When asked why someone couldn’t just buy an RV, Joe ducks his head into a little red house. “It’s all about longevity,” he says. “Say you pay all that money for an RV, and in about five years, things start breaking. When have you ever known something on an RV not to break? But if you build a tiny house, you can live in it for a while. When your kids go to college, they can live in it. And their kids can live in it. It’s a house. This thing will last.”
The average unit built by Tennessee Tiny Homes runs $30,000 to $35,000, with top sellers being the smallest model (7’x12′) and the largest (8’x24′). The company creates each house specific to buyers’ needs and offers high-end touches such as granite countertops, tiled steam showers, and reclaimed wood flooring.
Many buyers opt for just the exterior shell (complete with electrical, plumbing, and insulation) to save labor costs. The Eversons have transported tiny houses all over the continental U.S., from California to Georgia, Canada to Texas.
Everson’s tiny dream has grown into a family business.