Check out information needed to build your own tiny house.
Do you own a piece of land? If you do, then you need to check out zoning regulations for that piece of land. Will you be allowed to place a tiny home on wheels, or a tiny house with foundation on that land?
If you don’t own land, will you be able to purchase a piece of property that is zoned appropriately that you can build your own tiny house on it?
2. Local building regulations
Will your municipality/community give you a building permit for a tiny house? Most local building regulations specify the minimum size of an acceptable building. You may find that the minimum size is 700 square feet, or more. This would qualify as a small house, but not a tiny house. Are there requirements regarding electrical wiring and type of plumbing?
3. Zoning regulations
If you are successful in getting a building permit, will you be able to find property that will allow you to build your tiny house. Communities have zoning regulations that specify what can be in that community. Some zones do not allow RV parks or mobile homes, others have a specific minimum size of dwelling
4. Tiny house plans
Do you have plans for your tiny house? Have you researched the options available? Do you want tiny house plans with loft, a tiny house on wheels, or a tiny house on a basement? Is the house for one person, two, or is there a small child? Be sure to carefully look at space requirements when looking at plans.
5. Tiny house independent inspection
• If you want to build a tiny house on wheels you might want to check out the Tiny House Community they are developing guidelines for tiny houses on wheels. There is a need for guidelines to ensure these tiny homes on wheels are built safely with acceptable standards as have been developed with the manufacture of RV’s and mobile homes. On their website they also suggest you avail yourself of the Pacific West Associates or the National Organization of Alternative Housing
• If you are building a tiny house on a foundation check out residential building codes. If they approve the size of your structure they should provide an independent inspection
6. Building material
• Check out what is available in your area if you are purchasing. There are natural products and engineered ones. Or are you going to use recycled material for your build? Is there an outlet for recycled building material that can ensure an environmentally friendly build?
7. A checklist
Tiny house checklist has provided an extensive check-list to follow in planning, sourcing materials and constructing your tiny house.
8. Do you have the skill for all aspects of the build?
Ryan’s checklist may have given you some food for thought. If you don’t have the expertise for all aspects of the build, do you have a friend or family member who may be able to assist? Or should you look at hiring someone for parts of the build?
9. Finding other tiny house enthusiasts
Maybe you would like to connect with other tiny house enthusiasts to find out what this life is really like. How about a tiny house forum?
Do you want to attend a workshop to find out a lot more about tiny houses? There are workshops held in many areas. Save hundreds, Builder Bundle Blitz!