South Dakota Tiny Homes
South Dakota Tiny Homes Zoning
South Dakota, located in the heart of the Great Plains, captivates with its sweeping prairies, rugged Badlands, and iconic Mount Rushmore, making it a state with a diverse and captivating natural landscape. While the tiny home movement is gaining interest in South Dakota, the state’s friendliness towards tiny living is still evolving, with some areas being more open to accommodating tiny homes as a housing option, while others may have more restrictive zoning regulations.
Below are some great resources to get you started on your South Dakota tiny homes journey.
South Dakota Tiny Homes Building Considerations
Tiny homes are a growing trend across the country and South Dakota is no exception. What should you look for in a tiny home bound for South Dakota? Much like other midwestern states, South Dakota has a fairly varied climate with cold winters and warm summers. We understand the midwestern weather can be quite unpredictable so we build our tiny homes to handle any climate to provide you with maximum comfort. Our tiny homes have effective climate control with the insulation to back it up.
Also, all of our homes at Wind River are constructed 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 we can do in any custom color(s) you like). Speaking of your exterior color palette, for hotter climates, we recommend keeping it light and choosing a galvalume metal roof that reflects the heat from the sun.
Investing in solar power for your South Dakota tiny home is also a great idea. We recommend a ground mounted array for a semi-permanent tiny home setup. Housing the heavy batteries in a separate outbuilding will allow you to make the most of your South Dakota tiny homes precious square footage while living a more off-grid lifestyle if you choose.
Another key design element for your South Dakota tiny home is a deck. We recommend a combination of sunning space as well as a covered area for hotter South Dakota days. The covered portion of your deck can also be screened if you’d like. 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.
Lastly, 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.