The Guide To Tiny House Living

​A state by state guide to tiny house building codes, plans, community groups and building contractors

Our tiny house state guides are designed to save you time on research and to give you all the information you need about groups, events and workshops in your area.

We’ve also include some information about local building codes and companies that can provide tiny house building services in your state.

Please select your state below to get started.​

​What is a tiny house?

Also known as micro homes or small houses, the definition of a tiny house is subjective and not set in stone by any official ruling. The general rule of thumb however is that they are under 500 square feet (46 m2) and can be either on wheels or a permanent foundation.

Tiny houses on trailers need special consideration due to towing requirements, they are usually 8 ft by 20 ft in shape giving you around 120 square feet of living space.

Our thoughts on the matter are that a tiny house can be whatever size works for you and your requirements. Rather than long definitions we’ve chosen a few images to show you how diverse they can be.

Reasons why people are choosing the tiny house lifestyle

The trend is growing for a wide range of reasons which vary from person to person. Some of the more common reasons we come across are

Lower startup costs

They contain all the basics that you would expect to find in a “normal” house but on a smaller scale. As you would expect the cost of building one is also reduced with many DIY tiny house builders reporting construction costs to be as low as $15,000.

If building isn’t your thing there are numerous manufacturers and builders out there that will custom design and build one for you. There’s also a growing marketplace for second hand or preloved tiny houses where you can pick up a decent one for around $25,000 with having to look too hard.

Less energy consumption

With the reduced interior space comes lower energy consumption. The two appliances that tend to use a lot of energy are refrigerators and hot water units, both are typically a lot smaller in tiny houses and will require less energy to power them.

Other energy saving ideas are double pane glass and solar panels. Just be aware though that the initial purchase of such items can add considerable cost but obviously longer term you’ll be a winner.

Live simple - be happy.

Without the stress and financial commitment of a large mortgage hanging over your head your % of disposable income will naturally increase. Many people have also noted that they have reduced the number of hours they work, freeing up more time to pursue hobbies and become involved in their local communities.

This is a big one, time saved on household chores and maintenance! According to the Department of Labor, folks spend on average 2.3 hours a day working on household activities like cooking, cleaning, lawns, repairs, gardening etc. That time is dramatically reduced and in some case completely eliminated by tiny home living.

Get started Fast

With lower building or purchasing costs involved you can start living the life you want faster. No need to save for years for a down payment or deposit, financing is also easier to obtain as we show in this article. You’re also not waiting for months for the construction or remodeling process to be completed which can often add cost and stress to families.