A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO BUYING A REDWOOD TINY HOME
A brief overview of the buying process
1. Acquire building lot
2. Know your building steps
(see buying guide below)
3. Pick a Redwood Home Model
4. Design consultation
5. Quote, contract and purchase
6. Building production
7. Site preparation
(services, foundation type, permits & scheduling)
8. Delivery to building site.
First, you will need to find a site where your Tiny Home will live. Will this be a rural location, or in a city? Will this be a stand alone home or a secondary unit to an existing home? This decision may determine your utility options, lifestyle, cost and access to services.
Septic system and private well
Serviced lot with hookup availability to municipal services
Depending on your location and the property you are having your tiny home on, the next step is determining what style of foundation to build on. Site conditions, geographic or municipal restrictions and personal preference will all factor into what type of base your home sits on.
a. Slab on Grade
Concrete slab near ground level
Helical coils with metal fasteners to structure
c. Trailer &
Wheels removed & skirt insulated
d. Conventional Concrete Foundation
If you require/desire more living space underneath
3. Electrical Service
Now you should choose what type of power system you would like to have for your home. The deciding factor between these two depends on what ability you have to connect to an electrical grid, as well as consideration of lifestyle and upfront vs operating cost choice.
a. Grid system
b. Off Grid system
Conventional hookup to electrical grid
Solar, wind, generator system
How will you be heating your home? What resources do you have access to at your property? This is another cost and lifestyle determining decision as well as municipal bylaws in your area
Propane or natural gas forced air furnace
c. Biomass Fuel
Ductless Minisplit, Wall Heaters, Baseboard Heater
Wood or pellet stove
Will you want cooling for your home?
A outdoor and indoor unit that is wall-mounted, and delivers heated or cooled air directly into the living space – no ductwork needed.
What type of waste system best suits your lot/lifestyle needs
* these types of system are allowed or not allowed at the discretion of your local municipality*
b. Water hookup
Water flush toilet
Private well and water system required
Hookup to municipal water supply
What is the primary purpose for this tiny Structure?
Full time home
Part time home
Aging in place
Guest suite/ backyard guest cottage
8. Party Size
How many people will be living in the Tiny Home?
What are the age of the occupants?
Are there any accessibility needs?
What is the relationship of the occupants?