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 during our Open House every Saturday from 10 to 4 or by appointment.
  2. Site Review —For a refundable (should you order)  $200 fee we visit your property within a half hour of our display yard to review project feasibility. We can travel further at the rate of $ 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.



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.

Assembly:  All floor plans shown on our website and showroom are single-wide units that are delivered in one piece and do not require assembly.

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.

Transportation: Costs vary depending on your location and distance to the factory chosen for your project.



We can generally design, develop and deliver your project in as little as TWO MONTHS from the time of contract signing. Houses with substantial redesign require an additional month to allow for factory engineering. 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. 


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 $200 for a site within 1/2 hour of our display yard, which is refunded in full when you place an order. We can travel further at the rate of $100/hr.