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What Are "Tiny Homes"? 

Technically speaking, Tiny Homes on wheels are classified as RVs (Recreational Vehicles) or RPTs (Recreational Park Model Trailers) depending on whether they meet a certain criteria or are on wheels. They may or may not be accepted as an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) depending on the local jurisdiction. Many zoning boards define ADUs as a unit on a permanent foundation. 


     Tiny Homes on wheels are built on a single chassis, mounted on wheels and have a gross trailer area not exceeding 400 square feet in the set-up mode. (Exceeding 400 square feet would categorize the product as a Manufactured Home and as such would require compliance to HUD Standards). The tiny home tailors facility is certified by Pacific West Tiny Homes and each home produced is certified as complying with ANSI A119.5 or NFPA 1192. 

       There are two different types of Tiny Homes offered. One type is 8' 6" or less in width and is designed for frequent travel on the highways while the other type is 8' 6" or wider, and must be transported with special movement permits from the state highway department. The 8' 6" units are not typically expandable when it reaches its destination utilizing slide-outs or tip-outs, but builders may choose to design that way. The wider units, being less mobile, are usually sited in a resort or RV park location for an extended term, typically several years.


At Reeve Renovations, we go beyond structural compliance by starting off with a welded steel outer frame with notched wood studs fitting perfectly inside the steel structure, glued and bolted within. This ensures the highest level of structural integrity.  

Our studs are generally placed 16" apart and are glued and bolted to the frame. Then windows and doors, which we either custom make or order from a supplier. We have a variety of materials we can use for siding but usually we have a 3/8" ply base wall that is taped and sealed with a water proofing membrane. For exterior siding, we use sheet metals, corrugated siding or roofing, wood shingles, wood or composite shiplap, or our own personally developed method of sculpted stucco alternative on wood.  

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