Virginia Tiny Home Zoning
Virginia tiny homes on your mind? This beautiful state has it all. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, flawless coastlines, mountain views, and charming small towns with southern style eateries. It is hard not to fall in love with Virginia, that is why many tiny home enthusiasts call it home.
Overall, Virginia is a friendly state for tiny home living. In most areas, Virginia tiny homes are welcome in your own backyard. Additionally, they could be used as an onsite Airbnb or rental property. They are also known as Accessory Dwelling Units or ADU’s, but local city and county zoning ordinances that dictate where they are allowed may vary. The good news is tiny homes are allowed anywhere on Virginia Beach. However, it’s important to do your due diligence by contacting your local zoning department before you commit to a tiny home build.
Below are some great resources to get you on your way to Virginia tiny home living.
Virginia Tiny Home Building Considerations
First, you may be thinking about what types of building considerations you will need to think about when building Virginia tiny homes. Virginia summers can be hot and humid, and the winters can be cold. So, you’ll want to be sure your tiny home has effective climate control and insulation.
At Wind River, we use 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 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 can be painted in any custom color.
You’ll also want to explore good HVAC systems and other options for dehumidifying your home especially during the humid summer months.
For any non-foundation structure, free moving air under the home can negatively affect your indoor heating and cooling efficiency. We use spray foam insulation and cover the underside of your tiny home with a critter barrier. This can ensure there is no disruption to the insulation and to reduce the risk of any issues.
Additionally, there are endless skirting and decking options that can not only add curb appeal for your home. All of this works together to keep the hot out and the cold in, making your Virginia tiny home a relaxing place to call home.
Investing in solar power for Virginia tiny homes is also another great option for the off-gridders. 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 maximize your tiny home’s precious square footage while living an off- grid lifestyle if you choose.
Lastly, another key design element for Virginia tiny homes is an exterior deck, especially if you’re located near 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.