Courtesy Escape Homes
Courtesy Escape Homes

In the latest news related to tiny homes, one Arizona county recently announced it would ease rules on houses of less than 400 square feet, making them legal anywhere that's zoned for single-family dwellings as long as they sit on permanent foundations.

Putting buildings on trailers had been a way of getting around stringent zoning requirements in the past, but they're now covered by more restrictive zoning regulations and permitted only in specific zones, Green Building Advisor's Scott Gibson reports. Tiny-house owners often are stymied by zoning and building regulations but the changes in Arizona are a sign that objections are beginning to wane, Gibson says.

Communities of tiny houses have appeared in Washington, D.C., Washington state, Colorado, and Texas. Building materials supplier 84 Lumber has started offering tiny house kits, and a few architectural firms are working on floor plans for tiny houses on the hunch they will continue to become more appealing.

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