The tiny-house movement is an architectural and social movement that advocates living in small homes. Typically, tiny homes are between 100 and 400 square feet. While there isn't a set standard, a tiny house rarely exceeds 600 square feet. Beyond the size, Tiny Houses at first glance are much cheaper than traditional houses. However, let’s take a closer look at the costs and issues
involved in building and living in a tiny house versus a small house.
Structural integrity, safety, efficiency, zoning laws and building codes are the main difference between a tiny house and a small home. Small homes are built to the International Residential Code (I
RC) designed to meet all state and local residential building codes.
Tiny homes are built according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association certification standards. Despite the growing enthusiasm for tiny homes, it isn’t easy to get approval for them in most municipalities. Because of the code to which they are built tiny homes are typically restricted to RV parks or tiny home communities.
We're not saying tiny houses have no value at all, they have their place. That said, they have VERY limited applications as a permanent living structure while small homes and ADUs will stand the test of time, and will be the most satisfying living situation for most people.
Here is a summary of why you might choose to build a Small Home vs. a Tiny Home:
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