The following framework was written by Rewa Marathe, our State Chapter Leader for Connecticut, and an architect and planner at Milone & MacBroom. It can be used to facilitate conversations about the important decisions that impact smaller homes, and ways to fill in the blanks to make zoning more tiny house friendly.
￼Bulk Standards for Single Family, Multi-Unit, Attached and Detached Residential Units
- No unit shall be smaller than ________________.
- Total lot coverage on a single lot (impervious surface) shall be no more than __________.
- Dwelling units may be attached or detached. If detached, they must be _____ feet from the closest structure.
- Setbacks shall be no less than: ______ in front, _____ on side, _____ in rear.
- Floor Area Ratio: ______ max
– a maximum of ____ person(s) for every ____ sq. ft. up to ____ people per unit.
– 1 unit per ____ sq. ft. and a maximum of ___ units per ______ sq. ft.
- Parking: minimum of ___ parking space(s) per dwelling unit.
- Each unit shall have the following:
– Living space
– Sleeping space
– Shower + Toilet space
These spaces may or may not be divided by walls.
- Windows shall be no less than ________ of floor area.
- There shall be a minimum of two means of exit in the dwelling unit, one of which shall be the main entrance.
- Must follow _____________ building standards.
I have a concern with No. 8 as we are forgetting cabins generally are open spaces with a bathroom sometimes and in creating points for kitchenettes when only a sink is required boxes us in to code thinking not open space thinking which is a premium in small spaces. Another wall creates more expense and clutters space.
Thanks Capt Nemo, good point.
I think Rewa’s intent was to specify a kitchen area, rather than a room. She does mention at the bottom of the list, “These spaces may or may not be divided by walls.” But I can see how the use of the “kitchenette” does imply walls.