Many people first discover tiny houses by stumbling across some of the smallest examples – and most folks quickly realize that 120 square foot homes are not for everyone. Luckily many of the same benefits of extreme downsizing can be realized by eliminating extraneous possessions and moving into smaller spaces.
Over the past few years I’ve found that most visitors to my blog want plans for homes in the 400 to 800 square foot range. So I’ve been busy going through past design concepts and email requests selecting those that I suspect people would want to build themselves.
The Pioneer’s Cabin framing plan gives you about 400 square feet of usable space (including the loft), a full bathroom, space for a stacked washer/dryer, and a kitchen. It lacks closet space and a downstairs bedroom – but the plans do provide a nice 16′ x 20′ base structure to build upon.
From the illustrations below you might have noticed that the house plans I draw function more like building instructions that explain the building process to prospective owner-builders.
Most professional plans are drawn for professional builders and are difficult to understand for most folks. As an avid do-it-yourselfer myself I wanted to produce some plans for people like me – owner-builders. So the plans are presented in the order of assembly to give novice home builders a better idea of how a small house would be built. But the level of detail should be adequate for any professional to use too.
The plans are available as a PDF download and cost just $9.95.
Below are some sample illustrations from the plans. Click to view a larger version.