First a shell to save time and use the builders expertise for frame work.
Then you finish the build! Trailers, too, for your shell.

There is still lots of controversy on whether the builder should be RIVA certified. Does it affect receiving financing, insurance, and parking in a tiny home location? All these questions need to be answered before you choose a builder.

Rewild Homes Ltd Vancouver, BC
We build custom tiny homes on Vancouver Island.
Our focus on using local, high-quality materials and fixtures
ensures that every one of our homes meets the highest standards of luxury, longevity, and sustainability. DYI shells available!
Rewild Homes Ltd. Vancouver, WA
We build custom tiny homes on Vancouver Island.
Our focus on using local, high-quality materials and fixtures
ensures that every one of our homes meets the highest standards of luxury, longevity, and sustainability. DYI shells available!
Wind River Tiny Homes
Bringing the American Dream back to reality one tiny house at a time.
Liberation Tiny Homes
We are a custom tiny home builder located in Lancaster, PA. We offer trailers, shells, design consultation and custom built tiny homes.
Liberation Tiny Homes
We are a custom tiny home builder located in Lancaster, PA. We offer trailers, shells, design consultation and custom built tiny homes.
Wind River Tiny Homes
Bringing the American Dream back to reality one tiny house at a time.
Carpenter Owl, Indiana, DYI
This is a tiny home building option for someone who wants to build their own tiny home, but needs guidance and access to tools. In this arrangement you hire us to build your tiny home, while you assist in the construction. We will lead the build, but you will be there to learn every step along the way.
Carpenter Owl, DIY, Indiana
You do not need prior experience, only a passion to be intimately involved in the creation of your home.
Uncharted Tiny Homes
Tiny Home DIY Starter Kits now available!
Starting at $18,000 and are available for all of our models.
Make Your TINY Dreams Come True
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In my opinion there are two main areas I would ask a builder.
I would insist on hurricane straps for safety. Also, since the space is small,  does the builder use non-toxic materials? Such as stains, paints, glues not giving off odors or fumes. Adequate ventilation is a plus!
Uncharted Tiny Homes
The DIY kits are designed to just get you started on your tiny home building journey.
All DIY kits come with the following and are non-customizable:

Plans for model of choice

Custom built tiny home trailer

Lumber package which includes 2x4s for framing and roof trusses

1/4in OSB for sheathing and roof decking

House wrap

Window tape membrane

White Dual pane windows with nail fin

Tar paper underlayment for roofing

All screws and nails for assembly

Please allow 30-60 days for delivery
Tiny Homes Of Maine
Corinne and her husband Tom have the design expertise to ensure form and function, and their manufacturing and building industry backgrounds guarantee solid construction. Tiny Homes of Maine can also design, build and deliver mobile offices, retail space, art studios, vacation cottages and more. There is also an option to order a partially finished tiny home.
Tiny Homes Of Maine
There is an option to order a partially finished tiny home. Tiny Homes of Maine offers a customizable design-build solution, including a 3D virtual walk through to help customers envision their tiny lifestyle. “This allows customers to experience the space before they buy, which is so important when going Tiny,” says Corinne.
Tiny House Basics
Built To Order Tiny House Shells. Are you overwhelmed by the construction of your new Tiny House?

We have the solution for you: A Custom built tiny house shell that includes the tiny house trailer! We will build you a custom designed tiny house shell to fit your needs on any size tiny house trailer we build up to 56ft.
Tiny House Basics
Every Tiny House Build Starts with a Shell! Start your own tiny house journey by requesting a free quote for a tiny house trailer or shell and when we respond we will give you lots of information to get you started on the right track!
Forever Tiny Homes
What does a “base build DIY” Forever include? RVIA Certification
2 x 4 Construction
Rigid Foam Board & Batt Insulation
Metal Roofing
Sheetrock Interior
Full-size Countertops
Kitchen Sink
Kitchen Cabinetry
RV Power Cord
Bath Sink
Flush Style Toilet
Shower
Electric Hot Water Heater
Bath Exhaust Fan
Efficient LED Lighting Throughout
Classic White Vinyl Windows
24in Countertops
American Tiny House Shells
We would be happy to design and build a Tiny House for you based on your ideas, vision, lifestyle and your desired location where you will be settling down in your new Tiny House.

Standard Shell Packages includes Custom designed and built a Tiny House trailer, framing of exterior walls and roof, interior wall and loft framing, exterior sheathing, insulation in floor, double pane vinyl windows, standing seam metal roof, exterior siding, exterior door and delivery to your home site.
American Tiny House Shell
Standard Shell Package
Custom designed and built heavy duty Tiny House trailer
Framing of exterior walls, floor and roof
Interior wall and loft framing
Exterior sheathing
Insulation in floor
Double pane vinyl windows
Standing seam metal roof
Insulated exterior door
Delivery to your home site
Optional Shell Package
Could be built to any certain level of construction you desire.
Forever Tiny Homes
“DIY” stands for “Do it yourself”. Feeling creative? Need help in reaching your goal of a tiny within your budget? Our goal is to help you get to your goal. We will take care of the most difficult tasks and allow room for your creativeness and unique style. Ultimately the goal is to save you money.
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Clear Creek Tiny Homes
Kickstarter homes are designed for people that want to finish out their tiny home the way they want by themselves. This is a way for customers to save money while putting in the time themselves.
Base KICKSTARTER price includes, 2x4 construction, vapor barrier, osb sheated walls, metal roofing with 40 year manufacturer warranty, 10 inch tongue and groove or lap siding, 1 door and 6 double pane windows, fully insulated subfloor, (1) 8 foot loft. basic electrical & plumbing, Interior wall
Clear Creek Tiny Homes
Kickstarter Homes-
High quality buildings at affordable prices.
Nationwide shipping on tiny homes!
Trailers-Tiny House Basics
Tiny House Basics is #1 source for tiny house trailers in both the United States and Canada. Proudly build foundations specifically designed to support your dream tiny home. Take a look below at our most popular sizes to see which one fits yours needs best. Each trailer is custom built and can be designed to your specific needs and built in any length from 12ft to 56ft in full foot increments with widths up to 10ft wide. Choose your ideal tiny house trailer through our custom quote form.
Trailers-Tiny House Basics
What Kind Of Trailer Are You Looking For? Each trailer is custom built and can be designed to your specific needs and built in any length from 12ft to 56ft in full foot increments with widths up to 10ft wide.
Tampa Tiny Homes
THE CURRENT BASIC THOW FRAMED
Home Includes:

Tiny home certified by Bildsworth
Custom built tiny home trailer
Solid 2x4 & 2x6 framing
Hurricane bolts and stud ties
ZipSystem exterior sheathing
One 8 ft sleeping loft, one 3 ft storage loft
Tampa Tiny Homes
THE BREEZE BASIC THOW FRAMED

Home Includes:

Tiny home certified by Bildsworth
Custom built tiny home trailer
Solid 2x4 & 2x6 framing
Hurricane bolts and stud ties
ZipSystem exterior sheathing
One 8 ft sleeping loft, one 3 ft storage loft
Cornerstone Tiny Homes
THE 32′ WALDEN
SHELLS STARTING AT $29,029
FINISHED UNIT STARTING AT $90,530

The cornerstone of building your own THOW (Tiny House On Wheels) is starting with the safest, highest quality foundation – a custom trailer built for your particular tiny home design.
Cornerstone Tiny Homes
THE 28′ FONTANA
SHELLS STARTING AT $25,135
FINISHED UNIT STARTING AT $80,300
All of our shells include walls built to the highest standards, and all roof framing including sub-fascia, wall, and roof sheathing are up to RVIA standards.

We also include all floor sheathing and all interior framing.

These basic elements of your tiny home on wheels are built to your specifications to allow your custom window and door sizes, as well as other customizations you will want to build.
Timercraft Tiny Homes
The shell option is when we build the house and finish it completely on the exterior and then allow the client to finish the interior themselves at their own pace. This saves a lot of money for those who have the skills to do it.
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Willowbee Tiny Homes-Shells
Are you handy and want the opportunity to be hands on & build the tiny house of your dreams, but don't know where to start?



We offer a wide range of Shell options for the Avid DIYer that wants to tackle the majority of the build themselves.

To the homeowner that wants to feel apart and wants to paint the interior themselves.

And everything inbetween!
Willowbee Tiny Homes-Shells
Craftsmanship and personalization are our priorities. We have over 15 years of experience in construction paired with a design background and the beautiful inspiration of our surrounding Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains.
Timercraft Tiny Homes
Another option we offer for those who are more intuitive is the unfinished or “shell” option. The shell option is when we build the house and finish it completely on the exterior and then allow the client to finish the interior themselves at their own pace.
Hill Country Tiny House Shell
A Tiny House Shell includes:

rough plumbing
rough electrical
exterior walls
a roof
siding
windows
doors
2 mechanical slide-outs
a black water tank
steps to the front door
Buy a shell and finish it out to save money and do the custom work you want.
Hill Country Tiny House Shell
Buy a shell and finish it out to save money and do the custom work you want.

Starting at $35,000
Mint Tiny Homes Trailer
HEAVY DUTY AXLES
Equipped to safety transport and hold your tiny home!
We offer the following trailer Axle options: 12,000 GVWR, 14,000 GVWR, 18,000 GVWR, and 21,000 GVWR
Tiny Smart House Trailers
A strong and solid foundation
Double-axle trailers are rated at 14,000 lbs capacity.
Triple-axle trailers are rated at 21,000 lbs capacity.
Trailers 32 feet and longer are built on gooseneck or fifth wheel style trailer.
*Upgraded, higher capacity axles and many other trailer options are available.
Tiny Smart House- Anchor Mounts
SECURE ANCHOR MOUNTS
We use a combination of welded-on bolts and hurricane straps to securely attach the trailer to the tiny house. All of our trailer bolts are custom placed for each tiny house to match the framing.
Mint Tiny Homes Trailer
ELECTRIC BRAKES
Safety first!
All our trailers are equipped with Electric brakes and electric brake away system on all axles to ensure that you will be able to safely stop your tiny home when travelling.Describe your image
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Backcountry Tiny Homes
Shell:
Want to build your own home but don't feel 100% certain on framing, trailer prep, roofing, or more? We have you covered. Shell construction includes:
trailer prep
wall framing & sheathing
roof framing & sheathing
divider wall framing (if any)
loft framing & sheathing (if any)
house wrap
exterior siding (sealed)
roofing
windows & doors (sealed)

You finish the inside and install your own utilities!
Backcountry Tiny Homes
Looking to DIY build your tiny home? Regardless if you're looking to build one of our Mountain Series tiny homes or a custom tiny home, we have you covered! Find our more here.
Simblissity
Partial Shells – Your Almost Home
For the DIY Builder to customize and complete.
When you contract with SimBLISSity to build your Tiny Home Shell, you will have peace of mind that you are starting with the best, solid, and warranted framework! We offer the same 10-year structural warranty on our shells that are available on our complete builds.
Hawk Tiny Homes
We offer custom made tiny home shells including weatherproof exterior options of Windows and Doors, perfect for the DIY custom starting at $90 per square foot(Mention offer code Jan 2020 retiring tiny to receive a $250 appliance credit!).
Hawk Tiny Homes
Custom built tiny homes including frames, shells or complete home projects.
(Mention offer code Jan 2020 retiring tiny to receive a $250 appliance credit!)
Simblissity
Choose from our A La Carte Menu:
• Window and Door installation
• Roofing
• Siding
• Exterior Trim
• Interior wall framing
• Electrical rough-in wiring
• Insulation (closed-cell foam preferred)
• Rough-in plumbing
• Interior paneling and trim
• Let us get you started by providing a strong foundation upon which to build your Tiny Home Dream!
Rafter B Tiny Homes
Perhaps you just need a shell, and are planning to do the interior finishes yourself. Cool! We can help you there too. Just like a traditional home, the foundation and frame matter. Let us build a solid foundation so that you can customize your own interior.
Rafter B Tiny Homes
Our Tiny Homes are inspected throughout the build process by Pacific West Tiny Homes. Each build includes reviewing codebooks and checklists and involves a number of consultations.
Iron Eagle Trailers-PAD Series
Iron Eagle . . . The very best trailer for your tiny house. Every detail of the frame is tailored for supporting a tiny house structure and its contents. For example, the crossmember supports are recessed six inches below the top of the frame to accommodate 2x6 floor joists and insulation to eliminate thermal bridging without sacrificing any floor height. The frame is pre-drilled to anchor your floor joist ledgers and wall bottom plates. The axles are positioned significantly forward.
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Tiny Healthy Homes
ALSO build CUSTOM Tiny house shells. email ben for more information - tinyhealthyhomes@gmail.com …
Tiny Healthy Homes
Vancouver WA- One of my passions is thoughtful and effective design. I offer design consultations for any size of home or health considerations.
Iron Eagle Tiny House Trailer
The less your trailer weighs, the more your house can weigh, it's that simple. The structural weight of our tiny house trailers is concentrated at the outside of the frame to support your walls and roof. The inside of the frame requires very little load bearing load bearing support so we install smaller and lighter cross members to minimize weight.
Moveable Roots
Melbourne FL- The bones of a tiny home typically take the majority of the build in work hours. For the average person this can be pretty time consuming. We have dedicated professionals that are here 5 days per week working homes and are assigned to your build!
Moveable Roots Shell
Movable Roots also has a dedicated warehouse for your shell. Your tiny home will not be exposed to the climate conditions whether it be freezing temps, extreme heat, rain or snow!
Moveable Roots
Introducing the New Movable Roots Tiny Home Trailer! When we started this venture, our target goal was the best purpose built, solid foundation, and reasonably priced product that we would feel safe sending our own family members off with. We 100% feel like we have reached that goal with this new line of trailers.
Midwest Tiny Living
STEEL STRONG
Do you know? Steel framing is 40% lighter than wood.
Steel framing has many benefits and may be a good choice for your tiny home. Steel studs are straight, mold, rot and fire proof.

TM Framing Systems come cut to length and ready to assemble or we can set it up for you. You have the option that works best for you!
Midwest Tiny Living
WOOD IS GOOD
Wood is classic...
People have been building homes with wood for centuries. Its renewable, flexible and available close by. If you prefer your shell to be lumber framed, no problem.

Our team can build your dream and have it ready to be picked up or deliver it to you.

We will will help you make the transition as easy as possible. We are here to help you become a Tiny Homeowner
Midwest Tiny Living
Engineered to be a home foundation first, not a trailer. We are the leading dealer in the Midwest...
We have partnered with Trailer Made, the best tiny house foundation manufacturer in the country to help you get your home built. Bumper Pull or Gooseneck if we don't have it in stock we will get it coming with the next delivery!
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Historic Shed
Florida-
Historic Shed is pleased to offer our 14’x16′ Starlet Cottage as a building shell-only package for people who want a legal Tiny House on a Foundation (THOF), but don’t want to start from scratch. Historic Shed will provide a finished exterior shell and the homeowner will be responsible for completing the interiors to create a livable home, either DIY or by subcontracting out.
Historic Shed
Engineered architectural drawings for Owner-Builder permitting as a LEGAL RESIDENCE including:
Floor plan
Foundation plan
Roof plan
Elevations
Wall sections
Electrical plan
Plumbing riser diagram
HVAC energy calcs for a Mini-Split AC system with heat
Florida Product Approvals list
Safe Room Design House Kits
Build it yourself! Contact us for your kit today,
From House To Home Tiny Home
Texas- Shell Tiny House Construction
We also assist the budget minded DIYers by building your tiny house to any stage of completion. If you like we can do the hard stuff and leave the fun stuff for you.
From House To Home Tiny Homes
Texas- Design Services
We also offer design services to help turn your dreams, ideas, photos, and sketches into designs. You will receive floor plans and sketch-up models of your tiny house. So, if you are starting with just an idea or even sketches on a napkin we can help turn those into workable designs.
Safe Room Design And Magic Home Kits
Delivers across the USA. Talk to one of our experts and start your build today from one of our kits.
Modern Tiny Living shell
A tiny home often costs less than half of what a fully custom designed and built tiny home would cost, and you can have the peace of mind that your home has been built on the perfect trailer foundation and has the structural integrity to stand the test of time - and the open road. MTL is more than capable of custom designing and building both wood-framed and steel-framed shells...whatever your heart desires!
Modern Tiny Living
Ohio- At Modern Tiny Living, our team can complete your shell in a few weeks. Whether you're looking for a standard wood-framed shell or a modern steel-framed shell, MTL is up to the task.

We've also found that most individuals building a DIY home do not have a dedicated space to build, such as a warehouse or a facility. As a result, people find themselves exposed to the elements, weather and other oft-forgotten challenges associated with construction. For many, it's much more convenient.
Modern Tiny Living
Ohio- Modern Tiny Living Ohio is proud to be partnered with the most decorated, safe, and affordable custom tiny home trailer manufacturer in the country, Trailer Made. Trailer Made builds our trailers from the ground up with the specific purpose of holding the unbalanced and often unusual weights and designs of a tiny home. Trailer Made builds their trailers with the DIY builder in mind, ensuring ease of installation for plumbing and electric.
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Great Lakes Tiny Homes
MT. Pleasant, MI Custom trailer with a fully insulated and framed floor
Walls and roof framing are completed and ready for insulation
Includes exterior sheathing
Complete wrap with fully adhered ice and rain guard
All window and door openings are provided
Metal roofing and trim installed ​Level 1
18' - $15,290.00
20' - $16,390.00
24' - $18,590.00
28' - $20,790.00
32' - $22,990.00
Great Lakes Tiny Homes
Level II Tiny House Shell
All of the above items included from Level I Shell
Siding and exterior trim installed
Windows and Doors are installed
18' - $20,790.00​
20' - $25,190.00
24' - $32,890.00
28' - $40,590.00​
32' - $48,290.00
Great Lakes Tiny Homes
Our custom trailers come with high-load rated tires, electric brakes, with a fully powder-coated black finish. Standard trailers include tandem axles (triple axle for trailers longer than 24') and a 90" wide build deck. We can do drop axles as well and extra wide 100" wide build deck for a minimal up-charge.
18' Trailer- $4,600.00
20' Trailer- $4,700.00
24' Trailer- $5,400.00
28' Trailer- $6,900.00
32' Trailer- $7,300.00
If you want a goose neck style of trailer, add $2,000.00 to the base
Northern Tiny Living shell
Neillsville, WI Are you the kind of person who wants to put your own personal touch and sweat equity into a project? We’ve got the perfect setup for you!

We are pleased to be the only tiny home builder in the United States offering custom built starter shells. We work closely with you to develop the complete design so that we can construct our trailer frames and home shells to fit seamlessly into exactly how you plan on finishing it.
Northern Tiny Living
When you contact us about building a starter shell, we will walk you through the design process and collaborate to determine a finished product. From there, you decide what aspects of the build you’d like to do yourself and what aspects you’d like us to handle. We’ll give you a price based on our custom details and begin building your tiny home. When we’ve completed our portion of the build, we will hand off the project to you and close out our end leaving you free to finish.
Hudson River Tiny Homes
Hudson, NY. Whether you are interested in a turnkey package or just a shell that you can complete yourself, we can help make your tiny house dreams come true! Adventure awaits!
Vintage Cottages
KEIZER, OREGON. ALL OF OUR COTTAGE DESIGNS ARE AVAILABLE AS A 100% "READY TO LIVE IN" COTTAGE HOUSE. WE ALSO CAN SELL YOU A "SHELL" - A FINISHED EXTERIOR AND AN UNFINISHED INTERIOR- SAVE UP TO $10,000 + . ALL MODELS INCLUDE A BRAND NEW TRIPLE AXLE TRAILER WITH ALL PAPERWORK FOR A TITLE, REGISTRATION AND LICENSE PLATE. - WE ARE CERTIFIED RVIA MANUFACTURERS /LICENSED BUILDERS
121 Tiny Homes
Bend, OR. With a shell, we essentially do the "heavy lifting" foundational and exterior work for you, leaving the interior (the fun part!) for you. Tiny house shell prices start from $29,000 to $39,000 depending upon the configurable or iconic design, floor plan and trailer options you select.
121 Tiny Homes
WHY WE CHOOSE IRON EAGLE TRAILERS.
SUPERIOR DESIGN -- Trailers designed and built specifically for tiny houses. Every detail of the frame is tailored for supporting a tiny house structure and its contents.
WIDER -- When it comes to tiny living, every inch of extra space matters.
STRONGER -- Nearly 100% of the frame is constructed of square and rectangular tubing.
LIGHTER -- The less your tiny house trailer weighs, the more your house can weigh.
ENERGY EFFICIENT; MORE SIZES
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Skoolie Homes
Kingsport, TN SKOOLIE SERVICE
For the DIY enthusiast, we offer two options to get you started on your own Skoolie build. A roof raise can help make that bus feel a little more open and give taller travelers a little more head room. The Skoolie Shell is for someone who wants to work with a clean slate. We take care of most of the work. You get all the fun of design from the subfloor up.
Sierra Tiny House Trailers
California- We at Sierra Tiny Houses are an authorized Trailer Made Trailers dealer based in California and shipping to anywhere in the US. Whether you are a DIYer or hire a certified builder like us, we believe that a high-quality tiny home trailer is the first step to building the home of your dreams. As a tiny house builder, we understand exactly what features are important when making this purchase. Buying from us gives you the peace of mind knowing that you are getting a quality product.
Forever Tiny Home Shells
COTTONWOOD, CA, What does a “base build DIY” Forever include?
RVIA Certification

2 x 4 Construction

Rigid Foam Board & Batt Insulation

Metal Roofing

Sheetrock Interior

Full-size Countertops

Kitchen Sink

Kitchen Cabinetry

RV Power Cord

Bath Sink

Flush Style Toilet

Shower

Electric Hot Water Heater

Bath Exhaust Fan

Efficient LED Lighting Throughout

Classic White Vinyl Windows

24in Countertops

Kitchen Exhaust Fan
Thimble Tiny Home Shells
Newberg, Oregon- DO-IT-YOURSELF SHELL UNITS. Just like our full tiny home builds, each DIY shell unit is custom made to your specifications. At Thimble Homes we work with you to meet you at whatever level you are comfortable picking up the build and running from there. Give us a call to see how we can customize your shell unit and enjoy this case study of one of our shell unit projects…
Thimble Tiny Home Shells
This custom tiny home was designed with the view in mind. Five large windows span the front top of the house, to gaze at Mt. Hood.

36’ long and 8’.4” wide, with a single loft and first floor bedroom.
Forever Tiny Home Shells
It has always been our goal to provide multiple sizes, from small to large and within all budgets from DIY to completed units.
Every Tiny has to pass our rigorous quality control check system, which includes but is not limited to: propane, electrical & general consumer safety. Our focus is to bring a high quality product at a fair price.
Everywhere Company - Steel Frame
Steel Frame for your DYI project.
Everywhere Company
Utah. Kootenai Model. The Standard Shell package includes the home built with all siding and roofing, fully finished, sealed, painted on the exterior with all interior walls and lofts framed in. The Shell Plus package includes wiring, plumbing, and spray foam insulation. No interior wall coverings, floor coverings, cabinets, or fixtures are included. Either way the home is weatherproof and able to be locked up and secured so the interior can be finished out without weather issues.
California Tiny Homes Shells
Fresno, CA. PLANS & KITS

Plans, Trailers, Shells and Kits for DIY Projects

(Coming Soon)
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