This is it! The first Tiny House Design!!
After hours of pouring over tiny house design ideas, floor plans, and any other type of tiny house inspiration I could find, I finally put pen to paper. I surprised myself at how well I could draw out 3D floor plans of what I had in my mind. I was even more surprised at Dylan’s ability to decipher said tiny house floor plans and put them into a 3D model on the computer. But before we get into the photos, let’s recap on where we are at so far in our tiny house planning.
If you’ve read the last two blog posts, you know there were SO many factors to take into consideration when planning our tiny house design. First, there are the exterior challenges like building on a flood plain, the lack of sunlight, and being surrounded by forest. Then there are the interior design challenges like room size and placement, non-negotiable, and feature accents. Using this information and the fact that most floor plan inspo I found was for tiny houses on wheels or tiny houses built using storage containers, I came up with this initial tiny house design sketch.
You’ll see over time that I become much better with the sketches, but this was more than enough for Dylan to get started with. After many conversations and many hours, he was able to build a 3D version of my tiny house design.
This is the front view of our tiny house, standing in the living room and looking back at the kitchen, bathroom, and stairs to the loft. It is important to note – a LOT of what we put into these rendered photos are simply placeholders. That is not exactly what we want our kitchen to look like and the stairs will not be floating marble haha. This model is simply meant to give an idea of room/appliance placement.
The dimensions of this design are 35 ft x 12 ft, which is a total of 420 ft2 on the bottom floor. Given that the loft would only be half of this length and that you only include ‘liveable space’ in the total square footage, we estimated that in total the loft would add another ~ 180 square feet to the total. The average tiny house is about 400-600 square feet.
We originally had it 14 ft x 35 ft but I asked him to shave off 2 ft from the width as it felt like that was wayyy too big for a true tiny home, especially when we have two floors. Surprisingly, we didn’t mind the downsized floor plan at all – it actually felt more spatially balanced than before.
A view from our loft bedroom out towards the nook area and front window. We loved the idea of creating a small nook at the front of the house that was just big enough for us to fill with a thick floor cushion, pillows, and lots of blankets. A perfect space to curl up and read while looking out over the river.
A pretty luxurious bathroom for a tiny house, but one of my hard requirements is a full-sized bathtub. The rock wall shower is also another non-negotiable for me, as it provides a perfect feature wall when you crawl into the bathtub with your candles and glass of wine!! And, yes, there will be a big window right beside the bathtub and it won’t be fogged. Remember, we are almost 6 feet off the ground in the middle (the house is built in stilts) and we are in the middle of the forest – no one is going to catch a glimpse of us nakey.
Now, something to keep in mind is that we have not discussed this at all with my step-dad, the master carpenter who is the real brains behind this entire build. While this tiny house design looks great and a lot of thought went into the actual feasibility of the floor plan – we have no idea whether Shane is going to tell us that we are out of our minds or not.
We will be chatting with Shane over the phone soon, however, we do face a big challenge – he isn’t good with anything over the internet. He is a real brick-and-mortar type of person and he gives no fuck about technology. He doesn’t even use a computer. So… trying to show him screenshots of our house plans over e-mail is not exactly the ideal situation, especially since a lot of things in the 3D design are placeholders. We don’t actually intend to have a floating marble staircase. But we aren’t sure if this will translate well without us there to physically lead Shane through the design.
Aside from those technical difficulties, my main concerns are that Shane is going to say that the number and sizes of windows that we want are completely unrealistic in our tiny house design. Also, I was worried he would tell us that the roof is wayyyy too high and that we won’t be able to have a loft that we can stand up in. Regardless, we won’t know until we show the plans to Shane, so for now we will just go with these plans and hope for the best!
Next on my list of things to do is to plan the outreach for our project. Our goal is to get a ton of sponsors to work with us! I am literally going to reach out to anyone and everyone. Windows, flooring, lighting, appliances, paint, basically anything that goes into building a house -is going onto my potential business sponsor list.
On that note, if you can think of any business that is looking to have their products advertised on Youtube – please let me know!
This is a great opportunity for them to have evergreen ad placement for their business in a super popular niche (#tinyhousemovement).