Last we left off we were waiting to hear back from the county we hope to live in. The past week has found me on pins and needles waiting with anticipation to hear back. I wanted to give the Inspector time to review our website and see how far we had come and where we wanted to go with our tiny house. But by Saturday I was doubtful he even remembered us.
NOT THE CASE!
Yesterday afternoon we received a call from the Inspector. He had in fact reviewed our site rather thoroughly and as my stomach tightened and insides welled up into my throat he said
I don’t see a reason why we can’t work with you and get y’all back home.
And there it was. The words we had been longing to hear. In just one sentence all our worries about making our homestead legal and becoming a member of a community we love around our family and friends had subsided. The conversation continued.
Over the next 15 minutes I tried to mask my excitement as we talked about the legalities and steps that needed to take place. We were cleared to go ahead and have our tiny house trailer put on piers and strapped down (this answers the question of “what about hurricanes and winds and such?”) and taken off its tires (this answers the question of how to keep our tires from dry rotting.) The permit necessary [Mobile Home Application Package 2011] will be obtained by our brickmason/mobile installer and the work can be done immediately. Before we left North Carolina we had the gentleman come out and spec the job for us. To add 8 piers (they are required every 6ft.) and 8 straps (more on that in a future post) it will cost us $450. That is $150 for materials and $300 for labor.
After that is done we are to call a structural engineer. Now this comes as no surprise as it is exactly what Hari Berzins and her family had to do several weeks ago. The Inspector was so helpful that he even provided us a name and number of a local structural engineer who could come out and do the job. The job, you ask? The job is to review our tiny house trailer and make sure that even though we didn’t have a building permit and go through inspections when building, that it was structurally secure and worthy of passing inspection. Once completed he will then write a letter to the Inspector stating such. We are then free to begin the next phase of the process; obtaining a building permit.
Why a building permit?
For over a year now we have known two things:
- Our tiny house trailer would essentially move to our land in NC and then be parked indefinitely
- Our tiny house trailer was designed as part of a POD home in which our home with grow with the needs of our family
With the birth of our daughter our needs have definitely changed. Coupled with the fact that we do not have a bathroom on board our tiny house trailer we need a building permit to construct our ANNEX which is an 8′ x 30′ (same size as our tiny house trailer) POD that contains our bedroom, our daughters bedroom, a bathroom, and the washer/dryer. During that construction we will be building to North Carolina code and having our regular inspections.
We will continue to update this process as it happens. Right now though we are in a period of thanksgiving because we know that we have been blessed and God has opened up some major paths for us. I am so happy to be writing this post right now!
So step 2 in the legal process of a tiny house? Be prepared for the answer you get and don’t retreat. Keep the truth transparent and have faith that others will understand your desire to live small in order to live BIG!