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Tiny Houses by the Martin House Company

This company is also known as Lodge on Wheels and has previously been covered on the Tiny House Blog a few years back.


I thought I’d bring it back to life today because their homes are beautiful.

Is 10′ Too Wide?

One of the first things you’ll notice is that these tiny houses are a little bit wider compared to Tumbleweed Houses.

You can tell by looking at the wheels on the trailer.

The first picture is Martin House Company and the second is Tumbleweed.

lodge-on-wheels-wider-than-tumbleweed versus  tumbleweed-trailer-wheels


Does it make a huge difference–for most, probably not. But on the same token we’re talking about tiny houses where every inch counts.

Does this width take it over the edge legally?

According to Lodge-On-Wheels.com the rule is that if the house is 8 feet wide there is no need for permits, escort, or a commercial drivers license. Permit and/or escort is required otherwise.

lodge-on-wheels-floor-plan

We are looking at a 10′ wide house. Unless this is something that usually goes unnoticed in most states legally you’d have to have a permit and/or escort to move the house.

I don’t foresee the owner of one of these houses moving all the time. If it were mine I would rarely ever move it so I might consider taking it over the 8′ wide rule just to have the extra feel of the space.

An extra two feet of width does make a difference when you’re living in a tiny house. So what would you do?

Is it worth the permitting and/or escorting for two extra feet of width or would you rather go small and have the ease of portability with less hassle?


In case this is an issue for you Martin House Company also offers an 8′ wide version. Every order is custom built so that all issues, including this one, can be dealt with on an individual basis.

Pricing

The price starts at $37,900 with additional upgrade options. The way it works is half of it is put down before construction is started and the other half is due upon the completed project.

Financing is available according to their website. They also suggest for you to print and take a picture of the Lodge On Wheels to the bank and ask for an RV loan.

Pictures

lodge-on-wheels-3 inside-lodge-on-wheels-1

inside-lodge-on-wheels-2 inside-lodge-on-wheels-3

lodge-on-wheels-2 lodge-on-wheels-1

For more information and pictures visit Lodge On Wheels directly.

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Alex

Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!




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  • davidrc May 21, 2010, 5:54 pm

    Good to have you back Alex.

    On pulling a 10 wide building on a trailer, all you need is (minimum) a 3/4 ton truck, a good receiver
    hitch, and extended mirrors. The permit (at least in Texas) isn't that big a deal. Also need to up your liability insurance but that can be a one time, short term expense for the move itself. Never lost a trailer or a load myself (conservatism and paranoia are GOOD things) but it CAN happen to anyone. When in doubt, always check with your State's Department of Transportation or check into building movers if your unsure of yourself or don't have a heavy enough pickup.

  • Joe May 23, 2010, 2:09 pm

    These tiny houses are TOO good. Do you own one of them, or know anyone who does?

  • tinyhousetalk May 26, 2010, 12:32 pm

    @Joe No I don't own one (I live in a small apartment) and I've yet to see one in Florida.
    @ Davidrc thanks for the helpful info!

  • Maryccharest June 15, 2010, 9:30 am

    Where can you legally build these (what states). What are the conditions most areas will force you into. Are wheels vs. no wheels an issue? Is it easier to get a tiny home built with no wheels? How many sq. ft can a tiny home be without having a huge amount of issues building it with the local authorities?

    Please respond to me at [email protected]

  • tinyhousetalk June 15, 2010, 11:53 am

    Hey Mary you can build these in most states because they're constructed on trailers which in most cases classifies them as RVs. Wheels vs. no wheels can be an issue in many areas because there are minimum size requirements for homes; every area is different though. Sometimes they are small enough to where there is no permit required (SHED) but you aren't legally allowed to live in a structure like that in most areas. The simplest answer is that you can most likely have one of these wherever you can park an RV.

  • Maryccharest June 15, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Where can you legally build these (what states). What are the conditions most areas will force you into. Are wheels vs. no wheels an issue? Is it easier to get a tiny home built with no wheels? How many sq. ft can a tiny home be without having a huge amount of issues building it with the local authorities?

    Please respond to me at [email protected]

  • tinyhousetalk June 15, 2010, 5:53 pm

    Hey Mary you can build these in most states because they're constructed on trailers which in most cases classifies them as RVs. Wheels vs. no wheels can be an issue in many areas because there are minimum size requirements for homes; every area is different though. Sometimes they are small enough to where there is no permit required (SHED) but you aren't legally allowed to live in a structure like that in most areas. The simplest answer is that you can most likely have one of these wherever you can park an RV.

  • Sue July 16, 2014, 3:13 pm

    Is Martin House Company still in existence? The link doesn’t work.

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