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
Location:
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!

Introducing the Wallingford model – featuring our largest lofts

The dormers on the Wallingford extend almost the full length of the roof - creating a light and airy loft.

The dormers on the Wallingford extend almost the full length of the roof – creating a light and airy loft.

 

An optional garden window box adds a special touch to your kitchen or living room!
An optional garden window box adds a special touch to your kitchen or living room!

Seattle Tiny Homes is excited to announce our newest model: the Wallingford.

With a design patterned after some of the gracious dwellings in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, this home features beautiful dormer windows that extend nearly the entire length of the roof on both sides.

The net result is a large loft area filled with natural light, creating an amazingly open and attractive space for sleeping, reading, or simply for storage.

Like every Seattle Tiny Home, the Wallingford is fully customizable to meet your specific needs. For example, you could have two separate lofts, giving you a vaulted ceiling above the great room. Or, you could have one large loft running the entire length of the home, giving you even more space upstairs.

Options also include a washer/dryer, shower or bathtub, full or partial kitchen, and your choice of colors, finishes, and amenities.

For customers needing even more space, we can craft the Wallingford as a 10-foot wide model. 10-foot wide models need a temporary $30 “wide load” permit to travel down the highways in Washington state.

Of course, the Wallingford features all the traits that have made Seattle Tiny Homes so popular: efficient use of space, beautiful craftsmanship, and quality contruction. For more information about the Wallingford, contact Sharon Read at (425) 445-3675.

Tour a tiny home at the Seattle RV Show

If you’re curious about tiny home living, there’s no better way to learn more than to tour one in person!

Seattle Tiny Homes Ballard model

You can tour a tiny home with no admission fee at the Seattle RV Show!

You can do that starting this week (February 7-10) when Seattle Tiny Homes’ Ballard model will be parked outside the Occidental Street entrance of Century Link Field. Because we’re outside the main show area, you don’t even have to pay to visit us!

Here are the details:

February 7-10, 2013
11 am – 8 pm Thursday & Friday
10 am – 8 pm Saturday
10 am – 5 pm Sunday

Additional information is available here (www.theseattleRVshow.com).

Come learn why more and more people are turning to tiny homes for vacation homes, extra space for in-laws or guests, or even as a fulltime residence. We hope to see you there!

A tiny home instead of a tree house!

Fanny always thought she wanted to live in a fancy tree house in her daughter’s backyard after she retired.  That was until she toured a Seattle Tiny Home.

Being a professional artist, Fanny knows beauty when she sees it.  After experiencing a Seattle Tiny Home and talking with founder Sharon Read, Fanny realized she would rather live out her dream in a different way.  She would live in her daughter’s backyard up on a little hill in a tiny, comfortable home that was more versatile and useful in many ways than her own current home.  And she could move her home around the country and live in other children’s backyards if she wanted to take turns.

Fanny customized her Ravenna model with a bedroom on the main floor.

Fanny customized her Ravenna model with a bedroom on the main floor.

Fanny took delivery of her dream home on Christmas Eve 2012. “I love to sit here and admire all the details in this house,” says Fanny. “I feel like I’m living in a piece of art.  And I like knowing I will be able to live in this beautiful home the rest of my life – yet I’m not restricted to this one place.”

Thank you, Fanny, for giving Seattle Tiny Homes the opportunity to help you fulfill your dream!