Does the prospect of downsizing appeal to you? Many people are finding that the American dream of owning the largest house on the block simply is not as appealing as it once was.
Instead, they would rather become debt-free and live a simpler life.
Tiny houses are just one way to make that happen.
If you think that you might be ready to see what tiny house living has to offer, you need to find the builder that is the right fit for you. Texas is full of excellent companies that would be happy to partner with you to build the tiny home of your dreams.
Here are a few of the best tiny house builders in the Texas area:
Small Dwelling Co.
Are you looking for a unique company to partner with for your next tiny home?
Maybe you are having a hard time finding a place to put your tiny home once the build is completed. With Small Dwelling Co., you might have just found the answer to your problem.
Small Dwelling Co. believes in the beauty of downsizing to get away from the hustle and bustle of traditional living.
They have cast a vision that reaches far beyond that of many builders by purchasing a twelve-acre lot in Palo Pinto county to create a tiny home gated community.
This sanctuary will be complete with a community garden, walking trails, and even rain harvesting.
Of course, you can always place your tiny home on your own property, but this is a unique and fun way to consider making a splash into the tiny home world.
This company is family-owned and completes the majority of the work themselves. However, they do use outside contractors to complete the remaining ten percent of the work on each custom home. They take on a limited number of projects each year and do not take projects with extremely low budgets.
If you are more interested in potentially building your own tiny home, you should sign up for their Tiny House Workshop. You’ll learn the basics of framing, sheathing, strapping, installing house wrap, flashing a window, exterior siding, and so much more.
They teach you the tips and tricks of the trade so that DIY homeowners can get a jumpstart on their projects.
Founded by Mandi Hooper and Suzanne Braden, this tiny house building company has always been at the forefront of the downsizing movement.
Their company built some of the first major tiny homes in the Austin and Texas Hill Country areas, but their most impressive achievement was becoming the first RVIA certified builder in the state.
One of the reasons so many people choose to use TexZen Design is because of their prominent reputation. Some of their builds have been featured of HGTV and on national television in a Microsoft commercial.
If you aren’t sure exactly what you want from a tiny home, this duo can help you to figure it out. They are accustomed to building tiny houses on wheels, sheds, barns, studios, and any other type of application that you might imagine.
They primarily specialize in the design of new custom units but are partnering with another company to supply you with a fully finished structure.
For a full design package, you can expect to pay roughly $1,000. This includes:
- CAD floorplan
- Exterior elevations
- Interior 3D renderings
- Exterior 3D renderings
Design and project management is offered at a rate of $120 per hour. Some projects may be quoted a flat rate depending on the full scope of work involved.
Indigo River Tiny Homes
A veteran-owned and operated business, Indigo River Tiny Homes is committed to creating environmentally-conscious homes that offer simplicity and freedom to their owners.
They have a history of employing air force, navy, and marine veterans. Many of their employees are related by blood or marriage, but they promote a family culture throughout all that they do.
This company boasts more than thirty years of combined construction experience. Unlike some other companies, Indigo River does not view itself in direct competition with other builders.
Instead, they strive to create a community of like-minded people in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
When selecting the floor plan of your home, they have six basic designs that you can choose from. Within each one, there is room for you to customize the features to ensure the perfect fit for you and your family.
As of January 1, 2020, all of their tiny houses are now RVIA certified. If it matters to you, they can upgrade your home to NOAH-certification for an additional fee.
Prices start at $49,000 and range to $68,900 before add-ons or customization. Some of the proceeds from every sale are donated to organizations that benefit veterans, including FARM and Operation Tiny House.
Financing options are available through City National Bank.
Hill Country Tiny Houses
A small family-owned and operated business, Hill Country Tiny Houses is the brainchild of owners Todd and Shari.
Todd boasts more than fifteen years in the construction business while his wife, Shari, focuses more on design work and online marketing. Even their children are involved in the day-to-day affairs of their business.
Their desire to help others with their tiny homes was born out of their own experience crafting a tiny home to help them live a debt-free lifestyle. They traded in their 2,200 square foot home for a 384 square foot tiny house that allowed them to travel and homeschool their last child.
Since then, they have been featured in the national press, including Daily Mail, The Sun, New Atlas, and even HGTV’s Tiny Paradise.
Many people like working with Hill Country Tiny Houses because they offer flexible programs that allow you to choose what you want to do. For $400, you can opt for a custom tiny house design that includes a 3D rendering, so you know exactly what you are getting.
From here, you can either design a tiny house on wheels or a permanent foundation, depending on your needs. You can even purchase just the shell if you prefer to do the rest of the work on your own.
It takes roughly eight to twelve weeks to build a custom home.
Superior Concrete Tiny Houses
Are you looking to take a different approach to build your forever tiny home? Superior Concrete Tiny Houses fills a niche in the market that few builders dabble in.
All of their tiny homes and cabins are created out of solid steel-reinforced precast concrete.
They are engineered from a modular precast concrete, but it doesn’t have to look like concrete. Instead, it can mimic the appearance of wood, brick, stone, or stucco.
Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, this business boasts several advantages over traditional homes. They utilize sustainable construction with natural earth-based materials.
The concrete is a natural buffer for outdoor sound, making your home quieter than ever before. They are also more durable and less prone to damage from termites, peeling paint, or rotting wood.
You can build a tiny house on wheels or a permanent foundation with this type of construction.
They feature six basic designs ranging from 150 square feet to 600 square feet. You might also investigate building a stable that can be used to build a full-size home. Of course, in addition to these basic floor plans, you can also custom design your own tiny house.
Rooted Tiny Homes
Rooted Tiny Homes is a small operation of six individuals who bring a lot of construction and design experience to the table.
Owner Jacob began in residential construction and is aided by his father, who has been renovating homes for more than fifteen years. Luis and Hector both specialize in custom woodworking and own their own business on the side, DLG Group. Daniella and Jaquelyn primarily focus on the design of each new tiny home.
One of the main things that set Rooted Tiny Homes apart from other builders is their commitment to proving that they are excellent at what they do.
Each of their tiny homes is certified by the National Organization of Alternative Housing (NOAH). This means that they voluntarily submit third-party inspections to prove that everything is built to code.
There are several inspections required, including:
- Foundation or trailer
- Attachment systems and framing
- Trades (electrical, plumbing, HVAC)
- Insulation and final
This company also allows DIY builders to flourish. All of their homes are built with steel framing.
Homeowners can purchase a tiny house frame kit so that they can complete the building all on their own.
The kits come available in different stages, depending on how much you want to set up on your own.
Purchasing your new tiny home is a major commitment.
Texas has a lot of options available for individuals who want to experience everything that downsizing has to offer.
These companies are an excellent starting point for those who are ready to pull the trigger on designing, building, and living in their very own tiny home.
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Maria is the founder of GoDownsize. While studying architecture in Denmark she became fascinated with designing living spaces for boats, tiny houses, RVs, and other small spaces.
She mainly writes about space optimization, interior design, and downsizing. She’s also in charge of our YouTube channel. Read more about Maria here.