The Navarro 20 – Tiny House Plans

Pictured here is just one way you could finish the Navarro 20. Inside I show an alternating Step Tansu Staircase that leads up to the sleeping loft. The stairs provide a lot of flexible storage space themselves, but even more storage cabinets flank the full size refrigerator.

Like all my tiny house plans you have the flexibility to finish the house however you like, this is just one example. The downoadable plans include a PDF of the plans, the original SketchUp drawing, and a materials checklist to get you started on your shopping list.

Navarro 20 - Exterior Front
Navarro 20 - Interior looking down from loft

Four large windows let tons of light into the house and make this design ideal for a locating in a place with a great view. The high ceiling, big windows, and single large room would add to the open feeling in this tiny house design.

At the end of the house – behind a pocket door – is a bathroom with a 32″ shower, toilet, and wall mounted sink.

The Navarro has a simple 3/12 shed roof and is 20-feet long. There are three primary advanges of a shed roof over a gable roofed tiny house:

  1. Interior Space is Maximized – While keeping the maximum height of the house below 13′ 6″, the side walls are extended to their maximum height while keeping a 3/12 pitch roof. This roof pitch is a very common lower limit for many common roofing materials making it an ideal low pitch roof. Shallower pitches are possible with roofing materials that can handle the flatness.
  2. More Spacous Sleeping Loft – While many people these days look for tiny house designs with lower level sleeping options, lofts remain popular and provide a lot of extra useful space without adding square footage. A gable roof without dormers make for a cramped loft, so a shed roof gives you a lot more usable space upstairs.
  3. Simplier to Build – If you’re an owner builder – or on a budget or afraid of heights – you’ll appreciate this benefit of a shed roofed tiny house. There will be no difficult cuts, no complex sheet metal work, no tricky roof framing in a roof like this – or at least compared to a gable or gambrel roof. This is quite possible the simpliest roof to build which speeds the time to complete and lowers the cost – which matters a lot when you’re hiring skilled labor by the hour.

The overall height and width of the Navarro fit within the common road limit of 13′ 6″ tall, and 8′ 6″ wide – making it towable without special permits by a large pickup truck.

The trailer you select to build a tiny house of this size should have at least two 5,500 pound axles, electric breaks, and a properly sized hitch. I recommend using the trailers from Tiny Home Builders.

All of my gable and gambrel roofed have interghangable wall sections, extensions, and roofs. For the most part these are not interchangebale with the shed roof plans, the Navarro being the first of many shed roof designs. The future shed roofed designs will have interchangebale parts with eachother. So if you want to mashup your own tiny house design using two or more of my shed roofed designs, you’ll be able to do that.

Some of my first free tiny house designs were shed roofed houses. Many people have built from these designs and we now see many tiny houses sporting shed roofs. The only disadvantage I see is the trailerabilty of an asymetric tiny house. One side will naturally be heavier than the other. This can be somewhat offset by the interior layout, but at the end of the day – the house is literally lopsided.

The good news is that this hasn’t seemed to cause anyone any great concern. If the trailer is stout and the load is slightly uneven, the houses still seem to tow without too much trouble. That said… I think a symetricall (right to left) tiny house will always be easier to than an asymetrical house.

As I draw more shed roofed tiny houses they will all have interchangeable parts like extensions, wall sections, and roofs. So stay tuned and subscribe by email to keep up to date with the latest tiny house designs. Also… let me know what you’d like to see in my next shed roofed tiny house design!

Navarro 20 - Interior looking in from front door

Navarro 20 - Interior view from kitchen

Navarro 20 - Interior bathroom

Navarro 20 - Interior Step Tansu Stairs Detail

Navarro 20 - Exterior Back

7 thoughts on “The Navarro 20 – Tiny House Plans

  1. Marsha Cowan says:

    One really cool thing about about this design, especially if you live in a place like
    Arizona, is the one side with no windows. In the winter, one could park with the windows facing the south, and in the summer, one could park with the windows to the north. It would cut back tremendously on the heat in the summer, yet add a great deal of warmth in the winter.

  2. Max Gilbert says:

    First THOW with a design an older adult like myself would feel comfortable navigating the stairs. While the giant windows are beautiful, they seem like a waste of wall space. Also here in FL it would only make it a TOOW. (Toaster oven on wheels!) Again, beautiful design.

  3. Jane on Whidbey says:

    I love seeing shed roofs. From the outside, they aren’t my favorite, but for practicality, I love them. My home has a shed roof, with the slant toward the sun, and the French doors on the short side, too. As I enter, the roof soars upward, giving an even greater feeling of space. My bed is also my couch, on the first floor, and I have a swing hanging from beams above. I have a loft for storage, and open space otherwise. It feels bigger than it is because of the height.
    I like Marsha’s idea of rotating the house twice a year. I’ve thought of doing that myself. I’m looking at a piece of property that has shade and sun in different places, and I’m thinking that it would be nice to move my house into the sun for the winter, and closer to the shade in the summer. It sounds really nice to me.

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