How It Works

An Outline of the Typical Design and Purchase Process
consultation — Call (415) 233-0423 to  get the answers to your all your questions.
  1. Visit — Stop by our display yard at 1840 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma, CA 94975 or visit us online.
  2. Site Review — We visit your property to review project feasibility. With your permission, we can also do preliminary site reviews online.
  3. Blueprints — One on one client interaction is the backbone of our design process. Together we’ll create your vision from the floor plan down to the finishes.
  4. Construction — We send the final plans to our factory where your little house is built to your exact specifications.
  5. Delivery — We roll your new home on to your property. The house can stay on wheels or be installed on a foundation.


Architectural Design and Planning Services — Hourly Rate



Pricing Your Little House on the Trailer: A Guide

One of our most frequently asked questions is “What are the associated costs we can expect in addition to the cost of the house?” Although permitting, utilities and transportation fees vary by location, we’ve put together a guide of itemized fees to help you estimate the total cost of a new unit:

Base price: Base prices shown on our website do not include tax, transportation or set up costs. We can quote those costs once we have made a site visit. Base price info can be found on the Plans page.

Upgrades: Base prices shown reflect the most economical option in every area of the house. While clients can choose to pay the base price, they typically elect upgrades totaling $4,000 to $8,000.

Transportation: The cost to transport a Little House from our site in Petaluma to your property costs approximately $7 per mile, with a minimum charge of $1,000. This fee includes the truck, truck driver and wide load permits. For long-distance clients we typically utilize factories nearest to you – contact Stephen for an estimate.

Assembly: Although all floor plans shown on our website and showroom are single-wide units that are delivered in one piece and do not require assembly, many clients inquire about double-wide units. The cost to assemble a double-wide unit is approximately $20,000.

Site Work: Site work costs approximately $15,000, and includes sewer, water and electrical hookups. Administrative utilities fees are determined by local agencies.

Building Permits: Building permit costs vary depending on county and city, and are generally in the range of $17,000 to $20,000.



We can generally design, develop and deliver your project in as little as TWO MONTHS from the time of contract signing. Contrast this with a conventional remodeling project – which typically involves building permits, shopping for contractors, and or architects and engineers, compounded by the delays associated with the bureaucratic process.


Visiting the Display Yard

Guided tours of our display models are available every Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and our open house host, Katy Remley, is available to answer questions.  Visit our showroom.


Design: In Collaboration with Our Clients


One-on-one  design with clients is the backbone of our custom design process here at Little House on the Trailer. Everything from roof pitch to floor plans and window and door selection is subject to the client’s needs and inclinations. Stephen responds to client input directly, without imposing a singular aesthetic, so the results become more and more varied as the portfolio of Little Houses on the Trailer grows. The product’s development is always being forwarded by the buyers: Their strong presence in the design and development process is perpetually refueling Little House on the Trailer with new ideas and inspiration. 



Financing for our HUD approved manufactured homes is available from US Financial Network.


Site feasibility and Location on Your Site

Steve visits your site in order to review the feasibility of delivery and installation, and to assist in specifying the exact site location on your property. We have installed our Little Houses in very challenging settings: Hills, fences, gates, and existing trees etc. should not be assumed to be an impediment to delivery and location without a site visit. The Little House on the Trailer works closely with highly qualified and licensed movers and installers with years of experience moving and locating homes and trailers. Clients may also be asked to assist in the location of their existing septic, water, electrical service etc.

The charge for a site visit is $100/hr plus travel time, which is refunded in full when you place an order.