TINy Home FAQ

Servicing the Greater Detroit area for over 40 years

Do you build shells or unfinished home?​

Yes we build shell homes that can be finished out by the client. The standard Shell package includes the home built with all siding and roofing, fully finished, sealed, painted on the exterior with all interior walls and lofts framed in. The Shell Plus package includes wiring, plumbing, and spray foam insulation. No interior wall coverings, floor coverings, cabinets, or fixtures are included. Either way the home is weatherproof and able to be locked up and secured so the interior can be finished out without weather issues or security concerns.

How are the tiny homes insulated?

We use closed cell spray foam insulation in all our tiny homes on wheels. We feel it is the best insulation available for them. It delivers R13 in the walls and R19 in the ceiling. Testing conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center shows spray-applied polyurethane foam insulation between wood stud wall panels increased rack and shear strength two to three times compared with standard stick-built components with fiberglass insulation when sprayed onto oriented strandboard (OSB). This makes the home very strong and easy to heat and cool.

Do you provide financing?

We do not offer financing yet but we are working on a few programs that should be available in spring/summer 2018. Stay tuned for updates.

How do you heat and cool a tiny house?

Our standard heating and cooling unit is a ductless mini split AC and heat pump. We also offer gas wall heaters/fireplaces.

How much do they weigh?

A tiny house on wheels weighs around 10,500 lbs. for a standard 24′ home. The larger gooseneck homes can weigh as much as 20,000 lbs. and a 16′ bumper pull could be as low as 7,000 lbs. Features and appliances can affect any of these numbers.

How is the house fastened to the trailer?

We have our trailers custom made with a 4′′ x 1/4′′ steel flange on the edges that is through bolted to the wall plate. Then the studs and rafters are tied together with metal strapping to keep it all together. We can tow them at highway speeds with no trouble at all.

How long does it take to build one?

We can have your tiny house done in approximately 8-10 weeks from the time we start on it.

Do you build shells or unfinished home?​

Yes we build shell homes that can be finished out by the client. The standard Shell package includes the home built with all siding and roofing, fully finished, sealed, painted on the exterior with all interior walls and lofts framed in. The Shell Plus package includes wiring, plumbing, and spray foam insulation. No interior wall coverings, floor coverings, cabinets, or fixtures are included. Either way the home is weatherproof and able to be locked up and secured so the interior can be finished out without weather issues or security concerns.

How much is insurance for a tiny house?

Insurance is generally very affordable on tiny homes. Check out TinyHome.insure for a quote.

How big can you go?

We build tiny houses on wheels from 16′ to 32′ long on bumper pull trailers and up to 42′ long on gooseneck trailers. The max width allowed by the DOT is 8′-6′′ wide and height is 13′-6′′ high. We can also do 9’6′′ and 10′ wide homes on wheels. However, the delivery cost is higher since they require permits to move or deliver.

What kind of utility hookups do they have?

Our homes come with standard RV style hookups. A 3′′ sewer drain that can be hooked up to a tank, septic, or sewer system, a garden hose style water hookup is used for water, and 50 amp RV style plug for power. If you are in extremely cold climates we can adapt the water hookups for frost protection.

Can I pick it up or move it myself?

Yes. The tiny houses on wheels are under the width and height restrictions of the DOT and you are not required to have any special licenses or permits to move them. You will however need a 1 ton or larger pickup. We do not recommend a smaller tuck to pull them.

What are the deposit/payment terms?

Timbercraft requires a $1,000 deposit to get on the design/build list. This begins the design process. Once the client approves the design and we are ready to start building the payment terms are 40% down, 40% at the shell stage and 20% at final. We accept cashiers check, cash, credit cards and PayPal. Some fees apply for electronic payments.

How much does a tiny house cost?

The price of a tiny house can vary quite a bit depending on size and amenities. Check out our pricing page for more info or contact us for a free estimate.