FAQs about Small Homes and ADUs

TinyMod™ answers Your Frequently Asked Questions about building Small Homes and ADUs

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At TinyMod™ Homes, we're not just building homes; we're committed to forging lasting relationships and earning your trust. Understanding every aspect of your build is crucial, and we aim to provide you with all the information you need to feel confident and informed when you choose to build with us.
1Explain the meaning in the name "TinyMod"?
The name "TinyMod" highlights our focus on prefab and modular, scalable living solutions. "Tiny" refers to our efficient use of space, ideal for starter homes or ADUS. "Mod" indicates our modular approach, where each TinyMod module unit can function independently or be combined with others to create larger, multi-unit buildings, homes, and communities. This scalability ensures that our products can evolve with your needs, adapting to provide more space and functionality in the future.
2What is an ADU or accessory dwelling unit?
An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a secondary housing unit on the same property as a main residence, designed to be fully independent with its own kitchen, sleeping, and bathroom facilities. They can be attached, like a basement suite, or detached, such as a backyard cottage. ADUs serve various purposes, including housing for family, rental opportunities, or guest accommodations. TinyMod™ Homes offers customizable ADUs that integrate seamlessly into your property, providing flexible and cost-effective living solutions.
3What is the total cost of building a TinyMod Home or ADU?
The total cost of building a TinyMod™ Home or ADU can vary significantly based on factors such as location, site conditions, and chosen model. Different geographic areas may have varying costs related to labor, materials, and regulatory compliance. Additionally, the specific conditions of your property, such as accessibility, terrain, and the need for site preparation, delivery, can affect the overall expense. For the most accurate pricing, we suggest contacting TinyMod™ to discuss your specific project requirements and site details.
4Why does TinyMod™ charge a $495 feasibility study fee?
TinyMod™ charges a $495 feasibility study fee to cover the thorough evaluation of your property and project specifics before construction begins. This study assesses various factors such as zoning laws, site conditions, accessibility for construction, and any potential permitting issues. The aim is to identify any challenges and ensure that your project can proceed smoothly and in compliance with all local regulations. This upfront analysis helps in planning the project more accurately and avoids costly surprises during construction, ensuring that both time and resources are used efficiently.
5How long does it take to build a TinyMod Home or ADU?
Once your feasibility study is approved, the construction time for a TinyMod™ Home or ADU can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the site, size, and local permitting processes. The timeline from start to finish can range from six months to about twelve months. This includes the manufacturing of the prefab and/or modular components, on-site assembly, and finalizing with utility connections and inspections. For a more precise timeline based on your specific project and location, it's recommended to consult directly with TinyMod™.
6Why does TinyMod™ build with different prefab construction types?
TinyMod™ utilizes different prefab construction types to cater to diverse customer needs and site requirements. Prefabricated construction offers flexibility in design and efficiency in building, allowing for a range of styles from traditional to modern. Different types of prefab construction, such as panelized, SIPs, or modular homes, provide various benefits in terms of cost, time, and suitability for specific environments or zoning regulations. By offering multiple prefab options, TinyMod™ can optimize the building process for efficiency, sustainability, and local compliance, ensuring that each home or ADU is tailored to the individual preferences and requirements of the customer while also aligning with the logistical and regulatory demands of their location. This approach enables TinyMod™ to deliver high-quality, customized housing solutions that are both accessible and adaptable to a wide array of needs.
7How to get financing for a TinyMod™ Home or ADU?
To secure financing for a TinyMod™ Home or ADU, we recommend working with our trusted lending partner, Thomas Coronado. You can find more information and start the application process directly through the link provided on our website. Please visit our TinyMod™ Home Financing page to learn more about your options and connect with Thomas to discuss the best financing solutions tailored to your needs. This will ensure you have all the necessary support to make your TinyMod™ Home project a reality.
8What customization options are available for TinyMod Homes and ADUs?
TinyMod™ Homes and ADUs offer a range of customization options to ensure that your new space meets your specific needs and preferences. You can tailor various aspects of your home or ADU, including: Layouts: Choose from several pre-designed floor plans to find one that fits your lifestyle. Whether you need more living space, additional bedrooms, or a home office, there's a layout that can be meet to your requirements. Exterior Finishes: Select from a variety of exterior styles and materials to match the aesthetic of your existing property or to create a unique look that stands out. Interior Design: Customize the interior by selecting from different color packages. You can make your space feel like home with the finishes that suit your taste. Features and Appliances: Decide on the modern amenities and appliances that you want in your home, such as energy-efficient windows, smart home technology, or high-end kitchen appliances. Other Options: Opt. for features like solar panels, back-up generator connection, Storm Shelter, are also available.
9What is the difference between TinyMod™ Homes and tiny homes?
TinyMod™ Homes differ from typical tiny homes in both construction standards and classification. Built on a foundation, our homes comply with International Residential Code (IRC) standards, TinyMod™ Homes meet the rigorous requirements of traditional homes, ensuring safety, durability, and quality. Unlike tiny homes, which are often built to HUD or ANSI RV code, sometimes classified as trailers and built on wheels, TinyMod™ Homes are recognized as permanent dwelling units. This classification means our homes are permitted and appraised like standard homes, which can significantly increase property value.
10Do you build tiny homes on wheels or Park Models?
Yes, TinyMod™ can source B2B only. Our manufacturing partners and suppliers specialize in building tiny homes built to comply with HUD or ANSI RV codes. These ANSI RV tiny homes are mobile on trailers and favored by campgrounds, state parks, recreation areas, as well as resorts and hospitality. Inquire with "Builder/Developer or Investor" in the contact form.

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