Hi Alex and Tiny House Newsletter readers… Like you, I love tinkering around designing/building tiny houses especially as small as a house as possible but still have all the conveniences that you find in a ‘McMansion’.
I know the idea about tiny living is supposed to be living with less but if you can cram everything into a small- less than 300 sq. ft.- moveable home without making it claustrophobic…
Why not, right?
So here I’m showing you a 32′ long tiny house design I’ve recently finished working on. Let me know what ya think in the comments down below!
32′ Tiny House Floor Plan Design
Image © Wilhelm
I’d also like to show you a 28′ design that’s obviously a bit shorter. It has less square footage but it could be used as a 3 bedroom young family tiny home or just a backyard guest building by utilizing two sleeping lofts. Check it out and let me know what you think below:
28′ Tiny House Floor Plan with 3 Bedrooms
Image © Wilhelm
Closed space seems to be always at a premium in a tiny house so I scratched my head and put my thinking cap on to see how much hanging rod space I can cram into this here little house.
Well, by reconfiguring the bathroom as described in my drawing and taking out the hook and shelves in the kitchen and adding another double hung closed instead, you could gain another 7 1/2 ft for a total of 17 1/2 ft of hanging closed space plus there is a couple of 20” shirt closets as well. That’s about as much as you would find in many 3 bedroom regular houses.
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Where is the furnace in the first plan? I thinking living simple doesn’t need a dish washer. The pantry in the 2nd plan is too deep, unless it has a pull out shelves. I would eliminate the bar stools to enlarge the pantry (maybe a another foot). I would use the remainder of the space in the bedroom to add short dresser on each side. Above them I would use open shelves.
Dishwasher saves water !
By the numbers, according to one study at the University of Bonn in Germany, the dishwasher uses only half the energy, one-sixth of the water, and less soap, to boot
I totally disagree with that study. Doing dishes by hand takes less water, soap and electricity. Done my dishes by hand since I was a kid and learned long ago how to conserve on everything thing. Besides, it takes less time to do dishes by hand. People have just gotten lazy.
I agree with you on the dishwasher. I had one in one home an used it for storage. The aqua therapy is good for my hands.
You also use more soap, power and water to wash the dish clothes you use…Or do you wash them by hand also:?
LOL, you can “disagree” with any study you want-doesn’t make you right. There have been many, many studies that show dishwashers use less water than washing by hand. That being said, we wash dishes by hand, but the water here where we live is so hard, using the dishwasher leaves the hard water stains on everything. We buy distilled water and use that when rinsing glassware and any other items that are showing the hard water stains.
I, personally, would not put a dishwasher in a tiny house, but it would be more to use the extra room for kitchen storage.
you are 120% wrong about time. this washing cycle may take more time then doing it by hand but you personally spend 50% less time with a dishwasher. while the machine is running, you have time to do other things. you can load and unload a dishwasher way faster than filling the sink, washing, rinsing, stacking by hand, 120% fact.
I could not care less about water use. It is all about comfort and convenience!
Looks nice however I need a good 12′ or 14′ width to get that OPEN floor plan feel, I am one of those who understand the benefit of a “smaller” home, but I need the FLOW to feel open. Cramming closets/storage areas/bathroom//kitchen into a small space feels confining to me in so many of these homes. Many of the tiny homes are wonderful but does it make sense to get upstairs to bed via a LADDER? going to the nearby bathroom in the middle of the night is part of necessary home design. Just because someone has as much as 800 or 1000sf does not mean they HAVE to fill it up with stuff and it CAN be environmentally responsible/energy efficient and functional. namaste’, rachel
I agree w/you 100%. I would definitely need easy access to the bathroom at night. Of course, I speak for myself here even though I’m sure I’m not the only 50+ person interested in tiny house living, lol. I tend to lean more towards THOW plans that offer a sleeping area downstairs, be it a sofa bed combo w/storage or a Murphy bed type set up. I’ll leave the loft sleeping area for when my nieces, nephews & their kids come for visits, haha. ✌🏽😊
Mine has a bath and a half. Necessary!!!
Many tiny home are designed to be pulled down the road, easily moved. That said, most driving lanes are 10 feet wide which is why many of these are only 8 ft wide. I am certain you can have a very small house made with more space than a tiny home. Some prefer the feel of a square design while others like a more round shape, like a yurt. Get creative, play with some grape paper.
Yurts are my favorite!
Suggestion for the longer one…eating area next to kitchen..maybe a convertible table to add floorspace/ storage space.
It wasn’t clear whether Wilhelm is your first or last name. I am interested in collaborating with you on adding our ” Room Roll Outs” to your design. We will have builder discounts for our kits which come in different sizes and can be shipped flat by truck. Our ” RROs” will add substantial width and elbow room to your designs. It’s actually costs less be square foot to add ” RROs” than to add more length and square footage to a build. Soon we will have “RRO” modules to add to existing Tumbleweed plans. Additionally, they can be added to any set of plans. Please contact us if your interested.
I have also been thinking about room extenders. Why be crammed to meet moving requirements when most times the house is stationary.
Very good floor plans but I did notice that you have 8’4″ inside width and 9′ outside width. That make the walls only 4″ thick. Not very much for exterior sheathing of some kind, insulation and interior finished walls. That may be okay for California or Florida, but not where it is cold. They would also need a special permit for taking on the road.
4 inches of wall would be more than enough it if is insulated well. This is where SIP panels would come into their own.
Thank you for the reminder. I forgot all about SIP’s which I think are a great.
My compliments to you on both of them. But I don’t like my bathroom door opeing up into my kitchen area. That is why I fell in love with the the tiny Housebuider’s or Andrew’s design. I also like to use a full size tub. Very few plans show a regular or full size tub.
When can we anticipate detailed floor plans to buy, I am most fond of the 28′ model with the Murphy bed/sofa concept – bravo! Please ad me to your subscriber list. Thanks much.
I would opt for windows in the upstairs lofts for egress as well as light.
I really like it! It’s one of my favorites, so far, and people who want something different can tweak what they want, but the overall plan is great!
I suppose that 9′ width is okay if you’re going to sit it somewhere and not move it, but I was pretty sure that makes it too wide for a lot of States. Am I wrong?
just need permit
With this being 32′ long, wouldn’t you have to have professional movers move this every time you wanted to take it someplace else? My understanding is anything above 8.6 x 13.6 and a professional (expensive) mover is required by law or you have to have a special class license yourself to move it. Have I got this correct? Thanks. Lisa 🙂
It depends on where you live. In the US, you would be able to move this yourself.
How do I get a set of plans for the 28′ home?
Can anyone tell me the total height for either of these?
Need a tiny house with 3 bedrooms for families with 2 growing kids.
I LOVE the 2nd design. I want to build that only male it 10′-11′ wide.
Wilhelm, have you built one yet? So that we can see what the finished project looks like.
The bump out sound like a wonderful idea.
Please let me know when you get the plans to add those onto a Tiny House. RV’s have them…why not a Tiny House.
just need permit / car with wide load
Check with your state office about permits, it is not as complicated as people think it is.
I love the 32′ with some changes. We have 4 kids and are still considering a tiny house. I’d love to see an equal sized (stairs & all) loft on the other side with living room/Murphy L-shaped couch underneath. I realize that leaves about 7’x8′ for dining space in middle under fan, plenty of room if you ask me; and replace fireplace with wood stove. No door on end (due to L-shaped couch) and lots of additional windows throughout & in lofts.
I LOVE this design!! We are planning on designing our tiny home similar to this design.
Do you have a plan that has 2 lofts AND a downstairs bedroom/sleeping area? I’m looking at tiny home options for myself and my 3 children, one of which really needs her own space. The younger of two can sleep side by side in 2 twins in one loft no problem and then I’d like my own space of course. We also would like to have a nice sized living area and maybe a rooftop deck. My wish list….;)
These are some really nice and creative floor plans, but one thing on the 32′ that I thought is inefficient is the stove on the opposite side of the kitchen from the sink? In good kitchen planning, there should be linear flow from the fridge, to the sink, to the prep area, to the stove where no backtracks or double-steps are required. The thought is you take things from the fridge, you wash them, you prep them and you cook them. In the current layout, the owner would be constantly moving back and forth across the kitchen. If the stove were near the sink (where the fridge is currently shown), once the items were taken from the fridge, they’d never have to move again to wash, prep and then cook.
Great designs! I like the 32′. Lot of amenities, and stairs to the loft. which are great if you have kids. The bathroom on front is nice. I have a similar bathroom, and the sink crowds the open space. If you used the space over the hitch for a bump out, you could recess the sink into the alcove and gain enough space to make the bathroom roomy instead of cramped. Plus, its easier to put a free standing tool shed up in the yard than waste valuable living space for rakes and shovels. I sure see a lot of good feedback in the comments section! Thanks for sharing your designs!
Not from choice but from unemployment I’ve lived in a 34ft camper for 5 years that is in bad shape. At some point someone will start throwing up in that loft. Make all surfaces washable. Try a camper before selling your home. It is harder to live in a tiny area.
Are there any blueprints available for the 32′? I just bought a trailer and am looking at this design. It’s almost exactly what I am looking for except for some small tweaks for me personally.
approx how much would your 32ft floor plan weigh?
Hi Michelle — I think that would largely depend on the interior finishes.
I like your plans, however I have purchased a gooseneck trailer that tops out at 32′. I’m having the worst time finding plans to build this tiny house on wheels. Would you be willing to modify yours to my trailer. With a few changes? If anyone can help with plans, It would be very much appreciated.
Need a tiny house designer!! My spouse is tall and we are in our late 60’s. He wants headspace and a ground level bedroom. We would consider forgoing a loft and using a Murphy couch in the living area for guests but need a tub shower in the bathroom, and standard appliances in kitchen plus a washer/dryer. We like fold up decks that cover large windows or sliders. Love Victorian style cottage with interesting gabled roof lines and tiny fireplacewith ceiling fans. Can anyone suggest a plan like this? Thanks much!!
I love your plans for the 32ft tiny house! I think they are going to be are base plan!! Thank you for an excellent floor plan, I hope we make it happen this fall. I do want two more feet so I can have a tub, well horse trough in our case. Great plan we have been looking and messing around with plans for three years now. Thank you again!
Love both of them, with a few changes. Please send me your website so that I can continue to follow your work. How much for your plans ??
I love the layout of the 32′, however I would want the following changes. 1. Do away with the 2nd chair & end table then move the kitchen counter down toward the window behind the couch. 2. Do away with the dishwasher and add a double sink. 3. Have smaller stove and move it and side cabinets to sink area. 4. Do away with double door frig a smaller apt. size is sufficient and should fit under stairs between washer and tub. 5. Enlarge shower area to fit bathtub under stairs. 6. put in attic stairs to loft and do away with ladder. I already live in a 24′ gooseneck and find I have more than enough room, but it is old and I’m looking for something new and better insulated since I live in the mountains of Colo.
Question: How tall is the bedroom over the trailer? I want to be able to stand up in my bedroom??? Can anyone tell (I’m a novice at reading floor plans)??? Thanks!
As a designer myself, I rather like these layouts but here are a few thoughts to watch out for:
4″ walls are fine to show in theory, however, the reason most designers typically show a minimum of 4 1/2″ walls is for the 3 1/2″ studs + 1/2″ sheetrock and 1/2″ sheathing, however, that does not include the thickness of the external siding that is generally added on top of the sheathing (in standard homes). I’m sure many tiny houses omit the sheathing which is why many have ship-lap (wood) siding (for added strength when not using sheathing). The siding on the outside of the structure, especially lap board siding adds at least another 3/4″ – 1 1/2″ to the overall width (x2 sides). The roof overhang should also be considered, even if it is a flush overhang, the shingle strip and the freeze all have thicknesses that should be considered, making these houses 9′-6″ +/- when the overhang and siding is added.
As far as pulling these on the interstate: I checked with the state of TN about over-wide vehicles and this is what I found out: You can pull anything up to 10′ wide for only a $6 permit fee, but that is only good for 6 days, so to move often, this could get annoying. If the weight of the THOW is not too great, and can be pulled by a small vehicle (like a 1-ton pickup truck or duley) you don’t need a Semi. A friend who builds sheds and delivers them pre-built often doesn’t use the interstate (federal roads) thus avoiding getting permits even though they are oversized.
If you are traveling interstates, you’ll need permits in all states you will be driving through, thus a cross country move, could prove to be a pain, but not impossible and probably not too expensive. The permits in TN only go as high as $35 for grossly over-sized buildings – like 16′ wide.
So, this 9′ unit would be a bit more spacious inside while only needing a moving permit if you plan to move via interstate so to move from one piece of land in your town, to another in the same general area may not require any permitting, however, you’ll need to check the condition and location of any possible low things (bridges/power lines).
As far as the design of the THOWs themselves:
I wonder if you’ve built either of these units to see if the murphy bed will actually fold down against the fireplace and if the FP is the only heat source, this would not be a good thing as you can’t burn the FP with the bedding against it. This is a fire waiting to happen.
Another thing to watch out for: the Washer/Dryer location of the 28′ unit, it’s in the corner between the sink and toilet. If this is a fixed Toilet (standard household) you may need to remove the toilet to change out the W/D should it die. This would not be fun or easy.
Since you aren’t showing the wheel wells, one can assume a few things, either they are hidden under the sofa and fireplace in the 32′ model or under the kitchen in the 28′ model or else the floor has been raised above the wheels totally. (This, however, will severely hurt your head height in the loft), but because of the length of these two, the first floor bedroom is a huge plus.
Overall, very nice layouts. I’d love to see how these build out!
Some things to note as options…
Murphy beds can be made to open horizontally and not just vertically and as a couch/bed combo it may mean it only opens to the middle of the room…
Wheel wells are also not always a issue, it’s mainly with drop axles that is used to provide more maximum interior height, mainly for the loft. But there are also flatbed designs where there are no intruding wheel wells… Less interior height but that’s only a issue if you need to maximize the loft headroom… While not using drop axles gives more ground clearance to more easily move the home over rough terrain…
The plans indicate the location of the washer/dryer can be swapped with the toilet, which would eliminate the issue of how to remove the units to be serviced…
While a gas fireplace can be configured like a furnace and exhaust the heat at a different location that is easier to ensure clearances…
These are good plans but for me need to be simpler. My father built an ” apartment” onto his garage for a place to stay while he built his retirement home. i actually lived in it so I know what can work. It was 20′ deep and maybe 12′ wide. the front room had a full size refrigerator and stove. there was a space for the double bed. The back room was a shower, toilet, sink, closet and storage shelves. NO LOFT! The doorway between each room was a cool curtain for privacy. This is in Texas so a window ac was sufficient for cooling. Tiny living is about embracing the unusual. I had a bed in my kitchen- so what!
I am retired woman on a fixed income. Daddy is gone now but he had the right idea.