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In the previous post, I discussed the base price for my top three (for now) Tiny House builders.

The statement about Tiny Homes that I get the most laughs from is, “They have free delivery.” How would you like your house brought to you in the same manner you no doubt received last night’s pizza?

All kinds of weird considerations go into this Tiny Home thing. I’m sure I will eventually have a post on the headaches of zoning and permits. I’ve already planned a post about the difficulty I’ve had even finding a place even to park it (Who wouldn’t want a Tiny Home in their RV lot? As it turns out…almost everyone!).

So, one thing I’ve learned to look for in Tiny Home builders is their shipping policy. Their FAQ pages are an abundance of knowledge. It’s all the questions you didn’t even know you were supposed to ask!

Delivery Policies:

Heirloom: As with many high-end products, you also receive high-end service. Heirloom’s FAQ page says that they provide free shipping with their Tiny Homes, so it may be worth your while to give their higher price tag a second look.

Brevard: You won’t find delivery policies on their site, because per Brevard’s FAQ page, that is a service they do not provide. The company is located in North Carolina, and they can make recommendations of haulers to unite you with your Tiny Home!

Perch & Nest: While I was unable to find a definitive statement of delivery cost on their site, I did find a note that P&N will deliver and set up your home for you. Now, whether that is a paid portion of their service, I don’t know, but the phrasing suggests to me that they offer free delivery, or pack it into their pricing model.

I can honestly say that I have no schema for the price of delivering a house across the country. It’s just not something I’m accustomed to participating in.

What was the process you experienced in the delivery of your Tiny Home?

 

In the previous post, I gave a list of links to the tiny home builders that I’ve most enjoyed spending hours looking at.

However, if I were to attempt a point-by-point comparison between them all, I would bore you to death. You may be bored to death, already.

I will discuss my three favorites — Tiny Heirloom, Brevard Tiny House, and Perch & Nest. I know I said in the previous post I was going to look at Liberation, but it’s my blog, and I changed my mind.

This first comparison focuses on cost. In the next post, I’ll start to look at these:

  • Base Model Price
  • Free Shipping/Delivery (or not!)
  • Degree of Furnishing Included*

All three models have my non-negotiables:

  • Fridge
  • Washer/Dryer Combo
  • Loft sleeping
  • Stairs (for our pups!)
  • 24′ in length
  • On wheels

A common thread through the advice I’ve read is to make sure the Tiny Home meets your minimum needs. Make sure the kitchen has the appliances that apply to your life. I cook frequently, so a stove, an oven, and enough counter space are essential. Some models of Tiny Homes don’t include more than a mini-fridge!

As we search for a Tiny Home as our primary residence, we are trying to keep our daily habits in mind. It’s really easy to get worked up and excited about this potential bundle of cuteness making its way into our life, but Tiny Home living isn’t for everyone. For example, my mother can’t handle small spaces, and the the extreme charm of a Tiny House isn’t going to change that.

What are the non-negotiables in your perfect Tiny House?

The question: What exactly is a Tiny Home? If you’re on Pinterest (which, of course, I am), you may have seen the Tiny Home trend as it has rapidly and adorably evolved.

At first glance, these Tiny Homes are impossibly whimsical — that hexagonal tile your grandmother had in her bathroom, the wanderlust of a home on wheels, the lofted bed you always wanted as a pre-teen.

Here’s what you should know about my bias in all this:

  • I currently own a 2100 square foot ranch-style home.
  • My home cost $130,000 in 2014, and was built in 1970.
  • I use two of the four bedrooms as my main living areas. That’s right! That 240 square feet, plus the galley-style kitchen, is where I spend the vast majority of my time.
  • I work from home.
  • I am not one of those “yard work” people. By that, I mean I do not do yard work of any kind.

We have three gigantic oak trees. We have a crumbling foundation. We had a flood. Basically, God looked at our house and designed the unbeliever after it.

But, back to Tiny Homes.

Here are the brands I’ve researched so far:

Quite possibly, there are more to list, but these are the ones I’ve spent the most time ogling.

Problem: my brain works best in a chart system. As I was researching these companies, I simply couldn’t keep them straight. Once I closed the sites, all of the tiny houses ran together.

So, in the next several posts, I will compare the findings of my top three brands of interest — Heirloom, Brevard, and Liberation.

Share with us! What other Tiny House companies can we add to this list?

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