The Current Tiny House Market: Who are they?

The tiny house market is indeed a very niche market. There are many laws and restrictions, varying in all different counties, that do not allow full time living in a tiny house on wheels. The concept of taking a tiny house on wheels anywhere is true, but it has to be done properly. 

So how does someone live in one properly?

Tiny houses on wheels are considered RV's or trailers to the DMV. Therefore, RV parks are the only area that is properly zoned for tiny houses on wheels. There are many RV parks that offer low-priced monthly space rentals with access to utility connections. 

So you're telling me that if I want to live in one full time, it has to be done at an RV park?

Not necessarily. If someone wanted to jump through the loop holes with risks of getting penalized, then by all means they can try whatever method works best for them. But the method with the most lenient regulations are at an RV park.

So how do I go about renting a space at an RV park?

Simply just locate an RV park in a preferred location that suits where you'll be most comfortable and give that RV park a phone call to see if they allow tiny houses on wheels. If they do allow them: Great! Get their rates and terms. If not: Maybe the next RV park on the list will allow them. 

So who exactly is this niche market for?

As for right now and until laws allow tiny houses on wheels, the market is simply the most friendly to people who are comfortable living in an RV park and are able to afford the upfront costs of a tiny house on wheels. These people have it in their minds that their Home will be paid off in just a short amount of time. This is compared to residential houses with 30 year mortgages.

Why Not Just Get An RV?

There are many differences between RV's and tiny houses on wheels. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference!

When you go to an RV dealership, typically what you see is what you get. Upgrades for RV's can be very expensive and there aren't many upgrades to choose from either. Tiny Houses on wheels can be built and customized for the purposes of the owner. Things like making the kitchen larger, building stairs instead of a ladder for loft access, or adding in home appliances can all be done and given in a quote to you during our Planning & Building Consultation. 

RV's are also made out of fiberglass that wear away over time which could mean that expensive shop visits to get your RV fixed are inevitable. On the other hand, tiny houses on wheels are built with high quality, durable materials that are meant to withstand any outdoor extremities that can last multiple generations.

If something were to go wrong with your RV, you will be looking at expensive shop rates due to the "RV specialist" that will be fixing the RV. If something were to go wrong with your tiny house, generally any handyman or repair man can fix the issues.

The insulation that is used in RV's is very thin which could be troublesome for outside noise and temperature control. Each RV has their own classification of insulation which is rated on an R-value that determines the overall thickness and quality. Since it is their own insulation that they use, the markup for insulation is not known to the public therefore the manufactures can markup their insulation at whatever they want! For tiny houses on wheels, the insulation that is put in is the same stuff that is in most modern building structures. Insulation is necessary for all living conditions, and we feel that something that is required should not be capitalized on!

 

Where Can I Put a Tiny House on Wheels?

Placement of a tiny house on wheels ultimately depends on the local county's jurisdictions. We recommend that you check with the ordinances and abide by those laws. Our tiny houses are classified as RV's, so there are rules about living in an RV. These rules vary widely by county.

If properly zoned, tiny houses on wheels can be placed on a property and connected to utility connections. The same connections that RV's have. A perfect example of a place that has these connections and is properly zoned: RV and Mobile Home Parks. There are many RV parks that allow tiny houses on wheels and they offer monthly space rentals which may or may not include price of utilities.

In some cases of a natural disaster in which homes we destroyed, laws have allowed placement of tiny houses to be placed on the owner's property until reconstruction is finished. Tiny Houses on wheels provide a great alternative and can bring many neighbors and communities back together.

Housing in Emergency Situations

This past year, we have seen a few cities across the USA that have been wiped out by natural disasters. To name a few - Houston with the floods, Sonoma County and LA county with the wildfires, Puerto Rico with the hurricane. These natural disasters have left many families without homes and struggling to make ends meet with their new living situations. 

So often, we expect the government to step and do the right thing by providing people with shelter during emergency situations. However, this is not the case with our current government. Months later, families are still homeless and have grown accustomed to living in a temporary shelter facility. This is not right and we need to come together as people within this country to make sure this does not happen. We are in a free country and we have all of the tools and experience to come together and be there for one another. 

All it takes are just a few heads to be put together and tiny houses on wheels can be a great alternative for emergency housing.

Tiny Houses - Not Just For Living

Tiny houses on wheels are growing more and more popular as time goes on. We see them all over the internet and all over the television. People are de-cluttering their possessions and are living minimalistic lifestyles. The reasons: Saving money, reducing carbon footprint, being able to travel more, and not being tied to a long term mortgage. The problem with all of the advertising that we see is that tiny houses on wheels are being marketed as alternatives to full time living. While this can be done, tiny houses on wheels should not be limited to just full time living.

Here are some other uses for tiny houses on wheels other than just full time living:

  • You have some friends or relatives that will be in town for the holidays
  • You are planning where and what your next vacation will be
  • You are seeking to expand your business horizons and be more accessible to new customers
  • Your company will be participating in an event that draws large crowds
  • You want a mancave so you and the boys can watch the big game
  • You are planning a development with the initiative to provide housing for people in need

The options are endless and the opportunity tiny houses on wheels can provide are astronomical. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!

Custom Mini Homes

Custom Mini Homes

Set your own budget, design your own Mini Home

Destination Minis enjoys the excitement of building custom tiny houses based off of our clients wants, needs, ideas, and dreams. Building a custom tiny house ensures that your tiny house, is exactly the way that you want it to be. However, there is a misconception that ties with the word "custom". People tend to think that anything that is made custom, is generally more expensive in price. This is not the case when it comes to custom tiny houses that are built by Destination Minis.

Simply just tell us your budget and what you are looking for. We can design a floor plan and exterior elevation for you, or you can simply just present us with pictures (email destinationminis@gmail.com), and we can work with those as well. 

Custom tiny houses can be perfect for not only housing, but also for your business, your next vacation, your family that is going to visit from out of town, or even your hobbies. Contact us today to see how custom tiny houses can be good for you.

RV Park Owners and Business Investors

RV Park Owners and Business Investors

The tiny movement is alive and real! The need for affordable housing has seemed to hit an all time high. People are stuck paying high rental prices that rise each year and that makes it difficult to save money to put a down payment on a house. So what is the solution? Tiny home communities.

There are laws and county jurisdictions that prevent people from living in a RV or tiny house anywhere. Mostly due to zoning and utility connections. RV parks or mobile home communities are properly zoned for tiny houses however. With that being said, RV park owners are trying to capitalize on the tiny movement by offering low long-term camping rates and by offering nice vacation rentals at their RV Park Resort. Mini Homes connect to the utility connections provided and they become a fully functional house. Mini Homes should not just be limited to vacation rentals. There are endless opportunities with Mini Homes.

Imagine that you were in college and you had the opportunity to live in a tiny home community while you were away at school. Or maybe your job allows you to work wherever you want; In this case you can move your office to different locations to reach new clients. Or what if there were more opportunities for people who needed to go through transitional housing programs. These are just a few of the great things that Mini Homes can contribute to.

You may be asking, "This all sounds too easy. Why isn't this more popular?" My answer: It is really easy to be presented an idea and to listen to all the great financial benefits of the plan. But as soon as 1, 2, or 3 roadblocks appear in the business plan, it is too easy to shy away of that. But then there are people who find a way through the roadblocks and are able to come up with solutions. 

Turning the Dream Into a Reality

All across the various social media platforms and even Google Images, when you search "tiny homes" or one of the many search terms for tiny homes, you will come across images of tiny homes that are either sitting comfortably in an enchanted forest or sitting on the edge of a cliff overlooking an amazing view. Sure these images are appealing, and they may even give us the sense that we literally can take these Mini Homes ANYWHERE. But when it comes down to it, is this reality? 

It is certainly a nice idea to take a Mini Home to an enchanted forest, not work, and just live life off-grid, but the fact of reality is that this form of Mini Home lifestyle is simply just a dream. I'm not saying that you can't do this, because you certainly can. Where I'm getting at is there is an actual existing Mini Home lifestyle that can be attained. And it can SAVE YOU A LOT OF MONEY. 

There are many jurisdictions and laws that prohibit the use of livable Mini Homes that vary by county (for now). However, there is a very wide movement that has reached county officials on making these Mini Homes allowable. The main issue that is catching these county official's attention is the very high demand for affordable housing. So if these aren't fully allowable yet, what can you do with one if you were to buy it? Keep reading....

Many RV and Mobile Home Parks will allow Mini Homes on wheels. They offer monthly space rentals and your Mini Home can connect to the utility hook-ups. This is the same for tiny home communities that are starting to grow rapidly. Destination Minis will soon be affiliated with various RV parks that will allow OUR Mini Homes. Until then, give any RV park a call and ask if they allow tiny houses on wheels.

Is a Tiny Home Right for Me?

Many of us have seen one time or another, a show on TV about tiny homes. Upon watching, we all fantasize about what it would actually be like to live in one. The ways we would have our tiny home set up, the features, the design, etc., is all fun and games but when it comes down to it, we all wonder if a tiny home would be a good fit for yourself, or possibly even a family. Now I'm not going to sit here and tell you that living in a tiny home is for everybody, because in reality it's not. But what I am going to point out are the uses in which everybody can benefit from. 

We all see the cost of living rising right before our very eyes. The demand for affordable housing is probably as high as it has ever been. Generally speaking setting all special circumstances aside, the dilemma we are facing is that we either have to live in a house or apartment. These are 2 living scenarios that come with serious added costs. Housing prices continue to rise, which means their interest rates do to. Additionally, when someone buys a home they are tied to a 30 year mortgage as well. Apartments on the other hand, is basically just putting your money in someone else's pocket which means you will never see that money again. My apartment in LA cost me $1,235 per month and subject to rise every year. My daily routine was wake up, go to work, come home, make dinner, shower, then bed... and repeat. The actual time that I spent for myself (besides my 6 hours of sleep) was basically less than 2 hours per day. It started to make me think, why am I paying this much when I can only enjoy my apartment for less than 2 hours per day!? All in all the point I am trying to make is that, we do not have to settle for 30 year mortgages or paying rent each month. Tiny homes provide the option of affordable living, owning a house, and freedom to move your home to any destination you want!

Another angle I'd like to present would be through the scope of investing. You are completely fine with your housing situation, you purchased a home, are currently paying it off, and it provides comfortable space for your family of 5. A tiny home can benefit you if you were to make an investment into purchasing a tiny home and renting it out to a person, couple, or family that is looking for affordable housing. Depending where you live or where you would like your tiny home to be, you would be able to charge enough rent in which the tiny home could have the ability to pay itself off in about 3 years! Or maybe you want to take your family on a vacation, well the tiny home is yours and you can take it to just about any RV park and connect to utilities. 

This last angle I'd like to present would be the angle for people who may be retired, have their home paid off, or are seeking a change in their lifestyle. I met a couple who fits in every one of theses characteristics. They are retired empty-nesters and their home is paid off. They purchased a tiny home and live in that full time. They rent out their home that is already paid off to a family. And now they get to travel anywhere they want in their tiny home and have all costs covered through the rent they are charging. If you ask me, I would say this is the ultimate fantasy. 

See what Destination Minis has to offer, and then decide for yourself if a tiny home is right for you!