Most owner-built tiny homes you see fit into a grey area not covered by any industry standards, but this house is different. It’s manufactured by Wheelhaus as Recreational Park Trailer and is certified by RPTIA member manufacturers as complying with ANSI Standard A119.5. It even comes with it’s own VIN number.
The advantage is that it puts the house in a clearly defined category, moving it outside the grey area. It also means that lenders and insurance companies know the home was built to a certain set of standards making it possible for them to calculate insurance rates and mortgage loans. It may also inadvertently move the overall price of the house up but for many buyers this is considered a equitable trade-off.
RPTs are something between a tiny house and a mobile home – but as you can see no manufactured home needs to look like the classic park trailer. Using the same streamlined construction techniques of manufactured housing and higher quality materials, beautiful small homes can be factory made.
The Wedge is 400 square feet, has a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room. The ceiling slopes up to a 17-foot high point in the living room. The ceilings and exterior side are covered with reclaimed Wyoming snow fencing. The kitchen has a two-burner cook top, small refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and sink. The countertops are concrete and cabinets are in a modern rustic style.
As you might imagine the price reflects the size and finish – and the fact that this is not a DIY project but a completely finished home. Check the Wheelhaus website for current pricing but at the time of this post it ranged between $85,000 and $100,000.
Some tiny home builders are also moving toward adopting industry standards like this too. I think this would be a good thing especially if it helps show owner-builders a better way to build a home. But for most tiny house folks I suspect the manufactured option takes away a part of the process they want to experience themselves – building their own home.