Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a tiny home cost?

Every home we build is custom. Your house is designed around your needs and lifestyle so the cost of the home varies based off of what you what to get out of your home. Think the difference between a bungalow and a mansion. That said, we are able to build a on grid 16′ home for as little as $65 000 and a 32′  off grid home for upwards of $180 000. We build the home you want and dream about

Are your homes built as on grid or off grid

Depending on your needs we can do on grid, off grid, or a hybrid of the two! Our preference is a hybrid option as it gives you the flexibility to park at a variety of locations. The hybrid option is most easily achieved by installing a composting or incinerating toilet. Besides allowing for off grid living, this is a good idea regardless as the average annual consumption per person is 103 000L flushed. Given how precious this resource is, flushing it away just seems a little unnecessary.

I’m a tall person and am not sure a tiny house will work for me

Our model home has ceilings of 6′ 10 1/2” throughout and a vaulted ceiling of 11′ in the kitchen. We can also include a landing by any sleeping lofts to allow for an easier transition to the lower ceiling heights there.

How are your homes heated/cooled?

Since the main focus of tiny living is reducing ones environmental footprint, the most simple option we provide for cooling your house is windows. Lots of windows. By allowing a cross breeze into your home and using a ceiling fan you can efficiently and inexpensively cool your home. Although just opening a window isn’t always enough so we utilizes in floor radiant heating to efficiently heat your home and a mini-split (with built in heat pump) to cool your home on those extra hot days.

Depending on your tiny house dreams, a fireplace or other alternative heating options can be included.

Do you account for emergency egress in the home?

As a former firefighter, your safety is our upmost priority and as such we ensure that your home is built with at least two routes of egress on the main floor and that sleeping lofts have a window that allows for emergency egress

What fire protection do you offer?

As a former firefighter, your safety is our upmost priority and as such we ensure that your home is built to the latest fire code. This includes a carbon monoxide and smoke detector on the main floor as well outside of any sleeping areas (depending on the layout of your home, one detector may be enough to cover the whole home). Additionally, when any wood paneling is used inside the home, a fire retardant coating is applied to the surface to reduce its combustibility.

When you build propane storage do you fireproof it?

Unfortunately this is a bit of a misnomer as a flammables storage shed is not meant to contain a fire, but instead to keep fire away from it. If your tiny includes propane storage, your shed is built to NFPA standards using 1″ plywood, air tight construction, and coated with a Class A fire retardant paint designed to inhibit an approaching fire, giving you more time to safely exit your home.

How do I maintain my new home?

Like any standard house there is always going to be some upkeep and repairs necessary, but our tiny houses are built to last! We use steel roofing (and siding) that has a life span of 50 years and some of our insulation has a life span of 30-50 years, and your framing should last long enough for your children to inherit it and raise their own family in it. If wood siding is used you will likely have to apply a sealer every 4-7 years to refresh it. As for your trailer frame, you should spot apply a rust proof paint to areas where the paint has worn off, to prevent corrosion, every few years.

Otherwise, you can treat your tiny like a regular house and renovate it as it ages and your preferences change.

How do you level your home?

Fortunately and unfortunately steel has some flex and so its important to ensure your home is leveled during the build process and once parked at its (temporary or permanent home). If you plan on moving frequently we recommend the use of drop leg jacks, but if you plan on parking your home for a lengthy period of time we recommend block towers (and use them during the construction of the home itself). If your home is parked on soil we recommend jacks up and re-leveling your THOW every spring as the freeze/thaw of the ground can vary and throw off your level.

Are your homes built only on trailers or do we have other options to meet Ontario Standards for second dwelling

As much as we love the THOW life, we understand that Ontario is proving to be very slow at adapting to this movement, and as a result, very few communities actually allow for THOWs. To work with this we offer the option of building your tiny house without a trailer. Your home can be either lowered onto a concrete pad or placed on concrete blocks, ultimately giving your the option to pick up your home and relocate if you want. We can also help you work with your municipality gaining the necessary permits and applications in order to achieve this goal

Is my trailer order custom to the design of my home?

We work with a trailer manufacturer that specializes in tiny house trailers. Their design allows for flexibility in the sizing of your trailer, but if your THOW plan merits additional supports or modifications we can accommodate that

On my trailer is there a place for license plate, with all working brake lights, turn signals as well as electrical braking systems upon completion?

Your trailer comes preregistered with Service Ontario; having both a license plate and ownership certificate in your name. Our THOWS meet the ministry of transportation requirements and are entirely road legal including electric breaks, break away braking, and operating lights

How long does it take for our trailer to arrive?

Trailers typically take between 6 and 8 weeks to arrive as they are custom builder to the needs of your home.

How long do you anticipate the home to be 100% turn key once the Trailer has arrived?

Unless there are unforeseen delays materials and custom order items, we anticipate up to a 90 day turn around once the trailer has arrived and design has been finalized

Do your homes have protective coatings from elements including salt issues from winter climates?

The underside your home is flashed with steel to protect it from debris and water kicked up during transportation. This is sufficient if your home doesn’t move frequently, but if you plan on using your THOW as a touring home it may be a good idea to have an undercoating applied every few years to help extend the life of your homes frame.

Do you document the build process?

Tiny homes began as a grassroots movement of DIYers and as such half of the enjoyment of it is in documenting and sharing the build process. This helps in supporting other DIYers and growth of the movement. Additionally we ensure that we document the whole home at various stages (framing, plumbing/electrical, insulation, etc) to support you with any insurance or permitting needs (eg. If you move your home from its original location and requires new permits). All of this information is provided to you upon delivery of your home.

How do you stay connected to your customers during the build process?

As someone joining the tiny house movement we can only assume you are thoroughly excited to move into your new home. To help you through this anticipation we send regular updates throughout the process and keep you informed with a live spreadsheet detailing the appliances and furnishings of your home

How do you design the home for ongoing maintenance for heating, water, electrical, plumbing, and off grid systems

Our homes are built with a mechanical room that houses all major systems such as plumbing, heating, water, and off grid systems, leaving sufficient space around them for repairs and maintenance.

Do you use passive house design?

The short answer is yes. When building your home for year round Canadian living, we use an exterior insulation that wraps and seals your house making it air tight, helping to eliminate thermal bridging. Since this form of construction seals your house we include an ERV, bathroom fan, and kitchen hood fan to ensure proper ventilation.

What type of insulation do you use?

Our standard insulation is spray foam as it offers a superior R rating for the price/size, as well providing a moisture barrier, sound barrier, and aiding to the rigidity/strength of your home.  However we do understand that some people do have sensitivity to the chemicals used in the process or are concerned about VOC’s. As such we do offer a wide range of other insulation options such a mineral fiber, hemp insulation, sheeps wool, and vacuum insulated panels to name a few

Solar Wiring?

At client request, we can pre-run wiring for solar panels in wall.

Do you use copper or aluminum wire for electric?

While it is possible that some fixtures used may include aluminum wiring, your home will be wired with all copper wiring.

Do you have a warranty? What does this cover?

Standard manufacturer warranties apply to all appliances and electronics in the house. Joint It will manage all warranty concerns up till 30 days after delivery of the home, at which point the owner takes responsibility.

Joint It protects against defects in workmanship and material used in the construction of your home and offers 1 year protection for defects to plumbing and electrical systems, carpentry, and finishes. For major structural defects, Joint It offers a 3 year warranty

Third Party home warranty is available for an additional cost.

Do you have transportation services available or work with third party?

We provide towing services for our clients to your parking location, as well as on going support if you choose to move it at a cost of $2/km. For tiny house towing services for homes not built by Joint It we can also offer ongoing towing support at $2.50/km