Tiny Houses

27 January 2015


You might remember that the original plans for Minim show it built on a trailer. This is a very common way to construct a tiny house, but it is important to understand the laws where you intend to live. Your municipality might not let you have a tiny house on wheels and here in Pittsburgh, ours does not.

The City of Pittsburgh follows the International Residential (building) Code which states that “buildings and structures … shall be constructed to safely support all loads … The construction of buildings … shall result in a system that provides a complete load path…to the foundation.” If you really want to geek out, you can read more about this here.

Basically, this means that in Pittsburgh’s residential neighborhoods, like our small plot in Garfield, buildings are required to have a solid attachment to the ground to be considered structurally stable. Neither the International Residential Code nor the City of Pittsburgh considers a trailer with wheels to be a solid attachment to the ground.

So, what does this mean? This means that in the City of Pittsburgh the wheels are off.

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