122 Sq. Ft. Miter Box Tiny House










The Miter Box is a modern tiny house design focused on efficiency and simplicity while maintaining elegance.

It’s 122 square feet plus a 28 square foot sleeping loft upstairs.

The design includes an RV style dining table that converts into a bed.

It can be built for $22,000 in materials if you build it yourself using your own labor.

Learn more and consider buying the plans here. They’re on sale through 12/31/13.

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The AbleNook: A Multi-Use Portable Dwelling

















“The main structural members of the module are “universal.” This means that the floor joists are the same as the wall columns. The structural members can be made from extruded aluminum parts, with electrical bus duct conduits in each one, so that the wiring is simply connected as you clip together the parts, providing outlets wherever needed inside.  Weather seals are included between the structural members.” (source)


Learn more about the AbleNook here.

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Arkiboat Modern Tiny Houseboat on Pontoons









“Architecturally designed, each Arkiboat Houseboat is a creation of each owners imagination. All we provide you with are some guidelines and basic designs, and you the customer create the rest to suit your needs, tastes and desires. And the best thing about an Arkiboat, is you can change your address whenever you like.” (source)

More info and photos here.

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Malissa Tack’s Tiny House Big Loft Design in 3D




Images: Chris and Malissa Tack

The dimensions are approximately 18′ x 15′ so it has just a 270 sq. ft. footprint and of course more living space than that because of the upstairs loft. More info and pics are available here.

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242 Sq. Ft. Tiny Modern Prefab Sun House

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Dimensions: 33′ x 16′

Living Area: 242 sq. ft.

Floor Area: 276 sq. ft.

“When we designed the Swift, the shape of the language we chose the Finnish sauna, the essence of clarity and the simplicity. Spacious room, spacious living room and a large, covered terrace giving saunatuvalle your own, unique look. Slim design to facilitate the swift placement of the sloping terrain. Saunatupien alongside the planned guest house accommodation in additional models need to resolve it.” Translated with Google Translator (source)

More info and pics here.

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24′ Trailerable Folding Houseboat

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I received this entry from one of our readers who I’m pretty sure designed this himself. It’s a trailerable folding houseboat. Which means.. It can function as a travel trailer AND a houseboat.

The best part is that since it folds it can meet the public road standard since it goes down to 8′ wide when folded. Then, when you get it on the water, you can unfold it and enjoy a wrap around deck which is just awesome. Great thinking!

Thanks for sharing your breakthrough 24′ trailerable folding houseboat design with us, Peter!

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$5k Tiny Cabin on a Foundation: Mortgage-free Living!













Many times we get discouraged with the pricing found for tiny houses. In most cases they end up in the $20,000 to $50,000 range and they’re even smaller than this house. Most of it is due to the cost of materials including the trailer, labor, and high end materials used to build. But if building a humble home is your main goal.. So you can start living the mortgage-free lifestyle, I’d recommend to look here. This project only ran about $5,000 according to the owner/builder and it serves perfectly as a small cabin that gives you what we all want… freedom!

It took the owner 6 months to build using free time on the weekends. It was done back in 2005.

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” ~Carl Sandburg

More info over at Reddit and photos here.

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Tiny Cabin Kit with a Loft

Micro Cabin with Loft

This micro cabin has a 12 x 12 footprint but is still considered under 100 sq. ft. for permitting purposes since the enclosed space is just 8 x 12. And you’d still have the upstairs sleeping loft to work with that actually seems like it would be pretty spacious especially with the windows int he design.

More info and photos are available here. Pricing for the kit is around $19k. Or you can buy the plans and DIY.

Image: CabanaVillage

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117 Sq. Ft. NO Loft Tiny Home: Tumbleweed Elm 20 Horizon

Tumbleweed Tiny House with No Sleeping Loft

Tumbleweed’s New Homes and Floor Plans

I wanted to let you know that Tumbleweed has released several new floor plans and tiny house designs that you might be interested in. Now they let you choose a house design and then match it up with your favorite floor plan. In this case we’re looking at the Elm 20 tiny house with the Horizon floor plan which is a one level design. This means you’ve got a bedroom downstairs so no sleeping loft. And it still fits on a 20′ trailer so it’s easy to tow.

Is this too small or just right?

Do you like this design enough to build or buy one to live in? Or would you rather go with- perhaps- a 30′ long design instead so you can have even more space for storage, living area, etc?

I’m curious so please share your thoughts on this in the comments if you’re willing. Thanks!

More Tiny House Designs from Tumbleweed

I want you to check out Tumbleweed’s new plans page because they’ve changed quite a lot and I definitely think they’ve made lots of improvements. Check it out and let me know what you think… And which is your favorite?

If you like the Elm 20, get more photos/info on this design here.

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6 Plans You Can Use to Build Tiny Houses


I wanted to let you know that you can get a great deal on the 6 tiny house plans shown above valued at $60. They’re already on sale for just $39.95 but when you enter in the phrase 6PACK in the Discount Code box during check out and then click ‘Update Cart’ you’ll receive an additional $10 off instantly so you just pay $29.95 for all six plans.

Hurry and take advantage if you’re interested in owning all six plans because the sale won’t last forever.

1. Click this link to open the 6 tiny house plans offer in a new window/tab

2. Click ‘Add to Cart’ underneath the 6 tiny house plans offer on this page

3. Type in 6PACK inside the Discount Code field and click on Update Cart

4. Complete your easy checkout then download and enjoy your plans!

Tiny Guest Cottage


Image: Southern Living

The tiny cottage you see is actually just a small part of a much larger cottage design from Southern Living house plans. I still thought I’d show it off to you because I found it inspiring and thought you probably would enjoy it too. I love the covered front porch with the ceiling fan up top. This would be such a perfect beach town or seaside tiny cottage, wouldn’t it? If you head on over here you can find more photos of the entire house. The guest cottage is still connected to the rest of the home.

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Moschata 160 Sq. Ft. Mobile Tiny House Plans: $17,000 to DIY

Moschata Tiny House Plans

Image: The Small House Catalog

This is a tiny house designed to be built on a trailer or on a foundation. But it’s just 8’6″ wide and 20′ long so you can legally tow it on U.S. roads. In some neighborhoods you might be able to put it in your backyard on a foundation. But at a total of 160 square feet in many areas you might need to get a permit to do that. This book explains zoning in much more detail. If you include the loft space inside the total living area of this house is actually 238 square feet. The plans estimate that it would cost you about $17,000 in materials to build it yourself so that figure does not include labor. It assumes you’ll build it yourself. If you don’t know how to build houses (and how to safely attach a stick built house to a utility trailer) you can start learning with this book and these videos. For more photos including the floor plan and interior shots and more info on the house go to the Moschata Tiny House Plans page over at The Small House Catalog.

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L41 Tiny Homes: Smart, Flexible and Affordable Homes for All?





L41 creates smaller home designs because they use less materials, labor, land, and energy usage. This means it’s cheaper to build, buy and own. And the company’s goal is to provide housing for all while making the world better through sustainable architecture and design. Another great thing about the L41home is that it’s scalable because it’s prefabricated. This means it can be mass produced in the future to bring down costs even more. The company is shooting for affordability and quality for all. And since the homes are so small and flexible, they can be used for a variety of purposes like:

  • Student housing
  • First-time home buyers
  • Seniors retiring
  • Hotel and resorts
  • Emergency housing
  • Recreational housing
  • Homeless shelters
  • Military housing

And there’s more. The L41 homes can be tiny single family homes or they can be combined together like condos or villas. Or you can take the idea even further and stack them to create a high-rise building consisting of these beautiful, efficient little structures which are offered in the following sizes & configurations:

  • 250 sq. ft. studio
  • 350 sq. ft. 1-bedroom
  • 450 sq. ft. 2-bedroom

In addition there are three other larger units at 550, 650 and 750 sq. ft.

Learn more about L41Homes here.

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Tiny Houses Showcased on Yahoo! as Luxurious Mortgage-free Homes


Photo Credit Tumbleweed Houses

“The housing market is 67% back to “normal” according to Trulia’s Housing Barometer and the post-crisis recovery is on-track, according to the latest home price figures from Case-Shiller. But these gauges may be missing a “tiny” but growing slice of today’s housing market.” (source)

=> Read the full article and watch the video here.

Tiny House Plans: The Tack House Plan by Chris & Malissa


The Tack House is a 140 sq. ft. tiny home on a trailer. The trailer is 7′ x 20′.

The gable roof and dormers really add to it and must make it feel spacious in the loft.

There’s also extra storage space because of the dormers too which is awesome.

This tiny house has a total of 11 windows including a skylight.

Check out the latest photos of Chris & Malissa’s tiny home on wheels.

Get the plans so you can build it yourself or have a builder do it for you here.

If you have any questions on the plans there’s an FAQ at the bottom of this page here where you might get your questions answered.

746 Sq. Ft. Small House: The Tumbleweed Ernesti Cottage



Little Kitchen in the Ernesti Cottage by Tumbleweed



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Staircase to the Loft/Upstairs Bedroom



Floor Plan for this Small Cottage


A Little Bit About the Ernesti Cottage

This Ernesti cottage is actually one of Tumbleweed’s largest house designs and it can be built in two different ways.

Would You Like 2 or 3 Bedrooms?

One as a 2-bedroom 746-square-foot cottage. And the second as a 3-bedroom 843-square-foot cottage with an additional downstairs bedroom in the rear. I think this is a great home for a couple or a young family that’s slowly growing.

Each level is 7’6″ tall so if you’re tall, most likely, you’re still good.

How Much Would it Cost to Build?

These figures do not include paying a contractor for labor. So these figures are simply for cost of materials alone. And it ranges anywhere from around $49,000 to $56,000 according to Tumbleweed’s site.

How to Get the Plans

If you’re interested in building this house or having a contractor do it for you, cool! You can get the plans right here.

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Linden 20 Tiny House: 131 Sq Ft of Bliss for Less Than $26k


Linden 20 Tiny Home Interior




I like the converting, space saving table near the entrance.




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Living the Rich Simple Life in a Tiny Cabin


Air Conditioning in a Tiny Home on a Trailer


In a recent post I covered my list of top 5 air conditioners for tiny houses on trailers that you might be interested in checking out.


If you’re interested in staying in the Linden tiny house for a vacation it’s available as a rental and you can reserve/book online and everything. All the info is right here on this post.

This 131 square feet cabin on wheels costs about $25,380 in materials to build. If you wanted it done for you you should expect to pay upwards of $60,000 for both materials and labor.

The home is 8′ x 20′ and it sits on a 7′ x 20′ trailer with a height of 13′ 5″. You can see more of the dimensions and specifications for this design here.

It’s a fully featured tiny home with:

  • A great room,
  • kitchen,
  • sleeping loft,
  • and bathroom.


Tiny House on Wheels with an Addition


Photo Credit Timothy/Tiny Home Builders

I wanted to share Timothy’s tiny house design with you today. I got to meet him at the Atlantia, Georgia Tiny Home Builders workshop earlier this year.

He ended up purchasing Dan’s Tinier Living plans and made some adjustments which I think are awesome. And if you ever needed or wanted to it seems like you’d be able to detach and roll the home away.

This works well for so many things because you can live in it, take it on vacation, and even use it as an emergency shelter or “bug out” house in the event of an emergency.

Read the original post on Timothy’s tiny house right here.

If you want to purchase any of Dan’s plans including Tinier Living, click here.

If you want to attend Dan’s upcoming Tiny Home Builders workshop, click here to sign up.

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3 Couples Group Building Tumbleweed Tiny Houses


Photo Credit Sarah Weintraub

I thought you would find this story interesting because it’s about 3 couples that are group building Tumbleweed tiny houses together.

I honestly can’t think of a better way to learn and do this. It’s better than a workshop because it’s a real experience. And you’re committed to the end.

AND you have constant and never ending support from each other from start to finish. So here’s a little bit about what they’re doing and what they’ve already done.

Three Couples Building Tiny Houses

Cypress 20 Tiny House


Linden Tiny House




  • This summer and fall


  • Sonoma, CA

By the way, did I mention you can vacation in the first ever Tumbleweed Linden? Learn more about that here.

Photo sources: See the Linden at Tiny Town and Cypress 20 Tiny House Plans at Tumbleweed.

How You Can Get Started

Consider one of many expert designed Tumbleweed tiny house plans.

Consider a Tumbleweed tiny house trailer that you can order online directly through Tumbleweed.

Consider the new Tumbleweed How to Build a Tiny House on Wheels DVD.

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