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$3k Tiny House Plans by Pin Up Houses

Pin Up Houses is a relatively new tiny house plans company founded by architect Joshua Woodsman.


He’s creating easy to follow tiny house plans that you can use to build your own tiny cabin or micro lodge.

Joshua built the 107 sq. ft. tiny cabin you see here for only $3,000 in materials!1 It’s called the Cheryl cabin.

$3k Tiny House Plans by Pin Up Houses

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Cheryl Tiny House Plans (Video)

How the Cheryl Tiny Cabin Was Built (Video)

Tiny house plans from Pin Up Homes start at $29 and they come with a step by step guide, material list, and list of tools you’ll need to complete the project. Learn more: http://www.pinuphouses.com/

Resources

  1. Inhabitat
  2. PinUpHouses
  3. TinyHouseLiving

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  • Suzanne April 25, 2015, 12:36 pm

    Love the ottoman/storage/bed idea – what a great use of space!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Mary April 25, 2015, 1:03 pm

    No insulation? No vent for stove top? Plumbing? How can you call it a house? Cute inexpensive music practice hang out yes House???

    • Myles Blackwood April 26, 2015, 12:29 am

      Four walls and a roof make a house.
      You could survive in it if you needed to in a pinch as it would keep you out of the elements.

    • annette April 26, 2015, 12:49 am

      Sorry – this is shed, a shack, a tent, a hovel, a total pretense that mocks the truly homeless. Only a rich person (with all those cute babes) taking time off would stay here, and that’s not what Tiny houses are all about.

      It’s just not an acceptable human habitation. More like a chicken shack.

      It’s not a tiny house.

      Alternative housing needn’t automatically alienate and ridicule the tenant.

      People need to eat and eliminate – this is nothing but a box that doesn’t demonstrate any utilities.

      It’a also highly unattractive.

      • Laurie April 26, 2015, 10:10 pm

        Annette, I completely agree … and why would anyone pay $29 for the plans for this box? You can go to your local Home Depot, and they’ll deliver one with the same lack of a bathroom or kitchen.

      • Chris April 26, 2015, 11:18 pm

        A tiny house is about whatever the builder wants it to be about. An office? If that’s what the builder (or buyer) wants. A retreat? Why not? A man cave? Sure. A part time house? Fine. A full-time house with a super-tiny ecological footprint? You bet. A pretty rough full time house to keep him off the sidewalk or out of his car? If that’s what the goal was. Tiny houses are about doing what you want and/or can afford. They are not about satisfying a presupposed idea of what tiny homes “are all about.” My tiny house will be about different things to me than to you. The only guaranteed common factor is they will both be about shelter.

        And this little shack is shelter.

        You do know that until about a century ago, this would have been pretty acceptable, right? Insulation was not and is not a requirement for acceptable human habitation. It hasn’t existed (except for maybe earth or brick nogging on occasion) for most of history ( I mean in a frame-built house, not adobe or thatched huts). Thoreau’s cabin was most likely uninsulated. If it stays warm without the insulation (which is possible), or cool without it (also possible), then so what? And it ain’t like you couldn’t just throw some insulation up if you wanted. It could be paneled with SIPs under the exterior corrugated material. This piece doesn’t say if it’s insulated or not. Not that it’s a critical issue for habitation. A really good issue, but if you have a good heat source (or good ac), not life or death.

        It’s kind of a blank canvas in that regard…you can insulate it with whatever eco friendly or unfriendly stuff you want. But it’s your choice.

        There is a wood stove for heat. There is an electric hot plate for cooking, indicating electricity (and a great many tiny houses I’ve seen on here and on Youtube use a hoodless hotplate or induction burner — hoods are not a requirement). Even today, some people choose to evacuate their bodies in an outhouse, or a bucket toilet inside. Bucket-style composting toilets are very popular in tiny homes. They just happen to typically be in a nice wooden box….which this thing has plenty of. I remember my grandma’s house out in Illinois. Until the mid 80s, you went to the outhouse, cause there was no bathroom. It was the late 80s before that bathroom had a flush toilet, we just used a camp toilet until the plumbing was done. And none of us thought it unfit for human habitation. While a pain, millions of truck drivers walk, in whatever weather, dozens or even hundreds of yards to get to plumbing — and do that every single day all over the U.S. and Canada — and every other nation that has trucks with sleeper berths.

        I doubt homeless people are insulted by this design. Nowhere does this or the videos that I saw say anything about homeless people. But I can tell you, having been homeless (not shelterless, I had my car), that the “chicken shack” is friggin paradise compared to a bench at a bus stop or the seats in you car. It’s not mocking anyone. Lots of people in this country live a lot rougher than what that little building offers. Why would someone living on the street turn their nose up at a safe place to sleep where they can cook, stay warm in winter, lock their door, and have a bed? You think they have utilities on their park bench or plumbing in their car? You think they’re more comfortable using newspapers as blankets, or sitting in a vehicle they can neither stretch out nor stand up in?

        I agree that it could look better, but that’s taste….lots of people like that sort of look. And that’s fine. I like steep-pitched traditional roofs with lucome dormers. Lots of people think my tastes are ugly, too.

        It is, in fact, a house. And it’s a more luxurious house than a huge number of Americans lived in until well into the twentieth century. There’s a lot of Americans who would jump at the chance to live in one of these because it’s an upgrade from the way they currently live. And if you just bought acreage, it might be a good, quick option to live in while you prep your site and build your house. Then, when the house is built you have this nifty wee house for a man cave or party house or office or whatever.

        Besides, I’m fairly certain he’s not claiming this is the cure for all housing ills, or the solution to homelessness. It’s just a fun ad. Maybe some of the other plans have….plumbing. I want indoor plumbing, but not everyone is as hung up on that as I am. Seriously, I’m not joking about that.

      • Jeremy May 27, 2015, 11:45 am

        Ah yes, the old “this doesn’t suit my needs so I’m going to tell everyone it’s terrible” argument. Classic.

      • Gigi April 25, 2016, 9:52 pm

        I agree that this is really a shed. What’s wrong with that? If it meets your financial and living circumstances, great! I find it curious that some homes posted meet with critical comments about being too large or elaborate and charges of price gouging. Now we have a tiny, unpretentious home that is “a total pretense that mocks the truly homeless.” Good grief! Can’t we just accept the fact that people have different wants and needs? Can’t we respect the kind of home they choose – even if it is not to our liking?

        • Annette April 25, 2016, 10:37 pm

          Thanks for all the responses. Quite the interesting exchange.

          I want only to remind the stubborn romantics among you that this box is billed as a “tiny house” and not as some point out that it could be an office, backyard studio, camp, chicken coop, etc. So I’m mainly objecting to the advertising.

          While people can do as they like, and I agree that it’s possible to get along in a box without any sanitation since people can adapt to virtually any conditions when pressed, I submit that as far as this being a tiny house, it fails to be better than at best a temporary or part-time solution, e.g. for summer use, picnics and frolics — if public facilities are available nearby — without hazard to the environment.

          And to the soul who suggests a composting toilet can be provided — clearly a lot can be provided to this place, but has not been.

          It is in fact only a box and not suitable for, e.g. normal occurrences like winter. I certainly have camped for weeks at a time and know how to get along well for my own health and safety, but that’s the best this can be: a camp.

          But I concede, it is a cute box. Enjoy your own opinions as to what constitutes safe, reasonable and respectful living requirements in this century.

  • Comet April 25, 2015, 1:11 pm

    Very cute and love the models!

  • M April 25, 2015, 1:27 pm

    Sort of a re-do of the Spanky and Gang clubhouse for big kids.

  • klee April 25, 2015, 1:29 pm

    Superb! Concept of “Pin-Ups” incorporated into Housing Ideas, Plans, Construction & Presentation. Thank You for Being You! [A Creative Problem Solver!]. klee

  • Carole Broderick April 25, 2015, 1:55 pm

    I think thwy are ugly. No curb. Appeal.

    • Princess April 25, 2015, 4:42 pm

      Uhhh… there is no ‘curb’… 🙂 On the other hand, has plenty of ‘cube appeal’. It is great for what it is… does not appear to be permanent, life-long housing. I like it.

  • Eva April 25, 2015, 2:13 pm

    I think this is brilliant. Love the cubes that can be configured in so many different ways.

  • Rick April 25, 2015, 3:27 pm

    On the outside it would seem like a clever plan but for only a extended work space, not living space. I can see appealing to the younger crowd but for those of us who would be looking for something that would be more of a “tiny house” this would not even be something we would consider. Maybe for the grand kids.

  • C. April 25, 2015, 3:38 pm

    I like this. I wish it were possible to add all the other stuff (bathroom, shower, etc.) for 3 grand! LOL!

  • Jennifer April 25, 2015, 3:47 pm

    I love how simple and fun these tiny structures are. I would love to have one in my backyard as a music room.

  • Suze O April 25, 2015, 4:13 pm

    Love the cube system. Anyone seen the Matroshka furniture set? Same idea only more refined and great for a small space! Good also for do-it yourselfers – you can build one element at a time, paycheck by paycheck if you will. I’d like the house itself to be tad bigger and with a bathroom, though. Not sure how it would do with extremes of heat/cold.

  • Speed April 25, 2015, 4:26 pm

    I like the fact that it is simple keep it simple that’s my moto.

  • Frank April 25, 2015, 5:03 pm

    If the women are included….then I will buy the plans…..if not….there is not much in the plans to entice me to build it…..but then again at $3,000 what more can one do.

  • Steph April 25, 2015, 5:11 pm

    Build two for 6K insulate it and you have bathroom space and proper kitchen space.Sounds a little bugs bunny but eh why not ? My biggest question with all these tiny homes is, Where do you put them what with all the zoning pitfalls ??

  • Jan April 25, 2015, 6:40 pm

    Man Cave? Cute!

  • jose verdi April 25, 2015, 9:49 pm

    Absolutely amazing! This is the future of a better human race!! Congratulations!!!
    Freedom and self-sufficiency are absolutely Priceless!!

  • David April 25, 2015, 10:25 pm

    The Christie cottage would be do-able for living in.
    Keep them coming Joshua, I like your fun designs.

  • Steve April 25, 2015, 11:50 pm

    Well, looks alot like a grad students attempt at creating a thesis for his masters degree. totally out of touch with reality, using the plans for any purpose other than big kid playhouse, or little kid playhouses is out of the question. on the other hand after studying his free plan to determine their usefulness, he does provide enough info to build what he is selling. As others point out, they will never pass code and could only be built in areas where codes are not enforced or nonexistent. And yes the models are cute in a fashion, but so bimboesque, they take away from his credibility as an architect, leaving one uncertain as to his abilities to provide reliable plans.

  • Joshua woodsman April 26, 2015, 2:30 am

    Thanks very much for your nice comments!
    Is it a house or not?
    As I mentioned in the video: “It can be used as a holiday home, a guesthouse, or simply a place to escape in your garden.”
    Thank you for your interest!
    Joshua

  • Casey April 26, 2015, 8:33 am

    I think this is pushing it. Very little more than a bare bones shed. It’s going to feel like you are roughing it pretty hard.

  • Barry April 26, 2015, 9:18 am

    Love the concept…simple.

  • Joyce April 26, 2015, 10:23 am

    I saw a photo with a chimney in a side wall and another stacking firewood on a back deck. Yet I saw no sign of a stove or other device connected to this chimney in any photo on this page. The presence of a stove would answer some of the questions mentioned regarding heat and kitchen.
    This could be a starter home project for the poor who continues to use his skill to improve as finances allow as another person mentioned. Location is important since permanent living in this stage would not be permitted in many areas. Society dictates how we should live, not how we can live. A little over a century ago (even two centuries) man was permitted to live as the homeless do today—sleep under the stars, trees or a cliff and live off the land. Society changed all that.

  • Joyce April 26, 2015, 10:32 am

    I will correct myself. On close inspection one photo does show what appears to be a hotplate and next to those wood kitchenette boxes is a 2-door device that looks like a wood burner. Sadly that ‘wood burner’ appears painted wood sides and so close to the other wood boxes to be a FIRE DANGER.

  • Keith reeves April 26, 2015, 6:33 pm

    For all of you tiney house elitists , check out.
    http://handsofmercy.com/lofthouse/
    We build this type of home all the time for poor families in underprivileged areas of Baja California and they work out quite well as HOMES, ableist ,the plumbing is Old school outhouse, but for a bit more $that canbe fixed.

    Sounds like you guys need a dose of real world situations as opposed to kumbya getting back to nature living small.
    These are mostly all good ideas to build from,not criticize .

    • Suze O May 27, 2015, 3:41 pm

      SO true! I have been to Mexico, by train, which runs through small hamlets and winds up rolling slowly through the endless slums around Mexico City. “Homes” are built of cardboard, discarded and rusted sheet metal, scraps of tar paper, large prickly pear pads! (de-prickled, of course), but true shacks of the most miserable kind. Americans have no idea what luxury is. Well, MOST Americans. Native Americans who live on some of our reservations don’t have situations much better.

  • Liz April 27, 2015, 1:32 pm

    Four walls and a roof is not a home. This doesn’t have much other than some furniture to sit on and not even close to a home.

  • John April 28, 2015, 11:29 am

    Say there handsome, is that a rolled up house plan in your pocket or you just glad to see me 😉

  • sc April 28, 2015, 7:17 pm

    Some of you folks whigging out need to calm the heck down. This site lists this plan as a CABIN. The web site list their plans in the following way
    SHED
    CABINS
    TINY HOUSES
    COTTAGES
    PLAYHOUSES

    The tiny house plan that has the similar style to the Cheryl “cabin” is the Louise
    http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/tiny-house/louise/
    That includes a bathroom and kitchen.
    Whoever posted this should have made it clear what that this plan is a cabin/no bath or kitchen
    There have been other “cabin” places presented on this site without so many negative posts. I dont understand this.
    The styles on the pinuphouse site are very cute.

  • Matt May 31, 2015, 3:32 pm

    I think the video did a pretty good job at conveying the purpose of the tiny home. I felt like it was missing something at first and couldn’t quite put my finger on it. After raking my brain a few minutes I realized that it was missing an adequate number tats. The one gal had quite a few, but “quite a few” isn’t always enough. If she had a few more, then this video may have been perfect.

  • Mike May 31, 2015, 8:48 pm

    I like it. It’s a place to start and improve upon whether that be insulation, plumbing, or an addition. I could see making the tall wall 12′ and the short wall 8′, adding a sleeping loft.

    • Keith June 26, 2015, 10:47 pm

      Just call it a chicken coop. If they ask about the stove tell them chickens need to eat to.

  • William June 8, 2015, 12:26 am

    Hi anyone and everyone!
    I live in remote trinity county ca,
    My wife and I have 2 acres of commercial property on main st. Weaverville ,we purchased this property in 2010 in hope of building a nursery. We paid it off in 2012 and thought we would start on our nursery ,that was not to be. Shortly after this my wife developed triple negative breast cancer and life stopped.
    After many treatments,surgery and praying I am happy to say she is cancer free! She is the strongest person I have ever met.
    So here we are 2 1/2 years later we have reassed life and what we would like to do with this property .
    So that brings us to here Tiny house resort or hotel or …???
    The whole concept is amazing I’m just not sure how to get started with codes and designs California is tough.
    We are hoping to make this property into our reteriment plan.
    If there is anyone out there that has done this or has ideas please respond. We would greatly appreciate any ideas.
    We don’t have a lot of money but we do have some and are willing to invest we just need good sound advice and direction.
    Thank you all in advance.
    William sharp

  • Robyn April 25, 2016, 3:47 pm

    You know what this (doesn’t) have that is a usual suspects complaint?
    A loft.

    If I can increase or decrease a garment using a pattern, can’t a house plan be similarly resized?
    I like it as is, for short term, massage studio, guest house.
    Long term? A porch, a separate bathroom, insulation and perhaps an additional window.

  • jake April 26, 2016, 7:50 am

    I value this venue
    for diverse edification
    on diminutive dwellings,
    not floccinaucinihilipilification;
    but a little kerfuffle is perfectly fine.

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