Tiny Houses in MA

Appendix Q, also known as the Tiny House Appendix, is anticipated to be adopted into the Massachusetts state building code. This legislation applies to tiny houses on foundations, or "stationary tiny houses" of 400 square feet or less.

Appendix Q allows the alternative construction practices of tiny homes in order to open the possibility of increasing affordable housing in MA, where it's badly needed for workforce housing. It also makes tiny houses possible for disabled persons and seniors, including the stationary version of the "grannypods" of pop culture fame, which allow a grandparent to live on the propery of caretaking or assisting family nearby.

The Appendix Q building safety standards address the following components of a small or "tiny house" design in Massachsetts (tiny houses in MA):

  • Tiny house ceiling height
  • Tiny house loft minimum area, height and dimensions
  • Tiny house loft access, including stairway width, headroom, treads and risers
  • Tiny house landing platforms
  • Tiny house handrails and guards
  • Tiny house ladder size, capacity, and incline, with possible alternating tread devices
  • Ships ladders in tiny houses
  • Tiny House Loft guards
  • Tiny house emergency escape and rescue openings


Please review the 2018 International Residential Code for more insight: https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/IRC2018/appendix-q-tiny-houses


Buy A Tiny House for Massachusetts

Living in Massachusetts in a tiny house on wheels* or foundation is an ingenious way to enjoy the Commonwealth’s vast range of natural beauty, history and culture. The terrain is amazingly diverse for such a small state (“Commonwealth” actually); from mountains to the wide open Atlantic Ocean; from farm fields to urban landscapes. Boston is a world-class city with more universities than any in the world. The Commonwealth also boasts many of the US’s original communities, the earliest American architecture. In eastern MA it is particularly expensive to purchase a standard house. In fact, it can be plain difficult to find any affordable housing for some. Among serving as guest and hobby cottages, pool houses and “accessory” apartments, Tiny House Northeast makes it possible to offer an affordable custom tiny home for almost anyone.

Tiny Houses on Wheels in Massachusetts

A tiny house on wheels is an approved approach when certain guidelines are met on a per town basis. The range of ease is commensurate with the MA town or city’s zoning and bylaws. They are influenced by a variety of factors, including, but not limited to the quantity of tourists it sees, and availability of housing in general. There is also “Snob” factor. The term, Snob Zoning, may be too negative in light of the fact that the large homeowner who may have spent 100’s or millions on their house do not want its value to decline as a result of a neighbor’s incomparable house size. Therefore, certain areas are zoned for minimum lot and house sizes.

However, as housing becomes harder to find, cities are becoming more accommodating. It’s recommended that you research zoning a few towns in which you’d like to live. Make sure that you won’t get zoning like Gloucester MA’s: See page 71 if you want to stay in your Weelhouse for more than 30 days!

If you would like a home built for you, Please contact Tiny House Northeast.

*Tiny houses on wheels are not real estate/realty/real property. We do not directly finance, nor broker or administer the sales of real property. Tiny houses on wheels are personal property.

THNE: Building & Outfitting Tiny Living/Working Spaces with Technology, Furniture, Energy & Applicances That Fit!

Tiny house Northeast is a business for New England t-house fans who intend to hire professionals who understand their unique considerations for either partial construction or complete tiny house building of their home or tiny office/other space. Having said that, THNE is also ventures to be helpful to folks who are interested in actively reducing and conserving natural resources - and money through tiny buildings and clean renewable energy. We appreciate that housing is crazy expensive, and unnecessarily so. Unintentionally, those who can afford (or would want) a McMansion, have driven the cost of a small house for the rest of us.

A tiny house is, of course, not for everyone. It can't just be about money. There's more to it...Which brings us to the blog for this week. Tim, our interior architectural layout pro shares his reflections. If they don't resonate with you, we'll be surprised! T-House New England Blog>

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