Prefab Hybrid – An Approach To Partial Panelized Construction

One of the most popular plans/ebooks I’ve published is Tiny Prefab – A Do-It-Yourself Prefab Building System. This new plan, Prefab Hybrid, is a variation on that theme leveraging prefab panels for the floor, walls, and loft and standard framing for the roof.

Compared to the system you’ll see in Tiny Prefab, the panels in this plan are simpler and more similar to standard framing. They are partially finished and remain open on the interior for easy assembly, wiring, plumbing, and insulating. So the amount of actual off-site prefabrication is reduced. The disadvantage of this approach is that more construction work would need to happen on-site instead of in the shop.

The other major difference with this approach is the hybrid part. Instead of using prefab panels in the roof, the way you’d see in Tiny Prefab, standard framing is shown. Lifting heavy panels up onto a roof would not be easy to do alone. So to make this an easier project for one person, standard framing for the roof seemed like a logical way to go.

The other major advantage to building with panels, besides the off-site prefabrication, is that the panels can make different sized buildings (see below).

This new set of plans is just 26 pages long, and you can buy a copy for $9.95, but I’m also including it in the original Tiny Prefab ebook at no extra charge. So, if you’ve already purchased Tiny Prefab you should have received an email with a link to the updated version which includes Prefab Hybrid – so there’s no need to buy this plan.

If you don’t own a copy of Tiny Prefab and want a copy of Prefab Hybrid you have a couple of options.

  1. You can buy Prefab Hybrid for $9.95;
  2. You can buy a copy of Tiny Prefab for $19.95 (which includes a free copy of Prefab Hybrid), or;


3 thoughts on “Prefab Hybrid – An Approach To Partial Panelized Construction

  1. Elvia Morales says:

    I was searching online for the least expensive house plan similar to a “Dog Trot”. City requires a minimum of 1000 sq feet. to build. Please advise. (last pic. before this section to leave a reply looks like a dog trot)

    • Jeremy says:

      Put it on a trailer, and then you come under a whole different department. Ask what the minimum code is ( you will want to build it better than what they tell you but it gives you a good starting point.) and then if you are not sure on something look it up or ask. There are many people willing to help.

      Just remember if you do this 8 feet wide is the maximum you can make it and 13 feet 6 inches tall is tallest it can be. So conform to housing codes, and when (or if) they lower the square footage limit you can just move the house onto a prepared slab. This site ( ) has trailers you can get to put tiny houses on. the longest trailer is 24 feet long.

      A few things that should be in your plans. Hurricane straps for your roof so you know your roof is secure when you move it, plan for future upgrades like solar panels so you know what it will entail, and lastly if you are considering using propane think about switching to Diesel because it is less dangerous, has more energy per gallon, you can get things like Diesel cook tops, you can also use it for heat, you can get it just about anywhere, and last but not least if you need to take a ferry or other such conveyance you will not need to shut off your gas like you would with propane. You could put in and gas tank in the dead space where the trailers tongue is at. Also look at the website. look at the XV-LT and then look at systems. Now not all of that will apply to you but you can get information on the diesel instead of propane idea.

      Hope this helps somewhat. All the Best.


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