West Virginia Tiny Homes
West Virginia Tiny Home Zoning
West Virginia, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, offers breathtaking scenery with its lush forests, rolling hills, and picturesque rivers, making it a haven for outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and whitewater rafting. West Virginia is gradually becoming more friendly towards tiny living, with some areas adopting flexible zoning regulations and promoting tiny homes as a viable housing option for those seeking a more minimalist and sustainable lifestyle in this scenic and rural state.
Below are some great resources to get you started and on your way to tiny house living in West Virginia.
West Virginia Tiny Home Building Considerations
West Virginia weather can fluctuate quite a bit, but while the winters remain fairly mild, the summer months are prone to high temperatures and humidity.
It’s important to ensure that your West Virginia tiny home is built with dependable materials and 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 which can be painted in any custom color(s) you like).
You’ll also want to explore good HVAC systems and other options for dehumidifying your West Virginia tiny home during the hotter months. These will work in tandem to keep the hot out and cold in.
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.
Another key design element for your West Virginia tiny home is a deck. We recommend a combination of sunning space and covered area for hotter days. The covered portion of your deck can also be screened to keep out the critters. 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.
Investing in solar power for your 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.