Luxury Tiny Living


With all the comforts of home combined with the upscale amenities of a five-star resort, the Mirage Cottages at Golden Village Palms are the perfect retreat in Southern California. Located in the scenic San Jacinto Valley, Golden Village Palms is the perfect home base for trips to Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. The cottages pack a lot of living space into a compact floorplan, featuring a full kitchen with dining nook, living room, master bedroom with ample closets, full bathroom, and even a patio for enjoying meals al fresco. Cottage owners also have full access to Golden Village Palms’ outstanding amenities: 3 freeform pools, fitness center, clubhouse, laundry facility, concert series, and a range of sports courts, like shuffleboard, pickleball and sand volleyball.

An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a second small dwelling on the same property as a larger single-family house. An ADU can be a tiny house (on a foundation) in the backyard, an apartment over the garage or a basement apartment. ADUs are allowed in many towns, but the rules vary as to size, permitting, and placement. In addition, some towns restrict who can live there (e.g., only family members of the main house, or only people providing long term care for someone in the main house).

Tiny house plans vary in detail and quality. Plans of even the most well known tiny house companies can have errors or omissions.

Before purchasing plans, you might want to take a look at the Small House Catalog. They offer free plans for a tiny house on wheels and for small houses on foundations.

What should you expect in plans that you purchase? Some, but rarely all, of the below items will be included. In particular, numbers 9, the Bill of Materials, is often absent or incomplete. Number 10, Step by Step Instructions, and Number 11, Consultation Services, are rarely included, although they may be provided at an additional charge.

Building a quality home starts with a quality design. If you decide to design your own home, be sure to have the design reviewed by a professional to make certain it is sound. To build your own tiny home, it takes about 120 hours for a professional. For the average DIYer, building a tiny house takes about 480 hours, either concentrated (3 months of fulltime work) or spread out over a year or more, fitting construction into spare hours on weekends. Here's a more detailed discussion from a professional.


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