Are city permits required to build a tiny home?
Not everywhere, but most of the time, yes, permits are needed. For this, we provide with each order a complete set of floor plans, with all the details of the technology, structural calculation reports, foundation design, technical installations (hydraulic, electrical and water sewing floor plans) and everything required by the Building Department in your city. Our technology is an innovative construction system that meets all standards of earthquake resistance and wind loads, to be approved in any country in the world.
Is the cost of installing the Doors and Windows included in the price?
Our primary product is the exterior shell. We have packages with and without doors and windows. Installation of doors and windows is not included in the package price. We work with a number of contractors who specialize in working with our building technology. We’ll make sure that you are connected with the right contractor to get everything installed and set up correctly.
Does the price include assembly?
You will need the assistance of a General Contractor to get your home assembled. We work with a number of excellent contractors who are familiar with our technology and will be happy to assist you.
Can the structure be coated with reinforced concrete for greater resistance?
Yes, the structure can be externally coated with concrete reinforced with steel rods to achieve higher resistance to load and withstand a thicker soil and vegetation cover. We will review each individual case and recommend the engineering specifications to accord with the desired thickness of the layer of soil covering.
Do windows have double glazing?
No, we supply single pane glass for windows and doors, but for projects that require double-glazing, we will exclude the glass and will provide design plans for the windows and doors so double pane glass can be ordered from a local supplier.
How long does it take to assemble a tiny home?
It depends on the size and complexity of the design you choose. A 1 bedroom cabin can take 3 people 3 days to assemble and seal, while a 3 bedroom house may take 5 or 6 days.
What level of seismic movements (earthquakes) can these tiny homes withstand?
These tiny homes are low structures, completely integrated with the surrounding terrain and with an ideal geometry based on curves and vaults, as well as a structural shell made of a flexible and strong material that can adapt to any movement of the Earth, they are perhaps the strongest structures imaginable. Under normal conditions, they can easily withstand an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.5 on the Richter scale.
What type of foundation is required?
The typical foundation system, applicable in most of cases, is a simple reinforced concrete beam 30 x 30 centimeters (1X1 foot) in sections, that goes under all the modules and which also serves to anchor them. However, a soil study is important (as for any construction), to determine the soil’s load bearing capacity and other characteristics which may affect the foundations.
Can I paint the interior walls?
Yes, the components are finished in white sandable gelcoat, which can be painted after a light sanding with 150 grit sand paper. We recommend exterior-grade acrylic paint or other similar quality paint.
What happens if a crack is accidentally made in one of the walls… can i fix it?
The force required to crack a module of the GREEN MAGIC HOME system is very high and is not likely to happen accidentally, since it would require a strong blow with a steel cutting element or something similar. However, if this were to happen the repair work is relatively simple with elements, which may be obtained in a hardware or construction materials outlet.
Can air conditioning or heating systems be installed in a tiny home?
Yes, easily. in general terms, air conditioning and heating systems are supremely efficient in the Green Magic Home system, due to its thermal qualities.
How are the plumbing and electrical systems integrated into the tiny home structure?
All technical pipeline connections are, as in any standard house, included within the slab foundation. With our technology, the components include ducts and electrical wiring boxes. All plumbing, sewage and gas facilities are directly connected through the foundation.
Is the cost of the foundation included in the price?
No, you’ll need to work with your contractor to install a foundation for your home.
What is the maximum load capacity of these tiny homes?
DEAD loads (above deck):
Layer of soil 20 cm (7.5”) thick: 400 Kg/m2 (9,492 lbs/sq ft)
Vegetation Layer: 200 Kg/m2 (4,746 lbs/sq ft)
Live loads (above deck):
180 Kg/m2 (4,271.5 lbs/sq ft) if used as terraces.
Do interior walls go up to the ceiling?
Yes, full size walls can be included in the design, as in any standard house. We do not provide the interior walls, nor any of the internal furnishing or fixtures, just the exterior shell.
How long does it take to get my tiny home once the contract is signed and the retainer fee is paid?
A 100 square meter (1,076 sq ft) house takes about 10 days to manufacture, but the exact delivery time will be determined at the time the contract is submited, since it will depend on various factors such as the production queue and the requirements of the customer with regard to optional items. Normally the process from payment of the retainer fee to delivery will take approximately 30 to 60 days.
What is the expected durability?
The materials used in the modules are of the highest quality, and as long as the instructions of the technical manual are strictly adhered to, and all additional materials (sealants, fasteners, waterproofing, geo-textiles) are used according to specifications, you can expect a lifetime of use with very little maintenance. With the passage of time, the necessary maintenance or repairs required are minimal and simple address. The soil, grass and plant covering protects the structure from UV rays from the sun and adverse weather conditions.
Can you hang things like paintings, cabinets, or tv’s from the walls?
Yes, for this purpose, use fixing elements glued to the interior walls, like dual lock from 3M. Following the product instructions, lightly sand the surface of the module where you will attach the element with 80 grit sandpaper to ensure a secure bond. In the case of very heavy elements that exceed the capacity of the glue, (as in the case of a projecting arm for a 50″ TV), it is possible to connect the fixture to the wall with screws, then sealing the exterior and adding the soil according to instructions provided as appropriate.
How is the tiny home anchored to the slab?
The structure is anchored to the foundation beam using expansion bolts placed in holes drilled into the beam.
Can new spaces and rooms be added on to a tiny home after it is finished?
Yes. The system supports the connection of additional modules, but future growth should be planned from the beginning so the appropriate parts can be left in place.
What is the - R - factor of these tiny homes?
The R factor, or resistance to the transfer of temperature factor, is approximately 1 for every 10 cm (3.93 inch) of soil. A typical Green Magic Home has an average of 60 cm (23.62 inch) between walls and cover, which gives an R factor of 6. But it can be increased up to a R factor of 50 by first applying a layer of 7.5 inches of closed-cell polyurethane foam, whose R factor is 6 per inch – see SPRAY FOAM – and then covering it with 20 cm (7.5 inch) of soil, grass and natural gardens.
What is the melting point of the polymer composites?
The ignition temperature, typically is 650 °F or higher for FRP components.