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Washington Tiny Homes

Looking to live tiny in Washington? Washington is one of the most popular states for tiny homes. It’s varied in its natural beauty, making perfect backdrops for tiny homes. From the coast to the mountains, no matter what city or region of Washington you’re in, tiny living is a great option! This variation has created quite the diverse climate throughout the state, luckily Wind River has thought of that.

Temperatures vary widely throughout Washington due to the coast and different elevations, so 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 Washington tiny home at a comfortable temperature year-round with maximum energy efficiency. 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.

Wind River uses highly durable Tuff-Rib metal roofing, which has a 40 year warranty for painted finishes (and is likely to last much longer). It’s important to ensure that the slope of your roof suits not only your site plan, but also wind direction and expected snowfall. For heavier snow loads, adding heating cable to your roof after it’s in place may be a good idea. For exterior siding, we recommend LP SmartSide for a low-maintenance and durable siding that won’t warp or change with fluctuating temperatures (and which can be applied in various designs and any custom color(s) you like).

Investing in solar power for your Washington tiny home is also a great idea. Ask us about the solar-equipped homes we’ve built in the past. 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.

Another key design element for your Washington tiny home is the deck. Wind River can assist with your overall site plan and even create a set of deck construction documents with our architect for your contractor to build on-site. We recommend a combination of sunning space as well as a covered area for hotter Washington days. The covered portion of your deck can also be screened if you’d like.

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 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.

Just beginning your Washington tiny home journey? Check out the additional resources below.

For additional information about tiny home maintenance, see our blog post here.