Kansas Tiny Home Zoning
Thinking of going tiny in Kansas? From the cities to the plains, tiny living is a great option all across Kansas. With the beautiful rolling hills and wide open skies of the Sunflower State it’s no wonder people love to set up their tiny homes here.Kansas is one of the most friendly states regarding tiny houses. In most counties, a home must have a minimum area of 170 square feet.
Below are some great resources to get you on your way to tiny house living in Kansas.
Kansas Tiny Home Building Considerations
Temperatures vary widely in Kansas throughout the year. Much of Kansas experiences hot summers and cold winters. Investing in high quality insulation will go a long way. The better insulated your tiny home, the less the competition between inside and outside temperatures. This means you can keep your Kansas tiny home at a comfortable temperature year-round with maximum energy efficiency.
At Wind River, we construct our tiny homes with 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. 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).
Investing in solar power for your Kansas tiny home 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.
We recommend giving thought to the placement of your tiny home on your site as well. Consider landscaping that will increase the comfort of your home as well as its curb appeal. For example, placing your tiny home in a shaded area or planting trees and shrubbery can give you free added heat protection during the summer months.
Furthermore, Kansas can be prone to severe weather. You may want to consider the safety options for your tiny home. There are industry practices to keep tiny home dwellings safe and secure. Read this blog post on Setting Up Your Tiny Home – Blocking, Anchoring, and Skirting. As well as this blog post on Crisis Preparation for Tiny Living to get you started.