Alternate Floor Plans for the Prospector’s Cabin

I’ve been busy putting together a book. It will be self-published & self-edited and will capture much of what I’ve learned and assembled on the topic of tiny house design. One of the things the book/ebook will contain are tons of floor plans that should help explain the pros and cons of certain layouts & appliance choices.

Below is a small sample of the initial drawings I’m making for the book. These are all different variations of floor plans for a 16′ x 20′ house – specifically intended for the Prospector’s Cabin.

Non of these have a bedroom on the first level yet but they do show how it’s possible to add closet space and how to move all the plumbing into one area to make it easier to build for a do-it-yourselfer.

I’ll get back to book creation now – in the mean time I hope you’ll enjoy this peek into what I’ve been up to. I’ll share more over the next few weeks.

Click on the small images to see the larger versions.

6 thoughts on “Alternate Floor Plans for the Prospector’s Cabin

  1. Nan says:

    Michael, I’d really love to see you design something super micro, like a Vardo, that could be lifted on and off of a flatbed trailer or the bed of a truck. This is something I’ve been interested in for some time. If you design the footprint to be 4×8, with perhaps expanding sides, it would be VERY useful and I believe very popular.

    I’ve seen Tumbleweed’s Vardo plans, but they are not very useful because Jay has designed it to be basically a sleeping bunk. You should be able to stand in it, with room for dinette/bed and micro kitchen/storage.

    The “New Gypsy Vardo” is the best option I have at the moment, but I still don’t think I can handle that vinyl roof.

  2. SteveR says:

    Moving around kitchen and bathroom so that plumbing is all in one area is not just a good idea because it is easier to build. While that may be a consideration, it should not be the reason for a particular design. You only have to build it once!
    It’s a good idea because it saves on resources and makes it easier and less costly to maintain. It just makes sense.
    However, why stop there? You may want to have a ‘wetback’ wood stove that uses the heat from the fire to heat the hot water. You may want to have solar hot water. You may want to use excess PV solar to dump to the hot water tank and if you do all of the above you have all season renewable hot water.
    Rather than start with a floor plan and all utilities in to wherever it lands, it might pay to think about what systems you want to have in place and then design to minimize the business end of the house.
    The idea of a central utility shaft appeals to me as it mimics the central trunk of a tree. Things which need more access to the utilities are closer to the trunk, everything else is on a branch,

  3. Tyson says:

    good idea. some of these layouts have almost all plubming fixtures on an interior wall. I live in the canadian north, and having your plubming in a small area and running on an interior wall makes it far less likley that you will freeze your pipes, which can be nasty.

    one thing to note: the interior wet wall should be 2×6 to allow for space for the vent stacks from the drains.


  4. SR says:

    If you used showers or those tub/showers for the elderly that are now out, you would have room for a towel/linen/storage closet in the bathroom. I think I would make a medium size room in the middle of the house that housed all the electrical and water pipes to keep them from freezing and work the design around them. Possible put the washer.dryer here, too.

  5. Mark Hamblin says:

    I have just bought a 16x20x21(21 ft tall) prefab metal building.
    This will be two story guest house with kitchen, bar, half bath downstairs
    and bedroom and large shower bath upstairs. I thought about the bathroom
    under the stairs with the kitchen close by (plumbing reasons). I would like the
    bar to be at the other end
    Do you have any ideas about stairs and other layout plans?
    Thank you,

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