Mini Home Series
at G&I Homes of Whitney Point
Tiny houses have received increasing media coverage, including multiple television shows and thousands of Pinterest boards for the DIYer. The tiny house movement advocates living simply in small homes. A residential home under 500 square feet is generally considered to be a tiny home. We like to consider homes under 900 square feet as a “mini home”. Tiny houses on wheels are very similar to RVs. However, our mini houses are built to last as long as traditional homes, using our high standard building techniques and materials, and are aesthetically similar to our larger floor plans.
Our mini house series offers transitional and affordable housing that is economically accessible and sustainable. The downsizing of space paired with our Energy Smart package can lead our customers towards living simpler lifestyles. Small houses are also used as additional housing for aging relatives or returning children, a home office, or a guest house.
One of the biggest obstacles of the tiny house movement is finding a place to live in one. Zoning regulations specify minimum square footage for new construction on a foundation. The minimum size can vary by zone classification, even within the same county or city. Zoning ordinances also determine things like how far apart homes must be placed, how large your property must be for a home to be built, height limits and many other requirements. For tiny houses on wheels, parking on your own land is prohibited by local regulations, and is considered camping. Tiny houses on wheels are considered RVs and not suitable for permanent residence, according to the RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association).
Building codes set minimum requirements for how different types of buildings should be constructed. These regulations are set in place for the safety of the people that may occupy the building. The HUD building code describes the building requirements that manufactured homes must follow to be safe and durable. Building codes generally have guidelines regarding minimum square footage, minimum ceiling height, sanitation systems, toilet, bath and shower spaces, electrical wiring, etc.
We tackle this problem by showing local governments the quality of our tiny homes and their design as permanent, affordable dwellings for families. Our mini homes meet all applicable state and local requirements and have gone through multiple internal inspections.
By building with quality materials and following applicable state and local building requirements, we make sure that homes are safe for homeowners while still having a cute and quant, space efficient design. We ensure that our homes are built to all applicable state and local building requirements, as well as zoning requirements. If a city has minimum size requirements, we consider how we can adjust the home’s floor plan to meet those specific zoning ordinances.
G., E. Nicole. “Building and Zoning Tiny Homes.” Clayton Blog, blog.claytonhomes.com/building-and-zoning-tiny-homes?hsCtaTracking=99817823-3d4a-4f18-bd45-05144c397fd6%7C14f740c4-874e-4043-b5ff-404d2becbaf0.
“Tiny House Movement.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 15 Apr. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiny_house_movement.