In 2015 I had an idea for a site–I wanted to share the stories of people who had found a way to live in a tiny house legally. Finding a place where the regulations and zoning allow building a tiny home, or allow living in a tiny house on wheels, can be a challenge–and in fact, it’s probably the biggest stumbling block for most tiny house lovers. And since it would be impossible for one person to collect the regulations for every state, county, and city in the United States, and even more impossible to try and track all the zoning in those same areas, a database of places seemed like a bad idea. Regulations and zoning can be fluid–changing all the time–and even if a regulation appears fairly fixed, it may be possible to find a way around it with a variance or conditional use permit. So a static database was definitely not the answer.
But a site where I could collect the stories of people who had found a way to live legally in their tiny house? That could be interesting!
During a lull in my schedule during law school, I bought a domain, and LegallyTiny.com was launched. I found some good stories to link to, mostly on YouTube. But when the demands of school took over my life again, I didn’t keep up the site. My feeling was that it would be there, when I was ready to get back to it, and it would still be a good idea, whenever I got back to it…
This week I finally got back to it! And I do still think it’s a good idea, and that it will be useful for anyone thinking of building or buying a tiny house. There isn’t much content on the site yet, but you can browse for stories based on a particular state or city, or you can look for stories about tiny houses on a foundation or on wheels.
A lot has happened legally in the tiny house world, since I started the site in 2015–there is now a section of the IRC building code on tiny houses, which is a huge deal. So it’s a good time to be starting a site on the changes to that world. I’m looking forward to what comes next, and I hope if you have an interest in tiny houses, you’ll check out my first new post in a while, where I ask the question, How Big is a Tiny House?