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8×8 Tiny House Design by Remi

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8×8 Tiny House Design Contest Submission by Remi

My basic parameters:

  • Actual full time living space for one person, year round.
  • Electricity available – solar, grid, or generator. (If not, add an awning and cook outdoors. Hopefully, you live in a mild climate.)
  • 8’ x 8’ concrete pad, 6” thick walls, 7’ x 7’ interior space

[All measurements given in HWD order]

80” x 30” exterior door centered in S wall, swings in and to the left.

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Counter-clockwise from the door:

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8x8 Tiny House Design by Remi

E wall-

  • Counter 36” x 54” x 24”
  • Sink 4” x 12” x 18”. Underneath are 3 vertical pullout shelves for dry goods, cookware, dishes.
  • Top Loading refrigerator 23” x 16” x 16”. This pretty well occupies its entire space, so nothing underneath. A cutting board sits on top of the door.
  • 16” open counter/work space. I would have a toaster oven, crock pot, and/or microwave, because I don’t cook much. You could put in a 1- or 2-burner cook top if you do.
  • Underneath are 6 drawers, varying from 4”- 8” deep. Anything that isn’t cooking or clothing probably lives here – personal care, ping pong paddles, etc. Optionally, replace the bottom drawer with a step stool, because the shelves (we’ll get to those) can be a bit of a stretch.

NE corner-

  • Cabinet for on-demand hot water unit 26” x 30” x 10”. Width lies along E wall.
  • Above hot water unit, bookcase/shelves 36” x 30” x 10”.

N wall-

  • 18” x 74” x 30” cabinet, divided into three sections, roughly 15”, 30”, and 29” wide.
  • Top lifts open like a chest to access 15” wide area (which is mostly hidden by kitchen counter) and 30” x 16” space behind drawers, useful for blanket storage and similar – things that are very good to have on hand, but you don’t need every day.
  • Front of central 30” space is four 9” x 14” x 12”drawers, for clothing.
  • 29” space (NW corner) is storage for collapsible bath tub. With an on-demand water heater, you can have a good soak. I didn’t find any whirlpool units that I’d want to try on a collapsible tub. YMMV.
  • A 30” x 74” cot mattress lives on top of the cabinet, doing double duty as a sofa. A second mattress is used as a back rest, lays on the other mattress for sleeping.

W wall-

  • Centered on the wall is a 30” x 24” table/desk/flat-surface-when-you-want-to-sit-not-stand. It is hinged to hang down against the wall when not in use, creating extra floor space for soaking in the tub or anything else you want extra floor space for.
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SW corner-

  • Here is a 20” x 24” x 24” cabinet, hinged so that both the top and the E side can be opened (preferably only one at a time). Inside is a dry composting toilet. I found this one , which fits inside the relatively tiny dimensions.
  • When the cabinet is closed, a cushion on top turns it into seating on the other side of the table.

S wall-

  • And back to the door! Second round: all things above 48” altitude, starting with the S wall since we’re already here.
  • A shed roof slopes up at 1.5/12 pitch from north to south, so that it is about 12” above the S wall. The entire 12” x 84” space is transom windows, hinged for ventilation.

E wall-

  • 24” x 54” windows above the sink/refrigerator/counter.
  • 84” x 12” shelf at 78”, holds lots of baskets and bins for everything you didn’t get stored in the lower cabinets.

N wall-

  • No windows. Room for artwork, knick knacks, or gloriously uncluttered space, however your tastes run.
  • 84” x 12” shelf at 78”, forming a giant ‘L’ with the E wall shelf. More baskets and bins. Or books. Possibly an exploring feline.

W wall-

  • 24” x 84” of windows, topped by 24” x 84” of mostly clear wall. Needed a break from shelves.

SW corner-

  • 28” x 12” shelf at 78”. Or clear wall. Could hang a small folding step ladder there if you didn’t want to give up the bottom drawer under the counter. Options are wonderful things.

S wall-

  • Back to the door, again. Go outside and enjoy the sunshine/moonlight/stars/whatever-it-is-you-enjoy.


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  • October 11, 2012, 1:02 pm

    You guys are putting some really solid thought into these ideas- thank you- I’m LOVING checking these out. Keep ’em coming!

  • alice h
    October 11, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Tiny space kitchen counters don’t need to be 24″ deep and 16″ to 18″ often works out well. Even 12″ can work, depending on your kitchen activities. Tiny fridges and other appliances can fit the narrower depth and if you need a sink you can use a bar sink. You can also have a minimal counter with fold-out or pull-out extra spaces that only take up space when actually in use. The back few inches of a counter usually end up being junk catchalls. Every inch that eats into your open space be felt. A freestanding dropleaf table that can take up a miminum of space works better for me than a permanent table setup. A composting toilet can be kept outside unless actually in use, or just brought in for the night. You’re much better off hanging a folding chair on the wall for guests than having a permanently placed seat eating up your space. Other than that, I like this design.

    • October 13, 2012, 12:31 pm

      Great ideas/tips Alice, thanks!

  • alice h
    October 11, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Oops, left out a couple of words. “Every inch that eats into your open FLOOR space WILL be felt.”

  • Kevin Harrington
    October 12, 2012, 5:44 pm

    Great Job Remi! I can’t begin to imagine what you could do with a 12’x12’ or larger. The cabinet comment was right on the money. With a little effort, stock size cabinets can be have a few inches removed from the back… then put together again. Heads up… Bath cabinets are usually 21” deep to start with but you will have to specify comfort height to make them taller or just shim them up.

  • jerryd
    October 13, 2012, 6:06 pm

    alice you only need a lot of floor space if you are walking around all the time and in this size you are not going to do that even if it was all floor space.

    If you need longer visual space make it wide wall to wall almost at sitting eye height, about 2.5′ to 5’5” high with lot of windows r but in this size one can’t give up storage and actually live in it.

    24” deep means on has storage space and still has 4′ for floor. Living on boats one would never waste such an amount of space as one needs it for many other things.

    Other than a lack of a shower which could be put where the head/ottoman is with a shower pan and have a ring curtain for only when needed Remi’s is a good design

  • Carolyn B
    October 15, 2012, 12:45 am

    Enjoyed seeing this very thought-out design. Liked very much the words as I have a difficult time with simply pictures.

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