Category Archives: Design Concepts

8x8x8 Cube – Backyard Office Concept

Julia and I have decided last weekend to seriously consider building a tiny office for me in our backyard. I work from home full-time and use a bedroom in the house as my office. The only trouble is that when the dogs are barking, or Katie is playing loudly, it gets a little difficult to […]

Tiny Gambrel A-Frame

This tiny house design was sent to me by Craig, one of my readers. Like many of us Craig has been experimenting with Google SketchUp and has had an A-Frame design burning in his head; so he sat down and whipped up this sketch of a Tiny Gambrel A-Frame. I asked him if it was […]

4×12 Tiny House – $ingles Only

Lelly at Project Rolling Freedom has been having a lot of fun with SketchUp lately and this is one her latest creations. It’s a 4′ by 12′ tiny house just enough space for one person. I really like it because it’s a great creative exercise in making the most out of the least. Take a […]

PVC Teardrop Bike Trailer

You might recall that I posted a design concept a while back for an ultralight teardrop shaped tiny house trailer that could theoretically be pulled by a bicycle. Shortly after posting the idea I was contacted by The PVC Bike Guy who wants to build such a trailer. In fact he wants to build one […]

Room-Room is a Portable Emergency Shelter

My regular readers will instantly realize how excited I am to have found this portable emergency shelter tonight on Dornob. This design concept is called the Room-Room and was designed by Encore Heureux and G studio. It is intended to be a portable emergency shelter; but I see it as evidence that a bike-towed tiny […]

Could This Be Shedworking HQ?

Alex at Shedworking recently left his garden shed office behind when he moved. After settling into his new place he then invited people to submit ideas and designs for his next shed. Of course this sounded like a lot of fun to me so I fired up Google Sketchup and my imagination and got to […]

Snail Shell System – Tiny Rolling Shelter

This isn’t new but is definitely worth exploring. It’s a portable housing design concept by the artists at N55. It doesn’t look very functional but I really like the innovative approach; who needs wheels for mobility when you can live inside one big wheel. It can be rolled from place to place and even rowed […]

Tiny Dogtrot House – Part 2

I got so much great feedback on the last Tiny Dogtrot House design concept that I decided to whip up a revision. Below is a slightly modified variation that now includes a screened porch between the two 8′ by 12′ sheds, a solar box around the water tank, radiant floor heating, and a tiny gap […]

Tiny Dogtrot House

After all the great feedback from my Two Sustainable Sheds post another variation began to develop in my mind based on a dogtrot house; which is two small houses connected by a breezeway under a common roof. I have to thank Tim for mentioning this… I had never heard the term before and now it’s […]