We custom design and build tiny houses on trailers that you can travel in, or you can place them on a foundation and meet the local residential building codes.
We do not build Tiny Houses to meet RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association) standards. This is a certification of the manufacturing facility, not of the individual house. RV’s are not legal for permanent living and if you ever want to live legally in a municipality you will have to meet the local IRC building codes.
Our THOW models on trailers 24 ft and longer have the main bedroom downstairs and meet the 2015 IRC building codes. Upon request we have outfitted some of our Tiny Homes on Wheels with RV hookups so the owner can travel and stay in a nice RV park if they wish.
There are several new organizations that will certify a Tiny Home on Wheels (THOW) to meet their own standards, which are typically a combination of residential building codes and RV industry fire and safety codes. This does offer a buyer a measure of assurance in the quality of construction performed by the builder. These certifications are NOT accepted by any municipalities within which you may wish to legally live in your THOW.
However, if you are planning to live legally in a municipality (city or county) the tiny house will typically be classified as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and will be required to be installed on a foundation (wheels and axles removed) and meet the local residential building codes (typically IRC 2015 or earlier version).
Our Tiny Houses that are designed to be used as an ADU at a specific location will meet the local IRC building codes as well as other requirements for insulation R-values, snow and wind loads. They are considered by the municipality to be a factory built or modular home and meet the same construction standards and codes as a site built residence.