Texas Tiny Home Zoning
Texas, the second-largest state in the U.S., boasts a wide range of landscapes, from vast deserts and rolling plains to beautiful coastlines and lush forests, offering residents an array of outdoor activities and cultural experiences. Texas is generally friendly towards tiny living, with several cities and towns embracing the tiny home movement and allowing for the development of tiny home communities, making it an appealing state for those interested in downsizing and living a more sustainable and cost-effective lifestyle.
Below are some great resources to get you on your way to tiny house living in Texas.
Texas Tiny Home Building Considerations
Temperatures vary widely in Texas throughout the year. Much of Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas 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, Texas 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.