Plumbing and Electrical Dangers
Although it is possible to build your own tiny, people seem more likely to make an attempt at a DIY build with a tiny house over traditional home because something about the smaller size seems less intimidating. The square footage doesn’t determine the level of danger that can potentially be involved with trying to install your own electrical or plumbing. Without proper training, you can be facing house fire–during installation or later, burst pipes, house flooding, flooring damage or total loss, and more. Having that proper training will
Aside from the obvious hazards, a DIY attempt at electrical could pose dangers for electrocution, code violations, expensive after-build repairs, or improperly wired breaker boxes. Plumbing concerns can include the use of improper materials for piping, connections remaining without proper sealant, and the ruining of furniture and flooring. Emergency repairs for these mistakes are very costly and can even result in a complete rebuild.
Know Where to Save Money
Unlike a traditional home build, there is much to consider in the way of savings from appliances and siding materials, to insulation and window installation when constructing your tiny home. Much like an RV, buyers must consider things like how often their house will be moved, what seasons it will travel through or be parked in, and how severe the temperature changes their home might be exposed to while driving.
While it is more costly to install a double paned, tempered window in your THOW, if you plan to move your house often, this type of window can save you thousands in replacements, in the long run, should rocks on the highway bounce up and threaten to break your glass. These kinds of logistical upgrades are common for tiny home professionals like Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, whereas a first time DIY builder might not even know to consider these possibilities.
Tiny house insulation is another place to potentially save. These materials can be comprised of everything from denim to spray foam, sheep’s wool to traditional fiberglass infused pink rolls. Something less commonly discussed in a traditional house build is R-value of insulation. However, THOW builders know and use these terms regularly because their clients depend on the warmth and breathability of their tiny homes, especially for those who plan to travel to colder climates. The cost varies greatly depending on your choice of material, but these changes are benefits of a fully customized build where everything from environmental impact and R-rating can be considered.
Like with any large purchase, be sure to do your research before you commit. This is building a house, so it should be treated as such. Check out certified and trusted builders who are professionals within the tiny house industry like Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. They are your best bet for happy and safe tiny living for the long-haul. Contact them today, to talk about going tiny.