A tiny house. That’s what I want, are there any for sale, can I build one in Door County Wisconsin?
What is a tiny house, and why are so many people asking about them? Does a tiny house mean a different living style?
The trend toward the desire for smaller houses, the tiny house, is social. People are looking to size-down the space they occupy and live with less. The tiny house movement is about a house that costs less, yes, but it is more about living in a smaller, tiny, space.
How Big is a Tiny House?
Research tells me that the average sized house in the United States is about 2600 square feet. The tiny house is a fraction of that—about 100 to 400 square feet.
The tiny house can come in different forms. It might be on wheels so you can take it anywhere. Or it might be set on a permanent foundation. It might be a home manufactured in a factory, or it might be a stick built home. In some areas one might find the tiny home on land with other buildings, another residence for instance.
Why a Tiny House?
Financial concerns, environmental concerns, and a desire for freedom are some reasons people choose a tiny home.
For most Americans 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is spent on housing—keeping a roof over their heads. Mortgages usually run from 15-30 years, so one may work almost a lifetime to pay for their home. The tiny home comes at a fraction of the cost of a larger home, hence a shorter mortgage period and more of your income to spend on other things. An apartment or 1200 square foot home may cost, at todays rates, about $1000 per month. Add onto that the cost of electric, heat, real estate taxes…well that’s a lot of money every month. One individual reports in a two year period his tiny home was debt free and his monthly electric/heating bills average $25 per month.
There is the movement that less is more. To have less “stuff”, to take up less of a footprint on the earth, and to use less of our natural resources. For those people the tiny house is just right.
We are all busy with life—work, activities, friends. Having a tiny house removes a lot of the daily or weekly maintenance required in a larger home.
For so many the drive to the tiny house is financial. Check out this chart, The Cost of Buying A House Over 30 Years. If the space, if the lifestyle suite you, then the savings on a tiny house is huge.
Can I Build a Tiny House in Door County Wisconsin
The answer is, it depends.
Door County has an ordinance that any space intended for living must be 750 square feet in size. If the strict definition of a tiny house is 100 to 400 square feet, then the size required by Door County is not a tiny house. But think about it. 750 square feet is about the size of a garage, and a lot smaller than that average 2600 square foot home. So yes, you can build a pretty small house in Door County.
There are a couple of unit developments in Door County, on in Egg Harbor and the other in the town of Nasewaupee that allow the tiny home. These homes are on lots of less than a quarter acre in size, and usually of a manufactured construction. Check out tiny homes at Heritage Lake in Egg Harbor at this link, or Hidden Ridge in Nasewaupee here. There are conditions at these communities that might affect your ability to reside year round.
There are also small subdivisions that have a requirement for the number of square feet a residence must be. Contact me and we can talk about those.