Oregon Tiny Homes Zoning
Thinking about Oregon tiny homes? Oregon boasts some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the country. Oregon truly has it all with elevated mountain views, lush green forests surrounding pristine lakes, and coastal Pacific shorelines. The locals’ commitment to environmentalism makes the state a favorite with nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s the perfect location to settle down in an eco-friendly tiny house. Oregon’s relaxed tiny house building regulations have helped the tiny house movement to grow exponentially across the state.
Below are some great resources to get you started on your Oregon tiny home journey.
Oregon Tiny Homes Building Considerations
Foremost, an important investment for your Oregon tiny home is good insulation to keep your home comfortable in the mild climate. 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 (which can be painted any custom color you like).
Another consideration for the hotter months is humidity—an important factor for an Oregon tiny home. You’ll want a reliable and efficient HVAC system in your home. You 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 the cool in.
Also, if you’re opting for a more off-grid Oregon lifestyle, investing in solar power is also a good idea. If the set-up of your Oregon 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 maximize your tiny home’s precious square footage.
Another key design element for Oregon tiny homes is an exterior deck, especially if you’re living 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.
We recommend giving thought to the placement of your tiny home on your site. Set yourself up for energy efficiency by facing the long walls of your trailer to the north and south. This will mean less surface area penetration from the hot rising and setting summer sun. It also helps maximize your heat from the sun in the winter, which stays low in the southern sky. Consider landscaping that will increase the comfort of your home as well as its curb appeal. For example, planting trees and shrubbery to the east and west of the home will give you free added heat protection and shade in the summer months.