General FAQ

What are Tiny Homes made from?

All our tiny homes are refurbished shipping containers, the same as you see at a shipping yard. We purchase both used and new (one trip) containers, which are then thoroughly restored and turned into tiny homes. All our interior fit outs are done to the same building standard as most new modern homes using licensed builders and tradesmen.

How “Tiny” are Tiny Homes?

Whilst the homes are tiny, with clever use of space, many people are choosing tiny homes as their long-term primary residence. These homes have everything you need to live a minimal and sustainable lifestyle. What you stand to gain by going Tiny: • Low impact – consume less, store less, be eco-friendly and live sustainably or even off grid. • Declutter and live minimalistic – get rid of all the stuff that’s built up over time – its therapeutic. • Less maintenance and a lot less cleaning.

Where can you ship tiny homes to?

Tiny homes can be shipped anywhere in Australia very easily! Given our tiny homes are literally shipping containers, they are a common size for many logistics companies to deliver.

How do I place an order?

You can place your order online by simply selecting a package and clicking "Buy Now" just as you would with any other online purchase. Alternatively, we can assist you with the purchasing process by phone or email and can provide you with an invoice to provide payment.

Does a tiny home come with furniture?

No, you will need to purchase your own furniture for your tiny home. For a list of things that are included, you can view our standard inclusions list on our website.

Where does Tiny Homes operate from and do you have an office or showroom?

We are a small Tasmanian business that operates from a yard within the grounds of Glebe Gardens at 166 Henry st, Launceston. We do not have specific opening hours, however if you would like to make time for an appointment you can contact us to arrange a time.

Do you have a display home to inspect?

Currently we have a 20ft model on site that is fully operational and available to inspect via appointment only.

Council Approval FAQ

Do I need Council Approval?

Yes. Whilst regulations vary from council to council, we can provide you with some guidance on obtaining council permission. A shipping container home is classed as an ancillary dwelling, which means it is exempt from planning approval, meaning the process is much faster than a regular newly built home.

What should I do first when thinking about getting a Tiny Home?

First you need to know if your local council is okay with you installing a Tiny Home on your property. Contact the planning department and ask about their policy with container homes and ask them specifically in regards to your property.

What are the stages of approval for council?

Tiny Homes are classed as Ancillary dwellings – this is because they are under 60m2 floor area. This means you get to skip the planning approval stage – this is called a ‘planning exemption’. You will need to apply for a planning exemption through the council. There will be a form to fill out provided by the council and Tiny Homes Tasmania can provide you with a set of design drawings (as part of our consultation services), which are required to determine what it is you intend to install on the property. Once you receive a planning exemption notice the final stage is building approval.

How do I apply for Building Approval?

Building approval is your main submission to council. There will be an application to fill out and a full set of site specific Architectural drawings will be required. Once you have submitted your application it usually takes between 4-12 weeks to get approval (each council is different and times may vary depending on workload).

What happens when I get Building Approval?

We will take it from here as you are now ready for construction!

Construction FAQ

How long does it take for my tiny home to be built?

Construction time can vary depending on the size and final design. All our Tiny Homes can be built and ready to deliver in 6-10 weeks from commencement of construction. We often require up to 8 weeks lead time before we can begin construction this is to allow for suppliers to manufactor certain elements such as windows or kitchen cabinetry etc . At times we may have a small inventory of Tiny Homes that are ready for immediate dispatch and can be delivered within 1 week.

Will you keep me updated throughout the construction process?

Yes. Over the 6-10 week construction process, we will provide progress updates and photos as each of the major construction phases are completed.

Can I build a custom design using colours and materials of my choice?

Yes. Each home is unique and they can be customised to suit your individual style and the environment the Tiny Homes will end up being a part of. Customisations may incur additional costs on materials, additional labour and possibly building design services.

Do you employ qualified tradespeople?

Yes. We are a small Tasmanian business and Jason the owner is a registered builder and he is hands on with every build. All plumbing, electrical, gas fitting and plaster work is undertaken by qualified local trades people. Tiny Homes are drafted by a certified designer prior to construction to ensure Australian compliance.

Do I need to source any additional tradespeople?

Yes. Your tiny home will be completely built at our manufacturing facility, however, you will need to organise your own electrician and plumber to connect you to these services onsite.

What on site work needs to occur prior to delivery?

Footings will need to be constructed prior to delivery. This is your Tiny Homes final resting place and this will need to be constructed by a registered builder who will follow the plans provided to you.

What on site work needs to occur post-delivery?

Once your Tiny Home has been placed on site there are a few things that need to occur before you move in. The plumbing and Electrical will need to be connected to your mains and often the council require the storm water to be dealt with on site, which means installing a roof on the container.

How does the plumbing and hot/cold water work?

The internal plumbing is all contained within the walls of the container itself and once delivered on site a qualified plumber is required to connect the 100mm sewage pipe from underneath the container where the toilet is situated to the existing sewer line on the property. Alternatively, it can be connected to a septic system or bio cycle unit. The shower drain, vanity and kitchen sink will also need to be connected via 50mm pipes.

The hot water is delivered via LPG gas. The system is built onto the exterior rear of the container out of site and is installed prior to delivery ready to use. We make provision for two 45kg gas bottles to be installed on site, alternatively you can use standard 8.5kg ‘swap n go’ gas bottles.

The water inlet is as simple as connecting a garden hose, however you can get your plumper to connect a 25mm poly pipe to the Tiny Home as part of the on-site installation if you’d prefer a more permanent option.

How does the electrical work?

20ft Tiny Homes often don’t have many appliances, therefore a 15 AMP caravan plug is installed on the exterior. All that is required in this instance is for a 15 AMP extension lead to be connected from your on-site 240v power source.

For the 40ft option there may be several more appliances, including an oven, hotplates, larger fridge, washing machine etc. In this instance, we can install a junction box for hardwiring of the Tiny Homes to your existing mains. This can be done on site by a licensed electrician.

What kind of heating/cooling do you use?

All heating options are not included in the quoted price as this needs to be decided on a case by case basis depending on your needs.

Heat pump/air conditioning unit:

An electric heat pump/air conditioning unit is required to be installed onsite due to the exterior unit that cannot be transported while attached to the container. Therefore, we provide all the necessary connections for a heat pump to be installed, however the cost of the unit and the installation on site is the owner’s responsibility and must be done by a licensed electrician.

Gas Heater:

As the water is heated using gas it is also an option for us to install a small gas heating unit that will heat the Tiny Home in a matter of minutes and wont draw much power. This option is a higher up front cost; however, it can be installed prior to delivery and over time you will be saving quite a bit on power usage. This system, however will not cool the unit down.

Is a roof required?

This is discretional, some councils require the storm water to be dealt with on certain sites. This will be decided on during the building approval process. If a separate roof is required a licensed builder will be required to follow the plans for on-site installation. During the design phase, you can have a say in the roofs design if you would like it to cover a decking or entrance area. This should be decided on before building approval is granted.

Can the Tiny Homes team handle all the onsite building requirements including the footings and the roof if required?

Yes, we can. We would give you a separate quote prior to construction to build these components. Depending on where the container is going may depend on whether you use us to do this work or not as travel will play a large part in the final quoted price.

How do I engage a plumber or electrician to do the on-site work?

All the work to be completed is drawn up in the detailed design documents. All you need to do is contact a local contractor and show them the plans and they will give you a quote based on the work to be completed. This can be done prior to us commencing construction so you know all the costs that you are up for.

Delivery FAQ

Where do you deliver?

Anywhere within Australia.

How much is delivery?

- Within 50km of Launceston, Tasmania the delivery fee is $500.

- $1000 elsewhere in Tasmania outside the 50km zone.

- Elsewhere in Australia, will be subject to an individual quote based on the Tiny Homes destination.

How long does it take to deliver a tiny home?

Delivery will be organised 2 weeks prior to the completion of the construction and it would normally be picked up from our yard at 8am and delivered same day.

Do I need a crane to place the Tiny Home on site?

This depends on the slope of the site and the design of the footings. If you require pier footings due to a sloping site, the container will need to be craned into place. This is the responsibility of the client to organise prior to delivery and is at an extra cost to the client. Quotes should be obtained prior to construction commencement to know the total cost of the project.

Does the delivery company install my tiny home?

Delivery companies do not provide a complete installation service. Our delivery company will deliver the tiny home to your site and place it in an easily accessible location as you request. Generally, this is just a frontyard, backyard or driveway. If you have a complex or inaccessible location, the delivery company reserves the right the simply drop in the safest accessible location.

Is it safe to ship my tiny home?

Yes, given our tiny homes are literally refurbished shipping containers, they are the perfect size for shipping. All items located inside the container are fixed and cannot be damaged in shipping. There may be some instances where a small amount of scratching may occur on the exterior, however, this is rare.

Can I organise my own delivery?

Yes. All tiny homes are manufactured at our facility located at 166 Henry St, Launceston TAS and customers are welcome to have them picked up from this location or delivered to a meeting point.

Are you ready to take the plunge and buy your first Tiny Home?

CONTACT US TODAY

Jason - 0403 400 714