Tiny Diamond Homes

by Cheryl Coates

In 2007, construction slowed in Colorado, forcing our family to look elsewhere for work. Our plan was to assist in the rebuilding of the coast after hurricane Ike. We bought a 26 ft. recreational trailer for Steve and one assistant to live in while they worked. We had the tools, the skill, and material to do the job.

Steve packed the RV and moved to Galveston, TX. This experience brought to our attention the shortcomings of RV trailers after living in one. He froze that first night in the trailer, going through a whole bottle of propane.

Last year we watched a show on extreme RV trailers and saw our first tiny home. We were fascinated and became hooked. We started dreaming of building tiny homes for a living. My husband had the skills and knowledge to build them not only to meet residential building codes but to be structurally sound enough to be moved on their trailer. These homes were relatively simple compared to the custom homes he had already built. It’s funny over the years we have had many great ideas but we were either in the wrong place or the wrong time. In Ely, Nevada, we created custom furniture that was beautiful but the town was too small to support our store and shipping was too expensive. The internet was just starting to blossom. Gold prices had hit an all time low and the local mines closed or laid off many employees. We were forced to pack a U-Haul, and move back to family in Colorado.

It was a huge culture shock to move back. It may have been nice not to drive almost two hours to get Wal-Mart but the price for a house was unbelievable. We both were fortunate in finding work right away. Steve went back to carpentry with a remodel company and realized working for himself was the way to go. At first it was hard finding projects but now 13 years and several hundred projects later they find us. We have enjoyed touching our customers lives in such positive ways. It’s fun to build their vision of what home is to them.

Now the time is right for us to move into the next phase of our building career. We are in the right place, at the right time, to build tiny homes that are safe, structurally sound, energy efficient and in the design the future homeowner wants.


Tiny Diamond Homes are members of The Tiny House Builders Directory and are currently filling and accepting orders for new tiny house builds. You can learn more about Tiny Diamond Homes by visiting their website at tinydiamondhomes.com.

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  1. Sassy

    Dec 04, 2012

    *SIGHS* I have been trying to get one built for almost a year!(288 sq ft) I don’t know if you could call it half way done or not. I am disabled so it has been extremely slow. Family members have helped when they had spare time.

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  2. Cheryl Coates

    Dec 04, 2012

    Sasy, you’re not trying to build a home you are! Please remember my husband, Steve, has been a professional carpenter for over thirty years. That is why it is amazing to watch him frame. He has the experience and the tools to do it. He has always told me and our four sons not to focus on what isn’t done but what is and then the next board, nail, shingle or step. When it is done you will love it forever because you know what it took to do it. I congradulate you for your hard work!

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  3. Sally Schrock

    Dec 08, 2012

    Are there any programs or initiatives to help homeless people get their own tiny homes? I am homeless and have been for over two years now, no thanks to the machinations of a group of mostly white collar professional women running an elaborate and lucrative horse rescue scam on Facebook in retaliation for my speaking out against their cruel exploitation of innocent and helpless horses for profit. I lost everything–my home, my beloved pets, including my hearing ear dog Sango, my deaf white boxer and a number of cats, my Macintosh graphics workstations and all three of my vehicles. I’ve been on the run ever since from these crooks but won’t stop speaking out against them until they are shut down once and for all.

    Please, if you can help, let me know. I have to move out of my friend’s home by the end of February. Thank you and God bless!

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    • jeanine

      Dec 16, 2012

      Sally Schrock I have been on a fixed income for 10 years raising my children alone. my LONG TERM Goal is to find build and create our own TinyHome under the Radar for me and my children to ‘grow’ into…if you are in the States you have a much better chance at success as our Government in Canada has soo many ways to Tax us and stop us from building things like this–i have to wait until first i can afford to buy my own piece of land OR BETTER, RENT land of SOMEONE ELSE…this way there is already water and hydro hook ups..
      You sound in GREAT DESPERATION and although I cannot help myself i have a video link that was very inspiring to me that might get your creative juices flowing and help YOU!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsVxgOjNLbA

      I Pray YOU MANY Blessings and Successes. Do not remain focused on the PROBLEMS and CHALLENGES in your way–REMAIN FOCUSED on EACH individual SMALL STEPS “SOLUTION”…
      i always ask myself: is this decision part of the PROBLEM, or part of the SOLUTION for ME.
      it also sounds like you have put far too much of your energy already on this company scam whatever…let THEM GET whats coming to them. ITS nOT your job. your job is to take care of you and your disability and needs. I am also disabled.

      GOD BLESS AND LOOK UPWARDS not around!
      J9

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  4. James

    Dec 16, 2012

    One thing that deeply troubles me about these small dwellings is the cost. There is no way these should cost the advertised prices. There’s a woman who is a beautician and her 500 sq ft cottage was built for $5K. I see some listed here, 300 sq ft, for $30K. I realize the furnishings but still, no way on the prices. I’m in Civil Engineering, woodworking is one of my hobbies. I could build one of these , at least 300-500 sq ft, with a loft, for about $8K easy. Furnish it too. It appears always to come down to money and how much can be extracted from the unsuspecting interested buyer.

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    • Cheryl Coates

      Dec 17, 2012

      James, I was caught off guard with what you shared and wondered what comment I should respond with or if I should at all. I know what it has taken to build this tiny home you see pictures of. We have felt every penny and muscle ache that has gone into it. We worked hours for others to save the money for the trailer, materials, and hire the right help to build a quality home. We chose not to cut corners and to use the best materials available so this home would last for generations.

      Yes, you can build a tiny home for less but can you promise the roof won’t leak. We used self-sealing material called ice dam under the steel roof. Yes, we could of saved money by using tar paper and cover it with standard 20 year shingles, which would still meet todays residential building codes, but would we proud of our house we built. We chose to prevent problems for the future homeowner. We didn’t want shingles flying off the roof as they drove down the road for the first time.

      Everything in a tiny home is a compromise. Our roof is lighter and will last longer without the worry of leakage but did come with a price. Our finished homes will have a tankless hotwater heater that supplies endless hotwater while not wasting energy to heat water not needed. There goes an extra $1000 but in the lifetime of our home it will save its’ owners much more.

      So James, you are correct. You can build a tiny home for less by using recyled materials, providing months and months of muscle. Will it be the same house? Can you sell it and know you are providing a quality home that will last generations without problems?

      We know if we build our homes to the standards and quality we believe in not only will we sleep at night, our homeowers will too. I wish we had the ability to donate our time and charge only for material. Want to talk about paying too much for a product? Let’s talk about the dentist and why a crown could possibly cost so much to put in my 18 year olds mouth. Just one of reasons this tiny home isn’t finished yet:).

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      • ELI

        Dec 17, 2012

        Its funny yet annoying to see someone that can do wood working think that they have any clue about a construction project and the dynamics of the money and cost on a total build with all the good stuff. they think just because it can be done for so much cheaper it should be done!
        you start with a good solid trailer hopefully dual axles and there is at least 1,500 but 2,000 is more realistic.your cost on stuff like hot water heaters,plumbing fixtures,light fixtures,power boxes etc is going to run you 3- 5K. building materials Including insulation,framing,roofing siding,wall coverings,paint etc If you use stuff conventional from lowes about 3k. If you use nicer wood and go with the good roofing material etc you are in it for 4K!
        my basic formula for bidding const. projects That I actually profit from utilizes a fraction. like 50/50 or 60/40. this is a ratio of material cost vs. labor. Ideally most everyone would like to have a 60% labor or more as an average. people who have a strong reaction to this cost simply over looks the cost of construction. they dont value their own time If they are not adding in their labor as dollar value.and they sure dont value the small company that pays their bills by providing a quality product.
        you guys keep on doing a great job!

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