Portable Tiny Beauty Ready For Your Perfect Spot


With the ability to live anywhere you could ever dream, the APH80 tiny home is completely portable, but still provides everything one would need to live.

Designed by the Spanish design team at Abaton, this one bedroom, 300 square foot residence includes a bedroom, bathroom, spacious living room (all things considered), and a small kitchen. The outside of the dwelling is comprised of grey cement boards to withstand harsh weather conditions, while large sliding glass doors allow plenty of natural light to enter, also making the space feel much larger than the 10’ x 30’ dimensions. The walls of the interior have been covered in wood planks to provide a sense of warmth, and really make the tiny abode feel like a home. The APH80 can be hooked right up to a truck, allowing you to travel the world, right from the comfort of your own home.

Under normal circumstances, zoning regulations pose more of a challenge than building codes. Many cities and counties have minimum size requirements of 1,000 square feet or more for construction of a new home on its own land. The specific minimum will be determined by your zone. For example, in Manatee County, Florida, new houses in zone R1 must be at least 1500 square feet, but in zones R2 & R3 only 800 square feet. In contrast, in Sarasota County, Florida, there is no minimum house size. Call your local Zoning or Planning Department to find out what the minimum is for your land.

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.

Tiny houses on foundations are also welcomed in tiny house communities and ecovillages. If your tiny house will be on a slab or foundation, then to be a legal residence, it must conform to building codes and most likely, go through the permitting process. If you follow this path and build in accordance with zoning & building regulations, I recommend using a realtor to help find your land. It can be tempting to try to save money by searching for cheap land from eBay or another auction site, but buyer beware!


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