Frequently Asked Questions

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The people of Raleigh had fought for several years to legally be allowed to live in tiny homes. Before recent changes, only additional dwelling units, or ADUs, were permitted. ADUs are tiny homes that are on the property of a full-sized existing home.

In December of 2021, citizens of Raleigh, NC finally won the ongoing battle to place these constructions when the City Council approved tiny homes after a unanimous vote. These changes allow for citizens to use tiny homes for full-time living arrangements and went into effect in the spring of 2022.

Tiny homes are legal in most counties in North Carolina. The only stipulation is that the definition of what constitutes a tiny home varies by location. Every city and/or county has designated laws regarding tiny home size minimum requirements and other regulations.

Tiny Homes are Permitted In:

  • Asheville
  • Charlotte
  • Durham
  • Greensboro
  • Raleigh
  • Wilmington
Local officials must also approve all tiny house construction projects to acquire a construction permit. You can read more about North Carolina permit and construction laws on the American Tiny House Association’s Website.

Tiny homes are required to meet North Carolina Residential Code Regulations. These laws were developed to ensure that each tiny house provides a safe habitable living environment.

Tiny House Laws Include:

  • Tiny homes are not permitted to be on wheels and must be built on a foundation.
  • All plumbing must be connected to an approved disposal source.
  • Each tiny home is required to have at least one room with a minimum of 120 sq of living space.
  • All rooms must be at least 7 ft in any horizontal dimension and possess a minimum of 70 sq ft of floor area. The kitchen is exempt from this stipulation.
  • Every tiny home must have a kitchen, sink, shower, and toilet facilities.
  • Tiny homes must meet heating and energy conservation requirements.

There must also be a minimum of one habitable space in every tiny home. The definition of habitable means that the space can accommodate living, sleeping, and eating.

A backyard studio is a tiny home that is dedicated to a specific hobby, practice, or other special interest. Many professionals and art enthusiasts develop a tiny home to use as their backyard studio space, including dancers, painters, designers, and other skilled individuals.

This space is detached from the rest of the home and allows individuals to fully immerse themselves and explore their creative energy in a private setting. Click on the following links to learn more about creating a modern home art studio, backyard office studio, or backyard dance studio.

A backyard office is the most efficient and practical way to work from home in our modern remote business climate. Tiny homes are ideal for developing private home offices that allow professionals to work without distractions from inside the home. Click here to read more about the benefits of investing in a customized backyard office.

Boss Rooms are a great way to create a personalized, affordable, and private space for a man cave or she-shed. Choosing the right-sized shed will depend on the number of accommodations and intended use of your man cave/she shed.

Boss Rooms allows their clients to develop their own customized man cave/she shed tiny homes with features, including kitchenettes and ½ or full-sized bathrooms.

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Big on style and function, the Boss Rooms are customizable to match your home, personality, and suit your lifestyle. For whatever your lifestyle needs, Boss Rooms can deliver: a home office, a school room, a dance studio, guest suite, AirBnB, art studio, home gym and more.

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