Such Amazing Workmanship In This Tiny Home
kitHAUS designs and delivers modernist pre-fab modules that transform open spaces into anything-you-want hubs –– yoga studios, home offices, weekend retreats, pop-up kiosks, guest rooms, reality-escape pods. You dream it. We build it –– custom-configured, on site, in days, tie-grid or off-grid. We pre-engineer at our factory, then transport the bundled-up kit to even the trickiest spot without heavy equipment thanks to a patented lightweight construction system. In 2005, kitHAUS set out to reinvent the world of pre-fab. A decade later, we’re still revolutionizing it.
What sets kitHAUS apart besides looks? It’s tricky to narrow it down, but we’ll do our best:
A strong yet lightweight patented M.H.S. aluminum construction system that’s impervious to rust, termites and mold. Plus, it never needs painting.
Can be site-constructed in days without use of heavy equipment. All parts and pieces are pre-cut, marked and drilled at our factory in Southern California, then assembled at the location. Think erector set, only bigger.
Superior energy efficiency thanks to structurally insulated floors, walls and ceilings, and high quality dual glazed windows and doors –– standard features on all kitHAUS’s.
Do I need a building permit?
The short answer is it depends. For example, our k3 module comes in under 120 square feet, a size that is typically exempt from permits in most municipalities. To see if that’s true in your neck of the woods, we recommend you contact your local building department and ask about permits regarding “accessory structures”. For a fee, kitHAUS will assist you in applying for a permit and supply all the necessary plans and calculations for Building Department submittal.
If your tiny house will be so small that it won't need a building permit, then it will likely be considered an auxillary building by your town. An auxillary building is usually not permitted unless there is already a legal residence on the property. It may be possible to get a variance for a shed or other outbuilding, but it will not be considered a residence and you won't be able to get a street address for the property.
Do I need a foundation?
In most cases, no. But a lot depends on where you plan to locate your kitHAUS. If your site is relatively flat and sits on firm soil, then our steel adjustable bases should suffice. However, every site is different. We can help determine foundation requirements on a project basis. If you’re located in Southern California (our home base) we can arrange a site visit. If you’re further away, you can send us detailed photos of the area, which will help determine whether or not a foundation is needed.
If your tiny house will be on a slab or foundation, then to be a legal residence, it must conform to building codes and most likely, go through the permitting process. If you follow this path and build in accordance with zoning & building regulations, I recommend using a realtor to help find your land. It can be tempting to try to save money by searching for cheap land from eBay or another auction site, but buyer beware! Without a professional involved, you'll need to be extra diligent in researching for issues like back taxes, liens, hazardous waste, former meth labs (especially with burned out buildings), mineral rights, water rights, moratoriums on building due to water scarcity (mostly in CA), depth of well needed to get water (mostly in the desert), minimum lot size required to build, whether there are wetlands on the property, whether there are endangered species there that prevent building (scrub jays in Florida), whether the property is landlocked or otherwise inaccessible, whether the photos are of the actual property or just the area, zoning, what the HOA rules are, etc. This information is rarely disclosed on eBay or Craigslist.
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