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Tinier Living Tiny House Design & Plans: Could You Live this Small?

Today I’m showing you Dan Louche’s Tinier Living tiny house.

He’s the owner of Tiny Home Builders and you’ve most likely seen his other tiny houses:

Tinier Living: A Really Tiny Tiny House

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Even though it’s super small one it’s well designed so that it feels much larger than it is, thanks to smart window placement.

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I just love Dan’s designs. I’m a big fan of his work and would proudly own one of his homes.

Interior

You can see the most recent interior photos although the house isn’t completely finished yet. I’ll send out an email update once I get completed photos in.

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Notice the micro storage loft above the entrance.

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Cabinets still need to be installed below.

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View of the Sleeping Loft with Windows

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Floor Plan

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The house is 12’x8′ with a road height of 13’5″. Loft height is 3’2″.

For more details and dimensions for the house including buying the plans click here.

Dan also offers a construction guidevideos on building tiny houses and workshops.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Jerry May 25, 2013, 11:13 am

    This would be a great office for a construction superintendent who has to live on site during the week and goes home for the weekend!

    • Cahow May 25, 2013, 12:35 pm

      Brilliant idea, Jerry! And what a cool way of displaying your talent in construction, right?

  • jerry May 25, 2013, 11:41 am

    Look up in the second pic and see how much complication and leak sources such an unnecessarily complicated design of the roof. How much did that cost for what?

    Next why would one give 25% of the floor space to bathroom? Are you in there 25% of the time? I can think of 100 things I’d rather have in 50% of that space that you can have the same functionality in.

    Other than those points it’s not bad. KIS

    And Yes I have lived in smaller spaces comfortably.

    • Dave May 27, 2013, 10:40 am

      The bathroom could be cut in half if a smaller RV-style toilet/shower were used.

  • Cahow May 25, 2013, 12:33 pm

    Cute as a Bug’s Ear. 🙂 Too bad I’d never be able to see/use the upper loft because of limitations on my body. But I’m very keen on the bottom floor plan! Visited Dan’s website and it appears that he truncated the Tiny Living Model floor plan for this one. Actually, I quite like THIS version better than the former one, for reasons unknown. I wouldn’t live in here but it would be nice for a retreat.

  • Erik Markus May 25, 2013, 1:58 pm

    Dang, Dan does nice work !

    This unit is perfect for the budding teenager, wanting a place of their own in the backyard. Or the aunt on a tight budget, staying with a relative. It’s so easy to place being the length of a Honda Civic hatchback.

    He smartly frames in an A/C hole, high in the wall so as to avoid window placed air conditioners. Attention to detail is tops. And the sleek storage shed on the hitch, not an inch unused. He’d make it even easier work for himself if he used 12 volt lights and switches that are solar ready.

    I guess I should shamefully say that my tiny house is nearly 3 times the size of this at a huge 240 s.f. I guess I need to slim down. Oh well, it’s because of people like me that the ozone layer has a hole in it, our politics in the U.S. are sckewed toward oil consumption, and our country was just designated number 2 (second to China)…. in co2 emissions. What to do, what to do?

  • alice h May 26, 2013, 3:04 pm

    Very cute and packed with function, but no, not for long term living for me. I need more open space and working space. Also a place for a tiny wood stove. I have a lot of indoor activities and hobbies so need space for those. Spending time in my Boler has made me more aware of the lower end of my space comfort zone (this one is too small!) and likewise my 300 sq ft apartment the upper (this one is too big!) Hopefully the 8×20 I’m building will be just right. For short term living, guest housing or for people who spend minimal time indoors it could be perfect. It would definitely be an upgrade from the Boler though!

  • Jay Creighton May 27, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Give me a break, everybody’s a critic. I think it’s great. It’s about as small as one can reasonably go. Yes, there are simpler ways to frame the roof but this threads the needle between space and aesthetics. No one said it has to be done this way, it’s just one option. I have no problem with the bathroom taking as much space as it does proportionally. Just because one doesn’t spend much time there doesn’t mean you should have to contort yourself to use it.

    • Cahow May 28, 2013, 9:45 am

      I’m with you, Jay, I also think the floor plan is great. And just because you don’t use the loo often, doesn’t mean that when you DO use it, you want to slide sideways into it! When at Uni, I had one of those “living spaces”…gawd, thinking of it still sends shivers of dread down my spine!
      Bedroom SO tiny it ONLY fit a mattress inside; couldn’t close door or do anything else but crawl to your side of the room. Bathroom SO darn small that the bathroom door actually had a notch cut into it to clear the toilet seat, which you had to sit sideways upon, since your knees hit the wall if you sat forward. Mind you, it was a very poorly done conversion of an attic space (probably illegal, to boot) so no one with building skills would have come up with this mish-mash of poor design. But, it’s left a bad taste in my mouth these past 40 years, of what it’s like to live in a tiny, cramped spot and I lived there long enough to loath it. Fortunately, I moved out the next term, into a much nicers and bigger space with a proper lay-out for enjoyment.

      I guess, Jay, that the Tiny House community falls into the “I <3 bathrooms" vs. "I don't <3 bathrooms." This Memorial Weekend, I read a retort to a commentor who was asking why a featured Tiny House didn't include a bathroom. The nasty person who responded to his innocent question wrote, (paraphrased) "…the O.P. wasn't "ready" for the Tiny House philosophy and should think about buying a Winnebago." Wow! Talk about intolerant and unallowing for other people's needs! Way to go to alienate future tiny house lovers.

      Bless everyone, either way…Loo, no loo. Pitched roof, flat roof, no roof….just do what makes you happy and your guests will adapt.

  • John Smith May 11, 2014, 9:25 pm

    I get so inspired every time I see a post from you on facebook. I live in the U.P. of Michigan in a old cabin. I’ve been really looking for ideas of how to re-design the cabin, and your site has been super helpful. This one here is a great design, the interior is sharp, and I love the loft! Looks cozy!

  • Maryellen Joann Joubert April 17, 2015, 12:30 am

    My other half and I feel we could live comfortably in this home. He and I were homeless three years ago, and learned a lot about thankfulness for the littlest things in life. We are doing so much better in life, but only ask for what we need. We hope to build this house this summer for ourselves.

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