Downsizing is all the rage these days. Life has gotten so expensive that it makes little sense to have a huge home that costs a lot to maintain besides the big mortgage. Tiny homes have filled this need nicely as they offer cheap accommodations with all the modern comforts you would expect.
Life in a tiny house is more popular than ever since we have so many ways to fit them out without sacrificing comfort and a modern lifestyle. Even going off-grid still provides a lot of the conveniences we expect.
In this article, we will go over some of the things that you need to keep in mind when building or setting up your own tiny house.
1. Where Will It Be?
One of the best things about having a tiny home is that you can put one just about anywhere. This gives you a lot of options from having a small lot in a city to being out in a remote area.
It will decide on your lifestyle as to where you will put it. Working in a city makes it unlikely that you would want to put the house in the woods in a remote area. Working remotely allows you to move to wherever you want as long as you have a stable internet connection.
Have an idea of things you want when living in a tiny house so you can narrow down the places where to put it.
Even the environment plays a part. If you’re looking to go off-grid and want to have solar power, or at least use a Solar Plus home battery backup in case of a power outage, then it makes sense to go where there is going to be plenty of sunshine.
2. What Is the Area Zoned For?
The way things work is that you can’t simply show up on a property with your tiny home and set it up. You need to have permission from the local administration as to where you can build it or drop it off. Zoning laws play a big part in this.
Since these buildings are so small, many people assume that they can put them on a large property belonging to family or a friend. Unfortunately, there are many local by-laws that prohibit another habitation from being put on the same lot as a primary residence.
Look for areas that have generous zoning permission when looking for the appropriate lot.
3. Have the Right Permits
Since these buildings are small, many people take on the building aspect themselves. This is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that it has to be up to code. Working with local planning officials is the only way to make sure that your home will satisfy the local building regulations.
In many cases, architectural plans will need to be submitted. In the case of the home being on wheels or a trailer, then it will likely be classified as an RV which entails special codes of its own.