Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions page. Find answers to all of your Tiny House questions here. We welcome any questions you may have to be emailed to tinyhouse@hangan.com.au and we will be sure to add popular questions here. 

We have built over 25 custom Tiny Homes and made plans for over 30 designs. Whether you're wanting to build an eco Tiny Home or wanting extra space such as a home office or bedroom option we are able to provide you with options from 4m to 11m in length (2.4 meters wide).

Tiny Home Frequently Asked Questions

General Tiny Home

Is it cheaper to buy or build a tiny house?


When it comes to building something it is always cheaper to Do It Yourself or in this case, build a tiny home yourself. Of course, all your labour is free of charge so there can be quite substantial savings compared to buying a Tiny Home from an established Tiny Home construction company. However, not everyone has the time, space, expertise or resources to build one. Regardless of which way you go it’s always recommended that you engage an experienced Tiny Home builder and the right tradespeople to get the right advice and ensure a quality job and a safe result.




Are Tiny Homes a good investment?


It depends, Tiny Homes don't appreciate and depreciate like the traditional housing market. As a capital product it may not be considered a sound financial investment however what you do with your Tiny Home (such as renting via Airbnb) can make your Tiny Home a good financial investment. If living in the Tiny Home, although the home itself isn't appreciating like a normal home could, you and your family are making substantial savings regarding the cost of living. You're also investing in sustainability by reducing your carbon footprint.




Can you build a Tiny House in Australia?


Of course! Given that Tiny Homes are currently legally considered as caravans the same regulations apply. As long as your trailer meets standards, with all gas and electrical codes adhered to and installed by licensed trades then yes you can build and customise a Tiny Home to your dream design.




Can you live in a Tiny House in Australia


Yes, however each council has their own set of rules and regulations. It is best to check with your local council as to what your restrictions are. 2018 census data indicates that over 100,000 people in Australia live in a caravan (currently considered the same as a Tiny House).




Can I put a Tiny House on my property in Australia?


Yes! You can park a Tiny House on your own property.




Are Tiny Homes safe?


Just like any home, if built correctly and adhereing to codes, regulations and safety rules a Tiny Home is very safe. Choosing electric appliances over gas further reduces the risk of carbon monoxide concerns.




Can you travel with a Tiny House?


Tiny Homes are legally currently considered caravans and as long as they fit inside your state road guidelines they can be towed by an appropriate vehicle and travelled with.




Are Tiny Homes illegal?


No




Do I need a building permit for a Tiny House?


No a building permit is not required as a Tiny House is considered a registerable moveable dwelling.




Do I need a planning permit for a Tiny House?


Regarding planning permits, it depends on what your local council rules and regulations are. Most of the time you do not need a planning permit to buy, build or own a Tiny Home. You may require permission to connect services or to live in your Tiny Home. Some councils have guidelines as to how often you are able to stay in the Tiny Home. Currently, there are over 100,000 people living in registerable movable dwellings in Australia.




How much do Tiny Houses cost?


Just like regular homes, Tiny Homes can vary in cost based on a number of factors such as size, inclusions and features. For the DIY market, the cost is generally between $25,000 and $60,000. For a professionally built Tiny Home expect to pay between $50,000 and $150,000




Are Tiny Homes moveable?


Yes, Generally Tiny Homes are built on registered trailers which allows them to be towed on the road and moved as desired.




Why do Tiny Homes have wheels?


Tiny Houses are on wheels for a number of reasons. Movability is a big factor as a lot of Tiny Home owners enjoy the idea of not being tied down and being able to follow a new dream, a new job or family as a few examples. A Tiny Home that is on wheels also does not require a building permit.




Why are people obsessed with Tiny Homes?


There are so many reasons why the Tiny House Movement is taking off around the world. Financial freedom, minimalism, beautiful designs, ecological impact are just some of the factors considered.




How do you finance a Tiny House?


In Australia, Tiny Homes are usually self financed or purchased through a personal loan.




Can a Tiny House have plumbing?


Yes and it can be very similar to standard house plumbing (unless opting for a composting toilet). Most Tiny Houses have showers, toilets, sinks, kitchens as well as hot water.





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