Oklahoma Tiny Home Zoning
Oklahoma, located in the south-central region of the United States, offers a mix of prairies, forests, and mountains, with a rich Native American and cowboy heritage, making it a state with a unique cultural blend and diverse outdoor opportunities. Oklahoma is generally friendly towards tiny living, with some areas embracing the concept and allowing for the establishment of tiny home communities, offering a chance for individuals seeking a more affordable and environmentally conscious lifestyle to explore this housing option.
Below are some great resources to get you on your way to tiny house living in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Tiny Home Building Considerations
Temperatures vary widely in Oklahoma throughout the year. Much of Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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, Oklahoma 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.