What an Amazing 400 Square Foot Tiny Masterpiece

The exterior embodies a rustic charm with its combination of light wood and stone-colored bricks. The living room is brimming with cool, contemporary Don’t-Mess-With-Texas style. It has a big, dramatic stone fireplace and mantle, big wooden built-in cabinets, big stunning entryway, and a big feeling of space. The master bedroom, which is on the first floor, strikes the right balance between being modern and comfortable. A loft bedroom provides extra space for kids or guests to sleep. The loft also has an extra bed nuzzled neatly into the warm, roomy space. The spacious kitchen is capped by a ceiling consisting of paneling from reclaimed wood, which gives the room a rustic vibe offset cleverly by sleek, stainless steel appliances. The bathroom is a real stunner with a luxurious shower with gorgeous fixtures.

The definition of a tiny house is subjective, but for me, it's a home of 400 square feet or less, either on wheels or a foundation. I consider a home of between 400 and 1000 square feet to be small. Due to size specifications for rooms, clearances and distances between fixtures, building codes are a little more difficult for tiny houses to meet. Small homes can easily meet building codes. Zoning is a challenge for both tiny and small homes, as many communities require houses to be 1,000 square feet or more.

If you're building your own tiny house on wheels and plan on getting it registered as an RV with your state, then research the DMV regulations ahead of time. In most states, a self-built RV will need to be inspected before the DMV will issue a license plate. Have detailed plans drawn up and take photos at each step of building, so that you can show electrical and plumbing work without having to cut into the walls at the DMV! Some folks avoid this step by purchasing a flat bed trailer manufactured by a company that provides a Vehicle Identification Number. They register the trailer but then don't go the extra step of re-registering it as an RV when finished building the tiny house. This isn't strictly legal, as many states charge fees based on weight or re-sale value. If you're planning to live remotely off-grid, you might consider it, but if you want to stay in an RV park or obtain RV insurance, you'll want to make the extra effort and get your tiny house registered as an RV.

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