First . . .
Carriage Houses NW began building Tiny Houses on Wheels (THOWs) in 2016, for customers seeking transportable living solutions. That is still a primary focus for us, where we average 10 – 15 THOW builds per year.
And then . . .
It wasn’t long before we recognized a large demand among our customers for cottages that could be legally permitted and placed permanently on foundation on their property. So we added Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs) to our lineup. This was a pretty easy leap from THOWs, since we had already figured out how to create awesome living spaces with a tiny footprint. Most of the time we build our DADUs in the factory and deliver them to their final location. But sometimes it’s not possible to deliver a fully completed cottage to a backyard, so we started building them on location when it made sense.
At that point . . .
We created a general contracting arm of the company to round out our offerings! We love helping our customers determine which option is best for them and then building beautiful living spaces that will serve them for decades to come!
DADU or THOW – What Do You Need?
Did you know that tiny houses on wheels are required to be licensed as travel trailers or Park Model RVs (depending on width)? CHNW is licensed as a Factory Assembled Structure Manufacturer of travel trailers and park model RVs. That means our THOW models meet rigorous safety and build standards. They leave our facility with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industry’s RV insignia, a certification that is recognized in all 50 states.
As great as that is (and it is awesome!), some municipalities simply don’t allow THOWs to be used for full-time living within their jurisdictions. While cities like Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett and many others in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Skagit and Island Counties DO allow additional, or secondary, living spaces on residential properties, they require the structures to meet the International Residential Code (IRC). Our DADUs are built to current IRC standards and leave our factory with the building inspection (again by Labor & Industries) already completed and ready for placement on location.