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. There are also several appealing mid-size cities that are only moments from surrounding nature for those looking for the benefits of both an urban and rural life. It’s no wonder many people look to set up their tiny homes here, and tiny living is a great option anywhere in the state.
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. 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 counties will be more lenient and accepting of tiny homes than others, so deciding where you want to place your tiny home before committing to a tiny house build is important.
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. 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.