101 Tiny House Designs

The Ultimate Collection of Tiny House Design

101 Tiny House Designs is over 400 pages and available as an ebook and in print. The ebook version is available for an introductory price of just $10.00.

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101 Tiny House Designs is a book of ideas and illustrations for tiny house dreamers. Designing tiny houses is a balancing act, especially for the smallest homes. Each house is the result of a series of choices and compromises.

Inside you’ll find 101 design concepts from 12 to 32 feet long. You’ll see a variety of styles, layouts, themes, and common patterns.

If you’re designing your own home you can use the ideas here as building blocks to compose your ideal tiny house.

The Author, Michael Janzen, has been designing tiny houses since 2007. You can see more tiny house design at TinyHouseDesign.com.

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Inside you’ll find over 200 interior designs for tiny houses – 230 to be exact. Each chapter focuses on one size footprint to show what can be done inside each size space – 14 in all: (8×12, 8×16, 8×20, 8×24, 8×28, 8×32, 12×12, 12×12 + Loft, 12×16, 12×16 + Loft, 12×20, 12×20 + Loft, 12×24, 12×24 + Loft).

The book has about 300 pages, measures 6×9, and is mostly illustrations with a short introduction. A detailed legend shows you how to read the floor plans making the drawings easy to decipher.

If you’re considering simplifying your life, extreme downsizing, arranging your tiny apartment more efficiently, building a cabin or inlaw unit, and/or building your own mortgage-free tiny home, this book can help give you a head start on making your goals a reality.

Below is a video walk-through of the book. At the bottom is a small sample from the book.

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  1. Kenise says:

    OMG ! This is just what I’ve been looking for, thank you. Claire I think in the intro it say there are 230 examples

    • Lantz Newberry says:

      Something built on a trailer doesn’t necessarily by law follow the IBC. However that doesn’t mean you can’t build it to those specs. That’s one big advantage to these houses on wheels. They can be built so much better then most mobile homes.

  2. Norma says:

    Do any of these come in any print or disc format? I’m on dial up and 99% of the time pdf’s are very hard to get to download.

  3. Laverne Booth says:

    Micheal, is this you from the Nelson area? If so, congratulations on your book! I am building a small 12X12 with loft tiny home at Robert’s in Crawford Bay. I am looking at a pentagon cabin (I like the cantelevered sides) which I saw in Tiny Houses by Lloyd Kahn. I am scouring the internet for plans for this- have you seen anything that might be useful??? Thanks.

          • ginmar says:

            There’s a program called Calibre, which will change formats from PDF to MOBI or EPUB, which should be readable on Kindle. However, when I changed one of the smaller freebie books into both MOBI and EPUB, none of the Box Bungalow drawings came through. Not one. Not one photo, either.

            I think with PDFs on Kindle you have to pay a certain fee per page, but that I’m not sure.

            • ginmar says:

              I’ve narrowed it down; there’s just a big black spot where the drawings of the box bungalows are, immediately below the picture of Jay Shafer and you.

            • Dannis Belle Cole says:

              I publish on Kindle. It’s free and you get royalties on every copy sold! They don’t like the .pdf format but you can save it as html from your word processor. The Kindle Fire can display and enlarge pictures. I don’t know html but you don’t have to know it to publish in html for Kindle. See http://kdp.amazon.com for details. I wouldn’t bother with Calibre, though Amazon does suggest it. I use OpenOffice for my word processor and have no troubles embedding my full-color covers. They have detailed tutorials for books such as yours that are easy to follow 🙂

  4. Amanda Rankin says:

    I’ve just discovered tiny houses and I am fascinated! Does anyone have a book that shows the cupboards, and ideas of what to put into one of these tiny houses? I see plenty of floor plans, but I would like to get a better concept of how to build in the cupboard and how to configure the kitchen, etc….

    Any ideas?


    • LouAnn Gurske says:

      Check out pintrist and search tiny house blogs, subscribe to the Tiny House Magazine ($2.99 per month)and you will see some good examples of cabinets and kitchens.

  5. Bruce says:

    Spent the evening reviewing the book plans. The most notable benefit for me is to understand the need to prioritize. What is most important? what is nice but could be left out? What is unnecessary?

    A question: every plan, and in fact, every tiny house I’ve seen, has the entry door swing in, eating up valuable floor space. Yet, tiny houses are related to RVs and they always have the entry door swing out. Other than wanting to make tiny houses more like “real” houses, why not swing the door out?

    Another question: has anyone written about using holding tanks for gray and black water? I do not want a compost toilet or incinerating toilet. I wonder how planning/health departments might use their heavy hand if the house is directly connected to a sewer pipe (which they must approve). It isn’t practical to move the house to regularly empty a holding tank. As I ramble, is my problem evident? Any thoughts?

    • Michael Janzen says:

      Good question about the door swing. I see no reason why a tiny house’s door couldn’t swing out – but it would be a bit less house-like (less ‘normal’). Although I can totally see french doors on a tiny house swinging out and it seeming perfectly normal and more useful for opening the house up.

      I’ll look for more info on the RV holding tanks. I’ve seen it out there on RV sites but never written about it. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • Aldene says:

      From what I understand, doors on traditional houses swing in so that the hinges are on the inside and not vulnerable to tampering and unwanted entry.

      • Bruce says:

        True about the hinges because otherwise a thief could just pop the pins and pull the door out. However, there are house door hinges designed to swing out and conceal the pin in the door frame. And of course, RVs have dealt with this issue for decades. A tiny house door wouldn’t have to have the typical ugly metal RV door setup. I can see a standard house door going in a tiny house with these hinges. And what is nice about the door swinging out is that any moisture on the door doesn’t fall on the floor of the house. That doesn’t matter much in a 2000 sq. ft. house but when every inch counts who needs a mess?
        And Michael, mine is a more general question…if you don’t want a compost toilet or incinerator (who wants those stupid insertable bags?), it seems a standard house toilet is the only option. But how would that work long term using a holding tank? Shades of Eddie in “Christmas Vacation”? Connecting directly to a septic/sewer line may imply permanent housing and thus open us up to that heavy governmental hand of regulations. I can’t come up with an answer, although I think if someone had an incinerator that could handle volume generated by a flush toilet, it would solve the problem. Anyone have an idea???

      • RALPH says:

        The Main reason for doors that swing in is so Police and Fire Fighters can access houses easier. Its part of the building code in residential housing.

        • Jerry McIntire says:

          The main reason for doors that swing out, as in commercial buildings, is ease of egress in an emergency. Yet another reason to have a door swing out! I like the no-rain-on-your-floor reason.

          • greg tackaberry says:

            house doors swing in to prevent being trapped by snow or debris blocking a doorway. if you have another means of exit,,, emergency exit through a wide opening window in a seperate directional wall or second story then you may hinge door outwards.

            • Joe Stolz says:

              Some doors are born outies some are born Inies we just need to accept who they are.
              Satire of coarse.
              I build full scale housing during the day but at night I put on a cape and and dream of building little scale housing. I need to get to it because my wife sez i look funny in the cape with nothing to do..;
              I have designed and built camp houses, boat housing, rebuilt travel trailers and always snoop around rvs to see the ways things are packed in tight. From the Airstream days Ive been amazed at the designs and innovation that go into these things. Some better than others but I always learn when I look. The code comments are spot on about the swing of a door and its odd to walk up to a place built by a dyi’er and the door swings wrong… its in the memory glands upstairs. The outie swinger 😉 also gets wet in the rain if the roof has no over hang….
              Pocket doors are the best for a small floor planned home imo…but they too have a few quirks.
              1) Most pd designs have poor seals they tend to leak new or after they get used a bit.
              2) Some styles will pop off the tracks if not designed for travel trailer.
              3) Here is the biggin..DIRT IN THE LOWER TRACK. After a few good ole sloppy footed buddies come by or you sweep dirt out the door a residue of “STUFF” clogs the tracks/ this is and will be a issue until……
              a person takes time to address the problem which without research I cant say its not been fixed. Thank you for sparking a fire in me, im off to see whats new.

    • Krystalyne ANTOINELLI says:

      Bruce, They have a toilet available now that is electric & incinerates the waste products so that every
      week or two, according to how many people are using & how much waste is produced, you simply
      empty the ash , which is now sterilized. You can dispose of ash in your garbage or use it in garden etc.
      Hope this helps you!

  6. DIANE HOLT says:


  7. Clark says:

    There are two composting toilets (heads) being use in boats. They are “Airhead and Natures head.” We’ve been using the Airhead for 8 years on our boat. We’re very happy with it. It would work perfectly for a small home. They are a little spendy. I know a few folks that have built their own. It’s doable.

    • Mike D says:

      I can get an 8′ x 32′ trailer designed for Tiny Houses. They are about $6,000.00 dollars.
      I also can build a shell with a space big enough for a tub. You will need a big truck to move it though. I am currently working on an 8′ x 16′ with a 4′ deck on the rear. Has two sleeping lofts.

  8. karen dahl says:

    Do you have that book in metric? I live in Australia. We don’t easily convert feet and inches to metres and centimetres…

  9. Mark Handy says:

    Hi Michael, i noticed that someone wantedto purchase your book and that they were located in Australia. I would be willing to convert your plans over to metric if we could come to some arrangement in regards to me doing this. Let me know. Regards Mark.

    Ps: i will be making one these tiny houses soon for my parents.i love the whole idea of tiny houses.

      • Lee Fox says:

        Hi Michael, I just purchased the ebook before reading that you will soon have a metric version available. Since I live in Australia I’d prefer the metric one. Can I wait to receive that version please? I’m happy to pay the full price if necessary.

  10. BobD says:


    The book is great. Lots of great ideas. Can you tell me if you are going to make the files you created for the book available for sale to download. What program did you use to create the floor plans.

    Thank you for all the time you’ve put into this.

    Bob DeMint

  11. Mark Handy says:

    Hi Michael, i haven’t purchased your book yet but i was just wondering if any of your tiny house plans have been designed to fit on a trailer?? Ie can they be towed? If so does your book cover the actual trailer design and specificactions, and manufacture of the trailer? Is there a way i can get in contact with you away from this forum to discuss me converting the plans to metric?

    I look forward to getting your book soon.


    • Michael Janzen says:

      I’ve not specified cost because it would range widely depending on how you chose to finish your house. I’ve seen folks build tiny houses for as little as $5,000 and as high as $50,000. The most common cost seems to be around $20,000.

  12. dawn says:

    i love the small house movement, i too would like to see more plans and photos to match on what it looks like to build………storage, cabnets………if your going to write another book……. make them bigger for us who need glasses…….i dont care for pocket books!

  13. Cathy says:

    WONDERFUL book! Now if only there was a section telling me while to choose, LOL! One day I like THIS one best, next day I like THAT one best. Would it be too unreasonable to have ALL the FPs I really love? (Most of them!) Thanks for writing this book:)

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I am trying to get not just the plans but all the blueprints and everything else I need to build one of these houses but it is not showing where to get them or a price!!

  15. Angela Stepp-McFadyen says:

    I would love to buy the book now, but financially not able. But (and excuse me for giving a lot of personal information). I currently live and take care of my disabled father, and I am in the midst of trying to get my own disability, which I’m told is another year to year & half out, because of the back log. But I want to and trying to plan for my future. I live in Forsyth County NC, plan on still living here. I have never bought a house. I’m interested in what do I do, how do I go about it, etc…..

  16. Marsha Johnson says:

    I want to purchase your e-book “Tiny House Floor Plans” by M. Janzen but your site only has PayPal and I need to use MasterCard. Can you help?

  17. mick says:

    Purchased your book some time ago. Have a small lot, no min. sq ft required, want to build tiny house on foundation. Similar to pg 256, 12×24, but with French door entrance in middle room, opening to larger porch. I live in coastal Florida. Need to find FL LIC Bldg Contractor. Any referrals or suggestions appreciated.

  18. Johnc806 says:

    Your goal is to breed all the different dragons available to you and enter combat against other player’s dragons. cgadeedcgddd

  19. Brittney says:

    Hi, I’ve recently discovered tiny homes, and I was wondering if someone could recommend what size would be best for me to grow into. I’m looking for something that is small enough for one person but would be large enough to one day accommodate a small family (three people). Thanks for the help.

  20. Ed Wetzel says:

    I am so intrigued by these plans, only question is how would I assemble the home?Materials?how many extra people will i need to hire?

  21. Burgundy says:

    Iwant to purchase a tiny home already to move in. I have tried to contact a number of homes for sale on tiny home listing no one will contact me. I am ready to retire and I have the land. 303-619-5142. Would like something able to =delivered to Virginia

  22. Mike D says:

    Ed Wetzel – You assemble these the same way you would build a regular small house. 2×4’s and lots of elbow grease. If you can work with wood you can build one, if not find a friend or a local contractor that can build one for you.

    Burgundy – Depending on your budget, you can buy new from several builders. The cost will range from 24k to over 50k. This variable is based on finishes, type of toilet and type of heating equipment.

  23. MaryBeth says:

    As I look your plans I wonder if using a 28 foot “pup” semi-tractor trailer can be used as the starting point? Older models can be had for very little money compared to building up from a trailer. Any ideas on this?

  24. Eric says:

    I saw a build using a rain water collection and purification system but the manufacture was not mentioned. Can anyone help me out?

  25. Sandra Harrington says:

    Are there any plans that could incorporate an “addition” for the bedroom – for an in-law that has arthritis? Climbing a ladder would be difficult?

    • Mike D says:

      I have a plan for a TH that has the dinette fold into a bed, you could use that for the inlaw but would have to fold it up during the day. Either Michael or myself could custom design one for you.

  26. Pauline says:

    Is there a physical location that we could go and actually look at some models, to get a better understanding of actual layout space and different ideas?

    • Mike D says:

      Where do you live?
      There is a factory here in Idaho that builds them and they have one to look at occasionally. There may be other places around the country Like Colorado I think has a builder.

  27. Sue Goldman says:

    Do any of your layouts in the tiny house floor plan book have stairs to the loft, or are they all ladders? Thx!

  28. Erik Berg says:


    I bought your book from Amazon the other day and found some interesting floor plans in the 8×32 section. What software do you use? I looked at Google Sketch up, but you have to buy the Pro version for $590 to do floor plans. I have a Mac and so there aren’t a lot of inexpensive, yet usable programs that I’ve found. I’d like to be able to play around with the space to determine if I’d need 32 feet or if a tiny house would even work for me.

    • Dannis Belle Cole says:

      You can do floor plans using the free version of SketchUp. It’s only necessary to get Pro if you intend to sell the plans you make.

  29. Alex says:

    I was wondering if the floor plan for the LIVEEDGE-PREFAB-KIT7 house is in the book?
    ive been looking for it everywhere…

  30. Susan says:

    Whew!!! So many questions and comments. I scanned them; however I didn’t notice if anyone asked if you have plans for a build on a gooseneck trailer?

  31. Christy Dadswell says:

    I’ve seen one of your floor plans for a 3 bed and am very keen. We live in the UK and have 3 children so we’d like to push the boat out on size as much as possible, so need advice on phrasing a trailer that will accommodate the weight of a tiny house. Once we have a trailer and settled on one of your floors plans, can you help with quantities

  32. Paul says:

    Hi. I think the tiny house on wheels is a great idea. To the best of your knowledge has anyone built a version with the “loft” under the living room?I know the living room would have to be “shorter” as would the bedroom. If not, why not do so.

  33. Theresa English says:

    Are there floor plans where the loaf is just storage, (Like an attic area)? I know I’m not alone when I say, I need a floor plan all on one level. I know the time will come when I won’t be able to climb steps or ladders, so having a home on one level will be very important for me. Having a floor plan for the handicap, would be amazing! Also I would like to have a small second bedrooms for guess.

  34. Hailey says:

    Would any of these work for a family with two kids, and can be towed on our own? My husband is in construction and we want to be able to travel with him for work it we need to.

  35. Gabriella says:

    Hi Michael, I saw the movie, you’re good is not easy to offer many “Variations on the Theme” in so little spaces; but for some people the difficulties represent that challenge that we are passionate about and that we are really looking for. By Gabriella

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