18 Tiny House Designs

I’ve been having a blast drawing new tiny house designs lately. I’ve refreshed all my existing tiny house on wheels plans and added six more.

I’ve been focusing mostly on the 20 and 24-foot long houses and drawing more with shed roofs. Shed roofs are easier to build and provide more headroom in the lofts. They also seem to be gaining popularity due to these utilitarian qualities.

Let me know in the comments what you want to see – let me know in the comments. Do you want bedrooms on the lower level? Do you want houses longer than 24-feet? Do you want designs that are super easy to build? Do you want designs that are super inexpensive to build?

Below is a preview of the 18 designs. They are listed from smallest to largest.

1. Philo 12

The Philo is a classic tiny house on wheels design. It has a simple 10/12 roof, 82 square feet, a sleeping loft, a bathroom, kitchen, and small living space. It’s total length is 12-feet, the expected weight is 5,400 lbs.

This tiny house is about as simple as they get. It’s basically a single room with a bathroom at one end and a loft above. It would work well as a simple home for a true minimalist, student, or as a side yard home office or weekend cabin for a couple. Learn more about the Philo 12

Philo 12 Exterior Front Right

Philo 12 Floor Plan Philo 12 Interior from Sofa

Philo 12 Interior Loft

2. Manchester 14

The Manchester is a classic tiny house on wheels design. It has a simple 10/12 roof, two skylights, 96 square feet, a sleeping loft, a bathroom, kitchen, and simple living space. It’s total length is 14-feet, the expected weight is 6,300 lbs.

Just 2-feet longer than the Philo, this tiny house is still easy but those two extra feet make the interior more usable. This house would be good for a minimalist couple, side yard home office or guest house, or weekend cabin for a couple. The french doors also provide more openness and ideal for a location with a view.  Learn more about the Manchester 14

Manchester Exterior Front Right Manchester 14 Tiny House - Interior Living Room Manchester 14 Tiny House - Kitchen Manchester 14 Tiny House - Bathroom

3. Anchor Bay 16

The Anchor Bay is a tiny house on wheels that features a large sloped wall/roof with transparent skylights that serve as windows. It has 110 square feet, a sleeping loft, a bathroom, small kitchen, and open living space. It’s total length is 16-feet, the expected weight is 7,200 lbs.

I was thinking that the Anchor Bay might be the ideal tiny house for a beach comber. The smaller size would make it easier to tow and the large sloping wall would make it a bit more aerodynamic.

Out back behind the trailer is a large overhang. Under the overhang could be an outdoor shower head and a place to hang wet clothes. A back door could even be added to provide access into the bathroom for cleaning up before entering the main room of the house. Learn more about the Anchor Bay 16.

Anchor Bay 16 Tiny House Back Right Anchor Bay 16 Tiny House Interior

4. Albion 16

The Albion is a classic tiny house on wheels design. It has a cross gable 10/12 roof, 110 square feet, a sleeping loft, a bathroom, kitchen, and small living space. It’s total length is 16-feet, the expected weight is 7,200 lbs.

The cross gable roof adds what amounts to two giant gable dormers on the sides of the roof. This opens up some headroom in the loft.

In the sample interior below you’ll see I enlarged the kitchen at the expense of living room seating. You could also keep the kitchen smaller to allow for a sofa bed on the first floor for guests. Learn more about the Albion 16

Albion-16-Tiny-House-Plans-Exterior-Front-Left Albion 16 Interior - Lower Level Albion 16 Interior - Main Living Room Albion 16 Interior - Kitchen

5. Cleone 16

The Cleone is a tiny house on wheels with french doors on one side. It has a 10/12 gable roof, two skylights, 110 square feet, a sleeping loft, a bathroom, kitchen, and bay window off the living space. It’s total length is 16-feet, the expected weight is 7,200 lbs.

The side entry gives this house a different feel inside from other smaller tiny homes – and gives the floor plan other options. In the example below you could place the bathroom and kitchen side-by-side which helps to visually lengthen the home on the inside. The bay window also helps extend the length of the home. There’s a loft with skylights and a sofa bed on the lower level for guests or naps. Learn more about the Cleone 16

Cleone 16 Tiny House Exterior Back Right Cleone 16 Tiny House Floor Plan Lower Level Cleone 16 Tiny House Interior

6. Calpella 16

The Calpella is a classic tiny house on wheels with a front porch. It has a 10/12 gable roof, four skylights, 110 square feet, a sleeping loft, a bathroom, kitchen, and bay window off the living space. It’s total length is 16-feet but it’s bilt on an 18-foot trailer for the porch. The expected weight is 8,100 lbs.

The side door on the Calpella was added to allow the lower level sofa bed to be in use and still provide an entry/exit to the home. In the sample layout below I show a refrigerator in a large cabinet just by the back door. But this space could be opened pif the refrigerator were moved to the other wall – freeing up lower level space for other uses. Learn more about the Calpella 16

Calpella 18 Tiny House Exterior Front Right Calpella 18 Tiny House Floor Plan Lower Level Calpella 18 Tiny House Kitchen Calpella 18 Living Room

7. Navarro 20

The Navarro is a tiny house on wheels with a 3/12 shed roof. This style of roof provides more space in the loft. It has 140 square feet, a sleeping loft, a bathroom, kitchen, large windows and french doors off the living space. It’s total length is 20-feet and the expected weight is 9,000 lbs.

The Navarro is open and tall, letting a huge amount of light inside the home with those big windows. To accentuate the pen space I added an alternating step Tansu-style staircase to the sample interior design. The loft headroom is greatly improved under a shed type roof – allowing for staircases. Below the loft is a bathroom and kitchen.

This size tiny house is ideal for a couple. The larger size of the home makes it a big tougher to tow but much more comfortable for a cabin or full time tiny house. Learn more about the Navarro 20

Navarro-20-v1-Side Navarro 20 - Interior looking in from front door Navarro 20 - Interior looking down from loft Navarro 20 - Interior bathroom

8. Caspar 20

The Caspar is a classic tiny house on wheels with a half porch. It has 140 square feet, a sleeping loft, front alcove, a bathroom, and kitchen. The main living space is one large room with the mathroom at the far end. It’s total length is 20-feet and the expected weight is 9,000 lbs.

As an aerodynamic improvement I’ve added a hip roof on the trailer tongue side of this tiny house on wheels. This plus the gable roof should help make this house easier to tow.

On the inside it’s really just one big room with a bathroom on one end and a loft above the bathroom end of the house. That bathroom in this design has a higher roof than most because it’s open to the hip roof and not tucked under the loft. A loft shelf is also found in the bathroom which might be nice for plants under the skylight there.

The half front porch makes entry easier in the rain and provides a small alcove in the front for a desk or seating. Learn more about the Caspar 20

Caspar 20 Tiny House Exterior Front Left Caspar 20 Tiny House Floor Plan Lower Level Caspar 20 Tiny House Floor Plan Upper Level Caspar 20 Tiny House Interior from Back Caspar 20 Tiny House Interior Kitchen

9. Covelo 20

The Covelo is a tiny house on wheels with a gambrel roof. It has 140 square feet, a front room that’s separate from the kitchen and back room. The bathroom is off the kitchen in the center of the house. The loft is above the kitchen and bath and open to the back room. It’s total length is 20-feet and the expected weight is 9,000 lbs.

The split room nature of the Covelo might be perfect for a couple or small family that has a need for separation during the day. For example if a parent works from home it might be nice to be able to keep the workspace separate from where the kids are playing. Learn more about the Covelo 20

Covelo 20 Tiny House Exterior Back Left Covelo 20 Tiny House Exterior Front Right Covelo 20 Tiny House Floor Plan Lower Level Covelo 20 Tiny House Floor Plan Upper Level Covelo 20 Tiny House Interior Kitchen Covelo 20 Tiny House Interior Living Room from Loft

10. Talmage 20

The Talmage is a tiny house on wheels with a 10/12 gable roof and two shed dormers that provide more headroom in the loft. It has 140 square feet, a front room and back room that are open to a cental kitchen. The bathroom is off the kitchen in the center of the house. The loft is above the kitchen and bath and accessed from the back room. Its total length is 20-feet and the expected weight is 9,000 lbs.

The backroom is shown with a large floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinet for ample storage and closet space. The loft has more headroom than a normal gable roof due to the large shed dormers. This house is probably ideal for a couple living full time, and yet it has a little space to grow if one turned the back room into a nursery.  Learn more about the Talmage 20

Talmage 20 Tiny House Exterior Front Left Talmage 20 Tiny House Exterior Back Right Talmage 20 Tiny House Floor Plan Lower Level Talmage 20 Tiny House Floor Plan Upper Level Talmage 20 Tiny House Interior Kitchen Talmage 20 Tiny House Interior itchen from Front Room

11. Boonville 24

The Boonville is a tiny house on wheels with a 10/12 hip roof and deep front porch. It has 169 square feet, a large open main living space that includes a kitchen. The bathroom is at the far end of the house. The loft is above the kitchen and bath and accessed from the front of the house. Its total length is 24-feet and the expected weight is 10,800 lbs.

I made some significant changes to the Boonville by lengthening the trailer to 24-feet and adding a deep front porch. On the inside its still one big room with a bathroom on the far end and has the french doors on the side opening up both ends of the home.

The loft in this home is open at the front with just enough room to climb up. It’s closed-off at the back to allow those sleeping in the loft to stay isolated from the activity in the back of the house. The back of the house also has a high ceiling making it feel larger and more open. Learn more about the Boonville 24

Boonville 24 Tiny House Exterior Front Right Boonville 24 Tiny House from Front Door Boonville 24 Tiny House Interior Kitchen

12. Leggett 24

The Leggett is a tiny house on wheels with a 3/12 shed roof and french doors on the side. It has 169 square feet, a separate bedroom on the lower level separated from the main living space by the kitchen and bathroom. An additional sleeping loft is above the kitchen and bath and accessed from the main living room. Its total length is 24-feet and the expected weight is 10,800 lbs.

The true bedroom downstairs makes the Leggett an ideal candidate for a family. The loft could supply space for a child or two. Learn more about the Leggett 24

Leggett 24 Exterior Leggett 24 Interior Living Room Leggett 24 Interior Bedroom Leggett 24 Interior Kitchen

13. Comptche 24

The Comptche is a tiny house on wheels with a 3/12 shed roof and two sets of french doors on the side. It has 169 square feet, two separate rooms on each end of the house separated by a kitchen and bathroom. An additional sleeping loft is above the kitchen and bath and accessed from the main living room. Its total length is 24-feet and the expected weight is 10,800 lbs.

The Comptche is another design that might be perfect for a small family. The double french doors, separate rooms, and loft provide a lot of flexible use space.  Learn more about the Comptche 24

Comptche 24 Exterior Front Comptche 24 Interior Main Room Comptche 24 Interior Main Room with Alternating Step Ladder Comptche 24 Interior View from Back Room

14. Potter Valley 24

The Potter Valley is a tiny house on wheels with a 3/12 shed roof and a clerestory on one side. The front door is on the side on the house under a small porch. It has 169 square feet, one large main room with a kitchen and bathroom on the far end of the house. A sleeping loft is above the kitchen and accessed from the main living room. Its total length is 24-feet and the expected weight is 10,800 lbs.

This design is probably better suited for a couple. It’s really one large room with a bathroom at one end and a loft over the kitchen and bath. The half clerestory would add a lot of light and openness.  Learn more about the Potter Valley 24

Potter Valley Tiny House Exterior Front Right Potter Valley Tiny House Floor Plan Potter Valley Tiny House Interior from Kitchen Potter Valley Tiny House Interior from Desk

15. Laytonville 24

The Laytonville is a tiny house on wheels with two opposing 3/12 shed roofs and a clerestory. The front french doors are on the left side of the house under. It has 169 square feet, a main room with a kitchen and a bedroom on the other end of the house. A bathroom separated the bedroom and main living room. The house has no sleepling loft, but instead a row of clerestory windows that run the full length of the home. Its total length is 24-feet and the expected weight is 10,800 lbs.

I often hear people say they don’t want a loft in their tiny house. So I took advantage of that idea in this design and put a clerestory across the full length of the home. While the clerestory lets in a lot of light it doesn’t really allow much space for a loft – but it does provide a great opportunity to make the house look longer than it is by drawing the eye from one end to the other without obstructions. The house still has a bedroom on one end, but it’s open to the rest of the house. Learn more about the Laytonville 24

Laytonville 24 Front Right Exterior Laytonville 24 Floor Plan Laytonville 24 Interior View from Kitchen Laytonville 24 Interior Kitchen Dining Laytonville 24 Interior Bedroom

16. Little River 24

The Little River is a classic tiny house on wheels with an inset front door. It has 169 square feet, a main room with a kitchen and a bedroom on the far end of the house. A bathroom is across from the kitchen. Above the kitchen and bath is a loft. Its total length is 24-feet and the expected weight is 10,800 lbs.

The Little River might also work well for people that don’t want a loft – although it has one for guests or kids. This would also be a fairly simple house to build. It has a simple gable roof, a inset front door to keep you out of the rain while you fumble with your keys, and a slight extension over the trailer tongue to add a tiny bit more room on the inside for a queen sized bed. Learn more about the Little River 24

Little River 24 Tiny House Exterior Front Right Little River 24 Tiny House Interior Floor Plan Little River 24 Tiny House Interior Bedroom Little River 24 Tiny House Interior Kitchen Little River 24 Tiny House Interior Living Dining Little River 24 Tiny House Loft

17. Redwood Valley 24

The Redwood Valley is a tiny house on wheels with a gambrel roof. It has 169 square feet, a main room with a kitchen and a full bathroom on the far end of the house that includes a full 5-foot bathtub. Above the kitchen and bath are two lofts. One is accessed from the main living room and the other from a trap door space above the hall in front of the bathroom. Its total length is 24-feet and the expected weight is 10,800 lbs.

The Redwood Valley is really ideal for a small family that doesn’t mind sleeping in lofts – and who want a real bathtub and washer/dryer. With the bathroom in the back of the house you could really layout the rest of the house however you like. I show it here with the kitchen in the middle of the home and the living room up front – but it’s just a big room so you could do something that met your needs better. Learn more about the Redwood Valley 24

Redwood Valley Tiny House Exterior Front Right Redwood Valley Tiny House Exterior Back Left Redwood Valley Tiny House Floor Plan Lower Level Redwood Valley Tiny House Floor Plan Upper Level Redwood Valley Tiny House Interior Dining and Kitchen Redwood Valley Tiny House Interior View from Main Loft

18. Westport 28

The Westport is a tiny house on wheels with a 10/12 cross gable roof. It has 198 square feet, a main room in the front of the house and large back room accessed through the kitchen of via french doors to the side. The bathroom and kitchen are in the center of the house. Above the kitchen and bath is the sleeping loft accessed via the back room. Its total length is 28-feet and the expected weight is 12,600 lbs.

When I drew the Westport I imagined it as the ideal retirement tiny house for those who don’t mind sleeping in a loft. It has a larger front and back room that are shown here as separate dining and living rooms. The kitchen and bathroom are in the center of the home over the triple axles.

Currently this is the largest tiny house on wheels I’ve drawn – at 28-feet. At this size you’re probably best off building it on a triple axle trailer. It would also be tough to tow, just due to length. But it has a lot of features folks like – the cross gable roof, bay windows, and side french doors. Learn more about the Westport 28

Westport 28 Tiny House Exterior - Front Left Westport 28 Tiny House Exterior - Back Right Westport 28 Tiny House Interior Floor Plans Westport 28 Tiny House Interior - Back Room from Kitchen Westport 28 Tiny House Interior - Back Room Westport 28 Tiny House Interior - Kitchen

15 thoughts on “18 Tiny House Designs

  1. Michele says:

    Being an aging Boomer, I’d like to see something longer than 24 feet. More like 32 feet. With a bed downstairs that can be walked around to make up. No loft whatsoever, but with storage all on the ground floor. A full sized bedroom closet. Room for a separate washer/dryer, not a combo. Plenty of counter space and lots of kitchen cabinets. No open shelving anywhere. Add a broom closet. I never see long closets that are meant to hold brooms, mops and other cleaning equipment. Make space for a garbage can out of sight. Think more like the designers of RVS do and add storage everywhere. So far I’ve yet to see a tiny home that takes advantage of all available space for storage. Plus, no more hard sofas. Use comfortable swivel recliners instead. There are so many more ways a recliner can be used. Set up the living space for a TV. So many of these homes don’t take into account just how people really live. Why place a sofa directly across from a window or a doorway? These are nice designs for temperary living, but not for full time. Imagine yourself actually living in a tiny home and design for that. Better yet, higher an interior designer.

        • Tamera Byrd says:

          I bought your design for the 28 foot West Port. Absolutely love this design! The best thing about your design is that it is flexible in terms of usage. I do have a question. Can we have the size doubled and built on a slab foundation? Tiny houses are really not allowed in so many places yet, and we would like to stay put since we have moved 34 times.

          • Michael Janzen says:

            Thanks!

            I don’t do custom work anymore, but feel free to take the design and expand on it. I bet any builder or architect can make good use of that SketchUp file.

          • Jim Bain says:

            Where are you located? I do custom designs -and am writing a book on SMALL houses ( as opposed to TINY and on wheels).

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  2. Rick Cahill says:

    Have you thought any about the use of bump outs to gain some additional space, once you are set up at the site? You might consider one on each side, and they might give a bigger interior volume as well?

    • Michael Janzen says:

      I’ve avoided complexity like that to make it more doable for an owner builder. It would add space, and I’ve seen folks do it, but the steelwork and gizmos needed may be best left to the manufacturers.

  3. Tess says:

    I love them all. The thing I personally am unable to do it anything upstairs. Thinking on the side of disabled persons, some wouldn’t even be able to get up there to clean (for me it would be wasted space).

    I would like to see everything on one level. Perhaps a high ceiling with maybe a hydraulic pulley system with moving shelves. This is my own personal idea and I have no video to show my meaning, but for my other suggestion there are some sample videos below.
    Walls that move, to open or close a space on the one level, morphing rooms, creating extra sleeping space.
    And the last thing I would love to see is the use of a hydraulic multifunctional Murphy bed (my personal favorite which is the first video below).

    This specific Murphy bed i found some years ago, is my preferred Style and is also featured in the first morphing apartment video:
    https://youtu.be/9-rwAUR14Z8

    And for moving walls (morphing rooms) this is where I first saw great use of small space:
    https://youtu.be/XYV0qATsyts

    Here’s another example of the morphing, in this video is called origami or the unfolding apartment:
    https://youtu.be/8RbxkrmuQ5E

  4. Rusti says:

    I only have a half hour to decide to buy on the deal you have right now and I don’t see anything wider than 7 feet. Do you do any plans for wider. I’m not looking to transport it often so width is more important to me. I love your plans, just don’t want to do narrow anymore.

  5. Amber says:

    Hello, I am interested in the Redwood Valley 24 design. What is the aproximate budget on this build?

    • Michael Janzen says:

      Hi Amber,

      It really depends on how you finish it. But roughly speaking I think it could be built by a do-it-yourselfer for $25K-$30K and twice that if you had a professional build it.

      Hope that helps.

      Thanks!
      Michael

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