Frequently Asked Questions
The landscape is changing. Where we’d used to see tiny homes purchased as a vacation home, guest home, or second home, we are now seeing a shift of how tiny homes are used.
As communities are being built with more outdoor communal spaces in mind, tiny homes are an excellent example of this. Over the past two years, we’ve seen a shift of priorities and people are placing a higher value on the freedom of movement and building a life around family and experience over building a life around work and a job.
Yes, We are a NOAH Certified builder. Prairieland Tiny Homes are inspected and certified by NOAH, the National Organization for Alternative Housing.
Each NOAH RDI Certified Structure meets safety, structural, and energy efficiency standards. NOAH RDI Home Inspection and Certification provides the opportunity to build with integrity, and access a digitized home inspection for future use.
ANSI 119.5 covers:
1. Fuel Systems and Equipment
2. Health, Fire and Life Safety
3. Plumbing Systems and
4. Construction Requirements.
NFPA 70 (National Electric Code) is used for the electrical with special attention to Article 551 and 552 (RVs and PMRVs).
*Dielectric tests are required (NEC551and 552) prior to NOAH certificate and seal being issued*
According to TinyHouse.com, “NOAH is another great certification to look for. Just like RVIA, this Organization ensures that the small house is built to the predetermined standards set by trusted professionals, builders and inspectors.
The NOAH Certification incorporates safety, structure, and energy efficiency standards that are widely used in the RV, Tiny Home, and Residential industries. They also have a great resource for DIY builders which allows them to inspect and certify a tiny house that is being built by an individual DIYer.”
We only build Tiny House RVs on wheels. RV codes allow a tiny house to be built up to 399 square feet. The largest tiny home we build is 399 square feet, not including the loft areas.
We also build backyard studios, ADUs, Accessible Dwelling Units. We have a few different models from which you can customize or you can bring your own design. Contact us for more details.
A few people will pay cash for a tiny home, but most finance their purchase. There are 3 types of tiny house loans; tiny house RV loans, traditional RV loans, and personal loans. Tiny House RV loans have rates from 6.5% – 12%, and terms that range from 15-25 years and can be the easiest to qualify for. Traditional RV loans are the same you find buying a Winnebago.
The rates are great, but the term is usually 10-15 years and they can be harder to qualify for. Personal loans are typically used when buying a non-certified tiny house and have rates from 10%-16% and terms from 5-10 years.
Contact us for more information about financing your home with our preferred tiny house lender.
Once plans are finalized, we will give you a start time. Most tiny home builds take 10-14 weeks. Just keep in mind wait time is separate from build time. Our build time varies from model to model but generally we can build one in 12-14 weeks.
NOTE: THIS IS BUILD TIME, AND DOES NOT INCLUDE WAIT TIME, WHICH CAN BE UP TO A YEAR OR MORE. Due to high demand, we suggest placing a deposit down to get on this build schedule.
Do contact us if you want to inquire early and if you are interested in starting this process.
we can get your tiny home delivered coast to coast by our professional movers to your location.
Our tiny home trailers come with 4-6 jacks to level it. However we recommend that the home frame is blocked up in multiple points with no weight on the tires if set up long term.
We do not recommend using the tires and scissor jacks for support if home is parked permanently. The pad for the home should be level and made with compacted gravel or concrete. All hookups are standard RV style unless specified otherwise.
Yes we build shell homes that can be finished out by our DIY clients.
All shell homes are complete on the exterior which would include your choice of:
- Choice of paint color or leave that up to you
- Interior includes:
- Spray foam insulation Rough in wiring
- Shells do not include wall coverings, cabinets, or fixtures.
Yes, we love designing tiny homes! We would love to work with you in designing a custom tiny home. Please give us a call or email us to talk about designing your home.
We use closed cell spray foam insulation on exterior walls and ceilings. One of the main reasons we choose this type of insulation is testing shows foam insulation increases rack and shear strength 2 to 3 times more than standard stick-built framing.
Spray foam makes the home stronger and easier to heat and cool. Our tiny homes have R13 in walls and R19 in ceilings.
Prairieland requires a $1,000 deposit to get on the design/build list. This will get you on our building schedule.
Once the design is approved and the build date is set. We would require 40% down. We would ask for another 40% when the home is at the shell stage. Our last payment of 20% is when the home is complete and ready to be picked up or delivered.
We accept checks, cash, cashier checks, PayPal, credit cards. Some fees may apply for electronic payments. Email us or Book your design consultation today and get your questions answered!