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A Look at the Evolution of the Low Country Tiny Home

The beautiful Low Country tiny home has not always had the design you see now. The initial Low Country model design has evolved in different ways so that the tiny home space is maximized in every way.


Architect Jeffrey Dungan, the artist behind the Designer Series tiny homes, said sometimes his team looks back at custom home projects and thinks “Oh, we could have done that a little bit different.”


With the Designer Series tiny homes though, Clayton and Dungan’s teams have the opportunity to continually improve upon the designs and the way tiny homes are built. Clayton is excited to lead the way in making tiny homes available to homeowners across the country as the tiny home movement grows.


How the Low Country Has Changed

Clayton Tiny Home Living Room


Initially, the Low Country model was conceptualized as a PMRV, which can be certified to comply with ANSI A119.5-15 standards.


To help make tiny living more accessible across the country, Clayton decided to alter the original Low Country design. We wanted to lead the way in offering tiny living solutions for the challenges tiny homeowners experience, so we chose to build the Designer Series tiny homes as small modular homes instead of PMRVs.


The Reason for the Changes

Clayton Tiny Home Living Room Kitchen


Certain design changes came due to the decision to shift the Designer Series tiny homes from being built as PMRVs to small modular homes. The different building codes and zoning regulations for homes require tiny homes to be built differently than PMRVs.


For example, a habitable space is required by the IRC to have a certain minimum height and minimum square footage. This eliminates the option to include a habitable sleeping loft in a tiny home built to IRC code.


However, we’re excited for the future of tiny homes and changes in building codes. For instance, the 2018 IRC Code will have specific allowances for lofts and ladders in tiny houses. Because we have already considered how to use a loft space in a tiny dwelling, we look forward to the opportunity to integrate lofts and ladders as states adopt the 2018 IRC Code. As states adopt the 2018 IRC Code, this means our tiny homes that are built for those states can have lofts and ladders while remaining compliant with all applicable state and local building codes.


Clayton Tiny Home Bedroom


Other design changes were made to maximize space, a challenge that Dungan and his team were excited to take on when facing the Designer Series tiny home project.


“What I love about it from our perspective is it’s really challenged all of the ways that we thought about space before and how we use space and how little space it takes and what you can do with that space if you’re very thoughtful about it,” Dungan said.


When Dungan and his team were designing the Clayton Designer Series tiny homes, they had to consider not just designing by the square foot, but by the square inch.


Home Feature and Layout Changes in the Low Country

Because of the design changes and the desire to maximize space, different features in the Low Country have been altered and updated since conceptualization. For instance, the Low Country model was at first designed with bunk beds for additional sleeping room.


Clayton Low Country Bunk Beds


As the design of the tiny home has evolved, the bunk beds were removed and the tiny home now includes a storage area that can be used for desk space, laundry, crafts and various other purposes.


Clayton Low Country Updated Hallway


The home also had a loft with a ladder leading up to it. This loft space and ladder are no longer included in the design.


Clayton Tiny Home Loft


The bathroom now includes a tub along with the previously included shower, and the team of designers have since integrated above-the-shower storage, maximizing the available space.


Clayton Tiny Home Shower Storage


Key designer features that make the Low Country so amazing have remained throughout the changes. Beautiful appliances from Summit Appliance® maximize kitchen space while large casement windows let in plenty of light.


Clayton Tiny Home Kitchen Cabinets Appliances


Wood ceiling beams draw the eye upward and open up the living room. Plus, gorgeous oak hardwood flooring warms up the whole home.


Clayton Tiny Home Living room


Since the Low Country was inspired by southern low country areas like Savannah and Charleston, the luxurious poplar bark siding and cedar shake shingles let the home blend in perfectly with natural marsh settings.


Low Country Exterior Siding


These stunning features from Dungan and his team of artists let you settle into the Low Country without feeling like the space is too small. Since Dungan’s favorite inspiration for each project has always been the people he designs for, each amenity and feature in the tiny home was incorporated purposefully with the future homeowner in mind.


As Clayton leads the way in tackling the challenges around building tiny homes, the Low Country’s design has evolved to meet homeowners’ needs while at the same time also meeting all applicable building codes in an elegant, natural and luxurious way. We continue to evolve with the tiny home movement and make luxurious, simplified living more accessible through our Designer Series tiny homes.


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