Do you have a completed tiny house available for viewing?
Yes we do! From the 23rd to the 25th of February our 'Swallowtail' model will be on display at the Brisbane Home Show. After that it will be back at our workshop in Salisbury, Qld.
Visitors are very welcome but please note that appointments are required as our display area doubles as a construction site so we need to arrange a suitable time.
Can I come and visit your workshop?
Yes, but strictly by appointment only.
To arrange an appointment at the Salisbury workshop to discuss buying a tiny house please send and email and give us the following info: the model you are interested in including any extras you may be keen on, where you intend on siting the house and your rough timeframe for the build.
Please understand that we've been swamped by visitors in the past - we know there aren't many built examples of tiny houses out there to see, but we're quite stretched for time as a small business. At this point we must limit our visits to those genuinely interested in purchasing a tiny house.
Do you run tiny house workshops or training sessions?
We have done in the past and feel that it was a worthwhile event. There's a lot of work involved in planning a well-executed workshop and the only reason we haven't done another is that we've been flat out with a few deadlines for tiny house builds. If you're interested in attending future workshops, please send us an email and let us know so we can put your name down on the waiting list. At this stage we don't have any dates planned for future workshops though.
How much do your tiny houses cost?
There are several options, the prices for which are outlined under the heading 'DESIGNS AND PRICING'.
We are offering a complete Tiny House ('Swallowtail') for $79,000. We have done our best to keep the costs down on this model by offering a quality build with the flexibility to modify the internal fit-out to best suit your needs, aesthetic and site.
Do you do custom tiny house builds?
At the moment we are not taking on any new custom builds, however the Swallowtail model offers a lot of flexibility in the interior fitout. We also offer it as a 'shell' (see 'Chrysalis' model), leaving the interior fitout entirely up to the customer.
Can I build my own?
Absolutely, but keep in mind it is far more complicated than it may seem. Make sure you do your research and feel free to ask us for advice.
Do you offer small space design services?
Occasionally we do take on small design projects but we have a limited capacity to do so. If you have an interesting project in mind please feel free to get in touch with us but at this stage we can't promise our availability.
How long does it take to build a tiny house?
Typically a complete tiny house will take 2-3 months from start to finish, depending a little on demand and availability of some of the major elements such as the trailer.
How big is the tiny house?
Overall dimensions = 2.5 x 7.5m, with a 3.5m ceiling. It is maximum 4.2m from the road.
Do you also build tiny houses that are not on wheels?
We can build the tiny house modules on fixed footings instead of a trailer. While not so flexible, this achieves cost savings in that no trailer is required.
Do I need any special permits to drive it on the road?
The house is registered to be towed on the road and doesn't need a permit. No escort vehicles are required when you want to drive. It is also easy to put the house on footings for a more permanent solution.
Is the Portal model still for sale?
Unfortunately the Portal model is generally no longer available for purchase, although in mid-2018 we will be listing the prototype tiny house for a one-off sale.
Do you sell plans for your tiny house designs?
Unfortunately not. We've had a lot of requests to purchase plans and have considered it but there are too many complexities involved in producing a comprehensive document that effectively communicates the design to an audience of unknown experience in construction.
Is the retractable bed available for purchase separately?
This bed is a local custom build by Nathan Nostaw in collaboration with The Tiny House Company. At this stage is not available to sell as a kit. Nathan is making some modifications to the design and intends to eventually make it available as a kit to be shipped and installed by a contractor or a very handy DIY owner. If you might be interested in the future, please sign up to our mailing list so you receive any future updates on when it is available in kit form.
Do your tiny houses come with solar power?
Not as standard but we can supply a solar package to suit your needs as an added extra. Please contact us for more details.
How often will I need to change the composting toilet chamber?
The composting toilet chamber that we use (Nature loo - classic 750) should be swapped over approximately every 6mths for 2 adults living fulltime in the space according to the maunfacturers instructions. After using the toilet for 2 years (with 2 adults) we found that it took about a year to fill (but we were often out during the day).
How much do they weigh?
A tiny house of this size can weigh anywhere between 3t and 4.5t. We'd recommend employing the services of a towing company for transport unless you are very experienced with towing large and heavy loads.
How does the deck work for transport (in the 'Portal' model)?
The modular deck and roof comes in parts and is bolted together. It can be packed down or set up in about 2 hours.
How is waste and greywater treated?
There are several options for waste treatment, but the most common for tiny houses on wheels is a combination of a composting toilet and greywater treatment system. The composting toilet diverts liquid waste and turns solid waste into compost. The models we use are Australian made and approved for use in all states, operate odour-free, and can save 35,000L of water per year.
Greywater and blackwater can be treated by a series of filters and grease traps. Generally speaking, the end product is certified for direct release into the landscape, though we do advise that you check with your local council for any specific requirements for off-grid treatment of waste.
If I chose to have a composting toilet, how often will I need to empty the waste chamber?
According to both the manufacturer and our own testing, you can expect two people to have to swap over the chamber roughly every 6 months.
What are my options for going off-grid?
Our tiny houses can be built either fully off-grid or as a hybrid with some connections to mains infrastructure. Please refer to the information provided on inclusions and optional extras on this page. There is capacity for 2x 9kg gas bottles to fuel your cooktop, oven and hot water. The house is wired for solar and/or connection to mains power. The optional grey water system and composting toilet means that no connection to a sewer is required. Once sited, a rainwater tank would be required, or the house can also be connected to town water.
LAWS & REGULATIONS FOR TINY HOUSES
Do councils approve of tiny houses on wheels / where can I park a tiny house on wheels?
Our tiny houses are built on trailers so the rules that apply to caravans also apply here. The rules around living in caravans and other transportable dwellings on private land generally exist at a local council level so it's not possible to make broad statements about what's allowed. While some regional councils are actively welcoming tiny houses on wheels, others are more cautious and even resistant.
We recommend that you contact the council call centre in the area you're interested in and ask them directly. If they aren't aware of the term 'tiny house', ask them about caravan laws as they are generally interchangeable.
This is a constantly evolving area of regulation and are currently involved in discussions with local council and state representatives. It's a slow process but we will keep you posted about our progress via our website.
Last year, thanks to the generous support of ESC Consulting, we managed to set a precedent within Brisbane City Council that allows us to continue to live in our tiny house on wheels in an inner city suburb without predetermined time limitations. Detailed information on this precedent can be found here.
MEDIA, MARKETING, VOLUNTEERING & SPONSORSHIP
Can I speak to you about an article/media request?
Yes, please send us an email outlining what you have in mind and we can send you relevant info and talk more. We have high resolution photos and comopany info available on request.
I'd like to offer my marketing and/or technical services - are you interested?
Thanks for the offer, but at this stage we have no need for any help in this area.
Are there any volunteering opportunities with The Tiny House Company?
Firstly thanks very much for the offer. We've had a lot of people offering to help out and we really do appreciate it. We're sorry but at the moment we don't have the capacity to take on anymore staff/workers even for free work experience. We already have five young people doing either work experience or apprenticeships and at the moment we don't need any more. We know this is not what you wanted to hear and we wish that it wasn't the case. Thanks again.
Are there any carpentry apprenticeship positions available at The Tiny House Company?
We're not currently in need of any apprentices but if you'd like to contact us and put your name on the list for future consideration please do so.
I'm interested in sponsoring your product/business - what are my options?
Please contact us by phone or email to discuss this further. While we are selective in the products we would consider endosing it's certainly worth getting in touch with us. Over the past 18 months we've had a lot of media attention for our products. Have a look on the 'MEDIA > LIST OF PAST MEDIA APPEARANCES' for some examples.