Finding a qualified tiny house builder can be surprisingly challenging. Many builders are hesitant to work on tiny homes, simply for the fact that there isn’t a lot of profit margin in such a small project. Additionally, they rarely have access to plans for non-traditional homes.
While building the home yourself is a possibility, there are countless challenges that come along with it. For instance, because tiny homes have to be built on a trailer, all of the construction materials, cabinets, furniture, appliances and fixtures can’t exceed the maximum weight load of the trailer. Technical tasks such as installing the plumbing and electrical systems also benefit from the knowledge of an experienced professional.
Don’t be discouraged, though. There are plenty of tiny house builders out there. The key is to know where to look to find them. We will go over some tips that can help find the best builder.
Look for a builder who has experience working on tiny homes. Building a small home presents unique challenges when compared to building a traditional home. Even the most qualified contractor may not be prepared to meet these challenges if they don’t have experience working in such a small space. Ideally, you should try to find a builder who regularly completes homes that are less than 500 square feet. You may need to meet with several different builders until you find one who is a good match for your needs.
Find a builder who has excellent custom woodworking skills. Because tiny homes are so small, they typically can’t use standard cabinets or other predesigned furniture. Instead, the entire interior space has to be custom-designed for the home. Because of that, the builder you hire for the project needs to have top-notch woodworking skills.
Choose a builder who isn’t afraid to think outside the box. Working in small spaces often requires creative thinking. Ideally, you should try to find a builder who has taken on challenging projects before and has been able to find solutions. Excellent problem-solving skills can go a long way toward making sure that the project goes smoothly. Even if you have well-designed house plans for your tiny home, challenges will no doubt arise during the construction process. The builder you work with needs to be able to solve these challenges on the fly so that construction is not delayed.
Get a written contract before work begins. This contract should clearly state what is and isn’t expected from the builder, along with the overall cost of the project. This will keep you from being overcharged for the services that are provided, and will also ensure that the builder follows through on their end of the agreement.
Tiny house builders are few and far between. However, it is well worth taking the time to try to find a builder who specializes in small homes. You will generally get far better results by hiring someone who has experience working in tiny spaces rather than hiring a contractor who works primarily on traditional homes.