Interesting facts about MY ECO TINY HOUSE
Are you interested in the idea of Tiny Houses? Then our small collection of questions and answers around the topic will surely give you some information.
Do you have further questions? Then feel free to contact MY ECO TINY HOUSE.
When it comes to prices for Tiny Houses and small buildings, the range is wide – depending entirely on the living space and the equipment. Basically, it can be said that the price per m² roughly corresponds to the German average for a single-family house (pure construction costs).
For a MY ECO TINY HOUSE shell calculate as of Q4/2022 from around € 3,500 / m².
Note: In addition to the costs for the house itself, there may also be expenses for the land, the outdoor facilities, connection fees and ancillary construction costs (e.g. notary and land registry costs, land transfer tax).
In short, less of everything creates a smaller environmental footprint.
Less building material, ideally from the renewable resource wood, less space required, less sealed floor area, less energy required, less interior design = less CO2 emissions.
In addition, residents of a Tiny House often consciously live sustainably and generally consume less.
As a German manufacturer of Tiny Houses and small buildings, we guarantee sustainable materials and an ecological concept together with our partners.
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The 5 biggest differences are in room height, lighting, flexible space, ecological building materials and, of course, insulation and energy efficiency.
In short, the entire concept differs significantly – if only in terms of living quality.
By the way: caravan technology is designed for leisure and not for continuous operation, so in a Tiny House is usually used ‘normal’ – suitable for continuous operation – home technology.
Whether you want your Tiny House to be permanent or mobile depends entirely on your personal living plans.
The answer to this question could fill an entire book, especially since each state has its own building laws. Therefore, we will limit ourselves here to brief, general notes.
Please note that the information may not be complete or up to date. We cannot and must not give any legally binding information here!
As soon as something is built or erected – whether a high-rise or a Tiny House – it is always subject to some form of building law in Germany. Even on wheels, a Tiny House does not get past this building code; in Germany, the use and location determine whether the Tiny House is classified as a vehicle or a building. [> bauordnung.de]
By definition of most state building codes, a Tiny House for living and/or working is classified as a Class 1 building and is therefore subject to the appropriate ordinances. Also relevant may become the > Building Use Ordinance and the development plan or land use plan of the municipality, as well as any existing local design statutes.
Depending on the location, a Tiny House can also be classified as a “building project exempt from procedures” due to its size, for example, and a “simplified building permit procedure” or “permit exemption” are also possible. But here, too, we are not in a legal vacuum; the building owner is always obliged to comply with all applicable legal requirements and to provide evidence of this.
Therefore, in case of doubt, it is better to consult an expert body beforehand. This can be, for example, the building authority or an architect.
By the way: Often in connection with Tiny Houses the term ‘Flying Buildings‘ appears, but here it is a false
Designation. There is no connection from a building code perspective between ‘flying structures’ such as carousels, marquees, festival stages, and Tiny Houses intended for permanent living.
Per se, fewer and different rules apply at a campground : The state ordinance on camping and weekend sites (CWVO) limits Tiny Houses to max. 50 m² and a height of 3.5m. On the other hand, whether permanent housing is allowed on the campsite or not is determined by the development plan of the respective municipality.
From all this follows: It is much easier to first choose the plot of land on which the Tiny House is to be located and then to plan and build the Tiny House according to the specifications that apply there. Even if it’s just the Tiny House’s roof color that doesn’t match the site specifications, that would be annoying and involve unnecessary expense – not to mention major remodeling.
The flexible modular design of MY ECO TINY HOUSE allows for easy adaptation to many wishes and specifications without driving up costs. Our experts will be happy to advise you. > Contact
It’s like many other projects: with time, know-how and skill, you can realize almost any project yourself. It is important to know what to look for.
Apart from the question of location and the associated requirements (see ‘Where can a Tiny House be located?), there are a large number of building regulations that must be complied with.
Any residential building, including a Tiny House, must meet certain basic requirements under state building codes and requires some documentation and verification that is either mandatory or must be provided upon request by the authorities. For living space there are legal requirements for kitchen and sanitary facilities, for doors, stairs, windows and fire protection, possibly a construction drawing is required.
Technical certificates such as the stability certificate are required, and in the case of Tiny Houses on trailers or swap bodies, certificates must even be available for vehicle statics and building statics. And not to forget the thermal insulation certificate acc. Building Energy Code if you plan to use your Tiny House permanently.
Conclusion: Yes, you can build your Tiny House yourself, but easier, less complicated and safer is the planning and realization with experts.
We at MY ECO TINY HOUSE offer a clever solution: Our modules are designed in such a way that you can assemble them yourself without self-assembly suitable. As a German manufacturer, we supply all components from a single source directly to you.
We will be happy to inform you. > Contact
Plots for Tiny Houses are offered for lease or purchase. Land prices vary by state and location; it’s always worth checking with the municipalities in your desired region to see if appropriate areas for Tiny Houses are offered or planned.
Communities of interest have already formed in many places. For example, Tiny House projects are under discussion in Schorndorf and Löffingen (BW), Kißlegg (Allgäu), Selb, Mehlmeisel (Bay), Bruchköbel (Hess), Roetgen (NRW/Aachen), other examples are
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If there are already initiatives for e.g. a building area for Tiny Houses, this can have many advantages for the own approval procedure, since often much has already been clarified and prepared.
Living close to nature and sustainably, no rent, no water bill, own vegetables perhaps, finally a pet.
Self-sufficiency – being independent in many ways – is a great longing.
For some wishes, however, implementation simply fails due to regulatory requirements. What you want is not always allowed (see also ‘Where can I put a Tiny House?’ and ‘Can I build a Tiny House myself?’).
Currently, dependence on energy suppliers is a major issue. Here has a Tiny House in terms of Energy efficiency energy efficiency anyway, but with a photovoltaic system photovoltaic system you come a big step closer to your desire for self-sufficiency. In many federal states, photovoltaic systems do not require a permit (see respective state building code), sometimes there are conditions that must be observed, if necessary. also tied to location (local design statutes).
At Small wind turbines Depending on the height, these are structures that require a building permit (see the respective state building code). Precisely because the location and the environment are important not only for the economic operation of a wind turbine, but also for its durability, professional advice is recommended before the purchase anyway.
For the Drinking water supply there is basically a connection and use obligation, an exemption is hardly possible, only if you can show, for example, a plant for self-supply, which has a higher environmental standard than that of the municipality.
From the compulsory connection to the Sewage you can be exempted sooner, e.g. to be allowed to operate a small wastewater treatment plant. In this case, a permit under water law is required from the relevant lower water authority, which also determines the further requirements for the small wastewater treatment plant, such as the minimum purification performance to be achieved.
Of course we also build your MY ECO TINY HOUSE on wheels, if your life plan requires mobility or a fixed building site is out of the question. We plan together with you within the framework of all specifications your optimal house, exactly as you want it. As a German manufacturer of Tiny Houses and small buildings, we are very familiar with the local conditions and specifications and will guide you through the ‘jungle’ of regulations.
Mobility vs. flexibility?
However, if mobility available at all times is not necessary, we recommend our fixed mini houses. One reason is flexibility. As a ‘Tiny House on Wheels’, that is, on a trailer frame or a swap body mounted, it is imperative that the dimensions comply with the specifications of the road traffic regulations: Maximum height of 4 meters, 2.55 meters wide and 3.5 tons maximum permissible mass.
However, we want a MY ECO TINY HOUSE to be able to adapt to your needs and maybe 15 cm won’t prevent your favorite sofa from moving in.
Nevertheless, you do not have to do without mobility with a MY ECO TINY HOUSE: MY ECO TINY HOUSE has adapted the ingenious and simple idea of the modular system and perfected it for modern living concepts. This system allows not only self-assembly, but also that you can quite easily dismantle your house and rebuild it in another place without any problems.
Another reason for choosing a fixed Tiny House is ecology: the limitation of weight and dimensions of Tiny Houses on wheels requires a fairly thin outer shell, so as not to lose too much of the precious interior space. Logically, this is often at the expense of ecology, because less or poor insulation reduces energy efficiency quite enormously.
If you want a MY ECO TINY HOUSE to be as stable and as energy efficient as a regular house, talk to us about a stationary Tiny House.