Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of commonly asked questions. If you have a question that you haven't found the answer to, please get in touch by email.

Can I get insurance for my Tiny Home?
Yes.
Most insurance companies provide coverage for tiny   homes. This is left up to the client.
Do I need a building permit for my tiny home?
No.
Building permits are not required for tiny homes.
Salt Spring Island Tiny Homes are built using the BC building code, with a few exceptions as the function of the Building Code is to oversee the construction of conventional homes. These exceptions include tightly fitted stairs and room sizes.
Company owner and lead carpenter, Colin Crystal, is  Red Seal certified to build and design homes using the building code across Canada. Salt Spring Island Tiny Homes assures our clients that our homes are built to high-quality Canadian standards.
What size truck do I need to tow a Tiny House?
A 1-ton truck or bigger is recommended depending on the size of the tiny house. We deliver!
Do you deliver?
Yes we do.
It's great to see our tiny homes in their new locations.
Delivery costs are depend on a few factors including distance, time and equipment used for the trip.
Do you customize?
Yes we work closely with the client to design a perfect house that meets all their needs.
How big are Salt Spring Island Tiny Homes and how much do they weigh?
Salt Spring Island Tiny Homes are built in many different shapes and sizes.
In order to avoid a transportation permit, the width can be up to 8.5 feet, the height can be up to 13.5 feet from the ground. The length can vary.  If they are larger than 8.5 feet side, they require a $15 transportation permit in Canada. 
The weight of Salt Spring Tiny Homes range between 5000 14000lbs.
 
How long does it take to build a Salt Spring Island Tiny Home?
Depending on the specifications of the project and once the design has been completed, a home can take on average between 2 - 3 months.
What is the R- Value of a Salt Spring Island Tiny Home?
We design the building envelope of our homes to the building code requirements of the municipality or region where the owner is living.
Do you supply the trailer?
 
Yes we can.
Some clients choose to source the trailer and have it delivered to our building site. If the client chooses to source the trailer it must meet the weight requirements for the home being built on it.
Do you offer consulting to other Tiny Home builders?
Yes we do.
Building your own tiny home is very satisfying and a big achievement. Without years of experience this can be a huge undertaking: we are here to offer our years of experience to help you along the way. We offer consulting from a distance, over the phone or by email. Local on-site visits are also available. 
 
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cheque, money order, bank draft, cash and direct bank transfer. We also accept e-transfer for the deposit. 
 
 
Do you build other types of portable buildings?

Not just a home! Salt Spring Island Tiny Homes are amazing for:

Studio ~ Yoga + Music + Art ~ Guest Suite ~ Sauna ~ Office ~ Man Cave/She Shed ~ Shop ~ Tiny Boutique ~ Food Cart/Commercial Kitchen ~ Kids Playhouse ~ Teen Bedroom

We also build custom outbuildings and exterior add-ons to go with your Tiny Home, such as bathhouses, outdoor showers, decks and awnings. 

Do you build partially completed tiny homes?
Yes we can.
The most common request for this is called a shell where the exterior is fully completed and the interior is left unfunished. This would happen if the client wanted to complete the finishing, gas, electrical and plumbing.
 
Do you build homes that go on foundations?
Yes we can.
We build them at our building site and then have them delivered and secured to the foundation site. We use a crane truck for this as it is more cost effective to do the construction at our building site.
 
Can a family live in a tiny home?
Yes.
Many families own and live in tiny homes. Salt Spring Island Tiny Homes will work closely with your family to design the size and use of the living space, the location of the beds furniture and appliances to ensure that all needs are met. We build happy and functional places for families to grow! 
 
What is the electrical system in a Salt Spring Island Tiny Home?
Basic Electric
Our tiny homes have their own electrical panel that acts as the rub panel to the main panel of a nearby house. The average tiny home can be wired up to 150 feet away which offers plenty of space and privacy. Having a panel in your tiny house gives you the independance of easily moving and hooking into a panel in another location, as well as being able to switch to solar/offgrid. 
 
Solar elecrical
Our tiny homes can be built to be completely off grid by using solar panels. Solar panels can also be added at a later date without any rewiring.
 
How is water heated?
The most common way of heating water is propane on-demand, as it greatly reduces the electrical draw of a tiny home. 
Another much less common request is electric on-demand heating.
 
How does the plumbing work?
Typically the water enters our tiny homes through a potable water hose or a public water line. An off-grid option for water is the use of rooftop collection and water catchment storage tanks. From there, the water is usually heated by a hot water on-demand unit. When used, hot water on-demand functions as it would in any home.
Greywater and blackwater leaving the building can be routed together or separately depending on the facility at the clients' site. Composting toilets are a quite popular option to eliminate black water.
 
 
Do you offer on-site add ons such as decks, awnings or seperate out buildings.
Yes we do.
Please contact us to discuss this in further detail.
Do you build off-the-grid homes?
Yes we do. 
We would be happy to build you the off-grid tiny home of your dreams. Please contact us to discuss the different options available. The average cost of an off-grid tiny house is between $2000 - $6000 more than a conventionally plumbed and wired tiny house.
 
Why not buy an RV?
• You will have more control over the design of the house
• The design and interior of a tiny home is one of a home and not of a travel trailer.
• You can have a full size custom kitchen and a beautiful bathroom, a dreamy sleeping loft and custom details that you can update or renovate as your taste and lifestyle changes.
• Our tiny homes are built to live long lives just as traditional homes are. RVs are made with materials that have fast deterioration rate and therefore have short life spans. They alse greatly lack in quality and are missing many fundamentals of a home such as sufficient insulation, warmth and character and the ability to easily make changes to improve or update your space.
• RVs depreciate in value quite significantly and rapidly. A tiny home, when well maintained, will be stronger at holding its value, making it an asset and an investment.
 
Can I live in my Tiny Home in the winter?
Yes.
Our tiny homes are built to the same building code requirements as traditional homes. We design the R-value and building envelope in accordance with the requirements of the region where the tiny home will be delivered.
 
 
How would I order a Tiny Home?
Once you decide you are ready to build with Salt Spring Island Tiny Homes, we will begin consultations over the phone or by email about the tiny house design, timeline and cost. For this service there is a $200 fee. when a deposit is given and your spot is secured, this fee will be refunded.
 
Once we have created and confirmed a contract together a $2500 deposit is due to secure your space in our schedule. 
 
The difference of the first 33%is due upon starting the project.
 
When the exterior is completed the 2nd 33% is due.
 
The final 33% is due upon delivery.
 
During the process we work very closely with you to ensure the tiny home we are building for you suits your tastes and preferences and meets your needs from start to finish (materials, appliances, size and shape, styles and shapes of rooms, finishes, colours, etc.). Some of our clients choose to design every aspect of their tiny home and others have a general idea of what they want and ask us to create most or all of the design. Whatever your involvement preferences are, we will make sure every aspect of the design is approved by you to ensure that you get the home that is perfect for you.
 
 
Do you sell to the United States?
Yes.
For our American clients we build on trailers that are registered in the United States. 
 
How much does a Salt Spring Island Tiny Home cost?
There are many elements that play into the cost of a Salt Spring Island Tiny Home. 
Design, materials and intricacy are the main categories; there are also many sub categories. Our shells and finished homes range on average betwen $25,000 and $83,000. Our goal is to ensure that you have a tiny home that can best fulfill all your wants and needs while staying within your desired budget.
 
The majority of the cost of the home comes from the kitchen, bathrooms services and infrastructure and the fine finishing details. A large conventional home has large amounts of unused space, while all areas of  the tiny home is very much utilized and intentional. While there are no large unused spaces in a tiny home, it still has everything a large conventional home has —  just in a much smaller space. That is why the cost per square foot can be slightly more in a tiny home than a conventional home. The cost of living in and maintaining a tiny home is less, so you can do use your time and money to do the things you enjoy in life.
 
 
Do you offer financing?
We do not currently offer financing.
We recommend discussing a line of credit or a personal loan with your banker.
 
 
 
truck

You don't ordinarily need a tow-truck to move a Salt Spring Island Tiny Home. You can use a full-sized pickup truck on the highway and ferries with no permit.