Georgia Tiny Home Zoning
Tiny homes are a great option and growing trend in the Peach State. From Atlanta, across the rolling hills, and out to the rural countryside, tiny home living is a great option in Georgia. The state is ripe with not only peaches, but adventure. Georgia is quite friendly to tiny living. Currently, there is no statewide law regarding tiny houses, meaning they are allowed throughout Georgia.
Overall, Georgia is one of the friendlier states for tiny home living. However, zoning requirements and build codes still vary from county to county, and some cities have their own unique zoning laws. Whether a tiny house on wheels is lawful on any given piece of land will depend on the laws and regulations of both the state and local government. Additionally, there are certain specifications that tiny house builders must comply with such as square footage, dimensions, and sanitation requirements. Some cities are more lenient than others.
Below are some great resources to get you on your way to Georgia tiny home living.
Georgia Tiny Home Building Considerations
What should you look for in a tiny home bound for Georgia? Of course, the Georgia heat can be sweltering and the winters can be cold, 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 which can be painted in any custom color(s) you like).
Another consideration for the hotter months is humidity—an important factor for a Georgia tiny home. You’ll want a reliable and efficient HVAC system in your home, and may want to explore other options for dehumidifying your tiny home as well. This will work in tandem with your insulation and framing to keep the hot out and cold in.
For any non-foundation structure, free moving air under the home can affect your indoor heating and cooling. We cover the underside of your tiny home with a critter barrier to ensure there is no disruption to the insulation and reduce the risk of any issues. Additionally, there are endless skirting and decking options that can not only add curb appeal for your home, but act as a further critter and weather barrier.
Another key design element for your Georgia tiny home is a deck. We recommend a combination of sunning space as well as a covered area for hotter summer days. The covered portion of your deck can also be screened to help keep out the bugs. 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.
Investing in solar power for Georgia tiny homes is also a great idea. 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 make the most of your tiny home’s precious square footage while living an off-grid, eco-friendly lifestyle if you choose.
Lastly, you might want to consider an outdoor shower for your tiny home, especially if you plan to live close to the coast or are an outdoor enthusiast. We offer a signature outdoor shower design with copper piping and a hot-cold hose bib. This is a good example of how beauty can sync seamlessly with functionality.