Look for the Orange Door at the Puyallup RV Show

We’re doing something new this year. To give our friends a look at how a tiny house RV can be completely customized to meet your unique needs and dreams, we’re bringing our “Imagination Center” to the Puyallup RV Show.

Tiny house with orange door

Step through the orange door to see how you can finish and personalize a custom tiny home RV.

The Imagination Center is a nearly completed Alki model that features a day bed on the main floor, steps to a spacious loft, a full-size kitchen, and even a walk-in jetted tub!

Loaded with special features, the Imagination Center will open your eyes to all the ways you can make a tiny home RV truly your own.

So consider yourself invited. Here’s when and where you can connect with us:

Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1, 2016
Washington State Fair Events Center (Puyallup Fairgrounds)

Thursday & Friday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

For more information, visit http://puyalluprvshow.com/.

We hope to see you soon at the Imagination Center! Just look for the orange door . . .

10 tips for buying the right tiny house trailer

good trailer (dup)For many people, the words “tiny home” create the picture of a cozy miniature home, often snuggled gently into the surrounding scenery, soaking in the simple life. However, when thinking about tiny homes it’s easy to forget one of their most important components: the trailer.

Every home has a foundation and a tiny home is no exception. You want your home to last a lifetime. So why should your trailer be any different? If you’re planning to build a tiny house, it just makes sense to start with the right trailer. Choosing well at the beginning can add decades of enjoyment to your home.

With the summer do-it-yourself building season just around the corner, now is the time to get the foundation in place for your building project. Here are 10 tips to help you find the trailer that’s right for you and your home.

  1. Don’t build on a flatbed. The most common type of trailer is a flatbed. But they’re not designed for tiny houses. Look for a trailer specifically engineered for two things. One – to provide an optimal foundation to safely secure your tiny home. The lower your home sits in the trailer, the more stable it will be. Two – to provide the maximum amount of building space – both for height and width. That means more elbowroom for you.
  1. Grab a tape measure. Unlike in a regular house, every inch counts when you’re living tiny. Do some pre-planning to know exactly how much room you need. Make sure your trailer can provide the space you need to live comfortably and accommodate your lifestyle. If possible, work with a trailer manufacturer that can customize your trailer down to the quarter inch.
  1. Adjust your coupler. Transportation should be easy. Look for a trailer with an adjustable coupler so you quickly hitch up and tow away. This feature allows you to use any hitch to pull your home, regardless of the hitch’s height. This also means you don’t need to purchase a special hitch to make your load even.
  1. Don’t buy new tools. Normally you would need new tools and special drill bits for drilling through your metal trailer. Save yourself some time and money. Look for a trailer with the holes pre-drilled for hurricane ties and other reinforcements used to secure your home to the trailer.
  1. Look for a forward-facing side-winding jack. The right jack helps to ease the hitching and unhitching process. The handle should be on the front of the side-winding jack so you gain extra building space. (If the handle is on the top of the jack or on the side, its turning radius takes up valuable building space.) You can use the extra space to extend your house up to the jack or build an exterior storage box.
  1. Get the right axles. Options for trailer axles include drop axles, straight axles, and off-road axles. Each option has benefits along with corresponding tradeoffs. Look for a trailer that offers the axles that works best for your tiny house. You’ll also gain a longer lifespan for your trailer by choosing commercial-rated axles designed to withstand extensive wear and tear.
  1. Roll with tires that can handle the miles. Trailers can come with two types of tires: bias or radial. Bias tires are typically less expensive, but they don’t last as nearly as long as radial tires. Radial tires are also less likely to develop flat spots when they are parked in the same position for a lengthy period of time, and they run cooler on longer trips.
  1. License and registration, please. In some states, trailers don’t automatically come with paperwork needed to license them. Make your life simpler by buying a trailer that includes a title of ownership as well as a VIN number so you can easily register and license it.
  1. Say no to rust. Better quality trailers come with an industrial paint designed to inhibit rust. For maximum rust resistance, you may wish to galvanize your trailer (submerging it in molten zinc for a complete protective coating). This is good for people doing a lot of travel in the winter on salty roads or for people who live near saltwater.
  1. Do your research. With the tiny house movement growing rapidly, you’ll find many companies offering to sell you a tiny house trailer. Look for one that will listen and work with you to provide a trailer for building the tiny home of your dreams. If buying your trailer from tiny home manufacturer, ask to speak with their construction supervisor for tips on safely securing your tiny home to the trailer.

If you’re planning to build this summer, make your do-it-yourself experience the best it can be. Choose the right trailer for your tiny house project and eliminate unforeseen headaches and complications. The right foundation makes all the difference.

If you’d like to speak with someone about selecting the right tiny house trailer, feel free to get in touch with Sharon Read of Seattle Tiny Homes. She’ll be glad to chat with you for no cost or obligation.

You’re invited to tour a tiny home

IMG_1359The people have spoken!

After inquiries and requests to see our model home, we are happy to announce our upcoming showing.

Come to Duvall, WA and enjoy this showcase of simple, sustainable living. Experience firsthand the uniqueness and serenity of a tiny home.

Our Ballard model will be displayed at 15435 Main Street in Duvall, WA on Friday (12pm-6pm), Feb. 19th– and Saturday (10am-5pm), Feb. 20th.

Visitors will be able to tour the tiny home and ask Sharon, the founder and designer of Seattle Tiny Homes, all their questions.

We hope to see you soon!

How to buy a tiny home from the Middle East


Tiny home frame in sunset

Brooke’s tiny home beginning to come together.

Skyscrapers stretch up into the sky, gleaming in the Abu Dhabi sun. Verdant palm trees sway on street corners. The city streets are packed with people. Hidden in plain sight, however, is an unpleasant aspect of our humanity: wastefulness.

It was the wastefulness that made Brook stop and think. Brooke, a schoolteacher from Washington State, lived for several months in the city of Abu Dhabi. While the surrounding architecture and lifestyle were exquisite, Brooke could not help but feel that the lavish city was a little too extravagant for her. As her return to America approached, Brooke began to look for ways to live more simply, without sacrificing the quality of her home. She also needed to be able to accommodate her two dogs, something that many apartments refuse to do.

This quest for a simple yet personalized life led Brooke to discover Seattle Tiny Homes. While still living in Abu Dhabi, Brooke was able to arrange several webcam-advising sessions with Sharon Read, the company’s tiny home designer. Taking advantage of the partial build option, Brooke was able to choose which components Seattle Tiny Homes would build and which components she would finish by herself. Seattle Tiny Homes framed Brooke’s house just the way she wanted, with dormers specifically sized to achieve a very open feeling, as well as a doggy door to accommodate her two furry roommates.

tiny home with sunflowers

With our part completed, Brooke is free to choose her final paint colors.

When asked what she liked best about Seattle Tiny Homes, Brooke said that it was our ability to communicate and be flexible. At the time of the purchase, Brooke was still living in the Middle East. This made securing property for her home and getting insurance more challenging than it normally would be. We at Seattle Tiny Homes worked hard to make sure all other aspects of Brooke’s transition to a tiny home went smoothly.

“I was able to text Ben (Seattle Tiny Homes’ lead builder) and ask all the questions I wanted,” Brooke explained. “I even got to peek in on the progress a little. I just felt everything was very out in the open.”

Brooke’s satisfaction is something Seattle Tiny Homes strives to achieve with every customer. Our endless options of customization exist for one reason: to make your tiny house dreams come true.

Partial builds: an easy way to start living tiny

Partial build progress at sunset

With a partial build, the hardest part is done for you.

Has the hype caught your eye? Is living simply, with the freedom to move whenever you want, something you crave? If the tiny home lifestyle has captured your attention, but you aren’t sure where to start, a “partial build” can be the perfect beginning.

A partial build is when Seattle Tiny Homes starts your tiny home, but then gives you the opportunity to finish building it. This gives you the chance for almost infinite customization, because no one lives the same in a small space. Your day-to-day activities are unique to you. Just as important, a partial build also provides significant cost savings, making the tiny lifestyle accessible to even more people.

Here are some of the things you can customize in a partial build. You can choose specifications such as trailer length, window placement, doors, lofts, electrical, plumbing, and even a doggie door or other specialty items you want us to install. You get to select the materials for the roof and siding and pick the color of your home. Or you may choose for Seattle Tiny Homes to do only a few of these things and you will do the rest. An added benefit that Seattle Tiny Homes offers is the choice to make your home RV certified, which is something many tiny home designers are not able to do.

Tiny home partial build

This partial build is ready for its new owner to personalize the finishing touches.

Partial builds are part of the Seattle Tiny Homes promise to be as flexible as possible while retaining the highest standard of quality. We have many happy customers who can testify to our ability to meet customer requests.

Remember, partial builds are a great way to get started on the tiny home lifestyle. Partial builds give you the chance to focus on the components you want to be involved with – especially all the fun options of designing the interior to suit your lifestyle – while we take care of the foundation, frame, and other components you may wish us to handle.

If you have more questions regarding the partial builds or any questions regarding tiny homes at all, don’t hesitate to contact us directly. Our website (www.seattletinyhomes.com) offers convenient ways to get in touch, along with lots of other information.

This tiny house trailer grew up to be a snack shack

This tiny house trailer was shrink wrapped for a long journey across the Pacific Ocean.

After the floor was installed, this tiny house trailer was shrink wrapped for a long journey across the Pacific Ocean.

After a hot day on the beach in Oahu, there’s nothing like a cool Hawaiian shaved ice from the Holo Holo Snack Shack. The stand is owned by Melissa, who decided her business needed to be mobile to grow.

Melissa had heard on the island that Seattle Tiny Homes offers the best quality tiny home trailers and would customize one to meet the unique needs of her portable snack shack business. Her specifications were exacting – she needed a trailer customized down to the quarter inch, both width and length!

After phone calls, emails, and texts, Melissa and Sharon from Seattle Tiny Homes worked out all the details. Melissa’s trailer was ordered with customized specifications. Upon delivery, the Seattle Tiny Homes crew installed the floor. We then shrink-wrapped the trailer to protect it in transit across the ocean. When everything was ready, we delivered it to a west coast port and the next week it arrived in Hawaii.

Melissa was delighted with her trailer and her contractor found it easy to build on the floor we had installed.  Her dream came true.  If you are ever on the island of Oahu, find her Holo Holo Snack Shack and let us know if it isn’t just the best shaved ice you’ve ever had.  We hear the Nuuana Lychee is delicious.

And thank you, Melissa, for all the referrals you’ve given us. It was our pleasure to play a small role in your success.

This tiny structure exudes the Aloha spirit.

This tiny structure exudes the Aloha spirit.

If you're ever in Oahu, look up the Hola Hola Snack Shack for a delicious Hawaiian shaved ice.

If you’re ever in Oahu, look up the Holo Holo Snack Shack for a delicious Hawaiian shaved ice!

We hope to see you at the Puyallup RV Show – May 1-4

Do you have questions about tiny homes? Would you like to tour a tiny home firsthand? If so, come see us at the Puyallup RV Show. We’ll be there May 1 – 4, 2014 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds with our Ballard show model.

We're bringing a tiny home to the Puyallup RV Show! We hope to see you there.

We’re bringing a tiny home to the Puyallup RV Show! We hope to see you there.

You’ll see firsthand how a tiny home is a great option for an aging family member, a vacation home, or even a full-time dwelling. It’s amazing what you can fit into 174 square feet of space!

This year, we’re pleased to offer financing for our homes – making a tiny home more accessible than ever.

Here are the details about the show:

May 1 – 4, 2014
Thursday & Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Puyallup Fair & Events Center
Puyallup Fairgrounds
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371

For more information and directions, visit www.puyalluprvshow.com. We hope to see you there!

Learn about tiny homes at Seattle Solar Fest this weekend

Few things have greater impact on our ability to live Solar Fest Postersustainably than the homes we choose to live in. Join Sharon Read of Seattle Tiny Homes at Seattle Solar Fest this Saturday, July 27, from 1:00-1:45 p.m. on the Yellow stage as she talks about the problems inherent with “normal” houses and the tiny home revolution that is giving people new options. You’ll learn about the benefits of tiny homes, practical considerations for living in a tiny space, and the different needs filled by tiny homes. Come with your questions – we’ll allow time to answer them – and learn more about this new exciting option for living more sustainably! Also, we will have our Ballard model on display there.  Please stop by and see us.

More info at: http://shorelinesolar.org/nw-solarfest-2013/

See a tiny home at the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede

Eastern Washington, you’ve been asking Seattle Tiny Homes to visit a show east of the Cascades, so here we come!  You can see a Magnolia model tiny home this coming weekend, May 10-11, at the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede.  We are excited to showcase our craftsmanship and quality in this model that has a bedroom on the main floor.
Festival Hours:
Friday: 12pm – 10pm
Saturday: 8am – 11pm
Walla Walla County Fairgrounds
9th Ave & Orchard St, Walla Walla, WA

Will we see you at the Puyallup RV Show May 2 – 5?

Last year we had a great time meeting folks at the Puyallup RV show, so we’re going again this year. We’ll be there May 2 – 5, 2013 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

We hope you stop by, chat for a while, and take the opportunity to tour our Ballard model. You’ll see firsthand how a tiny home is a great option for an aging family member, a vacation home, or even a full-time dwelling. It’s amazing what you can fit into 174 square feet of space!

This year, we’re pleased to offer financing for our homes through Washington State Employees Credit Union – making a tiny home more accessible than ever.

Here are the details about the show:

May 2 – 5, 2013
Thursday & Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Puyallup Fair & Events Center
Puyallup Fairgrounds
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371

For more information and directions, visit www.puyalluprvshow.com. We hope to see you there!