Q: To what standard are the Tiny Houses built?
A: Häuslein strive to build to the highest building standards possible, going beyond what is found in prefab granny flats and most conventional houses built today. Quality materials and outstanding workmanship are what we’re about. We are creating homes that will last for generations, not houses that will look daggy or worn in a few years. Häuslein Tiny Houses are built to withstand transportation and Australia’s harshest conditions.
Q: Does a Tiny House have to be registered for the road?
A: Yes, our Tiny Houses are fully transportable and therefore registered for the road with Roads and Maritime Services. They are legally classed as a caravan.
Q: Once delivered and in place, can I take the wheels off?
A: Yes. Once in location you can take the wheels off. The Tiny Home does not need to remain registered either. A 3-day temporary permit is available from the RMS if you need to move it on rare occasions via roadways.
Q: Where can I put my Tiny House & is council approval required?
A: Because tiny houses are classed as caravans, caravan regulations apply. If you already own land then you can park it up on your property. If there is an existing dwelling on the property, a member of your household is allowed to live in it full time without any council approval. In built up areas or suburbs there are some restrictions as to distances away from back and side fences.
If you are wanting to put your tiny house on a block as a primary dwelling, you can have it in use for up to 60 days per year (no more than 2 days at a time) without any council approval (say a weekender or Air B&B type situation). It can also be used by seasonal workers on a rural block for the duration of an agricultural worker’s season without any council approval needed.
If you are wanting to put it on a block to live in full time as the only dwelling or one of multiple tiny houses, you’ll have to apply for permission with your local council. From chatting with our local Port Macquarie/Hastings Council, they will need to check things like zoning, fire & flood safety etc but it should be totally doable. Every council will differ slightly so check with yours. The process however, should be somewhat simpler than a traditional build because there are aspects of the normal DA process that don’t apply because it is a relocatable dwelling.
Q: Can my new Tiny House be delivered?
A: Yes, Häuslein delivers Australia-wide. Delivery is an additional cost. Please call or email for a quote. P: 0403 026 586
Q: What is the current build time?
A: The build will take approximately 12-16 weeks depending on the model and what your position is in the build queue.
Q: Can I pre-order my Tiny House?
A: Yes, please click 'Order Yours' at the top right of the page for a more detailed rundown of the order and payment process. Häuslein requires a $1000 holding deposit to place you in the build queue. This allows us to get the ball rolling and for you to take delivery of your tiny house as soon as possible. Once we’ve received your Reservation Agreement with $1000 holding deposit, we’ll meet/communicate with you to discuss which model and features you’re after and any minor customisations. We’ll prepare a formal quote and once accepted will finalise your contract, invoice you for your materials deposit and, once payment is received will commence the build.
Q. How do I connect power & water to my Tiny House?
A: Our tiny houses come with the same connections you would find on a caravan. They plug in with a regular 240v power socket and water can be connected simply by clicking in a regular garden hose. Simple as that!
Q: Can I go off-grid with my Tiny House?
A: Yes, you can! There are 4 main areas that need to be addressed in going off grid. These are power, water, toilet & drainage. There are great solutions for each of these needs including solar & battery systems, a composting toilets, water collection systems & pumps as well as grey water systems. Häuslein can provide and/or install these systems. See the model pages, the blog post on ‘8 things to think through before you go tiny’ or contact us for details.
Q: How does the toilet work in a Tiny House?
A: You have 2 main options. If you’re in a built up area, you can have a traditional flush toilet plumbed into an existing septic system (just check that your system is big enough to essentially sustain an extra bathroom - most would be). At the same time you would also have the drainage connected to your existing drainage system. This might cost in the realm of $1000 for both, depending on how far your systems are from where you’re positioning your tiny house.
If you’re wondering whether plumbing your tiny house into existing systems would require council approval, from speaking with our local council, our understanding is no. You can still disconnect the tiny house and move it elsewhere very easily.
The other option for the toilet is the composting toilet, allowing your tiny house to be completely independent. These are a great product and don’t smell at all. See here for more information on one great brand of composting toilets called Nature Loo.
Q: What about grey water/drainage?
A: There is room under the chassis of our Tiny Houses for a small fresh and small grey water tank however this is mainly for the purposes of travel, not for a permanent living situation. As mentioned above, your Tiny House’s drainage can be plumbed into existing drainage if you are in a built up area. Alternatively a grey water filtration system can be installed such as these here.
Q: What are the maximum dimensions I can have?
A: The maximum height is 4.3m. The maximum width is 2.5m. Slide outs will give you an additional 800mm of width once parked. Häuslein build to a maximum of 9m in length, 10.5m including the draw bar. Modular extensions can be added later.
Q: How do the slide-out sections in some models move in and out?
A: You simply connect a power drill and wind it in and out from outside.
Q: Some models have the wardrobe located in the bathroom. Won’t this allow for mold in the clothing?
A: For the steam to enter the cupboard through the very small cracks there would have to be some kind of suction or pressure drawing it into the cupboard. With the extraction fan in the bathroom on, quite the opposite will be happening. Air will be drawn out of the cupboard. Additionally, the growth of mold is encouraged by prolonged dampness. Good ventilation and the air-conditioning system both assist in keeping the Tiny House dry throughout.
Q: Is the timber in the bathroom prone to mold?
A: The oiled solid pine used in the bathroom is the same material used in saunas.
Q: Can I choose different timber or tiles or other aesthetic customisations?
A: Yes, you can, however it will cost some extra because the materials we’ve chosen are in our production line which makes our builds more efficient and cost effective because we buy in bulk.
Q: Can I have stairs instead of a ladder in my Tiny House?
A: We’ve opted for the ladder because we feel it’s safer giving you 3 points of contact at all times. It also allows for a more functional kitchen with generous bench space and a breakfast bar. We can put stairs in if you are happy to exchange the kitchen space for more awkward cupboards & a lot less bench space. The stairs option would also cost approximately $1000 more.
Q: Can I bring my own Tiny House Design for Häuslein to build?
A: We’ve put a huge amount of research into the development of the 3 main designs with slight variations that we offer. In order to maintain high levels of quality & functionality, as well as to make our builds as efficient & cost-effective as possible, we generally limit customisation to the options outlined on the model pages. If you have a brilliant idea that we don’t seem to allow for, feel free to run it by us. We’re certainly open to other possibilities but may not always be able to make it work.
Q: I would like to see a Tiny House in person. Do you have one on display?
A: Yes, book a tour of a Häuslein Tiny House to experience it for yourself below.