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Energy Efficiency made Simple

Tiny Homes explained

In the co-authored research article The Psychology of Home Environments, it’s argued that the drive behind the tiny house movement is centered around desires of modesty and conservation, in addition to environmental consciousness, self-sufficiency, and wanting a life of adventure.

Build SMART’s vision of the future of construction, from multifamiy down to tiny homes, lines up nicely with the logic behind these modern living spaces.

In building tiny houses, there is often a misalignment between the needs of the occupant(s), and the expressed design from the creating team. Our Design Team collaborates and coordinates with both you and your Project Designer to ensure an integrated product delivery. By coordinating Build SMART’s off-site construction with site prep and foundations at your building site, you’ll achieve a MUCH higher quality building AND a shorter build time

✅ Tiny Homes are a lot smaller than the average home

✅ A range of municipal land use and zoning regulations categorize Tiny Homes types and styles

These differentiating characteristics make Tiny Homes a distinct type of housing. Till now, there has been a lack of common understanding around the language and best practices of ADU development.

The cost to build vs. the cost to live

On the surface it seems reasonable for people designing and building a new home to strive for the largest home their building site and budget can accommodate. Or is it?

It depends on whether your focus is on the cost to build OR the cost to live.

Homes that feature more square feet of conditioned space are subject to higher property taxes, and higher utility bills. Then there’s the cost of furnishing and maintaining square footage that may only get occasional use.

In the custom housing market today the trend is moving away from building bigger to building better. And as you build better houses -flexible living spaces that provide more comfortable, more energy efficient living conditions – the foot print of a new home tends to shrink.

So while your initial cost to build a 3000+ square foot house to code, vs. a higher performing 2500 square foot house may not decrease, your ongoing cost to live does.

Better built homes reward you with better health, lower taxes, reduced heating and cooling bills and reduced ongoing maintenance for the life of the home. These contribute to a higher quality of life.

So as you struggle to fit you dream home into a budget you can afford, remember that the challenge of funding the cost to build should be short lived. But the rewards of building better can last a lifetime.



Lawrence, KS

Project Type

Tiny Homes


1 Story | 500 Sq Ft

Total Build Time

3 hours

E-Wall Type

2×6 LSL

Home energy rating Think Little

Self Assembled Construction

Let’s find your solution.

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More about the Tiny Homes project

“When you select Build SMART to supply your next project, you’re not settling for just another producer of prefabricated ‘Wall Panels.’ We do much more than cut and nail your framing together. Build SMART is an off-site extension of your entire build team.”

– David Boyer


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