After 5 years of planning, Pinteresting, and obsessive tiny house show watching, I have finally committed to a tiny house design!
Designing My Dream Tiny House
Honestly, the hardest part of getting my tiny house design from paper to the computer was finding a program that didn’t make me want to pull my hair out!
On a total fluke, I discovered that an online program I use for design work has basic layout templates. LucidChart is available online, for free(!), and it was exactly what I needed to transform my smudged graph paper drawing to a perfectly scaled masterpiece! While I know I will need to come to grips with SketchUp eventually, LucidChart was a great entry point for me.
This design builds on my must-have posts, so if you want a little background on what my plan before my plan was:
So what does my Tiny House Dream look like? Drumroll please…..
My Tiny House Design: Main Floor
Elements from Left to Right
- Large picture window
- L-shaped couch
- Hinged desk
- Kitchen counter with stools
- Storage stairs
- Combined laundry and closet room
- Full bathroom with shower, tiny sink, and composting toilet
The key part of our design that is different than most tiny houses is two separate spaces at the back of the house. It was important to us to have a dedicated closet and laundry space – we don’t have a lot of clothes, but having laundry in our house will add immense value to our lives. We currently drive half an hour one way to do our laundry. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is a total pain in the butt.
To be honest, I am worried that this design isn’t common for tiny houses for some building code reason (i.e. I haven’t seen it a lot because it is illegal). Since I haven’t been able to get my hands on the National Building Code yet (it costs over $300 bucks!), I am fully prepared to have to change the design if it doesn’t conform.
Another important element in this design is the tiny counter with stools. It is important to me to have space to sit down and eat dinner that isn’t on our couch. I get that eating on my couch would be more ‘minimalist’ and free up the interior space for something else, but a proper dinner space is something I really want, so I incorporated it into the design!
The last part of the main floor I want to draw attention to is the storage stairs. A ladder would obviously take up less space, but as I’ve written about before, is not a practical option for us. We have a cat – she is a ninja, but a ladder would be beyond even her abilities!
My Tiny House Design: Top Floor
Key Elements from Left to Right
- One foot storage loft
- 10-foot sleeping loft
- Queen sized futon
- Dormer windows
There obviously isn’t a lot to say about the upper level of our tiny house design. We went back and forth between having a 10-foot or 12-foot sleeping loft. I argued against a 12-foot loft because it would have taken up exactly half the length of the trailer, therefore cutting the space into equal chunks that didn’t make sense to me.
This design is to scale, so even with a queen size mattress, a 10-foot loft is plenty of space while still maintaining a sense of openness in the living room below.
Another must have that was incorporated into this design was the dormer roofline. You can’t see it in this 1D design, but basically, the roof line will have tiny pop outs for space and light. I like the look of dormers, but they are also a practical way to make the sleeping loft more liveable without increasing the overall footprint of the house.
The Nitty Gritty Numbers
Dimensions: 22′ long by 8′ 6″ wide by 13′ 5″ tall
Square Footage: 189 sq. ft plus 86 sq.ft loft
Total Square Footage: 275.20 sq. ft
We probably could have made the house 24′ long and gained two wonderful feet of extra space – but I am actually very content with what we have been able to incorporate into the 22′ design. Not to mention I would have severe anxiety about having to navigate a longer trailer if we ever had to move.
So that’s our tiny house! I can’t wait to share a more flushed out 3D version with you guys soon! I’m also working on a tiny house budget that will be coming to the blog in the near future!