Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much is a Tee Tiny House?
A: The price can vary significantly depending on which model you choose and what types of optional features and amenities you select. Base models typically run between $50,000 – $75,000, but with an abundance of amenities to select from and the ability to customize a house, the price could increase by as much as $25,000.
Q: Where can I park a tiny house?
A: In most cases, you can put your tiny house on your property (or that of a family member or friend) if you live in a rural, un-zoned area. In addition, tiny houses are welcome in most RV parks and campgrounds.
However, if you live in a city or other municipality, certain zoning and coding regulations may be restrictive. You will need to explore the local regulations about whether a tiny house can be parked on your property. If not, you can appeal to the Board of Zoning and request a variance, particularly if you can make an argument why living tiny is a good idea.
While tiny house villages are not yet plentiful around the country, this the type of living is very appealing to many tiny house dwellers, as they like the idea of a community of like-minded folks who could share some common area. If there is not a tiny house village in your area, it is possible that you could pull together resources with others in your community and seek to develop the first in your area.
Q: Are Tee Tiny Houses built to code?
A: Presently there is no official code to build a tiny house. It will take municipalities quite a while to adopt new changes in the International Residential Code (IRC) that address tiny house building.
In the meantime, Tee Tiny Houses has taken the prudent step of voluntarily electing to build all houses to NOAH certification to ensure their buyers that each house is thoroughly inspected and built to a nationally recognized standard for tiny house construction.
NOAH, the National Organization for Alternative Housing, offers inspection and certification services to provide buyers with the confidence that tiny homes are built incorporating nationally recognized safety, construction and energy efficiency standards currently used by the Home Building & RV industries:
NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
NEC – National Electrical Code
IRC – International Residential Code
NHTSA – National Highway & Transportation Safety Association (for Tiny Houses on Wheels)
Each Tee Tiny House is inspected at various stages during construction to ensure the build is up to code. Upon completion, it will also receive a certification.
Learn more about this inspection and certification process here.
Update on modification of International Residential Code: Responding to the urgent need for building code provisions for tiny houses, advocates came together using the International Code Council’s (ICC) Public Comment process to develop and gain approval for the new Appendix Q Tiny Houses for the 2018 IRC. Though many jurisdictions won’t adopt the 2018 IRC for some time, in the interim, the appendix will still provide guidance and aid in the approval process for those pursuing tiny house projects.
Q: Do you build custom-designed tiny homes?
A: We allow our customers to select from one of our available floor plans and will customize it to fit their individual taste. All our designs offer the buyer various choices of building materials, finishes, colors, and amenities so that a buyer can customize the design to fit their lifestyle and preferences.
Q: Are you licensed and insured?
A: We are licensed and insured, and furthermore, participate in the NOAH certification program to ensure all of the houses we build meet nationally-recognized standards for building tiny homes.
Q: How long does it take to build a Tee Tiny House?
A: You can expect your custom tiny house to be built within 90 days from start to finish.
Q: What kind of trailer are Tee Tiny Houses built upon?
A: All Tee Tiny Houses are built on specially-designed trailers made for tiny house building. Made of 8” c-channel steel, our trailers are among the most well-built on the market. Currently, we build Tee Tiny Houses in two different lengths: 8’ X 20’ trailer and 8’ X 24’.
Q: What wind speed can a Tee Tiny House tolerate?
A: When anchored properly, the house should be able to withstand winds in Zone II or 100 mph.
Q: What kind of toilet is used in a Tee Tiny House?
A: Depending on space, we will set either a standard toilet with a tank or a tankless RV-type toilet. We are also happy to accommodate buyers who are interested in installing a composting toilet in their tiny house if they so desire.
Q: What type of hot water tank is used in a Tee Tiny House?
A: The water heater is a Suburban SW10DE. It is a 10-gallon water heater that operates on propane gas or electricity and is widely used in RVs. It has an electric spark igniter and has no pilot light.
Q: What are the particulars of the metal used on roof and exterior walls?
A: The roofing is a commercial grade M-panel metal roof that comes with a 30-year warranty for painted roofs. The same product is used on some of the models’ exterior wall finishes.
Q: What type of insulation is used in Tee Tiny Houses?
A: We use 2” of closed cell foam in floor (trailer) R14, R-15 batt insulation in the walls, and 5 ½” of open cell foam in roof cavity R-20.
Q: Are Tee Tiny Houses wired for internet or cable?
A: All models are wired for internet and/or cable television.
Q: Do the units have USB outlets for charging devices?
A: All models have electrical outlets that have built-in USB outlets to make charging your devices super convenient.
Q: What kind of utility hook-ups do Tee Tiny Houses have?
A: All our units can be plugged into the same type of water and utility source as used for an RV. They can also be directly connected to permanent service.
Q: How are Tee Tiny Houses powered? Are they all electric, gas or propane?
A: Tee Tiny Houses use electricity and propane for power. They have a 50-amp electrical service panel and propane tanks on board.
Q: How are Tee Tiny Houses heated and cooled?
A: Tee Tiny Houses rely on a mini-split ductless heat pump system for both heating and cooling.
Q: Are Tee Tiny Houses wired to use a generator or a hard wire hookup?
A: Tee Tiny Houses are wired for both.
Q: Do I have to deal with waste/grey water in a Tee Tiny House?
A: Tee Tiny Houses standard models are plumbed to use a conventional sewer system just like a traditional home. Should you, as the buyer, desire to live off the grid, you will need a grey water tank. This need can be discussed with your Tee Tiny House representative during the initial design and planning stages of contracting with us.
Q: Can a Tee Tiny House operate off-the-grid?
A: Tee Tiny Houses standard models are not equipped to function off-the-grid, however, if a buyer would like to customize a house to function off-the-grid, we will definitely work with you to accommodate.
Financing and Insurance:
Q: Does Tee Tiny Houses offer financing?
A: You cannot find tiny house lending just anywhere, but luckily, Tee Tiny Houses has a relationship with a lender that specializes in tiny house financing. Upon request, we will be happy to put you in touch.
Q: What are the deposit and payment terms?
A: If you wish to contract with Tee Tiny Houses to construct a custom tiny house, a 20% deposit will be required upon signature of a Purchase Agreement to be signed by both you and Tee Tiny Houses. This document will set forth the model blueprint specifications and materials, a schedule of five draw payments based upon a percentage of completion, and beginning and end dates of construction.
Q: Can a Tee Tiny House be insured?
A: Yes. Insurance is available through Foremost Insurance. Tee Tiny Houses can put you in touch with an agent
Q: What kind of warranty do I get on my Tee Tiny House?
A: All models are warranted to the original purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase. Appliances are covered by the manufacturer’s product warranty.
Transportation & Placement
Q: Do you deliver or will I need to move the house myself?
A: Tee Tiny Houses can facilitate the transportation, delivery, and setup of your Tee Tiny House.
Q: What kind of truck will I need to move my Tee Tiny House?
A: We recommend the use of a one-ton pick-up truck or larger for optimal efficiency and safety when transporting your Tee Tiny House.
Q: How does one anchor down or immobilize a Tee Tiny house?
A: Tee Tiny Houses come with strapping installed to anchor the house in a similar way that mobile homes are anchored. The strapping will be placed at 8-foot intervals along the 24’ sides of the house and will extend below the frame. We recommend that additional angled-strapping be installed. Anchoring should be done by a professional.
Q: How much does a Tee Tiny House weigh?
A: The final weight of a tiny house heavily depends on how the house is finished. As a general rule of thumb, you can estimate the final dry weight by multiplying 450-pounds by the length. For Example:
- 16-foot = 7,200
- 20-foot = 9,000#
- 24-foot = 10,800#
- 28-foot = 12,600#
However, the trailers used for the foundation of Tee Tiny Houses for a 24-foot trailer have two 7,000 lb. axles with a combined capacity of 14,000 lbs. So our weight load is higher than most.
Q: Can you build stairs and decks on site, once my tiny house is in place?
A: We can build additional outdoor living space onto your Tee Tiny House depending on location. We would be happy to discuss with you during the design and planning stages of your build.