Tiny House Floor Plan and a Metric Ton of Details.

Tiny-House-Floor-PlanJessica brought it to my attention that I’ve never posted a floor plan of our tiny house. This is exactly the type of thing that bothers me when I’m perusing other tiny house sites, so thanks for the reminder!

Above is a basic picture of our tiny house floor plan that I quickly drew up in Pages. Here is a Sketchup image, courtesy of Casey:


Here’s all you (n)ever wanted to know about the house:

Living room: We have no plans as of yet for furniture in this room other than a stand up desk (a fold-down, wall-mounted Ikea table) for Casey. I read years ago on someone’s tiny house blog that he waited to see how he used the space before building a bunch of furniture. In space planning, this is called “desire lines.” Architects/landscape architects will wait to see the paths of least resistance carved into the grass before they pour sidewalks. In the meantime, we will have a bunch of floor pillows for lounging.

Entryway: This area is raised 8″ from the other two thirds of the house to accommodate the wheel wells of the trailer. The back wall will be covered in cabinets for storage. This is the wall where our mini-split ductless AC/heater will be. The fridge will be in the far right cabinet next to the kitchen.

Kitchen: Tankless water heater under the sink, a Camp Chef stove (affiliate link) because we could not find a correctly sized, well-priced oven, a stove vent, and a CO detector of course.

Bathroom: 36″ wide. Ofuro tub made of plywood and fiberglass by Casey so I have a place to soak when my endometriosis acts up (he’s the best!). Tiny Ikea sink underneath the window. Humanure bucket toilet, TP storage next to it, cabinets above the toilet for bathroom stuff like cases of deodorant, extra toothbrush heads, etc.

Loft: Two skylights in the ceiling, two awning windows for circulation. I think the loft is less than 3′ at the highest point. I can sit up inside the skylights and not hit my head (I’m 5’7″ tall). I am horribly claustrophobic, but all of the bright light makes this space incredibly open and cozy at the same time. I spend hours up here while Casey builds. We’ll have some type of foam sheeting up there for a “mattress.” I think we’re going to go all out and get enough pieces to cover the entire loft floor like one giant mattress. We’re both sprawlers so I’m looking forward to having an 8.5′ wide bed. The loft is open to the rest of the house:DSC_0005

Land: we have a piece of unrestricted (yay!) land (about 2/10 acre) with this view:landview

The land has a small cabin on it already that we will use for a studio. There is already high speed internet and electricity, and all of the mountain cedar has been cleared out, which is really a big freaking deal. We’ll be buying more rain barrels for water catchment (there is one on the property already), and I’ll be setting up a greywater garden of some kind.

Other info: the tiny house is on a trailer. It’s 13.5′ tall from the ground to the pitch of the roof. So far we’ve spent maybe $14k on it, and that includes the $3200 trailer, $1500 to have someone install the most gorgeous standing seam roof you’ve ever seen in your life, and brand new windows and doors. We’ve actually purchased everything new, mostly at Lowe’s. Scavenging for materials is admirable but doesn’t work for us. The land was less than $17k. When it’s all said and done, we will have a custom-built home and studio on a quiet piece of land for around $33k, or about the cost of three and a half years of apartment rent. That’s not keeping in mind what we save on utilities, furniture, and general “stuff.” We are a bit of a ways out of the city but we’re not far from a grocery store.

Let me know if you have any more questions!

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5 Responses to Tiny House Floor Plan and a Metric Ton of Details.

  1. jessica says:

    LOVE this, thanks so much! I’m always amazed when we go camping for 1 – 2 weeks at a time, how much simpler and easy our lives are, even living inside a tiny tent or trailer. Less stuff, less mess, and a better overall routine. I think I’d really like this simplified life.

    • iamchesapeake says:

      Yay! Thank you!

      Less mess is right. I’m looking forward to being able to tidy up for 5 minutes a day and have a sparkling space.

  2. Diane says:

    That looks amazing and that your land seems lovely! I found your blog because I saw a post on another blog about your tiny house build… and I stayed for the weaving. ; )

  3. Dave says:

    Love the tiny house movement.

    Big, wasted, open spaces cost so much in lost $$$ for upkeep, cleanup, & care in the long run.
    Why have a huge space for your place if most of it is never used?

    Love that it uses far less energy, takes far less time to clean, & can become more like a micro mansion without the macro mansion costs!

    Less electricity, less gas, less cleaning, less upkeep, less $$$.
    MORE free time, more free $$$, more time enjoying life (instead of being a slave to paying things off).

    I am going to have me a tiny place one day.

    I think current designs are nice, but waste a lot of space in the placement of the shelving or rooms, but I am going to design an ultra-efficient place.

    Been thinking of simple things such as rooftop rain-collection system, which diverts to shower/toilet, & the only water that has to be filtered is the drinking water. When you wash your hands, that used water can be diverted to the toilet tank. Because the water is held in a tank above (gravity fed), no pump will be needed. Which means it won’t need electricity to run.

    Also, some places have multiple bathrooms/showers, but if they have a split design, perhaps all or most of the water/kitchen/bath/toilet can be centralized to eliminate wasting pipes, water, & space.

    I believe the key is centralization of core components.

    If a centralized frosted plexi-glass light portal is added, it can be used to illuminate small stackable interior gardens as well is lighting the house.

    Since Rocket Stoves are 10x more efficient to use than normal stoves (10x less wood to heat, & almost 0 smoke), I am wondering why more small homes don’t include these marvelous heaters. I believe they can be made to take up less space, or combined with insulated brick heating to moderate temps for a good half day or more without the need to burn extra wood once they have fully warmed.

    There are amazing micro house designs, but the exciting part is they are no-where close to maximizing the potential of small places yet!

    Love the mini-design, & applaud the micro engineers!

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