Plans can be purchased on line and we can make minor exterior modifications and interior modifications are endless. The typical cost of plans will run between $400- $800. And if modifications are wanted for the client, the cost is usually between $500 – $1000.
We will create plans so that you can include all your wants and needs in your tiny home. This typically costs between $2000-$2500. We will involve an architect and engineer for utmost safety in framing and weight distribution.
We use Sketchup as well as many other Tiny Home plans purchased for the interactive 3D computer renderings to build your home with your own ideas or we can use it to also modify a purchased plans.
These rules differ between states. Mouse House Tiny Homes will only build to the lowest height so that you can go to all States without a permit. That Height when the plans are made will be no taller than 13′ 6″… and when the trailer is complete, with the weight from materials and appliances, the home will weigh down the axles and it usually is about 13 ‘4″.
There can be 2 lofts added to most Tiny homes. But if your are wanting your Tiny Home to be built on a Goose neck trailer, then there will be room for only one loft at the rear of trailer.
Square footage in the Tiny Home on Wheels world is the lower level and the loft space combined. for instance if you have a 20 ft trailer and not wider than law permits is 180sq. ft. And if that home has cantilevered 2 lofts to add more room, that can give you 240 sq ft.
Mouse House Tiny Homes is a NHTSA registered (National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration) And licensed the Idaho Transportation department as a second stage manufacturer. With that We need to stay within those regulations. And that is… We cannot build a home that exceeds 450 sq ft or that the trailer length and the vehicle length combined does not exceed 65 feet.
When planning and scheduling my contractors, you will need to have in mind what type of power you are wanting and how you will get your water. There are a few choices. You can have the typical RV hook ups to water, power and sewer and that can be with or without holding tanks. You can also go partly off grid. You can have a propane hot water heater, heater, and cook stove and a decomposing or incinerating toilet so the power you need will just be for lights, refrigerator and outlets. And then there is the total off grid option, That is best using Solar energy (an extra $5,000 to $10,000 depending on how much energy you need) and with the right amount of panels and batteries you will have plenty of power and a gravity fed water tank. or you can also do all the above and use a generator as well.
A first floor bed is a good option for those who are not comfortable using steps or ladders or those that want to be able to stand in the space. And that is absolutely doable with a couple trailers. You would either need to have a trailer longer than 24″ or a goose neck. With a goose neck you can make the bedroom over the hitch you will only be stepping up a few steps and that will also give headroom so you can stand comfortably. There is also the option for a Murphy bed or futon on the first floor so that you can use the space when the bed is not needed.
The roof is a very important element of course, but it is sometimes not thought out for the weather that you will be up against. If you are in a mild temperature area with little rain and no snow or ice, your choices widen and you can have a flat roof. But if you are in an area that gets rain, snow or ice then we advise that you either go with a sloped roof,gabled roof or a roof that has dormers for more room for lofts. So that way the water, ice and snow drains to the opposite side of the home that does not have the door. You don’t want to have a puddle as you step out of your home.
There are choices to be made at the start of the build once plans have been finished so that there will be plenty of time for delivery in case they are back ordered. These options will be…
Weight should be a subject that is discussed in first stages of planning. When the length of trailer is decided, any trailer longer than 24 ft automatically will need to go to 3 axles. And each axle is a heavy duty drop axle with a maximum weight of 7,000 lbs each. So a 2 axle trailer can have up to 14,000 lbs and 3 axles being 21,000 max. And just to give you a reference of weight of a tiny home. A 20 ft high end option home with Quartz, tiling in kitchen and bath, hardwood floor, high end wood cabinets with many extras and furnished will be approximately 9,000 lbs. And the vehicle you need to pull that with will need to be a GMC or Chevy HD 2500 or 3500, A Ford Super duty 250 or 350 or a Dodge Cummins 2500 or 3500. And you will need to have an added liability insurance while you travel. But if you are not planning on towing the Tiny Home yourself, then a tow company will be a good option and they are fully insured.