Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
What was the drive behind the Tiny Home living concept?
*Troubled times in America and the world
From the devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the Global Financial crisis, America embraced Tiny Home living because of its affordability and practicality during these turbulent times.
Today, many Americans purchase Tiny Homes as a means of affordable living, giving young people the start that they desire, providing extra space for growing families, and allowing older people to retire with many of the comforts of a traditional home.
Now it's Australia’s turn to embrace the Tiny Home concept and keep the Great Australian Dream of owning a home alive.
A Tiny Home has many uses, from a weekender to a granny flat or teenage retreat, or it can even be used for extra lodging similar to the Airbnb concept!
Who lives in a Tiny Home?
*Just some of the uses
Whether you're looking for extra space or to make some additional income, at Tiny Homes Perth we will listen to your requirements and offer you advice and ideas to compliment both the home and its surrounding landscape.
From the Perth escarpment to hobby farms and regional areas, a Tiny Home can be built to suit just about any landscape. Whether it's a single retreat or an added bunkroom, why settle for a building that doesn’t compliment its surroundings or needs?
What size are Tiny Homes?
The size of a Tiny Home is based on weight; Australian rules allow a Tiny Home to be constructed up to 3500kg if being towed by a traditional vehicle (recommended), to a maximum of 4500kg if a suitable towing vehicle is used.
The weight of a Tiny Home is paramount, so its design and size is worked out around this. The most economical size of a Tiny Homes Perth home is 2.4m wide x 6.8m long, with a roof apex at 3.3m.
Talk to Tiny Homes Perth for further information in regard to size.
What are Tiny Homes called?
Ancillary accommodation, granny flat, spare room - these are some of the terms used to describe extra functional living space, separate from the main dwelling.
The extra space offered in a Tiny Home can serve all of the above functions, and more.
Whether you're a single person, a young couple or an older couple, the day-to-day commodities found in a conventional home can be incorporated into a Tiny Home, from a fully-functioning bathroom to a full-sized kitchen, Tiny Homes Perth can help so contact us today.
What are Tiny Homes made of?
*Chassis / Frame
At Tiny Homes Perth, we make our chassis rails from a pre-galvanised tube, inclusive of the draw bar and webbing of the floor support.
Wall frames and trusses consist of light-weight steel, with a feature portal frame welded to the chassis to provide rigidity.
External cladding comprises a combination of materials, from corrugated iron to weather board cladding.
Internally, the options are endless and may include flush-finish walls and feature lining board.
Cabinetry and finishes are constructed using traditional building methods.
Why is a Tiny Home on a trailer?
*A Tiny Home is a Caravan
Under regulations, a Tiny Home is not a building, but a caravan (trailer).
Regulations under the vehicle standards provide guidelines for trailer manufacturing of various weights. These regulations stipulate that a Tiny Home of up to 3500kg can be towed using a traditional vehicle, while a suitable vehicle must be used to tow anything above this, to a maximum of 4500kg.
The length, width and height of the Tiny Home are adapted to conform with the size of a caravan.
A Tiny Home is built using the same materials as traditionally constructed homes rather than those used to assemble traditional caravans. When constructing a Tiny Home, the weight of these materials is a crucial factor to consider.
Tiny Home vs caravan
*Building a home
A traditional caravan squeezes all of its components into an allocated space, allowing you to 'live off the grid' for a while, however, the comfort and practicality of of a full-sized bed, a standard ceiling level and a kitchen with abundant cupboard space is compromised.
Some of the options found in traditional caravans today are great, but they are not suitable for supporting a 'normal', comfortable lifestyle in the long-term, especially if you are over a certain age.
Tiny Homes Perth gives you the option of living your day-to-day life in an uncluttered, fully functioning house, suitable for home owners of any age.
Although caravans and Tiny Homes have a similar chassis, with a Tiny Home you have the option and luxury of building your bathroom, kitchen sink and several other features to match the size and finish of a traditional home - something you won't find in a traditional caravan.
How safe are Tiny Homes?
*Guidelines and standards
Because Tiny Homes are considered caravans, they are regulated as such. Under the Australian Standards there are stiff regulations in place with regard to both the construction of caravans and traditional homes
Construction of the chassis is rigid, while all Tiny Homes come with electric brake-away systems, offering braking during travel as well as a brake lock-up system if the trailer disconnects from the towing vehicle.
The traditional building materials used in the construction of a Tiny Home have been tried and tested over many years.
Want to know more?
Contact Tiny Homes Perth today.