Frequently Asked Questions
You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.
Whether it’s the costs, styling, or environmental impact, we understand that building a small home comes with plenty of questions. We’re here to help. Browse our FAQs or reach out to us to learn more about the benefits of building with our small house kits.
Product & Materials
What is included in small house kits?
Each small house kit contains everything you need to assemble your home’s exterior shell and roof, including window openings and door opening. More info is available at this link.
What are SIPs?
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are building panels used for walls, floors, and roofs. Our energy-efficient panels are the same materials chosen by contracting and building professionals around the world. Building with SIPs reduce energy consumption at least 60%. We use Fischer SIPs as our supplier of choice.
What’s the difference between panelized home kits and modular homes?
Modular homes are built almost entirely off-site and delivered in modules. They are more expensive than structural insulated panel home kits and have higher delivery and installation costs.
How resistant are Mighty Small Homes to extreme weather and fire?
Our SIPs are far stronger and more insulated than traditional stick-built houses. That makes them perform better in extreme wind and more resistant to fire. (SIPs panels are not fireproof or indestructible.)
Are SIPs certified for use in cold, heavy snow environments?
SIPs will perform well in cold and snowy environments due to their excellent insulation value. As all wood products, the exterior will need to be adequately protected to keep the OSB dry at all times.
Can I design my own interior layout?
Yes. The floor-plan designs we show on our website are merely suggestions. All orders come with 1 floor plan change included so you can get the plan that works for you.
What is the R value of SIPs?
EPS rates at R3.9 per inch. This number increases as the temperature decreases, so your SIPs are performing at their best when you need it the most.
Are Mighty Small Homes an eco-friendly product?
Built-in energy efficiency and low greenhouse emissions mean that our small home kits have a low impact on the environment and reduce energy costs. By reducing waste and saving natural resources, Mighty Small Homes are an environmentally responsible choice for those who want their home to be built and sustained in an environmentally responsible manner.
Construction & Assembly
Can I assemble my Mighty Small Home kit by myself?
For most customers, we recommend working with an experienced builder or framer. However, some handy home builders are able to assemble Mighty Small Homes kits themselves.
Can you build my home for me?
We may be able to recommend someone to install your panels for you. It will depend on your location. Be sure to ask your salesperson if interested.
How long does it take to build?
A typical SIPs installation should take 1-2 days depending on the size of the crew and how large the home is. Some of our smallest homes can be under roof in a single day.
Does assembly require special tools?
Since the panels are cut to size with lumber installed in the factory, you will not need any special tools to finish your SIPs home. As the product is made of wood, standard tools will work.
How does flooring work?
More than likely, you will build your Mighty Small Homes kit on a slab or crawl space. The panels can also be used for flooring, but you will need floor supports below the floor panels. Floor panels are included in the cost of the Tiny Home on Trailer model and are an available upgrade on all other models.
Can Mighty Small Homes be built on stilts?
Yes. You will also have to build a floor system or a support for floor panels.
What kind of exterior finishes can be used?
There is almost no limit to the kinds of exterior finish that can be used. The OSB laminated skin of our SIPs have the benefit of providing a sound nailing base, allowing conventional wood or vinyl siding to be attached. By adding a brick ledge to the foundation, the exterior can be finished with brick or stone. Stucco products are even being utilized for Mighty Small Homes throughout the United States.
What kind of roofing can be used?
Mighty Small Homes can be finished using a variety of materials, including fiberglass, asphalt, wood, clay tile, concrete, and metal. We recommend checking the manufacturer’s warranty before buying fiberglass or asphalt shingles. There are numerous business that offer shingles with full warranties on both vented and unvented roofs.
How are electrical wiring and fixtures installed?
Wiring is pulled through pre-cut channels, known as “chases,” inside the core of the panels. These chases are created to avoid the need for drilling through studs. The chases are added to the panels during the manufacturing process and can vary based on your specific design requests. They are extremely convenient and easy to use.
Can plumbing and plumbing fixtures be installed within exterior wall insulation?
Mighty Small Homes does not recommend putting your plumbing or ventilation in an exterior panel wall because it leaves your pipes vulnerable to freezing. You should avoid removal of panel insulation for plumbing unless it is impossible to use some kind of interior partition or wet wall.
How do the windows and doors work?
Mighty Small Homes offers a selection of premium windows and doors (not builder grade). Once you have finalized your plans, we will then cut the openings to match your choices.
Financing & Pricing
What does the price listed on your website include?
The shell kit and interior lumber.
Do you offer financing?
No, but we do accept credit cards.
Is shipping included?
No. Plan for approximately $3 per mile for freight from Louisville, Kentucky.
Can I pay for my Mighty Small Home monthly?
Yes, we can do that. We can take smaller payments, prior to getting started, but we won’t start production until you have reached 50% down and we will not ship until the final payment has been made. You can also use a credit card.
What can I expect the finished price-per-square-foot price of the home to be?
This will vary greatly due to size. Kitchens and bath will drive up the cost per square foot. In a smaller house, the cost per square foot is naturally going to be higher due to less space. We would suggest that you take 3X our cost if you are building it yourself for the most part. If you are paying someone else, you need to speak with a builder and they will generally give you a cost per square foot.
Shipping & Delivery
Where can you ship Mighty Small Homes?
SIPs are listed in the 2012 IRC code book. There will be very few places (if any) that will not accept them.
How quickly can you deliver my Mighty Small Home?
A typical lead time is 6 weeks. It can be as little as 4 weeks with zero plan changes.
How much is delivery?
Freight from Louisville, Kentucky is approximately $3 per mile.
How is the product delivered?
Our packages come on a 48’ flatbed semi. You are responsible to unload with a forklift or other equipment on site. It is not suggested that you unload by hand unless you have at least 4 people. You will have 2 hours to unload once the truck arrives.
Can I pick the product up myself?
Yes, but you will be required to pay Kentucky sales tax (6%).
How do I unpack the kit?
You will need metal snips to cut the steel banding and a razor blade to cut the plastic wrap.
What is the estimated finish weight of a tiny home on wheels?
This varies based on what you will put in it. Our kit will weigh approximately 6,000 lbs installed before interior items.
Can I use my own trailer?
Yes. Be sure to send us your exact dimensions so we can cut the panels correctly.