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$150

1 hour On-Site Consultation

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$200

1 hour Tiny House Tour

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Our consultations include a review of the materials you send us, a real-time consultation by phone or skype, and a follow-up via email. The behind-the-scenes work might include researching zoning code in your area, compiling resources and notes, or sending introductory emails to connect you with additional resources.
On-site consultations and home tours are currently available in Portland OR, Brainerd MN, Austin TX, and Washington DC.

Topics include:

Are you wondering about going Tiny but really just don’t know how to begin? Are you feeling stuck?  Does a life change that huge sound equally exciting and terrifying?  Making a big change is pretty scary.  But, know what’s even scarier? Regret.

Letting go of most of your possessions and choosing a substantially smaller living space on wheels or otherwise is extremely liberating, but it isn’t all “butterflies & glitter” and it definitely is not for everyone.   We can help you decide if a big change is right for you.

It’s the question that everyone is asking – where can I park my tiny house?  Amongst us we have parked on private land outside city limits, in backyards and side yards, and in communuties, paid rent and been invited to park for free.  Every jurisdiction is different – what is the reality in your area?  What happens if you are given a citation and asked to move? We can tell you what we’ve experienced, what others have told us about, and give you our best advice.
If you’re already committed in your mind to going tiny but are overwhelmed with the number of steps ahead of you we can help you determine your next steps on your journey.  First up: Are you going to DIY your build, hire a construction professional to build it for you, or do a combination of the two?  There are pros and cons to both methods beyond time and money – let us help you sort them out.
Do you have a rough floor plan that you created or a SketchUp drawing which you need advice on how to make it better? Every inch counts in a tiny space, so good design is critical to maximize the amount of functional space in the home. With a review of your design, we can offer tips on how to make your space feel much larger, more functional, and to operate more efficiently.
Can tiny houses be financed? Should I save up first or pay as I build? Where can I go to seek alternative forms of financing? We’ll help you tackle the difficult financial component to help you get started on your dream (tiny) home with as little stress as possible.
We consult with RV parks that are taking the leap to transition into tiny house communities. We can works closely with RV park owners, so that they understand the unique needs and requirements of tiny housers. Let us advise you on issues of zoning, marketing, tiny house community building, intentional communities (ICs), and providing creative and practical solutions to common challenges specific to the art of living intentionally while living in-community.
It seems so many tiny-housers say they want to live in a tiny house community, and many many cities are researching how to legally establish one, and yet very few are actually in existence.  We’re having conversations with urban planners, architects and municipal authorities – what is the current state of things and what is coming?  What is the reality of living in a tiny house community past the utopia that many tiny housers are looking for – you know, the fire pit, the community garden and the quiet footpaths?  Do you own your land or rent it?  What about that junky neighbor and taxes?  Do you want your neighbors to be on wheels or on foundations? How close should the houses be to each other (and if you have those cute foot paths with vehicles on the perimeter, how do emergency personnel get in when needed?)  Are you willing to be a part of an HOA?  When happens to your plot when you decide to move?  This arena is developing quickly – if a community is offered in your area, what questions should you ask?
How much power does a tiny house use? Is it cost-effective to install a solar power system on your tiny house? What are the options? We’ll help you navigate all the various on- and off-grid power options with pros and cons for each.
The systems in your house are what will make it feel like a comfortable home (not just camping in a box). We’ll help you navigate all the water and plumbing options (water tanks and pump needed?) to help you get the most out of your small space.

Proper electrical installation is one of the most important things to insure the safety of your house. Should use AC or DC? How many amps? What kind of power will I need based on my climate and appliance choices? We’ll help you find the best option to fit your needs and keep your house safe.

Some of the most common questions we receive are about what hot water heater to use, what kind of stove top or range to cook on, or what toilet options are best. These choices can make or break your tiny house experience. Let us share our first-hand knowledge with you, so you don’t buy the wrong appliance and get stuck when it breaks or functions poorly.
As experienced tiny house travelers, we can offer you great advise on prepping your tiny house for travel, how to tow your house safely, where to stay on the road, what kind of truck you’ll need to tow your house, what do when you house or truck has a problem, and other question you may have about tiny house towing and travel.
Much of the media exposure of living the tiny life is extreme – the tiny lifestyle is either painted as a type of utopia, or a ticking time bomb that really isn’t realistic.  How much of those depictions are true?  Have you made peace with letting go of your material possessions?  Does your work and/or hobbies lend themselves to a small space?  What are the alternatives?  Using our experiences we can guide you through what we see as the perks and downfalls of the tiny house lifestyle.
“But what do you do with all your stuff?”  “You have a storage unit somewhere, right?”  Oh, the questions about our stuff and where to put it!  How do you go about letting go of possessions?  How does one decide what to keep and what to let go of?  What become important?  There are as many methods for downsizing as there are mis-matched socks in your drawer. What methods work?  How do you downsize an entire existing household into a small space?  How long should you expect the process to take?  Should you hire a professional or invite a ruthless friend to come over?  Will you have regrets? There’s a whole philosophy here that touches on the tiny house lifestyle, what our country perceives as “success” and what items one really needs to be comfortable and happy.  Hint:  You don’t have to live like a monk to fit into a tiny house!
As the foundation of your tiny home, the trailer is the most important part of the house. Should you buy new or try to save money with a used trailer? What is GVWR and how to estimate your weight needs? How are you going to securely attach the house to the trailer? How do you balance the weight of the items in the house to insure that the house can be towed safely down the road. We’ll help you answer these very important initial questions.
More and more couples in the middle of building a tiny house together, or in the early planning stages, figuring out what each of them needs to be happy. Adopting this lifestyle and sharing a small space together can be an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience.

Especially if building a tiny house yourself, it will test you and require more of you more than ever knew you had! That’s true both in the physical and mental aspect of planning and building, but also in the emotional and psychological aspect of working together, communicating honestly in each moment, and learning to live harmoniously in close quarters.

Let us guide you through some common issues that will come up, and hopefully help save you an argument or two later by bringing those to light now.

With such a perceived demand for tiny house communities, and so many cities researching them, what is the hold up?  Code and zoning make things complicated pretty quickly, as do community residents’ (sometimes unrealistic) lists of “must-haves” and “wish-lists.”  What infrastructure is necessary?  Are the plots owned or rented? How are they taxed?  What would a tiny house community bring to a larger, existing urban area?  Is a community feasible?
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