Tiny Homes FAQ2024-04-11T10:38:26-08:00


Frequently Asked Questions

We receive a lot of questions about our tiny homes. Find answers below to the most commonly-asked questions.

What is the client responsible for?2024-04-02T09:39:12-08:00

The client is responsible for site prep, shipping, set up and taxes.

Do you sell the plans?2022-01-06T05:55:17-08:00

No, we don’t. We take great pride in the plans and models we create, and would like each model to be built with the consistent quality and craftsmanship we guarantee.

Are your floor plans customizable?2023-03-31T04:50:27-08:00

To a certain extent, yes. Depending on the desired modifications, fees may apply and the estimate completion day may be affected.

What are tiny homes used for?2023-03-31T04:51:25-08:00

Our tiny homes can be used as personal vacation homes and/or as rental properties. If local jurisdiction allows they can also be used as a permanent dwelling.

Do you build shells or partly finished tiny homes?2022-01-06T05:55:17-08:00

No, we must complete each model in its entirety. Labor & Industries will not provide an insignia sticker, which is needed to move the unit, until the model passes final inspection.

Why are your some of your tiny homes called park models?2023-03-31T04:52:18-08:00

They are also known as park models because we build them to fit the recreational park trailer code. Yes, this is a tiny home, but it also carries the designation of a recreational park trailer (RPT) from HUD.

What are the building standards of the tiny homes we build?2023-03-31T04:53:37-08:00

We build tiny homes to two different standards. Our Park Models are built according to ANSI 119.5 Recreational Park Trailer Standards. Inspections are completed by Washington State Labor & Industries. After passing the final inspection, we receive an insignia sticker which is placed on the home. Our tiny homes are built according to the International Residential Code (IRC) and follow the Washington State Energy Code. Our tiny homes are also inspected by WA State L&I and we also receive an insignia for our tiny homes once passing final inspection.

How many tiny homes have WCH built?2023-03-31T04:54:38-08:00

Over 50 tiny homes in the past ten years.

Are they built on a trailer?2023-03-31T04:55:33-08:00

Our park models are built on a custom chassis trailer and our tiny homes are built on steel frames.

What kind of foundation is needed?2022-01-06T05:55:17-08:00

Each site will have its own constraints due to the bearing capacity of the soil, and in some instances the frost line will also play a factor. We recommend that you contact a local Geotech and/or structural engineer for foundation requirements.

What are the dimensions of your tiny homes?2023-03-31T04:56:23-08:00

Dimensions can be found under each model  we offer – westcoast-homes.com/tiny-homes/models/.

Are they made to move?2022-01-06T05:55:17-08:00

Typically they are made to move just once to a permanent location. They can be moved again, but they are not built to be a travel trailer due to their large size.

What is the estimated timeline for a standard tiny home?2023-03-31T04:57:05-08:00

It takes one month for the custom chassis or steel frame to be built and then approximately four months for the tiny home to be built, based on the extent of the customization. We will also need to take into consideration the work already under contract to figure out when we can fit your build into our build queue.

Do you deliver the tiny homes? How far/where can you deliver?2022-01-06T05:55:17-08:00

No. The owner is responsible for coordinating professional transportation, but we can recommend companies to complete this.

Can you customize a tiny home plan for a community or campground?2022-01-06T05:55:17-08:00

Yes. If you are a community operator, please contact us to discuss park model customization for your community. This is how we got our start building tiny homes—check out Wildwood Lakefront Cottages, our first resort partnership: wildwoodlakefrontcottages.com.

How to insure your tiny home?2023-03-31T04:57:46-08:00

Our park models come with a vehicle certificate of origin. We provide this certification along with other documents the owner needs to submit to their local Auditor’s Office in order to receive their title. For tiny homes they are built to the standard residential building code that site-built homes also follow so they are treated like a standard house.

Do you provide a warranty?2022-01-06T05:55:17-08:00

Warranties are available upon request. The cost depends on the proximity to Lynden, WA, which is where we build our tiny homes.

Do you offer financing?2023-03-31T04:58:56-08:00

We currently do not offer financing for park models. We are working on the possibility of financing for tiny homes with a local bank. Please contact us if you’d like more information on tiny home financing options.

Blue park model/tiny home - Salish model

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