Category Archives: Design Concepts

Taos Mesa Day Dream #3 – Micro Adobe Home

In the first two installments of this brief side exploration into small adobe homes I shared a 500 and 950 square foot design. This third home is only 376 square feet (320 usable) and should be easy to build. Like the first designs – I’m doing these just for fun and thought my readers would like a […]

Taos Mesa Day Dream #2

The first installment of this brief side exploration into small adobe homes was about twice as big as this 500 square foot design. The usable living space is actually 393 square feet when you take the wall thickness into account. The house has one main room with a kitchen and living space. On the west […]

Taos Mesa Day Dream #1

I’ve hesitated sharing this series of designs with my readers here at Tiny House Design, because they are not tiny. They are small – under 1000 square feet – so I think many people will appreciate them. So at the risk of going slightly off-topic I’ve decided to go ahead and share them. The Backstory […]

Secret Operation 610 Breaks the Tiny Mold

In more ways than one this extreme structure with a tiny house sized interior, helps us think differently about tiny spaces. It was constructed in an abandoned air hanger at a decommissioned air base outside Utrecht (the Netherlands).  It’s available to artists & scientists looking for a place for thinking outside the box – an apparently […]

BIG designed Tiny

Klein, a prefab-housing startup, had on of the world’s leading architectural firms design this tiny house concept. It’s located in Upstate New York and is comprised of 100% recyclable materials. It gets it’s electricity from the sun and heat from a tiny Morsøe wood stove. It was designed by the architects at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), who […]

Tiny Fallout Shelter House – Design Concept

I’ve got a hobby – a weird one – and its the study of fallout shelters and nuclear war survival. I’m Gen-X and grew up during the cold war. So for fun – and maybe as a weird sort of therapy – I started learning about fallout and nuclear war as a teenager. I’m also […]

Alternating Step Tansu Tiny House Stairs

I’ve not seen many alternating steps being built for tiny houses – yet. It’s a simple concept, provide only the amount of step or tread each of your feet actually needs. When you do this you cover a lot more horizontal distance in less space – which is exactly what you need in a tiny house. How […]

Step Tansu Tiny House Stairs Design Concept

Early tiny houses mostly just used ladders to access the sleeping loft because that approach works better with gable roofs. But these days tiny house stairs seem to be more and more common, especially with more folks building houses with shed roofs, gable roofs, and cross gables (as shown above). The higher ceiling along an outer […]

Shipping Container Based Remote Cabin Design Concept

The ability to button-up and secure remote cabins helps thwart would-be thieves. Tiny buildings made from shipping containers are naturally easy to secure when left mostly intact. Cutting holes for windows and doors not only opens the home up with natural light, it opens opportunity for break-in. In this design exploration I show how windows […]