New Mexico Tiny Home Zoning
New Mexico, also known as the Land of Enchantment, captivates visitors with its breathtaking landscapes, from the rugged mountains to the vast deserts dotted with adobe villages and ancient ruins. The state of New Mexico has shown friendliness towards tiny living, with some areas adopting flexible zoning regulations and welcoming tiny homes as a housing option for those seeking a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle.
Below are some great resources to get you on your way to New Mexico tiny home living.
New Mexico Tiny Home Building Considerations
First, you will need to think about what building considerations you may need when building a New Mexico tiny home. New Mexico 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.
Also, you’ll want to explore good HVAC systems and other options for dehumidifying your home especially during the humid summer months. Investing in solar power for your New Mexico tiny home is also a great idea. We recommend a ground mounted array for a permanent or 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.
If you’re opting for an off-grid lifestyle, investing in solar power is also a good idea. If the set-up of your New Mexico tiny home is permanent or semi-permanent, we recommend a ground mounted solar array. And housing the heavy batteries in a separate outbuilding will allow you to make the most of your tiny home’s precious square footage.