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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a Tiny Home cost?
    Every home we build is custom. Your house is designed around your needs and lifestyle so the cost of the home varies based off of what you what to get out of your home. Think the difference between a bungalow and a mansion. That said, we are able to build an on grid 16′ home for as little as $90 000 and a 40′ off grid home for upwards of $300 000. We build the home you want and dream about!
  • Are your homes Certified to CSA standards?
    We're excited to say that Acorn Tiny Homes homes are able to be certified! Our facility and your home is inspected and certified by Intertek and to be compliant with CSA Z240 MH (Modular Home) standards. That means that your design has been inspected and stamped by an engineer, that your home has been inspected in our facility throughout its construction, and it is certified to be compliant with local and national building codes, as well as CSA standards!
  • Are your homes built as on or off grid?
    Depending on your needs we can do on grid, off grid, or a hybrid of the two! Our preference is a hybrid option as it gives you the flexibility to park at a variety of locations. The hybrid option is most easily achieved by installing a composting or incinerating toilet. Besides allowing for off grid living, this is a good idea regardless as the average annual consumption per person is 103 000L flushed. Given how precious this resource is, flushing it away just seems a little unnecessary.
  • I'm a tall person and I'm not sure a tiny house will work for me!
    Our model home has ceilings of 6′ 10 1/2” throughout and a vaulted ceiling of 11′ in the kitchen. We can also include a landing by any sleeping lofts to allow for an easier transition to the lower ceiling heights there. Your home will be custom to fit your needs!
  • How are your homes heated/cooled?
    Since the main focus of tiny living is reducing one's environmental footprint, the simplest option we provide for cooling your house is windows. Lots of windows. By allowing a cross breeze into your home and using a ceiling fan you can efficiently and inexpensively cool your home. Since just opening a window isn’t always enough, we utilizes in floor radiant heating to efficiently heat your home and a mini-split (with built in heat pump) to cool your home on those extra hot days. Depending on your tiny house dreams, a fireplace or other alternative heating option can be included.
  • Do you account for emergency egress/exits in the home?
    As a former firefighter, your safety is our upmost priority and as such we ensure that your home is built with at least two routes of egress on the main floor and that sleeping lofts have a window that allows for emergency egress.
  • What fire protection do you offer?
    As a former firefighter, your safety is our upmost priority and as such we ensure that your home is built to the latest fire code. This includes a carbon monoxide and smoke detector on the main floor as well outside of any sleeping areas (depending on the layout of your home, one detector may be enough to cover the whole home). Additionally, when any wood paneling is used inside the home, a fire retardant coating is applied to the surface to reduce its combustibility.
  • How do I maintain my new home?
    Like any standard house there is always going to be some upkeep and repairs necessary, but our tiny houses are built to last! We use steel roofing and siding that has a life span of 50 years and some of our insulation options have a life span of 30-50 years. Your framing should last long enough for your children to inherit it and raise their own family in it. If wood siding is used you will likely have to apply a sealer every 4-7 years to refresh it. As for your trailer frame, you should spot apply a rust proof paint to areas where the paint has worn off, to prevent corrosion, every few years. Otherwise, you can treat your tiny like a regular house and renovate it as it ages and your preferences change.
  • How do you level your home?
    Fortunately and unfortunately steel has some flex and so it's important to ensure your home is leveled during the build process and once parked at its (temporary or permanent) home. If you plan on moving frequently we recommend the use of drop leg jacks, but if you plan on parking your home for a lengthy period of time we recommend block towers (and use them during the construction of the home itself). If your home is parked on soil we recommend jacks up and re-leveling your tiny home every spring as the freeze/thaw of the ground can vary and throw off your level.
  • Are your homes built only on trailers or do we have other options to meet Ontario Standards for second dwelling?
    As much as we love the Tiny House on Wheels (THOW) life, we understand that Ontario is proving to be very slow at adapting to this movement, and as a result, very few communities actually allow for THOWs. To work with this we offer the option of building your tiny house without a trailer. Your home can be either lowered onto a concrete pad or placed on helical piles ultimately giving you the option to pick up your home and relocate if you want. We can also help you work with your municipality gaining the necessary permits and applications in order to achieve this goal.
  • Is my trailer order custom to the design of my home?
    We work with a trailer manufacturer that specializes in tiny house trailers. Their design allows for flexibility in the sizing of your trailer, but if your THOW plan merits additional supports or modifications we can accommodate that.
  • On my trailer is there a place for a license plate, with all working brake lights, turn signals as well as electrical braking systems upon completion?"
    Your trailer comes pre-registered with Service Ontario; having both a license plate and ownership certificate in your name. Our THOWS meet the ministry of transportation requirements and are entirely road legal including electric breaks, break away braking, and operating lights
  • How long does it take for our trailer to arrive?
    Trailers typically take between 6 and 8 weeks to arrive as they are custom built to the needs of your home.
  • How long do you anticipate the home to be 100% turn key once the trailer has arrived?
    Unless there are unforeseen delays, special materials, or custom order items, we anticipate up to a 90 day turn around once the trailer has arrived and design has been finalized.
  • Do your homes have protective coatings from elements including salt issues from winter climates?
    The underside your home is flashed with steel to protect it from debris and water kicked up during transportation. This is sufficient if your home doesn’t move frequently, but if you plan on using your THOW as a touring home it may be a good idea to have an undercoating applied every few years to help extend the life of your home's frame.
  • Do you document the build process?
    Tiny homes began as a grassroots movement of DIY'ers and as such half of the enjoyment of it is in documenting and sharing the build process. This helps in supporting other DIY'ers and growth of the movement. Additionally we ensure that we document the whole home at various stages (framing, plumbing/electrical, insulation, etc) to support you with any insurance or permitting needs (eg. If you move your home from its original location and requires new permits). All of this information is provided to you upon delivery of your home.
  • How do you stay connected to your customers during the build process?
    As someone joining the tiny house movement we can only assume you are thoroughly excited to move into your new home! To help you through this anticipation we send regular updates throughout the process and keep you informed with a live spreadsheet detailing the appliances and furnishings of your home.
  • How do you design the home for ongoing maintenance for heating, water, electrical, plumbing, and off grid systems?"
    Our homes are built with a mechanical room that houses all major systems such as plumbing, heating, water, and off grid systems, leaving sufficient space around them for repairs and maintenance.
  • Do you use passive house design?
    The short answer is yes. When building your home for year round Canadian living, we use an exterior insulation that wraps and seals your house making it air tight, helping to eliminate thermal bridging. Since this form of construction seals your house we include an ERV, bathroom fan, and kitchen hood fan to ensure proper ventilation.
  • What type of insulation do you use?
    Our standard insulation is spray foam as it offers a superior R rating for the price/size, as well as providing a moisture barrier, sound barrier, and aiding to the rigidity/strength of your home.
  • Can we include solar wiring in the build?
    At client request, we can pre-run wiring for solar panels in wall.
  • Do you use copper or aluminum wire for electric?
    While it is possible that some fixtures used may include aluminum wiring, your home will be wired with all copper wiring.
  • Do you have a warranty? What does this cover?
    Standard manufacturer warranties apply to all appliances and electronics in the house. Acorn Tiny Homes will manage all warranty concerns up to 30 days after delivery of the home, at which point the owner takes responsibility. Acorn Tiny Homes protect against defects in workmanship and material used in the construction of your home and offers 1 year protection for defects to plumbing and electrical systems, carpentry, and finishes. For major structural defects, Acorn Tiny Homes offers a 3 year warranty. Third Party home warranty is available for an additional cost.
  • Do you have transportation services available or work with a third party?
    We provide towing services for our clients to your final destination. Depending on your location and our schedule this may be completed by us or a third party services. Typically pricing is around $3.50/km + $500 for deliveries under 150km, or a flat rate of $3.50/km for deliveries in excess of 250km from our shop. Additional fees may apply for over sized (10'6") homes, deliveries to the USA, homes not built on a trailer, or if other unique conditions exist for your delivery
  • Do you deliver to the USA?
    Yup! We sure do!
  • What happens if I need to cancel my project?
    We separate our projects into a design and a build agreement for this exact reason. If after receiving your design and pricing breakdown, you decide that this is a project you no longer wish to proceed with, you are only responsible for the cost of the design (which you will have already prepaid). However, as your Tiny Home is 100% custom built, made to your exact specifications, if you choose to proceed with a build after approving the design and agreeing to the budget, a cancellation will result in a forfeiture of all funds paid. At this juncture you will be entitled to your home in an "As-is condition", less any unpaid balances, cancellation fees, and reasonable profits.
  • Can you build our home with a Tip-out/Slide-Out
    The short answer is no. Including a slide-out means that we have to create intentional gaps in our insulation and that means that you are intentionally allowing significant heat loss to occur. In our Canadian climate that is not practical as it means a significant increase in energy costs and it also increases your risk of water intrusion into your home, which can cause mold and other health problems. Finally, because of its mechanical components, tip-outs are prone to breakdown and expensive repairs (which no one enjoys).
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