FAQs

About Tiny Houses

What is the typical price range for a tiny house?
Our houses start at about $35,000 for a basic 8x18' and up to $75,000+ for an 8x28' with all the bells and whistles. Prices will vary with size and amenities. If you are looking for a quote, start by filling out our tiny house builder form.  

Where should I park my tiny house?
I don't know! Start by checking the tiny house map, the tiny house community map, and tinyhouseparking.com. Make sure you perform all the necessary due diligence with your municipality before committing to your tiny house investment. We may not complete the design process with you if you have not secured your parking space. Why? It is important to know how we will need to design your utilities to fit the land. It's much better to design your house to fit the land than to look for land that can support your tiny house. 

We also have a Parking Guide up on our blog. You should check it out! 

Do I need insurance for my tiny house?
Maybe! While it is a good idea to have insurance on your tiny house, it may be hard to find. Some things, like wood stoves, may make tiny houses even harder to insure, so keep that in mind. If you are looking for insurance, Darrell Grenz and American Modern Insurance Group, Inc. may be able to help. You should check with insurance providers before you begin planning your perfect tiny house lifestyle.

Are you RVIA certified?
No. Here is a good article by Rocky Mountain Tiny Homes that reflects our opinion on RVIA certification. 

Should I be worried about mold in my tiny house?
Yes, you should! Mold is a big issue in tiny houses that are occupied full time, especially in New England's wet summers and cold winters. All of our houses include an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV), rain screen battens, and closed-cell insulation as preventative measures and are non-negotiable elements. The ERV swaps humid air from the tiny house with fresh air, warmed to room temperature by the ceramic core. Rain screen battens are installed between the siding and the exterior sheathing to allow trapped moisture to escape. Closed-cell spray foam acts as a vapor barrier as well as being impermeable to moisture.

Can my tiny house be off-the-grid?
Yes, it can! Off-grid models can include fresh water storage and pumping solutions, gray water storage and discharge solutions, and solar power. Keep in mind that off-grid solutions can add between $5,000 and $30,000 to your contract price depending on how robust you need your systems to be. Also remember that designing in space for gray and fresh water tanks can take up precious square footage inside the tiny house! And we may not be able to answer tough questions like: how do I get fresh water into the house or where can I put my gray water? Those answers will vary place to place!

Check out our Off-Grid Utility Guide and Winter Utility Guide for more information about this. 

How much do tiny houses weigh?
Models will weigh 9,000 to 12,000 lbs at the point of sale depending on the model size. The weight of the houses will change as you start to add your belongings.

What kind of vehicle do I need to pull my tiny house?
We recommend that your vehicle be rated to pull 13,000 lbs or greater which is most likely an F250/2500 series. 

How long will it take to build a tiny house for me?
It generally takes us 7 to 10 weeks to build a tiny house, depending on the size and complexity of design. Since we build outside in New England, we can only build between April and November, which allows us about three houses a year. Contracts are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Lead time is about 7 months. 

Do you finance your houses?
No, sorry! Check with your local credit union or LightStream lending for more options. Keep in mind that we will need $5,000 for the trailer deposit and to hold your spot in our build schedule with half of the remaining contract price due before building begins with the rest due on delivery. 

Is delivery included?
No, the cost of delivery is not included in the contract price or initial quote. Feel free to pick up the house with your own vehicle, rent a truck from uHaul, or use a service from Uship.com. We frequently use ADM Hauling out of Athens, Vermont, when we need to move our homes. 

How do your houses withstand New England winters?
We build our tiny houses exclusively for New England winters! Using a combination of new materials, double pane windows, spray foam insulation, humidity and mold control (see above), appropriately rated heaters, and proper tiny house parking and skirting techniques, you should be more than comfortable in your tiny house throughout the winter. We won't design your tiny house without taking in your climate needs and ensuring your comfort throughout the year. It can be true what they say - in a properly built and insulated tiny house, you can almost heat it with a candle! Need more information about tiny houses in the winter? Check out our Winter Utility Guide

About Us

Where do you get your trailers? 
We are currently sourcing our trailers locally from J & J Trailers out of Winchester, New Hampshire, and have been super impressed with the quality of the product and the customer service. Like us, they build their trailers custom, made to order, and with an attention to detail that will make them our go to tiny home trailer providers for the foreseeable future. Give them a call if you are interested in purchasing a trailer for a DIY build! We love buying trailers manufactured in New England! 

Where are you located?
We are located in New England in the Southern Green Mountain Region of Vermont between Manchester and Chester. We are located 2.5 hours from Burlington, 3 hours from Boston, 1.5 hours from Albany, and 4 hours from New York City. See the map here.

Can I visit your shop?
Short answer: yes! Long answer: maybe! While we would love to meet you in person, answer your questions, and let you tour our current build, we don't always have the time to entertain visitors. Drop us a line if you are interested in visiting or have questions. We much prefer to communicate via email or over the phone prior to meeting in person. We do not maintain models on the property to check-out; we will only have our most current build on site. We only prefer to meet in person if you are serious about pursuing a tiny house with us. Appointment only, no drop-ins.

If we do decide to schedule an appointment, please be aware that we work out of our home workshop in the driveway. We do not have a traditional office space and will most likely have our conversation outside or in the kitchen. 

Our hours are 10am-4pm, Monday through Friday. We are not available on weekends.

How long have you been building tiny houses?
We have been building tiny houses since 2013. See our first model here.

Do you live in a tiny house?
No! We live in a traditional, 3-bedroom home. However, it is not only Kate and Anderson's home, but Bob's home, Tina and Phyllis' home, and also doubles as our office and workshop. 

Why are your houses so expensive?
Our houses will typically come with a price tag of $40,000+ because they are hand-crafted, quality homes for the alternative consumer. The cost of building a fully functional house on wheels starts with the foundation - an uncompromising trailer designed specifically for tiny houses - and continues with locally sourced lumber, top of the line appliances and cabinets, and new energy efficient windows. We do not cut corners to produce a cheaper product. By supporting Tiny House Crafters, you are supporting a team of three builders to cover building expenses and earn a livable wage creating a custom home just for you. By dedicating our summers to building tiny houses, we are helping you discover an alternative path to home-ownership, living debt free, and a simpler lifestyle. For more information on price breakdowns and how we can help design you an economical home, contact us today!

Check out this very important article that breaks down the true costs of tiny home building: The Fallacy of a Cheap Tiny House.

We will not entertain inquiries that do not take into consideration compensation for our labor, sorry!

How do I initiate a contract and arrange payment?
After we hammer out intent, design, price, and are comfortable working together, we require a $5,000 nonrefundable deposit in order to secure your trailer and we will sign a binding, working contract. When the trailer is delivered and building starts, we require an additional deposit for up to 50% of our agreed upon quote. The remaining balance is due on delivery.

Learn more at our Start Here landing page. 

I don't know anything about tiny houses! Where do I start?
Check out our blog and our resources page! To learn more about how our business works, check out our landing page. If you can't find the answer to your question there, feel free to drop me a line. Need specifics?

Winter Utility Guide
Off-Grid Utility Guide
Parking Guide

Do you sell plans for your tiny houses?
Yes! At this time, we can offer detailed framing plans for our Sherwood model. We also can create building plans for a custom design

What's a design fee and why do I have to pay it?
While we are delighted to chat with everyone about design and tiny house building, if we feel that the realm of our work together is moving from what we are willing to do for free but we are still shy of leaving a trailer deposit, we will ask for a $500 nonrefundable research and design fee. This fee compensates me for our time as we conduct research and draw plans for you. This fee can be put towards the final cost of your tiny house.

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