Micro Gambrel Plans


Announcing another free tiny house plan download for a Micro Gambrel. It measures 8′ deep and 7′ 4″ wide. The reason for the odd width is that it’s sized to optionally fit on an 82″ wide (between the fenders) trailer so that it could be adapted for a mobile tiny house.

Gambrel roofs are common on barns and sheds because they provide a lot of headroom without adding a full second story. For this same reason they seem to be catching on in the tiny house movement too. Most tiny houses have lofts, but a common pitched gable roof can make things tight. A gambrel roof isn’t really much taller, it’s just wider at the mid-point giving that added headroom.

I wanted to learn how to draw a gambrel roof, so being a do-it-yourselfer and avid self-learner, I spent a little time and figured it out. It’s actually quite simple, but as I drew the truss I realized that it would be very easy to slip it onto some tiny house walls I already had drawn in SketchUp. So I took a break from my normal tiny house blogging and focused on these plans for a few days. As with most projects it took a bit longer than expected but it’s now complete.

To get the download link I’d like to invite you to subscribe to my new Tiny House Newsletter – you can unsubscribe any time and I never share my email list with anyone.

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Sample Illustrations from the Plans

Micro Gambrel - Truss Detail Micro Gambrel - Loft Dimensions Micro Gambrel - Loft Detail Micro Gambrel - Gambrel Wall Micro Gambrel - Front Wall Micro Gambrel - Cross Section


Photorealistic Renderings from the Sketchup Drawing

Micro Gambrel - Exterior

Micro Gambrel - View to Front Micro Gambrel - Loft

Micro Gambrel - View Forward from LoftMicro Gambrel - View Forward

10 thoughts on “Micro Gambrel Plans

  1. Amy says:

    OK! Got the link, thanks so very much! I look forward to checking them out more closely. Sorry I was so impatient, but something this cool is hard to wait for! LOL

  2. Christopher says:

    Hello, Michael ~

    This looks great. I received the link from Alex but it isn’t downloading for some reason. Would you please e-mail it to me? Thank you!

    ~ Christopher

      • Christopher says:

        Thanks for the response, Michael. Alex sent me a link to your newsletter (not his) and I am trying to find the gambrel link within your posting. It keeps bringing me back to your posting, but not a PDF. Will you please send it to me? Thank you!

        I’ve been browsing your newsletter for other information and am pleased to see how much you include.

  3. Tom Zollinger says:

    A modification, if you please. My thoughts would substitute 12′ 2X4’s (or 2x6s), creating almost 8′ of 2d floor ceiling height. I would tack studs to 12’ers as base for 2d floor joists. Those joists would extend 4′ at either gambrel to serve as 2d floor deck foundations. I would install door rather than gambrel window. The 2d floor deck and door will aid in bringing bath fixtures and bedroom stuff upstairs. Cost differential? Door(s) rather than window(s); The difference betweeb 8′ and 12′ lumber. Tall MIL houses are eye catching.

  4. Karen Reid says:

    I also subscribe, can I please have a link to the gambrel plans
    I’m thinking of coastal cottage with a gambrel roof.


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