cabins that are steel shelled for the DIY person that wants a jump start on his project.

Where can I see a Tiny Green Cabin?

We have a new  model that will be available for viewing in the Spring of 2014. It is located at our temporary shop in Lino Lakes, Mn.  A lot of our clients like and value their privacy, so having a list of places to go see a Tiny Green Cabin would be challenging.

How many individuals can comfortably live in a Tiny Green Cabin? What about a baby?

The cabins’ square feet come labeled as to how many people may live in a Tiny Green Cabin and are a guideline only.  I have seen 2 adults and 2 children live comfortably  in a tiny house of 156 sqft.

Is the Tiny Green Cabin a good choice for someone who is overweight

A Tiny Green Cabin is a good choice for anyone that wants to live a healthier and sustainable lifestyle.

Can I paint a Tiny Green Cabin? Yes

What kinds of options are available? (options page)

How do I stay warm in a Tiny Green Cabin?

One has many choices, from electric heaters, propane fireplace heaters, small wood stove and soap stone heaters.

Where do I sleep in a Tiny Green Cabin?

One generally sleeps in the loft and some cabins can be designed for a main floor bedroom such as the Denali.

Can you make a Tiny Green Cabin handicap accessible? Yes

Does a Tiny Green Cabin have a toilet?

Yes, they can have standard toilets as well as incinerator toilets, composting toilets, and sawdust toilets.  Since water is the resource most used in a tiny house, a lot of folks order the incinerator or composting toilets. It also eliminates the issues of dealing with black water.

How about a sink or shower?

Yes, they have showers and generally a kitchen sink that serves a dual purpose function.

What about electricity? The cabin is fully wired to codes and is brought in through an electrical hookup, much the same as an RV. It can also be wired to mobile home codes.

Can I have a fireplace in a Tiny Green Cabin?

Yes, although it would be a tiny fireplace.

Is a Tiny Green Cabin waterproof?  Snow-proof? Wind-proof?

Tiny Green Cabins are built the same way as conventional homes are, so they are water proof and snow proof.  Since the foundation of a tiny green cabin is a custom built trailer frame, they may be subject to cross winds and gusts.  And we provide screw in anchors to tie the tiny house to the earth.

Is a Tiny Green Cabin sound-proof?

They are quiet, cozy, and full of light.

How secure is a Tiny Green Cabin?  What protection/locks are available?

The same locks used in conventional housing are used by Tiny Green Cabins.

How safe is a Tiny Green Cabin, in terms of fire hazards?

Tiny Green Cabins are the safest tiny house on the market, the framework is built out of steel, and they come equipped with a smoke alarm system.

How much does a Tiny Green Cabin cost?  It depends on the unit and what options that are selected. We have a new line named the “Sweet Life” series of tiny homes that offers 6 models with 5-6 options.

What kind of warranty is available for a Tiny Green Cabin?

Tiny Green Cabins LLC will guarantee workmanship and installations for 1 year. All product warranties are transferred to client upon completion of the project.

What kind of insurance do I need for a Tiny Green Cabin?

First and foremost, contact your agent for the best coverage based on your needs and lifestyle.  Generally, people purchase an insurance package for RV’s, and this covers the tiny house for road hazards such as coming unhitched and rolling into a ditch, road accidents, etc.  However, when the tiny house is in use, being lived in there no need for paying for road hazards so the option would be to convert the RV insurance to seasonal dwelling insurance and save some of those funds for leisure activities.

Can I get a home loan for a Tiny Green Cabin?

Conventional home loans are tied to real estate property and bank are reluctant to finance under that program. Any other kind of loan? One can get a loan similar to RVs, boats, personal property, and personal loans.