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California Tiny Home Zoning

California is a state with vast beauty and diverse landscapes. Mountains, desert, beaches, and a year-round warm climate makes it an excellent location for an outdoor friendly lifestyle. It’s no surprise why California is one of the friendliest states for tiny home living. With 58 counties, it is essential to know your counties zoning ordinances for tiny homes. 

Below are some great resources to get you on your way to California tiny home living.

California Tiny Home Building Considerations

First, you will need to think about what building considerations you may need when building a California tiny home. California summers can be hot and humid year-round. So, you’ll want to be sure your tiny home has effective climate control and insulation. 

At Wind River, we use 2×4 framing and spray foam insulation. Spray foam has by far the highest R-value available for the tiny home application, and wooden construction allows less air infiltration than steel framing when the temperature rises. Additionally, we use LP SmartSide for a low-maintenance and durable siding that won’t warp or change with fluctuating temperatures and can be painted in any custom color. We recommend the California coastal color pallet by Benjamin Moore in Gray Timber Wolf, a soft blue/gray paint for a coastal feel.

Also, you’ll want to explore good HVAC systems and other options for dehumidifying your home especially during the humid summer months.

For any non-foundation structure, free moving air under the home can negatively affect your indoor heating and cooling efficiency. We use spray foam insulation and cover the underside of your tiny home with a critter barrier. This can ensure there is no disruption to the insulation and to reduce the risk of any issues.

Additionally, there are endless skirting and decking options that can not only add curb appeal for your home.  All of this works together to keep the hot out and the cold in, making your California tiny home a relaxing place to call home. 

Furthermore, investing in solar power for California tiny homes is also another great option for an eco-friendly lifestyle. We recommend a ground mounted array for a semi-permanent tiny home setup. Additionally, housing the heavy batteries in a separate outbuilding will allow you to maximize your tiny home’s precious square footage while living an off-grid, and eco-friendly lifestyle if you choose.

Lastly, another key design element for California tiny homes is an exterior deck or outdoor shower, especially if you’re located near the coast. Your builder should be able to assist with your overall site plan and may even be able to create a set of deck construction documents to be used for building your deck on-site.

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