Free Plans – 8×8 Tiny House v.2

I’ve been having fun refining these tiny house plans I drew last week. I’m still missing a materials list and as I was making the downloadable file I realized I left a few things out like windows in the loft. But I really value your feedback so if I’ve missed something else please let me know. In fact any and all feedback is welcome, I’d like these to be as good as they can be.

I’m also curious to know what kind of free house plans you’d like me to draw next. I was thinking of one of the following but I’d like to hear what you’d like. Feel free to suggest things off the menu too.

  • 16×16 Cabin – 12/12 gable roof – open loft – foundation
  • 8×16 Low Cost Tiny House – 12/12 gable roof – trailer or foundation
  • 8×24 Passive Solar Tiny House – 6/12 shed roof
  • 12×24 Shotgun Shack – 6/12 gable roof – trailer or foundation

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24 thoughts on “Free Plans – 8×8 Tiny House v.2

  1. Justin says:

    Great design, I’m just working on the framing layout for my own little house so this is very useful, I’ll have more up on my site when it’s finalised.

    As my house is going to be 8×16, and built cheaply, can you guess which one I’d be interested to see?

    Thanks for all your hard work,


  2. Kent Griswold says:

    Looking good Michael, I will get a post up pointing to your great plans and let my readers know about your cool plans.

    My vote is the 16 x16 cabin because I think my wife and I could enjoy a little more space.

  3. J.D. says:

    Nice work!

    If you have the time, I would like to see a variation or a take on the Turnbull Yale Grad Student House with the slanted roof and open loft bed, using the similar dimensions on a trailer.

    Other topics that many off-gridders would like to see are the use of water-harvesting methods, solar power, wind turbine, composting, etc., that can be built or purchased within reasonable means.

    Another area of vital interest is a cost comparison post since this is the first issue prospective home owners face when considering options. Many people have broached the subject on Jay’s site about his seemingly high price points. What would be intriguing to a would-be-builder is a break-down of what various Tiny House companies charge versus what a do-it-yourself would pay (excluding the aid of $1,000 stock plans).

    I know you are working on a Tiny Home using free materials but what are some other alternatives? Perhaps a $5,000 challenge to builders?

    Thanks, keep up the awesome work!

    • Michael Janzen says:

      Those are great ideas JD, Thanks!

      Turnbull’s tiny house wouldn’t be hard to replicate and you know the shed roof has a lot more potential for solar and rain water collection too.

      You know Jay has posted what he thinks his houses cost to build. It’s interesting to look at the break down of each component.

      Jay is quoting the cost of new premium materials. But we know that scrounging and clever innovation can lower construction costs significantly even with a house like Jay’s. For example you could build the windows yourself like Kai in Germany, or scrounge a free or cheap trailer like Zoey. I think you’re right… I should do some posts on used vs. new specifically. There are so many examples but you have to read between the lines.


  4. J.D. says:

    Exactly! I feel like we speak the same language.
    Budgetary constraints and environmental considerations are rigid parameters for any prospective builder.

    Although I love what these Tiny Home Companies offer, I just don’t think they’re feasible or realistic. “Drew” made some cogent observations in this regard on Jay’s Blog along with others.

    The concept behind “Tiny Homes” is relative and open to interpretation like everything else in modernity. I would like to see the movement revisit its roots to what made Jeff Milstein’s Bolt-Together House so darn appealing (even though it doesn’t meet current building codes)–a cost-effective structure designed for the tightest budgets which nearly anyone could build.

    Jeff Milstein sold thousands of his plans because it was cheap and it was easily to build. This I believe is where the sweet spot is for Tiny House enthusiasts.

    Jay’s Epu: $32K (subtracted $10k in furnishings such as his signature propane heater)

    Peter King’s Tiny House: less than $2,000

  5. lellewynn says:

    Hey Michael! I just love your blog. I check in every day just to see what’s new!
    I also designed my own 8’x8′ house. I haven’t built it yet but i really want to! One thing I was thinking of in order to maximize space is pocket doors. that way you dont have to have swing room for a door in such a tiny space. I wish they made wooden doors like they make sliding glass doors.
    Anyway, there is my penny for your thought.

  6. Dave says:

    Great website! The 8×24 Passive Solar Tiny House – 6/12 shed roof would be interesting. Thanks for all your hard work in putting this site together and making your plans available for free!

  7. laila says:

    I just found out that I’ll be able to lease some land next to my sister’s lakeside property in Canada. I’m looking for a cheap way to build something small but sturdy, that can survive the winters there… Your 8 x 16 plans might could in very handy!

    • Michael Janzen says:

      That’s great. A simple tiny house on wheels might just be the ticket. Build it like a real four season cabin and move it when you need to.

  8. Kieran says:


    Thank you for posting this for everybody; I, too, believe in the philosophy of “free,” at least in the sense that people should help others who wish, as Gandhi stated best, “to be the change they wish to see in the world.”

    To the point: I agree with JD in that I’d love to see a design like Turnstall’s little home on wheels. I began reading into natural-building techniques roughly a year and a half ago, but decided that I’d prefer to build one using modern techniques (i.e. wood framing) and simply build smaller. When I found the book “Tiny Houses,” I soon found the Tiny House Blog. When I found out about Jay’s idea of having one on wheels, I knew it was what I wanted: I intend on going to graduate school myself, and figured this would be an excellent way to go about affording doing so. However, I can scarcely afford to spend $1000 on the plans for the Weebee; so, when I found out there was another graduate student with my idea, I was delighted that she followed through. The idea of having a small, affordable home, is excellent; furthermore, I’d love to pursue using rainwater collection, both passive solar and solar powering, and compost toileting. It likely sounds as though I’m over my head here, but that’s why it’s terrific that there’s this little community.

    One thing I hadn’t taken into consideration is where Jay is located: I looked at Lowe’s website, and due to my living in Michigan, it seems that the cost of the same lumber compared to where Jay lives in California is nearly half the price of what Jay’s is. I figured aside from things like stainless steel countertops and the other frills (e.g. heater, etc.), I could build one relatively cheaper, especially if I scavenged.

    What say ye to my novel-length reply?

  9. Michael Janzen says:

    Thanks Kieran… great comment and not too long at all 🙂

    Well… your in the right place. I feel the same way I love Jay’s designs, the detail, careful composition, and premium finishings but I think a very nice tiny home can be built for a lot less… if the right choices are made.

  10. Kieran says:

    You’re welcome.

    To be candid I don’t know which of your proposed future sketches I’d vote for: all of them sound appealing in their own right.

    If you’re able to answer or throw a better-educated guesses my way:

    -What are the dis/advantages to having either a gable or shed roof?
    -Would sleeping in a loft in one of (for example) Jay’s Tiny Houses be very hot up there?
    -(And here’s my silly question, but I really don’t know) Would it be necessary to own a truck to tow one of those houses around, or could, say, some form of SUV do that?

  11. Michael Janzen says:


    Gable Roofs – Gable roofs are a little harder to build, they provide a more closed in feel, they tend to hold in the warm/cool air better. I’m not sure about this but I think they make the whole house stronger because they rest evenly on the top plate(s) of the walls.

    Shed Roofs – Shed roofs are great for passive solar design especially in a tiny house where you can turn the tall side toward or away from the sun depending on the weather and desired effect. The disadvantages of putting a shed roof on a mobile tiny house is that the roof pitch has to be less steep than a gable to stay under the 13.5 road limit. The advantage is that it provides more interior headroom and a more spacious loft.

    Lofts – As far as sleeping lofts, hot air rises. The less open a loft the hotter it will be. Jay puts windows in both ends of his tiny houses for cross ventilation. Open lofts would still be warmer but would tend to be more like the main room in temperature.

    Towing – Many SUVs can tow 5000 pounds, even some of the imports. Check the rating on the truck/SUV to be sure. Many of the smaller tiny houses (120 sq ft) tend to be under 5000 pounds. The tortoise shell homes that are build from steel studs tend to be about 1000 pounds lighter than the wood houses. So your choice of materials will greatly effect the weight. My pallet house for example will be heavier than a Tumbleweed but I suspect you could build a tiny house without all the decorative wood that’s lighter than a Tumbleweed.

    Hope that helps!

  12. Ethan says:

    I would really like plans for the 8×16 Low Cost Tiny House. That would be perfect for my needs, I’ll be moving from College to College in the next eight years, and a 8×16 house on a trailer would be perfect.

    Your blog is amazing an so are your houses!

    • Michael Janzen says:

      Thanks Ethan. It’s nice to get positive feedback like that. The 8×16 low cost house is high on my list.

  13. Rob Weiss says:

    I think your designs are simple enough…I would like to see you take your 8×8 Tiny House v.2 and Add an 8’X 8′ with a 36″ front door 8×16 Low Cost Tiny House – with 12/12 gable roof – on a 16′ trailer. With interior design layouts.
    I would like to housekeeping area to include:
    2 burner propane stove, sink, small washing machine, toilet (prefer elongated), stall shower, 12VDC lights, prep for solar power and or wind), Grey H20 and Black H20 tanks. Prep for A/C, Prep for Stainless Steel Heater. Thank you. ~Rob

  14. Gayle Opie says:

    I would be interested in seeing plans for the 12×24 shotgun shack. I hope it is really not too “shacky” and more homey. That’s just about the size I’m thinking about.

  15. di says:

    Tiny houses are difficult to zone, finance, insure and sell. Therefore, you may own one for a long period of time. This may be a permanent or long-term decision.

    To be practical, I’d suggest a one-story building. With accidents or age, it may be difficult to climb a ladder to the bedroom loft.

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