Montana

Tiny Homes
& ADUs.

Montana captivates with its breathtaking landscapes, vast open spaces, and an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities.

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At a Glance.

Requires effective climate control

Solar power options

Deck addition recommended

Montana

Building Considerations.

Foremost, weather temperatures can vary widely in Montana throughout the year. Montana tiny homes need to be insulated from extreme temperatures. Investing in high quality insulation will go a long way. This means you can keep your Montana tiny home at a comfortable temperature year-round with maximum energy efficiency.

Also, all of our homes at Wind River are constructed with 2×4 framing and spray foam insulation. Spray foam has by far the highest R-value available for the tiny home application, and wooden construction allows less air infiltration than steel framing. Additionally, we use LP SmartSide for a low-maintenance and durable siding that won’t warp or change with fluctuating temperatures (and which we can do in any custom color(s) you like). Speaking of your exterior color palette, for hotter climates, we recommend keeping it light and choosing a galvalume metal roof that reflects the heat from the sun.

Investing in solar power for your Montana tiny home is also a great idea. We recommend a ground mounted array for a semi-permanent tiny home setup. Housing the heavy batteries in a separate outbuilding will allow you to make the most of your Montana tiny homes precious square footage while living a more off-grid lifestyle if you choose.

Another key design element for your Montana tiny home is a deck. We recommend a combination of sunning space as well as a covered area for hotter Montana days. The covered portion of your deck can also be screened if you’d like. Your builder should be able to assist with your overall site plan and may even be able to create a set of deck construction documents to be used for building your deck on-site.

Lastly, we recommend giving thought to the placement of your tiny home on your site. Set yourself up for energy efficiency by facing the long walls of your trailer to the north and south. This will mean less surface area penetration from the hot rising and setting summer sun. It also helps maximize your heat from the sun in the winter, which stays low in the southern sky. Consider landscaping that will increase the comfort of your home as well as its curb appeal. For example, planting trees and shrubbery to the east and west of the home will give you free added heat protection and shade in the summer months.

Resources.

With a strong sense of independence and a deep appreciation for sustainable living, Montana has become a haven for tiny home enthusiasts, embracing the movement and providing a welcoming environment for those seeking a minimalist lifestyle amidst the beauty of the Big Sky Country. Below are some great resources to get you started on your Montana tiny homes journey.

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