Owning A ‘Tiny Home’ Isn’t As Easy As You’d Think In Iowa
By now you've heard of the idea of having a "tiny home." Owning a tiny home for some people would be a dream come true. You want to live off the grid, get away from the busy life that comes with living in a big city, and you might want to save a ton of money.
According to My Country Cabin, owning a tiny home can be much more affordable than buying a house, the utilities normally cost a lot less, and in some cases, you can bring your home with you when you travel. Not only that but imagine the amount of time you'll save on cleaning. While owning a tiny house does come with plenty of pros, there are an equal amount of cons.
Your tiny home will likely lack storage space, your appliances likely can't always be full size, say goodbye to any bedroom space, each "room" will affect your entire house, and you may have issues with zoning regulations.
I think most people would understand you can't just park a tiny home in any location you'd like and call it good but I didn't quite understand the amount of work it really can take to find a place to put your tiny home in the state of Iowa.
Tiny House Regulations
According to Homesteading How To, "Tiny house regulations and codes may vary by city, town, or county." For example, in Iowa Falls, the city council requires the minimum size for a new home to be 500 square feet. A 500-foot "tiny home" is considered pretty big for most tiny homeowners.
According to Homesteading How To, there are areas being developed near Des Moines where tiny homes have not been permitted. If you'd like to live in a tiny home near the state capital, you may need to look into purchasing land or finding rural areas around the city.
According to Primal Survivor, counties and cities in Iowa have divided the land into zones. Each zone has its own rules about what is prohibited and these zoning laws can make it difficult or even illegal to live in the tiny home you desire.