Living in a tiny house goes beyond a roof and four walls. It is a conscious choice to live in a sustainable and simple way. In contemporary times, with housing prices soaring, embracing tiny home living is ideal and a highly sought-after choice. Living in a tiny home offers a flexible lifestyle and is a financial relief from traditional housing expenses. Many established builders are offering tiny log cabins for sale via TinyHouseMe, but the real challenge lies in designing the tiny space. Designing a tiny house is a skill, and in this write-up, we discuss a few tips to help you design and build the tiny abode of your dreams.
Check for the local laws before you design, build and seek customization
Building codes and zoning are two different things, and both are deciding factors that dictate the construction of a tiny home. The building codes tell you how to build the house, and the zoning laws say where you can build the house. Although the building codes (International Residential Code – IRC) and the local zoning regulations are in place, you can still build the structure outside the existing codes by applying for a variance through the local planning commission. The local codes vary and before you start building and designing the tiny home, connecting with a reputable builder via TinyHouseMe is vital to clear any doubts. Remember that the tiny cabins for sale, which you have been eyeing for a long time, need to meet with International Residential Code (IRC) and zoning laws; otherwise, it can get you in trouble.
Walk the floorplan & don’t shrink unnecessarily
The biggest mistake is to correlate ‘tiny house’ with ‘everything tiny.’ Shirking the bathroom space, bed size, and living room is not ideal and can adversely affect the quality of living inside a tiny home. A better way is to chalk the floorplan of the house in a parking lot or driveway and walk through the space to see how it’s to navigate inside. You can also explore the functionality and get furniture with multiple utilities like storage beds, custom desks, and bookshelves. Adapt to the space with proper architectural applications like adaptable walls pulled out to become seating and slotted back when not in use. There are endless possibilities, and innovative architectural plans can make tiny homes extremely functional.
Don’t forget the foundation and the roof
The foundation is the most important aspect when designing a tiny home. If you have to design a tiny house on a trailer, then consider the legal bindings of the transportable unit. However, there are other ways tiny home foundations can be built, like stilts, skids, posts and beams, and concrete slabs. A renowned builder can help you with this, and connecting via TinyHouseMe will provide you with a faster response. Roofing is the other important part of tiny home development that cannot be ignored. A flat roof is a big NO as they accumulate debris and water, leading to damage. Design the roof, keeping in mind the climatic variations. For example, if there is snowfall in winter, consider snow weights and design accordingly. If you are designing the roof for a tiny home on wheels, consider the range of climates you are likely to encounter while on the road.
Focus on weight
If you are designing and building tiny portable homes, using lightweight materials is ideal for minimizing the load of the house. However, if the tiny home is built on a trailer, then consider the ‘tongue weight.’ The ‘tongue weight’ means how much weight is at the front, that is, towards the tongue of the trailer and how much load is on the back. If the trailer tongue has low weight, then the van can end up swaying from side to side during transportation, and if there’s more weight, then overloading of the tires can push the vehicle around. Both these situations can prove extremely dangerous, making the calculation of the ‘tongue weight’ an essential factor when you design and build the structure.
Good planning makes a good building
Clever planning can make a 20-square-meter tiny home feel more spacious and comfortable. Every square centimeter of the space counts, and careful planning is important. Tiny homes should have sliding doors as they are better than the traditional ones that take up more space by the swing, unnecessarily creating a cramped feeling. Removing unnecessary doors can open up the limited space and make more room. Additionally, maximizing the window can bring in more natural light and outdoor views, allowing the inhabitants to enjoy as if the scenic beauty is an extension of the tiny home. However, ensure the homes have adequate insulation and meet the Title 24 Certification requirements.
If you are looking for tiny cabins for sale, then meet the reliable builders via TinyHouseMe to be on the front line for the builders.