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Building Regs. vs. 'Tiny Houses'

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by Jackethangs, 8 May 2012.

  1. Jackethangs

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    I've recently come across the concept of Tumbleweed/tiny houses, where the aim is to reduce energy consumption and your carbon footprint to the absolute minimum required for comfort.

    This has got me idly speculating and wondering if there is anything in the design of say, this type of house which would conflict with UK building regs and be an absolute showstopper (assuming it's made into a static permanent dwelling)?

    The UK designer of this example suggests it is classed as a mobile home/static caravan and therefore does no need to comply with the regs.

    (Obviously if I was looking seriously into this I would get an architect to design something properly, this is just a sort of 'can something this small actually be done in the UK?' question).
     
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    It is Planning not Building Control who determine minimum size of new dwellings and they look too small to qualify as suitable living accommodation. Never say never though there are always exceptions to the rule ....
     
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    Such as this spacious apartment...
     
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    AKA Tumbleweed tiny shed company. The smallest unit Bristol planning will now allow is 45m². (for a one bed unit) Methinks that tiny shed wouldn't comply.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the replies. I'm now looking up 'Housing Space Standards' and Parker Morris...

    My theory is that the Tumbleweed concept, whilst minimizing the internal living space, actually requires the external space to be increased for someone to be comfortable. I.e. that flat would be liveable if it were a similar sized caravan, had large windows and looked out over the sea/open countryside, etc. As it is, it's an expensive prison cell.
     
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    It's amazing what people will pay for prime London real estate :!:
     
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