Frequently asked questions

Find answers to our most asked questions, including house kit details, construction, financial planning, and more.

What is included in the kit?
The kit comes with floor and terrace joists and pre-cut components for the floor, wall, and roof panels, which are made from 60mm cross-laminated timber (CLT). It also includes double-glazed windows, CLT door(s), roofing materials such as black shingles, roofing felt, and nails, a loft, all necessary fixing equipment (nails and screws), handrails and foldable stair details (if applicable), installation drawings and plans. All components are made from untreated natural wood and must be treated with a wood preservative as soon as possible.
Why a DIY kit?
A DIY kit for a tiny house is a pre-fabricated and ready-to-assemble solution, where the major components such as framing are already cut and fabricated in a factory. These components are then delivered in portable sections to your building site and assembled to form a complete dwelling, much like putting together a large kit or furniture from IKEA. Assembly time varies depending on the model, but Livful kits can be assembled in hours. The flat-pack packaging also allows for easy transport and placement in even the most remote locations, and if needed the components can be delivered piece by piece. This eliminates any limitations imposed by restricted access.
Why should I choose a Livful house kit?
Stylish, modern, comfortable, inexpensive, very fast to assemble, perfect for off-grid living and lasting for generations. What else can you wish for? Livful is the way to go 🙌💯!
Do I need planning permission for my log cabin?
In general, construction or development projects, including building a home or conducting engineering or mining work, require planning permission. However, there are certain exceptions known as "permitted development," which may not require direct planning permission. Your local council's planning department can provide the final answer on what is considered permitted development. It is important to note that Livful only provides the house kit and does not take responsibility for obtaining planning permission, which is the customer's responsibility. However, Livful is happy to offer assistance and share its knowledge to help with the process.
What about foundation? Is it needed and which one is suitable to me?
A foundation is essential for keeping a home in its intended location, without settling, tilting, or shifting. A simple foundation is sufficient for a tiny house, and three options are recommended: spot (pile), strip, or slab foundations. It is important to ensure that the foundation is completely flat and level prior to assembly to facilitate an effortless and quick assembly process, as well as protect the tiny house from subsidence and settling.
Are there any requirements or limitations on the plot or transportation?
The Livful house kit is designed for easy transport, with all components efficiently packed into manageable packages. However, it is important to note that each package can still be up to 4 meters long and weigh several tons, making it a specialized product that cannot be sent through a parcel machine. Delivery is typically handled as a special shipment, but the flat-pack design allows for easy transport and access to even remote locations that may be difficult for larger shipping containers to reach.
Is the cost of transportation included in the price of the house?
No. The cost of transport varies from region to region and is calculated individually for each customer, but as the cabins are transported as flat packed, they are definitely delivered cheaper than an installed unit. This makes them really cost effective, which is reflected directly to customers. Please let us know your location and we are more than happy to help with transportation literally anywhere.
How can I heat or cool down my tiny house?
It's important to note that the choice of heating and cooling system will depend on several factors, such as the climate in your location, the size of your tiny house, and your personal preferences. Our team would be happy to provide recommendations based on your specific needs and budget. Additionally, using efficient insulation materials, such as high-density mineral wool, can help reduce energy consumption and costs, making it easier to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the tiny house.
What the heck actually is CLT?
Cross Laminated Timber, or CLT, is a type of engineered wood product created by bonding layers of solid-sawn lumber. The layers are arranged in a crosswise pattern, with each layer perpendicular to the one below it. This design allows for optimal use of the material and enhances the stability of the panel's shape. The CLT boards used in Livful houses have a total thickness of 60 mm, made up of 20 mm thick layers of spruce wood.
CLT maintenance, what does it require?
Regular maintenance is crucial for preserving the life of a wooden tiny house. Using a high-quality paint or stain helps protect the exterior of the house from the elements, such as rain, snow, and UV rays. Additionally, applying a fresh coat of paint or stain every five to six years helps keep the house looking new and can extend its overall lifespan. In addition to exterior protection, it's also important to regularly inspect and maintain the roof and floor of the tiny house. Check for any signs of water damage, rot, or other structural issues, and address them promptly to prevent further damage. Regular cleaning and proper ventilation are also important in preserving the life of a wooden tiny house. Dust and debris can accumulate and cause moisture problems, which can lead to rot, so it's important to keep the house clean and dry. Proper ventilation helps to regulate the temperature and humidity inside the house, which can prevent damage to the wood and other materials. Overall, taking good care of your wooden tiny house requires effort and attention, but it will pay off in the long run with a home that lasts for generations.
Is CLT Eco-friendly?
CLT, a material made of renewable wood, offers a sustainable and environmentally friendly option for building. The production of CLT does not contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, and the wood used in the process sequesters carbon. Furthermore, the carbon sequestration continues even after felling, and by replanting trees, the overall carbon footprint of CLT can be neutralized. This is a goal that Livful strives to achieve.
How do I get electricity into my house?
The panels used in construction come with pre-drilled holes for electrical wiring. The exact placement of these holes will be indicated in the product manual, making it easier to install electrical systems in your building.