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Incredible Tiny Homes Riversong Lodge Tour

This is the Riversong Lodge by Incredible Tiny Homes!

Riversong Lodge from Incredible Tiny Home is 30′ x 8′, weighs approximately 16,800 pounds, with a base price of $54,850. And will soon be featured in a Geico Commercial!

I love the large living area and plenty of windows!

Enjoy pictures of this stunning custom build and then take the video tour “zoom through” on the last page. Want an incredible home? Contact the builder here.

Related: French Quarter THOW by Incredible Tiny Homes

Incredible Tiny Homes Riversong Lodge Tour

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Add a big comfy couch and this is a perfect living area!

Extra storage loft (or seating, I suppose!)

In love with that sink. So classy-looking.

Steps up to the spacious loft bedroom.

Room for the fridge and then the bathroom is behind the barn door.

See the rest of this Riversong Lodge on the next page!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.

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  • James D. April 20, 2017, 2:10 pm

    If anyone’s wondering, the rather spartan interior is because the client they build this model for wanted to use it as a rental property…

    Much of the asking price is because of the custom windows and the size of this Tiny House… Custom double to triple pane low E windows can cost into the thousands each, especially at a custom and larger than normal size and multiple of them of course adds up to quite a bit…

    So factor that if you’d rather have more budget for appliances and more cabinetry for storage vs the view… Though, there are cheaper window options as well that can still provide a good viewing space… Or if you can find equivalent windows for a good deal then you can send those to them for a better deal on the price…

    ITH is one of the companies that are very flexible and willing to use reclaimed materials and/or anything the client wants to use in the build… They also have a workshop program that can let you further reduce costs by going to their factory and working on your own Tiny House with their supervision and whatever help you can bring with you to further reduce the costs… You’d have to wait for an available time slot but typically they’ll help you build the house in around 1 week…

    So combines the benefits of DIY with pro builder help, which I haven’t seen really offered anywhere else yet… Though, there are other companies that offer workshops, but they’re mainly for learning to build yourself rather than fast tracking building your own house…

    • Tom Osterdock April 23, 2017, 7:54 pm

      Wow, 12 paragraphs to say what I said in 1 sentence. Cool. Thanks for the deeper explanation. Cirtifications are only minimal requirements. If it is built higher it still will satisfy the requirements of the lower type certification. Problem is some dealers don’t want to qualify for cirtifications but just make their own. Just like the backyard builder does.

      • James D. April 23, 2017, 8:41 pm

        Actually, it’s technically the building codes that are minimal requirements… Certifications depends on what standards they seek to establish with the building codes usually being part of the guideline but not limited to…

        You are right that the builder can go beyond code and still meet code but the issue is that the RV industry is largely unregulated, though, and thus RV specific certification’s tend to be more vague and lack enforcement…

        There are builders who are RVIA certified but don’t actually meet all of the requirements, for example.

        While those basing the certification on residential building code need to meet higher regulatory standards… This is where other government entities like the EPA tend to step in as well to ensure standards of energy efficiency and environmental standards are met.

        One of the trends in the building code right now is they’re increasing energy efficiency standards and starting to make it required for all new buildings.

        But even before this the residential building code required higher minimums than the RV building code required…

        For example, by law it is required that a builder constructing a Park Model RV larger than 400 sq ft has to use the HUD building code, same as modular houses for any structure up to 500 sq ft… This is one of the reasons Park Models tend to be only 398-400 sq ft and why they can’t be compared to most Tiny Houses despite looking like cabins and cottages.

        Also by law companies that are RVIA certified can’t advertise their products for full time living… So, if they do then they’re either cheating the system and/or cheating their customers…

        Now if you can cover all of that in one sentence then I’d be impressed ;-p

        • Tom Osterdock April 24, 2017, 1:34 am

          Ok James I will use the same one: “Need to verify before you park naturally.” Are you the owner of the Incredible Tiny Homes? If you are I did send a message to you but don’t know if you got it or not. Beautiful house and great craftmanship. I was wondering if you can build in steel vice wood? That was my main question. I believe the eventual requirements for tiny homes will be steel studs not for the lightness or strength but for the added fire retardant.

        • James D. April 24, 2017, 2:45 am

          Sorry, not with the company… The owner of Incredible Tiny Homes is Randy Jones and he’s most active on their Facebook page… Most of their youtube videos are actually just re-postings from their Facebook broadcasts, which they usually do every Friday and they can often answer questions during the broadcast…

          They’ve recently hired more people in their office to handle questions and taking orders for new jobs. So, if you emailed them then they should be getting back to you soon unless they didn’t get the email…

          I’ve watched all the company videos, however, and he’s repeatedly stated that while he prefers wood and doesn’t think steel has as much advantage as people think in practice but if that’s what the customer wants then that’s what they will provide… He’ll also do SIPs if that’s what the customer wants…

          He’s said they only won’t do residential houses because that’s not part of his business… But they’ll put whatever the customer wants into the build and they work with other businesses that will provide custom trailers, full solar installations, etc. or they’ll work with any company the customer wants them to…

          So they can usually work something out for special requests… The Hobbit house they’re building right now, for example, is 12 feet wide on a custom built trailer…

          While the other Tennessee company, Tiny House Chattanooga, is known to regular use steel framing… So you can compare quotes or that’s another option if you would rather go with a company that deals with steel framing regularly…

          Btw, steel framing doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better with fires because metal conducts heat and doesn’t need to melt for the heat to be enough to weaken its structural strength… If not properly set with thermal breaks then it can potentially conduct the heat to something that can combust as well…

          So it’s rather the choice of insulation that helps to resist fires the most… While you can treat wood with retardants or opt for faux wood paneling instead… Actual wood isn’t the only way to get the wood look… or you can stick to thin layers of wood on top of a sturdier material…

          Metal on the exterior, though, can definitely help as it makes it hard for the fire to start in the first place… Unless you’re stuck in a forest fire or worse a gas/oil fire, then it may not matter what the house is built out of…

          If you go with the Perfect Wall system, then you can have 100% of the exterior covered in insulation with no breakup for the studs… Something you’d normally need SIPs to achieve… There’s also metal siding products that come with insulation backing for a built in thermal break…

          Or you can opt for SIPs with steel instead of OSB or Plywood… Some companies also offer SIPs with aluminum or Fiberglass…

          SingCore even offers furniture and doors made from their SIP panels for something light and strong, with the doors being naturally insulated…

          Regardless, all of this does raises the cost of the build, which is why not everyone is going to do it despite the benefits but if you can afford it then definitely go for it…

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 24, 2017, 4:04 am

          Thanks James!

        • Tom Osterdock April 24, 2017, 1:17 pm

          Thanks James. I was wondering from your comments. I will wait for their response or possibly go to the facebook page. Yes I like the mips better than sips and like the fact that the floor and ceiling mips can be at R50 without a problem with walls in the R42 range. So are you a tiny owner or planning on building? I am interested in talking to Randy for comparison.

      • James D. April 24, 2017, 3:16 pm

        I plan on building, so I have been collecting information and ITH interests me because of their workshop deal. Since, I want to be able to go off-grid as much as possible, it helps to get the best deal, and have it designed to my specs… But I also want a home base, so saving up to get land too…

        • Tom Osterdock April 25, 2017, 2:00 am

          I was originally looking at Aquion Batteries for my tiny but they have filed section 13 so they are gone. Liked their batts the best but now I am looking at Powerwall 2 by Tesla. It interests me alot. Not as much as I liked Aquion but oh well. I am looking at the AC/DC one first and later add the DC powerwall for more storage. I plan for panels on the roof and extensions with panels I can move when parked for awhile to be placed where the sun will like them. You might want to look at suntowater.com for water generator for your home base. that will be the place for off grid and solar to operate it.

        • James D. April 25, 2017, 2:51 am

          Tom Osterdock: Ah, if I recall right they were making Salt water batteries, which are cool, but they require a lot of space for similar capacity to other battery types and they’re not intended for high loads and are more sensitive to the discharge rate versus comparable batteries… Mainly slow and steady power applications are what they are best for with existing technology…

          So I don’t think they would have been ideal for your Tiny House anyway…

          While the Tesla power wall 2 is definitely an improvement over the first… The new batteries they co-developed with Panasonic are presently best in the market…

          However, it’s a system that was developed strictly for residential use and has to be mounted vertically as it require ventilation to control its temperature… So it’s difficult to mount in a Tiny House…

          I’ve seen others work around this by buying an after market Tesla battery that was taken from one of their cars… They’re used but still retain most of their capacity and can be gotten for a pretty good price online… While they don’t have a restriction of where you can place them…

          Youtube channel Life in a Box, recently opted for that solution when they did their solar setup on their property for their Tiny House… and there have been other youtube videos showing the battery being taken apart to see how it’s built and showing what capacity they can still offer…

          While others have tried to make their own power wall… Since it’s mainly a collection of lithium power cells all connected together in series and parallel and you could buy the cells in bulk for relatively low price for a DIY solution…

          Graphene Lithium batteries are the next step but they’re still a few years away, though some products are starting to show up, coming to market within the next year, for things like power packs to charge your phones with but they haven’t scaled up to higher end applications yet…

          And a bit longer before we see Graphene solar panels…

          Ideally, if you can, have your solar set up upgradeable… But most aren’t so that may be hard but keep it in mind…

          Keep in mind costs as well… Lithium gets you the highest energy density but they’re not cheap and require more costly chargers, etc.

          The Nano Carbon/Nano Foam/NanoCell batteries are an improved version of Lead Acid that perform a lot better than AGMs, can be discharged safely to 80-90% of capacity vs 50% limit of regular Lead Acid batteries… Essentially providing many of the same benefits of lithium without the risks as they don’t need to be as carefully charged and can operate from a little better temperature range…

          Energy density isn’t as high as lithium but it’s pretty close and the lower costs could make them the better option for you… If you do go with ITH, the guy who does their solar is already set up to offer Nano Carbon batteries and as long as you have the room and budget has said he will set you up with an equivalent to the power wall… Oh and he also does wind power installations too…

          Though, another option is there are companies making Lithium Iron batteries specifically for solar and RV applications… The FitRV channel has one installed in their Winnebago Sprinter Van and it allows them to run a residential fridge, induction cooktop, and even their AC… Main thing, though, is the company that produced it thoroughly test them for safety and reliability and the FitRV channel has a video visiting the manufacturer and showing some of their testing procedures on the batteries for quality control… Something you may not get with the other options…

          Btw, a nice resource is the PVWatts Calculator website… Helps figure out how a given solar system configuration will perform throughout the year in a given part of the country…

      • James D. April 25, 2017, 3:11 pm

        A little update, the youtube channel Relaxshacks just released a video on Tiny House Chattanooga… They’re now offering MIPs with compressed foam…

        The company they’re getting it from apparently told them it should provide R50, which is extremely high for such thin walls and while their first build using them isn’t complete they expect it to be still lighter than their steel frame builds when done…

        If the R-Value is true then that’s a big change… Normally that doesn’t happen because it’s the trapped air that serves as the actual insulation and compression normally pushes out the air but it seems this company may have a way to retain everything…

        However, there may be some long time loss… Issues with previous such claims have been erosion of the R Value over time… So probably best to wait a bit and see how the panels test out but if stable that’s a possible game changer, especially with the weight savings…

        • Tom Osterdock April 25, 2017, 10:04 pm

          Yes that is what I have been talking about at R50 for floors and ceilings. Walls are R42 or so. We will have to see as time progresses.

        • KT June 13, 2017, 4:55 pm

          This exchange between James D and Tom Osterdock is A++++ Thanks! Sometimes the gems are in the comments. I have found all of this information very useful and interesting.

  • Bonnie Ivan April 20, 2017, 4:23 pm

    Please…i adore your tiny homes. Please please please wont you please build some in California? I need to live here ib Californua for major medical reasons and mainly because my daughters live in California and will until their youngest ones of my 6 beautiful grabdchildren graduate high school and their ages are 3yrs. I want so much to have a tiny home to enjoy my time i may have left. I was diagnosed with cancer one yr ago .Thank you for any info .

    • James D. April 23, 2017, 5:29 pm

      They’re still a growing company, but you don’t have to go to Tennessee to work with them as they’ve done deliveries to California and other states before… Check out their site and contact them for more information…

  • iris cutforth April 20, 2017, 9:40 pm

    I absolutely love the large windows.

  • Jay Liptak April 20, 2017, 11:42 pm

    I’m not complaining, I’m just curious about a bunch of things…
    The two stools in the kitchen… That looks like where an ??? Electrical hook up is for a stove? I find it odd that it’s not propane. Is this unit designed to be grid and sewer tied(aka the flush toilet)… Or are there grey water tanks?
    The “hutch” spot in the bathroom is presumably for a washer/dryer all in one?
    And is the space under the stairs a closet? Or is that for a fridge?
    Finally, is there a ladder for the small loft, and will that fit a twin or full mattress?
    Your drescriptions are well crafted, but I wonder why not highlight these wonderful feature options the builder has built into the design?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 21, 2017, 3:36 am

      Hi Jay! Your questions are awesome! It’s just I don’t have the answers 🙂 I provided what I could get online and from the video. However, for anyone interested in purchasing a similar model, you can always contact Incredible Tiny Homes. They are great builders!

    • Tom Osterdock April 23, 2017, 2:19 am

      This was built for the customer as a rental for them. So as the customer wanted that is what they got. They can change many things to match what you want. Pricing is appropriate. The customer wanted large windows and triple pane which would raise the price greatly.

  • Joseph April 22, 2017, 8:24 am

    Wow! This is very nicely done. I think the staging is really excellent because it avoids cluttering the space. Of course, I would choose different furniture if I bought this. All the windows are fantastic. Especially, if you have a great view.

    I have a general sort of question. Can you park THOWs where you would park and RV?

    • Tom Osterdock April 23, 2017, 2:15 am

      Joseph if the tiny is parked on the street they will not like it. If the trailer is RVIA certifeid it will solve many problems and you can park where it is good for RVs. RV parks and motor home parks will also usually accept it. Need to verify before you park naturally.

      • Joseph April 23, 2017, 3:14 am

        Thanks, Tom.

      • James D. April 23, 2017, 6:00 pm

        Yes, definitely call ahead and verify…

        But RVIA certification doesn’t guarantee access to all the same resources as you’d get with a RV… Even RV’s can’t guarantee access to all RV parks as not all of them meet the same requirements…

        There are places that only accept Class A… Others may not accept anything larger than a small camper… Others have weight restrictions… Among other exceptions…

        There are also random things to look out for like in some counties in California it’s even illegal to park in a RV because too many drug dealers have been using them and so they just outlaw all RV’s from parking in or around the neighborhood and that includes Tiny Houses on wheels because they don’t make a distinction…

        Mind, there are issues like whether the electrical and water hookups will be compatible… Many won’t allow a Tiny House because they’re afraid the electrical won’t be compatible and overload their system or risk liability if their setup causes damage to the house.

        While RVIA can cause issues with long term living in one place with some places imposing time limit on how long you can legally camp in a RV per year… and it generally means you can never have it reclassified as a house when Tiny Houses eventually become legal everywhere… So it can be a mix bag of pros and cons going with RVIA…

        It’s only a widely accepted 3rd party certification anyway and companies like Incredible Tiny Houses are developing their own…

        For ITH, it’s called RVAH with the AH standing for Alternative Housing and like NOAH, it seeks to show they are built to meet or exceed residential building code, which is higher than RVIA requires…

        Again, it may or may not help but it means they keep a video archive of the build and that will help later if you ever need to remodel, do upgrades or repairs, and for potential resell value… Along with making it easier to get financing and insurance coverage… Since everything will be documented and professional architects and engineers have signed off on it…

        Btw, it also depends on how the park/camp ground is run… Sometimes you can get away by simply not volunteering specifics of what you’re bringing in, can just describe it as a trailer of given length and weight, or say you remodeled a RV to look like a Tiny House and just show them your hookups to show they’re standard and compatible…

        There’s also a growing number of Tiny House communities that you can also park at and offer land for rent if you plan on long term…

        Some places that don’t offer utilities will let you park anything you want… And there are places you can spend a few nights camping for free, so long as you can function off-grid… Especially out west…

  • Tom Osterdock April 23, 2017, 2:12 am

    Very nicely done, love it. I also am designing a 30-34 ft tiny. Wow 16000 pounds, I am planning on steel studs which will make it 3 times stronger and over 1/3 less weight. Should save a minimum of 5000 pounds. very well done. Very nice layout and good use of space.

    • James D. April 23, 2017, 6:11 pm

      Have you had the design verified for final weight?

      Steel doesn’t necessarily save you much weight if the design for the house doesn’t take full advantage of the material… Also, keep in mind most of the weight is everything else you put into the house, rather than just the framing… Drywall, stone counter tops, heavy bathtub, water tank for fresh water supply, etc. can all significant amount of weight…

      So don’t rely on just the steel frame to keep the weight low…

      Also, if you plan on traveling a lot then mind the trade off with less weight is it will be more vulnerable to high winds and that means you’d have to account for that in its design…

      Like if you’re towing it down the highway at up to 60 MPH and the winds are already against you at over 30 MPH then the house is being hit by over 90 MPH winds… Or even higher in some cases…

      So roof design, the house profile characteristics, etc should be accounted for if you do manage to get the weight significantly down…

      • Tom Osterdock April 23, 2017, 8:09 pm

        Very true James. Like I said Steel Frames are a third less weight than wood studs and three times stronger. They take road handling much easier and are more road and rough road worthier. And it does not matter what you put in the house if you put the same things in both houses the steel framed house will still save 1/3 of the weight of the wood studs. Matter of fact I am planning on steel outside which is still lighter than cedar and naturally steel roof. Inside their will be some wood but not all walls are wood. Insulation is fire resistant and the house will monitor itself for any abnormalities are report them to me by phone. So far it is planned for 511 sq. ft. and be off grid and am thinking of having a water generator so it will be totally off grid. Will have solar and wind turbine and may carry a water turbine for when near streams but not sure about that. Have 6×8 bathroom, 8×12 kitchen, 12×16 living room and 8×18 loft bedroom, oh yea and a 8×12 deck on top.

        • James D. April 23, 2017, 9:30 pm

          Sounds like you’d have enough room to opt to keep the water turbine… Can come in handy if you want to make use of river/stream water as you could combine it with a water pump… Add some solar heater or wood stove with heat exchanger piping to a tank then you can save on your hot water too…

  • Tom Osterdock April 24, 2017, 1:51 am

    I just thought of putting it in my equipment storage as a possible use. Don’t know yet. I plan on travelling all over so don’t know if I want it or not. Water Generator uses solar electricity and will make 100 gallons a day, you can stack more than one unit for more water but don’t know if I would have enough space for it. If the house was permanent it would be a good choice. I want a smart house with security and smart glass. It will have a high tech shower, washer/dryer, dishwasher, stove, refrig, and planned 150 gal water tank. Might add a bathtub but not sure about that at the moment.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 24, 2017, 4:06 am

      Those are some great ideas!

      • Tom Osterdock April 24, 2017, 1:26 pm

        Thanks. I would like smart glass but I think the best is to get smart film for the glass. With power you can see through it no power and it goes white. Window shades not required. glass is expensive and is set for normal sizes. with film and our different sizes I think it better to use film. If the glass gets broken then can be easily replaced at a lesser cost. One thing that is hard to find is a list of appliances that would work with Tinys. I want energy efficiency naturally but cant find much info. I wish you guys would make a point of getting that info for us with the houses being shown. Thanks love the site.

        • James D. April 24, 2017, 3:52 pm

          Have you checked out Ikea?

          Many people either use their products straight or hack them into versions that are useful for “Tinys”… Ikea is one of the few companies actively promoting Tiny living, they even have demo rooms set to around just over over 200 sq ft to let shoppers get a feel for what it’s like in one…

          Though, some other companies are delving into it too for at least demonstration purposes… Like Intel has a Tiny House they use to show off their smart home technology…

          While a lot of people tend to use the same appliances you could get for RV’s, boats, and off-grid cabins… Things like auto leveling systems and tire pressure monitors are pretty good, for example…

          Marine gas/wood stoves like the Dickerson are pretty popular for another example… Along with marine low water flush or vacuum flush toilets, marine cooking stoves, etc.

          Off-grid products like DC lights, solar powered refrigerators, solar powered mini-split for heating and cooling, atmospheric generators for water gathering on the go, Berkey water filtering system, etc.

          Lots of Tiny House owners also do some reviews of what they use, just a bit tricky finding those reviews…

          While there were some old inventions that can still be useful… Like some classic model trailers had a feature where a blender motor was built into the counter top and you just popped the cover up and used it when needed, using very little space…

          There’s also plenty of good cabinet hardware to look into for things like shelves you can pull down for easier access, appliance garage cabinets to keep them out of the way until needed, use of usually wasted space with custom shelves, no slam drawer hardware with locking mechanism, etc.

          Can also look at Japan, because lots of people live in micro apartments there… So they’ve developed quite a few products for very small spaces…

        • Tom Osterdock April 25, 2017, 2:39 am

          I like Ikea. I plan on their folding table with 6 draweres and a couple of the futon sofa beds. Need to go and see their displays. I hve not been in their store for several years. they are about 150 miles from me in Los Angeles. You have given a few good ideas to be investigated and I appreciate it. I still would like to find a website for tiny appliances so to speak. I think a site with the listing of appliances with the rating for solar off grid housing would be ideal for people that are interested in it to be able to get an idea of what they want for further investigation.

        • James D. April 25, 2017, 4:22 am

          Agreed, hopefully someone will offer that one day as the Tiny House movement continues to grow…

          There are some, like Tiny House Listings (besides showing what’s on the market) also hosts a site that he posts about products that may be useful for Tiny Living but there’s no quality control on what’s listed so no idea if the products are actually good or not…

          But I’ll be posting about it if I ever find a good site…

          Oh, btw… I’d be wary of any claim of 100 gallons a day in a unit that can fit in a Tiny House…

          The only one I know of that comes close are big industrial size units that are too big and high powered for a Tiny House… Power requirements being 6000 Watts, with 18000 surge for up to 20 seconds and they produce in a range of 40 to 100 gallons…

          Portable units typically only generate 1-7 gallons a day on average with more reasonable power requirements around 300W and similarly lower surge…

          Atmospheric generators are essentially just advance dehumidifiers… For them to even work the humidity has to be at least 30-40%, the altitude below 4000 feet, and the temperature above 35°F… and the air only holds so much moisture at any given time, which varies with temperature and weather…

          So, unless conditions are always optimal then the amount of water collected will vary day by day, and by seasons and region of the country…

          The system would have to pump large volumes of air to extract such massive amounts of water out of the air, which is why such capacities are typically not seen in a portable unit…

          Any seller that doesn’t at least tell you that it’s going to be in a range and not always at it’s max rated capacity is probably a crook as there’s no way to guarantee that amount…

          A portable system that could produce that much water in a day would also make the news, which it hasn’t…

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 25, 2017, 5:45 am

          Hi Tom! I make an effort to include all the information I can find online for the posts, and then if people have additional questions I always include links to the builder’s contact information 🙂 That being said, if you are looking for good tiny house appliances, check out these sites: https://tinyhousebuild.com/tiny-house-appliances-ranges-ovens/; https://www.compactappliance.com/tiny-house-appliances/; http://thetinylife.com/tag/appliances/

  • Cande Keller April 28, 2017, 9:08 am

    I went through this model at Riverbend, up in Lake Toxaway North Carolina a week ago and have to say I absolutely, without a doubt love this model. I’ve gone through a lot of models and gone to a lot of builders but I especially love the exterior of this tiny home the red with the stained wood is just awesome. The model I saw at Riverbend I definitely would make modifications on it but other than that it was stunning.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 28, 2017, 4:35 pm

      Oh thanks for sharing, Cande! Love hearing about people who have see these in real life.

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