How does an off-grid tiny house work?
We strongly recommend you establish your real needs for autonomy before investing in such a system. By experience, wanting a self-sufficient home without having a real need can take a good part of your budget and deprive you of an amount that could have been used elsewhere. In addition, if this system is little or almost not used, battery wear is at the expense of your actual use of the system. That being said, there are several interesting options for autonomy if you consider that such a system is necessary for you. It is also important to know if services are available on your land. For more information on this topic, refer to our blog article on self-sufficient housing.
When you talk about sustainable tiny houses, what do you mean exactly?
We mean that the choices of materials and construction techniques helps create buildings that will last in time. We also want to simplify our customers’ life by giving them the opportunity to maintain their house themselves using traditional renovation techniques. In addition, the term “sustainable” is used in the same sense as sustainable development. The ecological footprint of these dwellings is reduced to a minimum. In addition, our factory construction process minimizes the waste generated by the construction of our houses. In addition, the small square footage of the units combined with its superior insulation reduces the heating and electricity costs to minimum.
How does the delivery process work?
We can deliver our homes anywhere in North America. The transport of our tiny homes is managed by our team, but is not included in the selling price. However, an estimate is provided in advance to avoid a bad surprise at the end of the project. Several factors affect the price of transportation, including the size of the home, the distance, the time of the year as well as your flexibility on the reception date.
What technical points should you consider to achieve your project?
- Where will your micro-home be installed?
- What services will be available in the land?
- If you don’t have a land yet, where do you plan to settle?
- How often do you want to move with your tiny house?
- What is your budget?
- What are your needs and wishes?
- What compromises are you willing to make? (It’s all about compromises!)
The answers to these questions are important to both you and us, as they help us better guide you in designing your tiny house. As the allowed space of the house is small, it is important to know what you need to be happy in your new environment. At Minimaliste, some elements (structural components, HVAC, etc) are not optional, as it is about the integrity of the building and the resale value of our products. It is important to consider this from the beginning, as it must be planned in your budget.
What makes your company expert in tiny houses on wheels?
Since 2015, our company has greatly evolved. The complexity of our first models has allowed us to gain considerable experience in the construction of tiny houses. Our after sales service has also allowed us to hear from customers who live in our homes, to confirm our ideas and also to improve. The climate of Quebec is one of the most intense climates for the integrity of any building, that pushes us to design high-performance buildings which can persist in temperature variations of -30 to +30 degrees Celsius.
Our units are built to strict building standards and we have developed expertise in terms of structure, insulation and systems specific to this type of dwellings. Quality materials and attention to details ensures a long-term product durability. At Minimaliste, everything is done internally from A to Z, this is how we can control the quality of our products as much as possible.
What is the process of buying a house from Minimaliste?
The first step is to fill out the form on our website and put in as much details about your needs and personal situation. With these informations in hand, we will contact you to establish the appropriate type of formula; the construction of an existing model or a custom project. If the provided quote is right for you, we will move to the sales contract and reserve a place in our construction calendar. From start to finish, the complete construction of a tiny house on wheels takes between 5 to 8 weeks, depending on the complexity and scale of the project. Deadlines may also vary depending on the materials chosen and their availability.
How much can a mobile building of this kind weigh?
A 4 seasons tiny house can weigh between 8,000 and 25,000 pounds. This type of building is more designed to stay in the same location for most of its life, while having the opportunity to take advantage of its mobility to move it from time to time when needed. We can also offer smaller models, which can be used recreationally throughout the year.
What sets you apart from other companies of the same kind in Quebec and even elsewhere in America?
Focusing on sustainability and quality, Minimaliste also puts a lot of emphasis on the design of its buildings. We work to find the perfect balance between textures and materials to create buildings that differs from what already exists in the industry. The goal is to create an effect of open space in a small environment, to give a new experience to the consumer. The dynamic Minimaliste team is constantly thinking of different ways to make small spaces ergonomic and comfortable, while maximizing the performance of the home envelope. Our social media presence is first and foremost intended to show people that we represent a real sphere of the construction industry and that we are here to offer a new alternative to people who want to live a simpler, minimalist lifestyle.
Why opt for a tiny house on wheels?
There are many reasons why people choose this type of dwelling. For some, the fact that the unit is mobile allows them to settle on land where fixed buildings are not allowed. For others, the tiny house on wheels will serve them for the first years and will be relocated as a cottage or second home. Our mobile buildings can also serve as a retirement home, set up as an ADU on a property instead of converting it into a bi-generation. Mobility allows more nomadic people to move their home without having to start from scratch with a new purchase. Also, recreational vehicle connection options allow you to settle on any camping site.
What financing options are available?
Good news! It is now possible to finance and insure our tiny houses on wheels with advantageous conditions. Unlike RV loans, the financing solutions developed for our products will be based on your situation, and may even be similar to conventional mortgages rates.
How much can a Minimaliste house cost?
With us, every project is unique and personalized. Our 4 seasons units range from $ 65,000 to $ 160,000 CAD, depending on energy systems and material choices. We offer sustainable and efficient buildings, built with quality materials according to strict construction standards.
Where can we legally install a tiny-house on wheels?
Great projects are underway in Quebec, particularly in the Quebec city area for tiny houses on wheels. In addition, various RCMs will provide citizens with the opportunity to install this type of building as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on the grounds of an existing residence, under certain conditions. As well, some 4-seasons campgrounds offer land for rent or purchase, allowing you to stay full time in your tiny house.
How much can a Minimaliste house cost?
It is difficult to establish a fixed cost for this type of building. The reason is simple; each individual has different needs, and each specific need brings its challenges . In return, our personalized service makes it possible to create a product that meets the customer’s requirements as much as possible. To get an idea, expect to pay between $ 75,000 and $ 160,000 CAN before taxes and delivery for turnkey units from 153 p / c to 340 p / c. Cost vary by size, insulation, integrated systems, appliances, interior and exterior cladding, etc. Our company has developed its own construction technique to adapt this type of house to the climates of Quebec, in addition to being constantly in research and development to improve the techniques and produce high performance buildings.
What makes your company expert in tiny-house on wheels?
Since 2015, our company has truly evolved. The complexity of the first models we built has allowed us to gain considerable experience in the construction of THOWs. Our after sales service has also allowed us to collect the testimonials of customers who live in our homes, to confirm our ideas and also to improve. The climate of Quebec is one of the most intense climates for the integrity of any building, it pushes us to design high-performance buildings, which can persist from -22F to 90F.
Our homes are made based on Quebec construction standards and we have developed our expertise in terms of structural bracing, insulation, heating and ventilation system, water filtration and solar energy, among others ! High quality materials, attention to details, ensuring a long-term product durability. At Minimaliste, everything is done internally from A to Z, this is how we can control the quality of our products as much as possible.
Why buy a tiny-house on wheels?
The clientele varies as much as the reasons to choose this type of building. From experience, we can say that the typical customer is far from the stereotype of the hippie who wants to live disconnected from society. Indeed, our first buyer was a well-off person with luxurious tastes who wanted a second cottage on his huge lot. Why not build a house on foundation or pilings? Simply because he was not allowed to. The regulations in many areas does not allow to have more than one unit on foundation, but can accept a mobile unit. Thus, a tiny-house on wheels with four seasons insulation became an interesting solution for him.
We have another client who opted for a tiny house because she travels 90% of the time as part of her job. This type of house allows her to have stability when she is back home, and to rent her house the rest of the time. Another client saw the benefit of a Minimaliste home in terms of mobility. Wishing to become an owner, not wanting to restrict herself to living in a fixed place, she chose to invest in a tiny-house on wheels.
Choosing a custom built has several benefits. We design the space according to the specific needs of our customers. In fact, the client of the Laurier model had medical restrictions limiting her mobility at times. Being able to design her house to measure allows us to adapt it to her reality considering her real needs.
The customer of the model Sakura decided to opt for a micro-house on wheels from an ecological point of view. For her, reducing the quantity of her goods, reducing her living space, and reducing her energy consumption was a way to be more eco-friendly and to participate in the fight against climate change. In addition, because the regulations are less strict on Saskatchewan lands, Sakura has its own address and tax account, which makes it much easier.
In short, the tiny-house movement attracts several types of individuals for several reasons. It allows people that intent to move often to preserve the layout, design and everything that makes their home adapted to them, without having to buy something else and start from scratch. While this kind of house may not for everyone, it is certainly able to meet the needs of many!
What are the financing options available?
Minimaliste does not offer any financing services at the moment. However, based on the experience of some of our clients, it is possible to obtain financing from your financial institution. The most frequently used funding works the same way as a recreational vehicle. You have to do business with your financial institution and apply for a recreational vehicle loan. Obtaining this type of financing for a tiny house depends on the client’s credit. The interest rate varies from 4 to 7%, and a down payment of 20% is to be expected. In addition, insurance for such a type of vehicle applies in the same way as an RV. This type of loan is considered a personal loan, not a mortgage. This means that the financial institution takes the tiny-house as a collateral, owning the building until full payment of the loan. This detail is important to consider for individuals who plan to buy a tiny-house from an individual; if the seller has not completed the full payment of his loan, the buyer could have bad surprises! Alternatively, you can always try to put together a good record with supporting plans and photos and present it to a bank for a mortgage loan, stating that it is for residential use and not recreational. Financing institutions have already shown they can be flexible, but it’s always case by case.