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Less is More! At a mere 480 sq. ft., this getaway cottage is popular for its twin bedrooms, cozy activity area and covered porch. Clerestory windows above the porch add the the brightness and illusion of more space and a woodstove keeps the whole area warm with very little fuel. This tiny cottage is a favorite because of the ease of building the simple plan in remote areas.
The thought of stepping in your front door and looking around to see everything you own might sound a little different but there are some very good reasons to embrace and love a tiny house plan. We define a tiny house plan as one under 500 square feet which usually consists of just a handful of rooms, usually a kitchen, bedroom and living room. Everything about these rooms has a purpose and is carefully thought out.
The Great Escape house plan is a tiny house plan at just 480 square feet. With two bedrooms and a kitchen and living area this house really lets you get back to basics. If you live in a city or other metropolitan area, it might be necessary to have a space this small, but plenty of people prefer these tiny homes over larger ones. Let us explore some of the great reasons to love living in a tiny home.
Living in a tiny house plan means less clutter for you. When you have only a few rooms and limited storage space you have to be selective about just how much stuff you’ve got in the house with you. This tends to discourage impulse shopping and may help to curtail ‘collecting’ and frivolous purchases. This tendency toward reduced clutter and it’s small size means that you’ll spend less time cleaning your house. The time it takes to clean a couple of rooms compared to the time spent cleaning, sweeping and dusting a large home is significantly less.
While the 2015 IRC has eliminated the requirement for a house to have at least one room of 120 square feet or more, states will need to adopt the new code in order for it to be effective. In addition, the IRC still contains other minimum size specifications that prove challenging: rooms (except for bathrooms and kitchens) must be 70 square feet, ceiling height must be 7 feet, etc. (additional code discussion). Accordingly, while it is possible for a tiny house to meet building codes, a house built on a foundation on its own land is more likely to be small (more than 400 square feet) rather than tiny. In addition, a building permit will probably be required.
If a tiny home on its own land isn't possible, explore building your tiny house as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or granny flat in the backyard of an existing home. Here's a handy guide on How to Build a Tiny House (ADU), written by The United Way in Brevard, NC. While the information is specific to Brevard, much of it would also be applicable to other states. Be sure to check zoning in your neighborhood as only some areas allow ADUs.
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