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Tiny homes--those that are 300 square feet or less are all the rage these days with buyers looking to shrink their living expenses and their carbon footprint.

But there are many code implications to consider for a site-specific tiny home, reports the Chewelah, Wash., Indepdendent. In many jurisdictions, buildings larger than 200 square feet require a building permit and must comply with the International Building Code, Chewelah city planner Mike Frizzell told the newspaper.

The requirement to follow codes could put a damper on those who are hoping to build a tiny home on a very modest budget. Popular blogs and articles suggest the tiny home can be built for $10,000 or less, which is a fraction of the conventional mortgage. However, that cost often does not include building or permitting a septic system, installing electricity, paying for permits or other details.

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