FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does a Rewild Home cost?
It's hard to judge the cost of a tiny home without having a personal chat simply because there are so many options and the price fluctuates depending on what's included. Our homes and shells can range in cost from $25,000-$90,000+. Fill out our questionnaire to start the process of getting a custom quote. Looking for something off the lot? We do occasionally have show homes, trailers, and shells for sale. View our current listings here.
How does the process work?
The first step to getting your tiny home started is by filling out our questionnaire or getting in touch with us directly. Our design process is very involved as everything we do is custom. The process varies from person to person (some people are totally hands on and want to be involved in every step, whereas some clients have a general vision and want us to design all of the aspects of their home for them. Once you decide to move forward with the build, we take a deposit to secure your build time and start the custom designs for your home. We lay out your home in 3D and typically go through 3 rounds of edits. We will select all of your specific styling, appliances, and finishes in order to provide you with a more detailed quote as we draft up a custom materials list and contract. Once we have finalized the details of your home and come to an agreed upon price the contract is signed, we take the first payment and production begins.
How does payment work?
After you decide to move forward with us, we take a $2500 non-refundable deposit which books your build time and starts the design process. We accept e-transfers for the deposit, and we accept cheques, money orders, and direct transfers for the rest of the total. 50% of the total is due before we start building, 25% is due mid-way, and 25% is due shortly before the final inspection. Taxes are due after the final inspection and the home is then transferred into your name.
Is there financing available?
We don't have in-house financing but there are certifications that you can get which allow you to get financing via a third-party such as RVCanada or via your bank as a standard RV/vehicle loan. Most of our clients get independent financing through their bank either as a line of credit or as a personal/collateral loan. If you decide to go the certification route keep in mind that there are certain stipulations that technically designate your home for temporary/recreational use only which can cause difficulties if you're planning on using it for full-time living and insuring it as such. The vast majority of our clients opt out of certification for that reason and choose to find financing through another avenue. All of our homes come standard with all of their gas, electrical, and appliances fully CSA certified. Interested in certification? Get in touch with us to learn more.
Why not buy an RV?
RVs are built with a primary focus on weight, whereas our tiny homes are focused on quality. Our homes are built to last as long as a traditional home, unlike RVs, which have very short lifespans. Anyone who has owned or stayed in an RV for any length of time can attest to the almost immediate deterioration. Rewild Homes are built to last, and they can be lived in year round without the wear and tear that occurs in an RV. No need for tarps in the off-season!
Where can I park it?
Check out our new listings page for available parking spots!
Every town or district has it's own zoning, and even then, individuals can have different zoning on their own private property. That being said, there are lots options available. The easiest place to park it is on any piece of land that you own. If you don't have land though, many urban areas are zoned for laneway houses, and cities are constantly pushing for population density. If a rural area is more your stride, a good place to start would be talking to farmland owners. Often times, acreages are zoned to allow multiple additional dwellings as long as the people living in them are offering some sort of services in return. RV pads, trailer parks, and campgrounds are also great places to look.
Other resources for finding land include:
Tiny House Listings Canada
Can you insure a tiny home?
Our homes can be classified as recreational vehicles, and can be insured as such. You'll have to check with your regional insurance agency, but most agencies offer full coverage for units that are permanently parked or used as seasonal residences, including contents insurance to cover your belongings and coverage for permanent additional structures such as decks or sheds.
Why build on a trailer?
Aside from the obvious portability factor, building on a trailer also circumvents the need for expensive and time-consuming building permits needed to build a permanent structure. You can bring your tiny house with you if you decide to move, or leave it parked and rent it out for a source of income. Making your home portable also makes it much easier to resell - location is no longer a consideration for buyers. Building on a trailer also gets around certain zoning issues; properties that cannot house any more permanent dwellings can still legally accommodate a tiny home on wheels. If portability isn't a factor for you, we also build and deliver stationary homes to be placed on foundation.
Can I drive it anywhere?
It depends on the size that you want your house built, but the short answer is yes. We build within the maximum allowable vehicle sizes for North America (8.5' wide x 40' long x 13' high). If you want it bigger than that you will either need a permit to move your house or you'll need to hire someone to do it for you, which isn't a big deal. Hiring a mover is often easier and less expensive than actually getting the required permits. It's easy, cheap, and insurable, which is good option for people wanting a bigger house that won't be moved often, or even for people who want a tiny home but don't have a truck to tow it. Even if you moved it once a year, that's still less than a month's rent.
Do I need a special license?
In order to tow anything heavier than 10,000lbs in North America you need an endorsement on your driver's license called a Heavy Trailer Endorsement. There is both a written and practical test.
How big are your homes and how much do they weigh?
Our homes come in all shapes and sizes. Our base model is 8.5' wide x 20' long x 13' high and less than 14,000lbs which means it can be towed anywhere within North America without additional permitting.
What kind of truck do I need?
Most full-size trucks are capable of towing a tiny home, but check the vehicle manufacturer details for specifics.
What about the toilet?
There are a lot of misconceptions about the bathrooms in tiny homes. Our homes come with full bathrooms, including a toilet, shower, and sink. The level of connectivity vs off-grid nature is entirely up to you. We've listed the main toilet options below.
Pros: easy to use, resembles actual toilet, comfortable, minimal effort, no smell, compost for the garden, no footprint, minimal power
Cons: expensive, kind of big and clunky
2. Holding tank (like an RV - a toilet connected to an external tank)
Pros: actual toilet, comfortable, don't need any sewer hookups, can still be on or off the grid
Cons: uses some power, have to empty the tank in a proper disposal area, needs plumbing, holding tanks can be expensive, holding tanks add weight
3. Sewage hookup (just like a house toilet)
Pros: no maintenance or emptying tanks, just like a regular toilet, inexpensive
Cons: need to be hooked up to sewage line, needs power, required plumbing
4. Bucket of sawdust
Pros: virtually free, no hookups or power, takes up next to no space
Cons: requires frequent emptying, might cause some guests to be uncomfortable
How do you heat your homes?
There are many heating options, depending on how much you want to spend and the climate you plan on living in. The most popular options are:
1. Marine heaters (propane or electric)
Pros: efficient, can be off-grid, small, attractive
Cons: expensive, have to buy propane
Pros: efficient, self-sufficient, good heat, attractive
Cons: can cause insurance problems, are dangerous if improperly used, require wood
3. Electric space heater
Pros: small, portable, safe, efficient
Cons: requires electricity
Can I buy Rewild Home plans online?
We don't yet offer plans, but we will have plans for sale soon. That being said, houses are not a one size fits all, especially at this size, so we recommend a personal consultation. Every one of our models is custom designed around your wants and needs. We are happy to work with you to design a set of plans so that you can build your own. We want to make sure every last decision will suit your life perfectly. If you are looking to build your own tiny home, we supply custom build-ready trailers (with or without floor packages installed) and partially completed shells.
How long does it take to build a Rewild Home?
Depending on level of the build, a tiny home or shell can take anywhere from 4-12 weeks to complete once the trailer arrives.
How many square feet are your tiny homes?
Our homes range in livable square feet (including loft space) from 100-250+.