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How does the customization process work?

We’ve made buying a tiny house and the customization process as hassle-free as possible. We will talk you through financing, custom floor plan, interior/exterior design, cosmetics, insulation, etc.. Tiny Heirloom is the leading provider of premium custom tiny homes in the US. That means, as a Tiny Heirloom Standard, from beginning to end, every detail, big and small, is thought of and perfected. From design to delivery, framing to finish work, hours upon hours of detail and care are incorporated into a finished product that we can honestly and confidently call the best and most quality tiny home in the world. Once we have something you love drawn up we work together with our Design Team to get it ready to build in Portland, Oregon.

How much can I expect to pay for a Tiny Heirloom?

Our custom base model packages start at $89,000. Our base models are very extensive in their all-inclusiveness, however, we highly encourage customizing it further to expand and build off of the base packages to create a personalized match for the owner. The sky is the limit! We would love to make anyone’s dream Tiny Heirloom come to life. Everything that is needed is included within the custom package. We have no last minute add-ons and no hidden fees. The only price difference occurs with the size of the unit, customization of materials and layouts, “off grid” capabilities and technological or structural additions. We don’t even charge for delivery. No matter where you are in the contiguous U.S. Our Signature Series starts at $39,995 and are personalizable.

Do I need permits to build & spend time in a Tiny Heirloom?

Typically, no permits needed on your end and depending on where you live no taxes to park a tiny house. Codes and zoning vary from city to city so we recommend talking with your local jurisdiction to clarify where you can park your tiny home. We will take care of all licenses and other legalities that come with manufacturing so that you can sit back and enjoy; stress-free. Since we are a Travel Trailer Manufacturer, and RVIA certified, you can drive your Heirloom down the road anytime you want. You don’t have to have an escort service or call ahead to get a permit. It is as mobile and flexible as you need it to be. And for those who decide to keep it in one spot, we build all of our Tiny Heirlooms to be stable and structurally sound whether sitting or moving.

Financing a Tiny Heirloom

We’ve made financing as easy as possible. The process is very similar to applying for a car loan except it will likely be classified as an RV or Travel Trailer loan. There are many ways to finance your tiny home Travel Trailer. Soft or hard loans, personal unsecured loans, RV loans, etc.. Our in-house finance advisers will walk you through the process step by step as they evaluate your credentials and connect you with the right lending institution.

Do I hook up to a sewer system or a septic tank?

In every Tiny Heirloom, we have all of the sewer needs cared for, so you don’t have to be plugged into a system of any sort. Our units will either have a compostable toilet (that reduces waste to 10% by evaporating 90% of it), or we will have a black water tank included. This means you will only have to empty a tank once every 1-2 months, or empty your compostable toilet receptacle (by this point, becoming odorless, harmless bury-able waste) once every 1-3 months!

How does the electrical system work?

At Tiny Heirloom, we believe that every Tiny Heirloom should be as convenient and accessible as possible. The electrical systems work much like a traditional RV. If you are not off grid you will need to be plugged into the grid through a provided 30amp or 50amp cord that will power your house. There are multiple different upgradable options that can allow you to be more “off grid” and live a more green and efficient lifestyle. That means you can be plugged into an external power source, or run off battery power, wind, and solar power. So whether you’re linked electrically to your family or friends house, or just out in the middle of nowhere, all of your power needs can be met.

How Long will it take to build?

Average time from beginning to end is anywhere from 90-120 days. However, if you are a custom build for our TV show, we build them in 30 days.

What does the base package include?

Even our custom base package is luxurious from top to bottom. Framing will always be sturdy and top-quality, no exceptions. We never skimp on materials or trailer structural integrity to save money. We don’t believe people should have to pick and choose from the must-have options when they can all be included. The base custom package also comes with granite countertops, painted or stained cabinets and cupboards, engineered wood flooring, mini split for heat & AC, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer combo unit, painted or stained interior and exterior, one egress skylight, and closed cell spray in foam insulation.

How much do they weigh? What will I need to tow it?

When buying a tiny house the weight can vary dramatically depending on size and customization. Typically they will be anywhere from 8,000 pounds to 21,000 pounds. Although it depends on each specific trailer we typically don’t recommend anything less than a 3/4 ton pickup with good towing capabilities. All trailers have a 2 5/16 ball hitch. Weight is one of our big challenges we are constantly trying to improve on. Being that many luxury and well-made products are heavier and more substantial we are faced with the task of creating a light and easily tow-able Tiny Heirloom without compromising the use of quality and well-made products.

Where will I park it?

Ideally, buying your own property would be, seemingly, your best solution. However, there are more economical routes as well: A lot of people rent out their driveways or backyards to people with RV’s or Tiny Homes. There are also certain RV parks that allow tiny homes. Additionally, we are working on getting land to start Heirloom communities for the long term and short term tiny homers. We will keep you posted on our progress.

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