National Tiny House Code 2018 IRC


For those of you who don't know us, we are Andrew and Gabriella Morrison. We designed and built the moveable tiny house known as hOMe and we work tirelessly to inspire others to reach their dream of a simple, joyous, tiny life. You can learn more about us and what we do on our website ( 


Andrew recently spent months writing, developing, and fighting for the approval of a new code for the International Residential Code (IRC) for the construction of tiny houses. The IRC is the model code for the majority of residential construction in the United States. In fact, according to the International Code Council: “The IRC is in use or adopted in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

Andrew hired a seasoned mentor who had previous success with code language and approvals;  and, together, they created a comprehensive code appendix that allows for the legal construction of tiny houses used as a primary residence in the United States.

This is a BIG DEAL and will have a HUGE IMPACT on the construction of tiny houses all over the US. We won the necessary votes and we got the code appendix approved. It is officially part of the 2018 IRC!

Check out this link for more information on the IRC process and to read the full code proposal.  


Having a tiny house appendix in the IRC code means more than you may imagine.

It means that people who are strapped for money because of insanely high rents or mortgages could get out from under that weight.

It means that people who have lost their homes and are living on the street could have a dignified place to live move into and get their lives back on track.

It means that college students could afford housing to start themselves out on the right foot after graduation.

And for all of us building tiny houses, it means that we finally have a guidepost to building safe and healthy homes with a certificate of occupancy at the end of that road.

Simply healthy, safe housing that inspires people to live a life of joy, passion, and exploration.


We need to raise money to support the ongoing, behind-the-scenes effort of getting this code approved. The two main things we need to raise money for are:

1. Helping to repay the fees for the assistance of Andrew’s seasoned Mentor. 

2. Travel costs across the country as we continue to meet with code officials in different states in support of the code.

3. Andrew is NOT taking any professional fees from this campaign. Instead, it is soley used as outliend in #1 and #2 above. 


We won our votes both at the initial code hearing and during a subsequent, nationwide vote. We have a tiny house building code as a result. Now, we need each state to adopt that code, and that is where our work lies.  


We are a large community of passionate people. Even a seemingly small donation of $10 or $20 multiplies fast, and  can go a long way! WE CAN DO THIS!

I hope that you will join us in supporting this powerful effort to make housing affordable in the US once again. We will forever be grateful, as will all of those who build their houses to the approved tiny house code appendix.

Here's to hoping for success!!!

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Thanks for all your help everyone!


Andrew Morrison
Ashland, OR

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