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Unraveling the Wonders of Tiny Homes!

In the co-authored research article titled “The Psychology of Home Environments,” the essence of the tiny house movement is eloquently explained. Rooted in desires for modesty, conservation, environmental consciousness, self-sufficiency, and a yearning for a life of freedom, this movement captures the hearts and minds of individuals seeking a new way of living.

Aligned with this philosophy, Build SMART envisions a future of construction that extends from huge multifamily dwellings to the enchanting realm of tiny homes. Recognizing the unique nature of these modern living spaces, Build SMART embraces the logic and principles that underpin their design.

However, when it comes to building tiny houses, there is often a disconnect between the needs of the occupants and the design expressed by the creative team. To bridge this gap, Build SMART’s dedicated Design Team works closely with you and your Project Designer, ensuring a seamless integration of ideas and a cohesive product delivery. By coordinating Build SMART’s off-site construction with site preparation and foundations at your chosen location, you not only achieve a significantly higher quality building but also enjoy a shorter overall build time.

Let’s explore the distinguishing features of Tiny Homes:

Tiny Homes are considerably smaller in size compared to traditional homes.

Various municipal land use and zoning regulations categorize Tiny Homes, encompassing different types and styles.

These defining characteristics establish Tiny Homes as a distinct form of housing, yet until now, there has been a lack of shared understanding regarding the language and best practices for ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) development.

Discover the captivating world of Tiny Homes and experience the transformative potential they hold. To delve deeper into this fascinating subject, read more below.

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

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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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