Tag Archives: house plans

Tiny Simple House Plans

You might have noticed I’ve been experimenting with different drawing programs looking for the right tool to draw the illustrations for the house plan book I’m trying to finish up. I don’t have a bunch of money to spend on a bunch of Adobe products and I don’t have a lot of experience with real […]

More Sketches of the Tiny Simple House

I’ve been playing with more drawing software in an attempt to find the right combination of tools to draw the illustrations for the Tiny Simple House plan book. Below are 3D images made with Google SketchUp and a short video. The floor plan was created using software called VectorDesigner which is an inexpensive ($70 ish) […]

The Other Extreme – Old & New McMansion Comparison

I know this is a bit off topic, unless you consider the study of opposites on topic lke I do. I found some big homes in the old house plan archives on Sears Archives website along side the small homes it occurred to me to compare a modern McMansion with an old Sears Kit McMansion. […]

Sears Modern Home – House Kits from 1908 to 1940

A long long time ago in what seems like a country far far away… Sears, Roebuck and Co. had a popular kit house mail order program and sold between 70,000 and 75,000 kit homes. Over 447 different designs from simple to grand were included in their catalog. They even did custom kits if you gave […]

Tiny Free House Update

I’m starting to really cut up pallets and build wall panels today, very exciting. Last night I stayed up late and made some important changes to the floor plan of my tiny free house. I moved the door to the side, moved the pitch horizontally, and pretty much changed the whole thing so I could […]

Shelter Kit

Shelter Kit has been in business for over 40 years and builds simple house kits that come pre-cut, pre-drilled, and designed to be assembled by two inexperienced people. They come with an easy to understand construction manual as well as all the lumber, hardware, flooring, siding, roofing, trim, doors, and windows. Interior finishings are not […]

Tiny Free House

My first tiny house project will be the tiny free house, built from shipping pallets and other reclaimed material. It will measure approximately 6′ by 15′ and provide 90 square feet of living space. A sleeping loft will also extend over about half of the floor space to provide sleeping space for two adults. A […]

Tumbleweed Houses

So far the most inspiring tiny houses I’ve seen are designed by a Jay Shafer, the original founder of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. He got started over 10 years ago back in Iowa but is now living in Sabastopol, California. His houses are well crafted and carefully designed miniature homes often no larger than […]