Tiny House Village - Short-term Rental Model

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Hello all,

I am considering a rural, commercial tiny house development to be used exclusively for short-term rentals. I am mostly aware of the work that needs to be undertaken for any given area in terms of zoning, deed restrictions, IRC, etc.

For business plan purposes, I am needing paid, professional assistance to provide high-level descriptions of required elements, along with cost estimates for the development of infrastructure and site planning, optimized for efficiency (house structures themselves are already designed). 

I would use the same consultant to later produce plans with all granular detail and modifications based on land choice, then assist in the execution of the project.

Question: what professional would I seek out for a consult: architect, civil engineer, builder, developer, etc.

Thank you for sharing feedback based on your experience with this type of project.

Hi @Andrea Cole

Personally, I love tiny homes! I believe they will provide so much relief in a housing market that the "Average Joe" just can't compete in. The short term rental piece certainly plays a part in the over all acceptance of tiny homes. For example, WeeCasa in Lyon, CO has had HUGE success in the short term rental market. They fought their way through the city for approvals. The short term piece made it an easier sell.

Because of that success, the City of Lyons later approved movable tiny homes as permitted uses for ADUs within the city limits.

Now, as far as your questions. I used a professional business copywriter to help me articulate my business plan. She was able to take the poorly written version I had written and after a couple of recorded interviews, was able to put together a very well written plan.

In terms of the meat n potatoes of the development, I have an engineering firm that works in the civil realm. I had them work with me early on for the conceptual design and now that I have a property under contract, they're proceeding with the site specific design.

Having early conversations with your city/county will be very important.

Originally posted by @Andrea Cole :

Hello all,

I am considering a rural, commercial tiny house development to be used exclusively for short-term rentals. I am mostly aware of the work that needs to be undertaken for any given area in terms of zoning, deed restrictions, IRC, etc.

For business plan purposes, I am needing paid, professional assistance to provide high-level descriptions of required elements, along with cost estimates for the development of infrastructure and site planning, optimized for efficiency (house structures themselves are already designed). 

I would use the same consultant to later produce plans with all granular detail and modifications based on land choice, then assist in the execution of the project.

Question: what professional would I seek out for a consult: architect, civil engineer, builder, developer, etc.

Thank you for sharing feedback based on your experience with this type of project.

I started my development career with short term rentals. There are a lot things you need to know and take into consideration. You need someone to teach you how to be a developer and work with / negotiate with all of the professionals involved in the project and process. You can lose a lot of money fast In this market right now because everyone is so busy. Costs are up, fees are up and time frames are up. Good news is financing is cheap and demand for short and long term rentals is off the charts.