North Carolina Tiny Home Zoning
Whether you’re looking for city dwelling or want an off-grid adventurous lifestyle, North Carolina has a lot to offer. From the Appalachian Mountains to the coast, the state has a diverse and beautiful landscape. The tiny home movement is widely accepted in North Carolina. But keep in mind that zoning requirements and building codes can still vary from one county to the next.
Below are some great resources to get you started on your North Carolina tiny home journey.
North Carolina Tiny Home Building Considerations
An important investment for your North Carolina tiny home is good insulation to keep your home cool and comfortable during the sultry summer months. We use spray foam insulation and 2×4 framing. 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 any custom color you like).
Another consideration for the hotter months is humidity—an important factor for a North Carolina 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.
If you’re opting for an off-grid lifestyle, investing in solar power is also a good idea. If the set-up of your North Carolina 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.
Another key design element for North Carolina tiny homes is an exterior deck, especially if you’re planning to live on the coast or like to entertain. 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.
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.
Lastly, you might want to consider an outdoor shower for your North Carolina tiny home, especially if you plan on living close to the coast. 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.