Have you been dreaming of the minimalist lifestyle and going tiny is an option for you? Maybe you want to save funds, so you’re considering building your own tiny house, or ordering a tiny house shell or a DIY kit.
Buying a tiny home is as much of a commitment as the purchase of a traditionally built house and should be taken as seriously. Just because you are planning to live in a downsized home, doesn’t mean the quality of the build should be minimized. There are ways to save money where you can, complete a fully customized build, and end up with a perfectly safe and reliable house that will last for years.
Here are 4 reasons you should consider hiring a contractor instead of attempting a tiny house DIY project.
Whether you’ve chosen a pre-fab kit, a complete DIY, or hiring a builder, timelines can be tricky on a large project like home building. Hiring a professional builder brings you the comfort that they have been doing this a long time. Their overall timelines may change by a few weeks, but they are unlikely to add months to the total build, throwing off everything from school enrollment to job changes, athletics and oving plans.
When a professional runs into a snag or a delay in shipping materials, they adjust accordingly. When you are unfamiliar, you are more likely to panic and stop progress on the build to wait for a late shipment or end up having to hire out certain parts of your build only after investing time and money into it to realize that you didn’t have the appropriate knowledge or skills to complete it safely.
Most licensed contractors for tiny homes are well-versed in quality trailers built to pull this kind of weight. Most THOWS run 8,000-18,000 pounds, depending on length and building materials. This is not something to take lightly when starting the foundation of your build. Hiring a professional will ensure your build starts off right.
It is possible to build your own house regardless of its size, but for some reason more people make an attempt at a DIY build on tiny homes than traditional houses. The square footage doesn’t determine how dangerous it can be to try to install your own electrical or plumbing. Without proper skills/training in electrical and plumbing work, you can be facing fears of house fire, burst pipes, insulation and wood flooring damage, or house flooding.
Aside from the obvious hazards, a DIY attempt at electrical could pose dangers for electrocution, code violations, expensive after-build repairs, or improperly wired breaker boxes. Plumbing concerns can include the use of improper materials for piping, connections remaining without proper sealant, and the ruining of furniture and flooring. Emergency repairs for these mistakes are very costly and can even result in a complete rebuild.
It is more costly to install a double paned tempered window in any home, but if you plan to move your house often, a tempered window can save you thousands in window replacement in the long run when rocks on the highway bounce up and break your glass.
Insulation can be comprised of everything from denim to sheep’s wool, spray foam to traditional fiberglass infused pink rolls. The cost varies greatly but these changes are benefits of a fully customized build where everything from environmental impact and R-rating can be considered.
Like with any large purchase, be sure to do your research before you commit. Check out certified and trusted builders who are professionals within the small house industry like Tiny Heirloom. They are your best bet for tiny living.