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The Popomo is sleek, simple and our easiest house to build. The hot rolled corrosion resistant steel siding separates this house from anything else on the road. At 8 feet - 6 inches wide, the Popomo maximizes the road width without requiring any special permit to tow. Weighing approximately 7500 lbs, it can be towed easily by many full sized trucks. Step inside this single level, 172 square foot house on wheels and you'll find the basic necessities:
Once inside the Popomo you are greeted by the 3 panel sliding back door. Designed to maximize both view and solar gain, the tiny house can be made to feel amazingly large. One side of the front door is flanked by a built in closet, and the other side showcases the stainless steel fireplace.
The kitchen is equipped with a small refrigerator, built in stove top, and a sink. White cabinets are offset by charcoal black counter tops. Hidden in the blind corner is a small propane water heater. The kitchen uses standard cabinet sizes that can be found at almost any hardware store.
Can I add a dishwasher or laundry to the kitchen?
In theory, you can change the layout of the kitchen to meet your needs. However, don't expect it to be easy. As you can see, there isn't too much room to play with.
The bedroom is 4'8" wide (a little smaller than a queen mattress) and can sleep 2 people. A large piece of foam is cut and rolled up to fit through the door before being put into place. Cabinets and shelves flank both the head and foot of the bed.
Can I add a loft?
While it is possible to add a loft, this house is not intended to have a loft. Maximum road height in many states is 13'6", and the house stands at 12'3" without the loft. Please check your states minimum road sizes before deciding to increase the height.
Like on many boats, the bathroom is the shower ... and it is called a "wet bath". Using water proof truck liner paint, the walls of the bathroom are sealed tight, allowing for a quick shower. The toilet is a low flush RV toilet designed to conserve water.
In addition to being affordable to build, the Popomo uses a beautiful stainless steel propane fireplace to warm the house, which compliments the large windows intended to face South during the winter for excellent solar gain. We've worked with HVAC engineers to insulate the house properly so that it stays warm enough, or cool enough in any climate in the continental US, the Alaskan coastline and Hawaii. The Popomo can be heated to 68 degrees in climates as cold as 35 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit). For those living outside the continental US, we've added a table showing the additional heating requirements needed ... for example in the interior of Canada and interior Alaska. Other utilities work much the same as an RV ...
Estimated Material Costs: $20,000
Inside, you'll find construction plans fit for a contractor, plus easier-to-read 3d illustrations for the novice builder.
Take away the guess work. The plans show you where each framing stud goes, including shear walls and roofing.
Most of the materials required to build this house are available at your local hardware store. Any harder to find materials are listed in our plans with information on where they may be obtained.
Do I have to build it on a trailer?
Because of its tiny size, it doesn't meet the minimum size standards required for houses on a foundation.
Can I use a different exterior siding other than COR-TEN steel?
Yes. For example, painted board and batten siding would work just as well.
The roof appears to be flat, but is actually at a small slope. The rain water rolls off the back end of the house.
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Our houses on wheels can be delivered to you ready to be lived-in immediately. They do not require any assembly and are road-worthy upon arrival.
The small houses available for purchase are: XS-house, Epu, Weebee, Lusby, Tarleton, Fencl, and the Popomo Other home designs featured on our website and in our Small House Book are only available as plans for the homebuilder.
Our current lead time to deliver a home on wheels is approximately 3-4 months.
Currently we are offering a special on shipping. We will ship to any of the 48 contiguous states for $700.
With the current banking crisis, we do not know of any lenders willing and able to lend money for the purchase of our portable homes. However, it is possible to obtain construction loans to build any of our cottages that are larger than 250 square feet.
Payment is 70% upfront, and 30% upon completion. Initial payment can be made by credit card or cashiers check.
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Detailed floor plans for both the downstairs and loft include pertinent dimensions, for walls, windows, rooms and door openings. You'll also find the location of all appliances on these plans as well.
These plans include 4 elevation drawings showing the front, back and both sides. Siding and facia boards are called out.
These pages include both the main floor and loft and show locations for outlets, light switches and lights.
Perhaps one of the most important pages on any set of plans, the transverse section cuts the house in half and shows details such as wall thickness, roofing material details, flooring details, roof pitch, ceiling heights, and insulation.
Built on a trailer, the plans describe which trailer to buy, and how to attach to the house. Also included is the floor framing, showing the exact location of each joist and calling out pressure treated joists as needed.
These plans show the framing for all 4 walls, laying out the exact location of each stud.
Showing the birds-eye view of the house, you see the slopes and pitches clearly called out and individual rafter locations from above.
Kitchen and Cabinet Detail
Unlike other many plans on the market, we include elevation plans for cabinets and kitchen counters (giving you the ability to see them from the top and from the front).
3-d Building Steps
This plan includes step-by-step 3d framing diagrams for each interior and exterior wall.
Includes windows, doors, water heater, bath tub/shower, kitchen sink, dishwasher, range, washer/dryer and more.
Electric or Plumbing Isometrics
The plans show the location of outlets, lights, and fixtures, but do not include plans showing the location of pipes and wires inside the wall. Also, plans do not suggest types of wiring or plumbing pipes to use. We suggest working with a licensed electrician and plumber to make sure your house meets your specific needs.
Architect or Engineer seals
Some building departments require a licensed architect or engineer in your state to approve the plans. This often has to do with regional safety or energy issues,for example, hurricane safety in Florida, fire safety in California, energy efficiency in New York, etc. Please contact your local building department to learn about the requirements in your area.
In most municipalities this house can not be built on a permanent foundation. Please check with your zoning department to make sure you can live in a mobile structure on your property.
The square footage listed is an estimate. The square footage we list includes the bottom floor. It does not include the loft or porch.
When you purchase a set of plans, it includes a license to build one house. Unfortunately, at this time, we don't offer alterations. We spend approximately 250-500 hours on these plans, and the details are incredibly specific. Alterations can easily run into thousands of dollars since one little change affects so many things.
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