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The State of Tiny Homes

As the tiny home movement continues to grow, many tiny homeowners continue to face difficulties around determining the legal requirements for permanently placing their home on land. The rules and regulations around tiny home placement have a good bit to do with concerns about how tiny homes are built.


Clayton Designer Tiny House Living Room Kitchen

Living room and kitchen of the Low Country model


That is why Clayton is committed to building quality tiny homes that homeowners can enjoy for a lifetime. 


Tiny Home Challenges

Clayton Designer Tiny Home Hall and LaundryThe hall and laundry area of the Saltbox model


The top concerns that state and local governments express around tiny “houses” are who builds the houses and how each one is built. Government officials express concerns with unregulated construction and the ability of small structures to meet safety and quality expectations.


Much of the stigma around these tiny houses comes from television shows. People see a wide array of small houses on reality television shows. Many of these small, self-constructed dwellings are never permanently placed on land, are not inspected by trained professionals and are of varying quality.


State and local construction authorities express concern with more than the dwellings not having a permanent foundation. They are concerned with whether the structures have been inspected for safety and quality and whether they have been built to a documented industry standard. Basically, many authorities express concern with whether these dwellings can qualify as homes.


Current Building Policies

Clayton Designer Tiny House Kitchen

Kitchen in the Low Country model


State and local governments have long adopted and enforced building codes. Building codes, no matter the type of construction, exist for safety reasons. In the residential construction sphere, many state and local governments have adopted the International Residential Code (IRC) as their building code.


However, one of the challenges that any residential builder faces is that the version of the IRC that each state uses can differ. State and local governments may also add their own additional regulations to their building code that they deem necessary. There is no “tiny home building code” per se, so each state has the freedom to designate the requirements as far as tiny home building and tiny home placement.


All home builders face the challenge of constantly evolving building codes and zoning regulations. On top of that, concerns with the quality of a variety of small dwellings, including tiny homes, can lead to a slower adoption of zoning regulations for tiny homes.


How Clayton Takes on the Challenge

Clayton Designer Tiny Home Bathroom The bathroom in the Saltbox model


At Clayton, we have over 60 years of experience in providing quality homes that last a lifetime. The Designer Series tiny homes are another way that we get to offer beautiful homes to American homeowners. Watch what CEO Kevin Clayton has to say about how tiny homes fit into Clayton's established home building practices.


We are tackling both the perception surrounding the quality of the tiny home building process and the challenges of constructing tiny homes to evolving building and zoning requirements by building our tiny homes as small modular homes that comply with all state and local requirements that are applicable to residential buildings at the tiny home’s final site, just like we already do with larger modular homes.


Clayton makes sure that every tiny home meets applicable local building codes while maintaining a beautiful, space maximizing design.


We follow all guidelines for minimum room size, minimum ceiling height, toilet, bath and shower space design requirements and many other building code requirements. We already have internal inspection and quality control practices in place for our manufactured and modular homes, so these building practices are being applied to our tiny homes as well.


Since zoning and building policies are constantly changing and being updated, we submit each tiny home blueprint to state reviewers for building approval before we build the home. Each home will be designed, verified and built for its permanent location.  


Clayton Designer Tiny Home Porch and Exterior


Clayton has over 45 years of experience building homes and over 60 years of providing homes that help Americans achieve their dreams of homeownership. Building beautiful, quality tiny homes that help homeowners live simply and efficiently is just another way we’re showing our commitment to opening doors to a better life.


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Topics Tiny Homes