Park Model Homes
Minima Homes, LLC is a retailer of small, under 400-square-foot cottages that are elegantly designed and thoughtfully spaced with full sized amenities. These little houses are built by Clayton Homes, A Berkshire Hathaway Company, in north Alabama. They are manufactured in a climate controlled facility, and are termed "park models."
A park model home is classified as a recreational vehicle (park model RV or PMRV).
You can think of these as a fusion of RV and tiny home.
Some people call these "cabin RVs." These are trailer-type RVs that are designed to provide accommodations for recreation, camping or seasonal use. Park model RVs are built on a single chassis, mounted on wheels and have a gross trailer area not exceeding 400 square feet in the set-up mode. They are certified by their manufacturers as complying with the ANSI A119.5 standard for recreational park trailers. They are registered, taxed, and titled like a vehicle (customer must check their city's registration policies) and come with a VIN number and Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin.
Park model homes can be purchased as a property's back house, guest cottage, camp, or cabin zoning dependent.
They can be purchased for RV campgrounds and rented to guests, or they may be brought in and used exclusively by their owners on a site rented or leased from the campground. They can be placed by their owners on private property depending on local zoning requirements. Each county has its own standards so customers must check on local county zoning rules.
When set up, park model homes are connected to the utilities necessary to operate home style fixtures and appliances. They hook up to sewer line or septic tank.
Minima Homes can ship park model homes to any location in the United States.
In the United States, park models must remain under 400 square feet to qualify as a recreational vehicle under federal and state laws. Over that size they would be considered a manufactured home and subject to different taxes and regulations. Park Models are also not to be confused with mobile homes or modular homes. While the latter two can also be very cost-effective forms of living, and are often manufactured by the same companies as RVs, a park model is different.
These mini-cottages are single structure and are shorter and narrower than a mobile home. They typically have one bedroom, one bath, an eat-in kitchen and living room, some models have additional bunk beds, and a small "sleeping loft."
A park model usually has steel tie-down straps for attachment to ground anchors which are often required to satisfy local zoning regulations. Some people leave their park home on wheels. People generally do not move park model homes around like they might a towable tiny home or an RV.