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Anastasia’s 8×12 Tiny House Design with Slide Outs

Anastasia is sharing her 8×12 tiny house design with slide outs as part of our 2015 8×12 tiny house design contest.

This is a house designed for a retired couple and a cat. (Cat is optional, but come on!) It therefore does not include a second floor or a loft and is wheelchair accessible throughout.

The roof will be peaked from east to west and angled at around 35 degrees, depending on house’s longitude, to catch the sun rays to best advantage. The roofing will be solar tiles for the posh version, regular shingles with solar panels for rustic effect.

Anastasia’s 8×12 Tiny House Design


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Beams are left exposed, both for aesthetics and for the cat to explore.


The heating is under-floor radiant. Water is heated by propane tankless heater.


The ceilings are a minimum of 10′ tall, sloping upwards from there toward the center (indicated in drawings by a green line).

The posh version has central vacuuming, including baseboard vacuum.


Walls are constructed to allow pest control within them instead of around the interior if the house.


The house features two extensions that can be deployed electrically, or drawn back in for travel. They make room for a twin bed plus a queen bed.

There is also a sliding wall for transforming the main area into either a living room or an eating area.


On the right as you enter is a closet with a rack, numerous cubbies, and a shelf. Its doors have a fold-down shelf for use as a desk, with cat stairs on the left door. See drawings for more details.


To conserve space, the inside walls of the bathroom are frosted glass for the rustic version, at least some fusion glass for the posh.

The other walls may be lined with corrugated aluminum for the rustic look or sumptuous tile for the posh. It’s a wet room in either case.

The sink fits atop a mini clothes washer (40×60 cm), front loading.


Can have a composting toilet if desired.

The rustic version has a mason jar light fixture in the ceiling; the posh will have starry lights all over the ceiling. There is also a sconce light beside the sink.


If shower curtain is desired either to keep things dry or for privacy, there can be a rolled-up, pull-down one mounted overhead anywhere you like.

The towel rack is a warmer in the posh version, made from a pallet in the rustic. (There’s mason jars and pallets checked off the list.)


The white colored triangle in the drawings is a shower caddy. There is overhead storage above sink and toilet.


MAIN AREA as living room/bedroom

On your right as you enter is a large, recessed easy chair that sits upon two long drawers. The seat is a foam mattress “hinged” at the bottom front so it can unfold to become a twin bed. This method allows the bed to remain made all the time.

To the left is a recessed love seat that sits upon three long drawers and transforms in similar manner into a queen bed. The sofa pillows and bolster are stored underneath it at night.

If you don’t the twin bed, you can use the space for artwork, or a mini fire pit using fire glass and natural gas or propane, or a mini fountain, or both. (Fire pit sits in the middle if the fountain.). Or you can have an aquarium. (Add a four-sided post upholstered in hemp, sisal, carpet, and fine velvet, and you have a cat heaven!)


In the rear is the sliding wall. Some of its nooks are used in the kitchen; the rest are available for books, plants, knick-knacks. The wall also holds a flat screen television, witch can be pulled out a little and can swivel.

There is a theater-style seat in the wall, as well. It can be pulled forward and then the seat, on a spring, can be lowered by sitting in it.

Also on the sliding wall is a drop-shaped glass end table in case someone sitting in the love seat needs a place to set his drink. It lifts up and clicks into place.

The open end of the sliding wall can accommodate a small painting or two, or plants if they’re placed high enough to keep the passage wheelchair accessible.

A matching end table is on the opposite wall, the one to the bathroom. That bathroom wall is also mirrored on the outside, making the room appear larger and lighter and allowing the TV to be viewed (albeit in mirror image) from other angles.

The end table for the easy chair, doubling as a nightstand at bedtime, is a cutout from the entryway closet.

There are high overhead storage bins, a bit like an airplane’s, above the easy chair and the love seat. Below them are windows. To the side of each bed is a mirror.

Lighting comes from a central chandelier or other fixture, and from lights affixed to the bottoms of the bins over the easy chair and love seat.

The decor is all white, including cabinetry, with pops of a warm color for the posh version, or all unpainted wood for the rustic look.

MAIN AREA as kitchen/dinette

The sliding wall is moved electrically all the way to the bathroom wall. In a rustic version, it could be on wheels or ball bearings and could be moved manually, but this home is designed for an older couple.


Two padded benches and a small table unfold from the “kitchen” side of the sliding wall. They’re half the size of the ones shown here, snd better looking. Or you can unfold any combination of them. For example, the bench to the left as you face the wall can be left up to make room for a wheelchair instead. Or you can lower just the table for added counter space.


With the table down, cubbies are revealed that hold a toaster, coffee-maker, and blender, all on slide-out shelves.

There is a small refrigerator, a 24″ oven and range, a small sink, and a pantry. Within the pantry is a 36x14x14 clothes dryer.

Over the sink is a dish cupboard with wire racks and no bottom, where dishes are put to drip dry and then stay.


The broom closet has a small hole near the bottom for the cat to pass though. On the broom closet’s outside wall, set in a panel, is a cat flap leading to a tiny, well-ventilated, outdoor “room” just big enough to hold the kitty litter box (2x2x2). Litter is therefore OUTSIDE the house. The panel in which the cat flap is set slides upwards, so the litter box can pulled forward for indoor daily cleaning. (It sits in a sliding shelf.) Can also be cleaned from outside, in good weather.

The broom closet is all lined in pegboard, so it can be configured any way you like.


Of course there is storage in every kick space of the house.


There are fixed windows as a backsplash instead of granite or tiles.

The countertop is made of recycled glass.


There is no dishwasher. Whoever lives in an 8’x12′ house can’t have enough dishes to justify one. There is, though, a paper plate dispenser under the cupboards.


Inset into the front door of the pantry is a fold-down ironing board/mirror.


And finally, on the outside of the home, this.


Other important details I forgot to mention:

1. Yes, there is an air conditioner. It’s mounted on the rear wall above the pantry.

2. There is also a ceiling fan, same fixture I marked, “Chandelier”.

3. Of course there is a microwave above the range hood.

4. The flooring is hardwood or laminate for the posh version, vinyl for the rustic.

5. There is a small front porch with composite planking that can be winched up to cover half the front door for travel, for extra security at night, or just to keep it clear of snow in a winter storm.

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  • Stephani
    April 4, 2015, 4:26 pm

    Some great ideas but the big one that I did not see anything about it weight and its distribution. Supports for the slide outs? How far do they stick out when closed up? How do you work the slide outs over the wheel wells?

    Side note: Tried to click on the Contest link but no go on it.

  • Nancy
    April 4, 2015, 4:29 pm

    A lot of interesting ideas in this one! I like the fact that it is wheelchair accessible, everything (for humans-lol) on the ground floor, and extremely versatile. Very well thought out.

  • Jennifer
    April 4, 2015, 4:37 pm

    Love the features included, especially the space for the litter box. I’ve been dreaming of my own little house, but haven’t been able to solve the litter box conundrum. If the broom closet had a cute little cat door like the one pictured, I think my cats would hang out in there just for fun!

  • Cahow
    April 4, 2015, 6:32 pm

    I can’t even fathom HOW many hours Anastasia devoted to this design! Well done, Anastasia; I’m an instant fan!

    THANK YOU for thinking of handicapable people of ALL ages (not just seniors need wheelchairs)…and…A CAT! >^..^< Pets are so calming and healing that it's nice to see them included in Tiny Houseville.

    I am a true fan of radiant flooring, so I love that it's incorporated in this design. I am NOT a fan of Fold Up/Drop Down ANYTHING…but that's simply because I lived that way for a full year and it drove me bonkers! I learned to despise the fact that I had to choose between having my table out to eat or my wee bed, which was also the love-seat. Same in the kitchen: zero counter space so a chopping board went either over the sink or burners, my kitchen was 4' long (a former closet.) This was over 4 decades ago and I still chafe, thinking about those days. Grrrrrr! But, that's MY prejudice and other's experience with fold up belongings may vary.

    Also: NO LOFT!!!! Yeah!

  • gale
    April 4, 2015, 7:19 pm

    Great design and wonderful ideas for decor. So far the best in my opinion.

  • Essie
    April 4, 2015, 8:33 pm

    An amazing layout and plan. I especially liked the details put into this design such as radiant heat, mini washer below the sink, the chandelier, the cat litter box( I have 2 cats) but most of all the fact it is on one level. Congratulations! I appreciated this design.

  • Tina Brunelli
    April 4, 2015, 9:00 pm

    Absolutely awesome. Where would I go to see one in person?

  • Alisa Carter
    April 4, 2015, 9:53 pm

    I love that this does not have a loft and that it is built with wheelchairs in mind! I would love to see more of this house. Is there a video somewhere?

  • Penelope Sheppard
    April 4, 2015, 10:21 pm

    I absolutely love this design (the posh version) and thank you for including the wonderful additions for my cat! The litterbox area is shear genious!

  • janice
    April 5, 2015, 12:58 am

    This is an excellent design and very practical!

  • hermine
    April 5, 2015, 7:53 am

    I love it!! Very creative use of space and decor! My favorite. When can I move in!

  • Cory
    April 5, 2015, 8:04 am

    Where did you find that washer dryer sink combo you have an image of ? I haven’t seen one like it and would like to know more thanks

  • C. Dufort
    April 5, 2015, 1:31 pm

    I think Anastasia should win. So far, she has the most complete design. I only wish she could have used a drawing software that would allow her design to be viewed easily.
    I would love to have her design a space that would be 14 X 25. I would be very interested to see what she would come up with.

    • Cahow
      April 6, 2015, 6:06 pm

      I agree: Anastasia should win!

      Alex: how do we VOTE for the #1 Fave in this contest?

      • Alex
        April 6, 2015, 6:25 pm

        Ways to vote are to express yourself in the comments and/or hit the Facebook Like button (if you use FB) at the bottom of post and that will greatly help 🙂

      • Cahow
        April 6, 2015, 6:28 pm

        WOW, Alex! Thanks for the super fast reply! I don’t do social media so I guess the comments will have to suffice.

        Thanks for the Voting Information to help everyone know how it works. 😀

        • Alex
          April 6, 2015, 8:02 pm

          😀 🙂

  • Mary Ann
    April 5, 2015, 2:42 pm

    You have done an excellent job in highlighting a variety of options possible in a travel TH. But your drawing should take into consideration:
    – maximum highway transport rules specify a 13.5′ height from ground to top of roof line. Otherwise you will not be able to pass under some bridges.
    – your exterior front door measures 3′; inside the door measures 2′ and when ready for travel the door measures 18″. The door measurement must be consistent.
    – when set in travel mode, if you stop and want to make a sandwich or use the toilet, the left trailer “bump out” must be extended to enter the TH’s bathroom. To utilize the kitchen the bump out on the right must also be extended and the movable wall pushed back against the bathroom wall. All without an electrical connection available.
    – but most important there is no exit once the beds are set up. There is less than 1′ space between corner of single bed and bath wall and same for the kitchen cabinet. With only 2′ space between the foot of each bed (not enough room for a wheel chair) a disabled person would be trapped if a fire broke out.
    – many of those confined to a wheelchair must move from chair to the middle of a bed. Most, especially older folks, do not have the strength to pull themselves up to the head of the bed.
    – another problem is the washing machine in the wet room. There is no enclosed shower to contain water from the shower head. There is a real possibility that someone could accidentally be electrocuted.
    – solar panels must regularly be kept clean. I don’t think it would be safe for seniors to climb a ladder to accomplish weekly washing of the roof solar panels. Also solar panels only generate a limited amount of energy..not enough to have all the electricity required in your design.
    – being a trailer, as a previous writer mentioned, the weight distribution is a problem. Both the left and right sides must be balanced. Currently the right side is over weighted compared with the left side. The trailer could actually tip over while driving.

    Please do not interpret my comments as criticism, they are just factual observations. You have done a wonderful job of the floor plans and layouts. I like your list of possibilities… It is a design to spark ones imagination… Maybe something with “gull wings” rather than sliders might accomplish your design objectives. Once again, thank you for giving us more food for thought.

  • Laurie Houle
    April 5, 2015, 2:50 pm

    What about those pantry closet/cupboards? Where’d they get those? I want! Saw years ago, but haven’t been able to locate now. Doors inside of doors…love the space saving!

  • April 6, 2015, 9:58 am

    WOW. Talk about product overload. I can tell you’ve been researching tiny homes for a LOoooooonnngggg time. The cat box: You can buy computer fans (they are tiny and very quiet) which can be installed inside a closet such as yours, to exhaust the litter box smell, given that that closet is on an exterior wall. A simple light switch or toggle switch on a cord will allow you to turn it on and off. Someone else did that and admitted that it stays ON most of the time.

    Have you researched the pull-outs? Will they actually pull out 3′? That seems like a long way, but if that is possible ok. I just know that it is hard to keep them from leaking (Which is partially why RV’s have a canopy over the pull outs. I think RV’s also have the canopies to keep debris off the top so that you can pop them back in when you are ready to pack up and leave.)

    I’m not sure the tiny washer/sink combo is available in the states??? I can’t seem to find it for sale anywhere, but have waited for it to become available. I’m also not sure how a washer would withstand being inside a wet bath.

    I just think you have put too much stuff into your 8 x 12 tiny house. Just too much stuff. (What’s up with the fake plants?) I think we all dream of living in a space like this, with all the comforts of home, I’d love to see this built if it ever comes to that! Of course, verticle space will make all the difference in that a chandelier or ceiling fan would work well in the space if the ceiling is high enough.

    I’m with Cahow on converting items, such as tables/beds,etc. It is fun every once in a while, on a camping trip to have room for extra people to sleep in the camper with you, but it is a pain in the rear to convert something every day. If I had to live with a Futon, it would perpetually be a bed and probably never a sofa. I think a Murphy Bed MIGHT get put away if it meant you could walk around your apartment, but I just know the hastle-factor would drive me insane. I don’t, and probably couldn’t climb a ladder, so bed down would be best for me, but I’m thinking one that pulls out from under something else (there’s a tiny house where the bed rolls up under a desk/office area that is pretty sweet), however, that would not be of Universal Design for those who need walking assistance.

    I think you have some great ideas though, but I just can’t see myself ever living in an 8 x 12…. 8 x 30, maybe! 🙂 Great ideas though.

  • G Randall
    April 6, 2015, 11:09 am

    Overall great research on the amenities that would add storage and convenience. And imaginative design ideas. Excellent ideas for any space. But…

    Let me preface by saying I’ve been in construction/design industry for over 30 years, currently in healthcare design and Facilities Management. One of the most frequent mistakes I’ve seen from amateur designers, is when designing the built environment is failing to allow any space for walls. 2×4 walls would be at a minimum 4.25″ thick (1/2″ sheathing outside, 3 1/2″ stud and an interior finish that at minimum would be 1/4″ if using a paneling or thin tongue and groove. I once worked on a custom house 2500+ sf that the owner/”designer” had sketched out on a paper sack (very lax permitting rules and rural location). He had an alcove in the utility room designated for an upright freezer and because he had not allowed for wall thickness we barely fit in a water heater. All that said with the space constraints you would not have room for a queen size bed as shown. I’m seeing a loss of interior dimension in that area alone of almost 22″-24″ due to wall thicknesses and structural consideration at the slide out.

    Another issue when designing for accessibility is clear floor space for maneuvering a wheelchair. The typical space requirement is a 60″ diameter circle that is needed to turn and reverse directions. As shown there is at best 48″ and that isvdecreased when the wall thickness is subtracted. Also in shower design there must be allowance for transfer from chair to a shower seat, and the wheelchair can not stay in the wet bath.

    Minimum distance between objects for safe maneuvering in a wheelchair is 32″. Less and the user loses knuckle skin. With the beds down it would be impossible to park the wheelchair where one would still have access to the bathroom.

    All that said a noble effort for a part of the population that could really benefit from the tiny house but maybe not quite so tiny.

    • Sparrow
      April 6, 2015, 1:42 pm

      THANK YOU. I’ve been looking at these tiny house designs, and my question is…why SO tiny? It’s ridiculous. Why not focus on designing a comfortably-sized small house that’s affordable and has character? THAT’S what people really want. And you designers – stop skimping on the bathrooms! A wet room? Who wants to take a shower with a toilet?????? I recently watched a show on DIY about tiny house builders, and one of them managed to put in a claw-foot tub in a tiny house – it fit just fine and the bathroom in that house turned out to be functional AND comfortable. I have to tell you, that despite the fact that these house designs are very creative, I wouldn’t want to actually live in any of them. And I’m single with no kids and no pets. Let’s get practical here, people.

      • alice h
        April 6, 2015, 9:12 pm

        Though not for everybody the really tiny houses do fill a need. For some people it may be a temporary expedient to lower expenses while saving for something different. For me the 100 square foot no permit “shackteau” is what I can afford to build on my fully paid for land after 8 years of saving on a very limited income. Some day I’d like to end up with a 500 to 600 square foot house (including it’s own tiny accessory apartment for a friend) but that won’t happen for a few years if at all so in the meantime I’d like something more comfortable than the 13′ Boler trailer I currently use when at my “country place”. An inside wet bath is definitely preferable to having a separate larger wash house or wasting valuable interior space. I’m spoiled by a 300 square foot studio apartment in my son’s basement but that’s a temporary situation and having my own tiny place will offer a lot more security and peace of mind.

      • Cahow
        April 7, 2015, 1:43 pm

        Hi, alice h. ! 😀

        I don’t know if you coined this word or not, ““shackteau”, but I have fallen in love with it and the images it calls to mind! LOL

        You mentioned, above, the possibility of building your 600-700 sq.ft. future home, but you also mentioned the 300 sq.ft. studio that you’re being “spoiled”, living in.

        Couldn’t you start out by splitting the difference and first building a duplicate of the studio, and down the road, using THAT as the “tiny accessory apartment”? I ask this because our wee cottage was built that way by the original owners: as circumstances dictated, they kept adding room after room after room onto our warren-like abode and I thought that this approach might aid you in achieving your dreams.

        Just a thought. I always enjoy your comments, by the way. 😀

      • Denise
        April 11, 2015, 4:43 pm

        Keep viewing the subsequent entries, Sparrow. Mine actually adheres to the design plans and is one of the few that has already been BUILT and has been in constant use for 6+ months. No wet bath, separation of kitchen and bathroom, queen sized loft bed, and stairs. Storage may be minimal, but there’s a closet and a small dresser with drawers, on wheels, on lower floor that doubles as a table. Design is open without trying to overdo the features, and it feels OPEN when inside. My roommate is 6’4″ and clears all the ceiling space in the bathroom while also being able to sit straight up in loft above bathroom without banging his head.

        I appreciate those readers who are actually studying the feasibility of some designs before crowning them victorious based only on a drawing.

        Drawings are great, but unless they’re realistic is it really fair for an inconsistent drawing to win a design contest if it cannot actually been built? Just a question…

  • georgina chaplin
    April 6, 2015, 5:19 pm

    This design is so totally well thought out and efficient..really cool!!!
    Love the many added storage and space saving designs..in fact I would totally love to build one just like it!!!
    Is this blueprint available?
    Congratulations on a fantastic tiny house design!

    April 6, 2015, 6:15 pm

    this IS THE WINNER……hands down. a woman with an eye for details. approached as if she were going to live in it. what would she need and how to fit it all in. brilliantly, in design, details,etc. etc, done with full brain usage. just, just amazingly well done.

  • April 7, 2015, 11:03 pm

    This must be the winner! Never have I seen a more detailed design with so many cool ideas. I Pinned it so I can go back for reference.
    Anastasias….you are the Winner in my eyes!

  • alice h
    April 7, 2015, 11:13 pm

    Hey Cahow, not sure where “shackteau” came from, I may have seen it someplace but it was a long time ago and I can’t remember. My original Shackteau is the Boler so the 8x12ish plans are actually the “Nouveau Shackteau”. The larger house with apartment is probably going to be built at another location, loosely based on this really cool house in Texas with a partly covered rooftop deck. http://www.contemporist.com/2011/06/17/tower-house-by-andersson-wise-architects/ The apartment would be in the lower section and it would be built on a hill so that the middle section would have a level entry from the road with steps down to the apartment.

    • Cahow
      April 8, 2015, 10:53 am

      Good Morning to you, alice h. 😀

      Did I ever have fun looking at the 27 photos from that link you provided! And if your future tiny home is ANYTHING like that Texas Tower, then you’ll be living in Paradise!

      (a real + for me was the installation of an ELEVATOR in that tower!)

  • Chel
    April 9, 2015, 8:19 am

    I really like this design. Very well thought out and must have taken a lot of hours as Cahow said. I would envision only a single person or a couple in this space. That would allow for someone being in the left hand bed space whilst someone is working in the kitchen. Otherwise it makes for cleverly planned activities and cozy living.
    The only real question/criticism I have is the drying space in the pantry. Even with a dryer that vents direct to the outside, wouldn’t that cause damp problems for dry food storage? A washer/dryer single machine in the bathroom would solve that. We have them in Europe.

  • Elle
    April 9, 2015, 1:14 pm

    …they had me at the cat door well ok, before the cat door. This is amazing. Incredibly well thought out and creative. I can’t wait to see to the first full-model built. This entire ‘concept’ TH thread has me mesmerized. It’s been a lot of fun arranging and rearranging ‘my’ furniture and creature comforts in all of these little beauties. Fun, fun, fun! Thank you Alex! 🙂

  • Treehouse in paradise.
    April 10, 2015, 1:52 am

    This is amazing. I’m older and thinking about letting go of my house and doing something like this. I don’t get it all, so have to look at it more, but you’re a winner to me, Alice.

  • Karen R
    April 10, 2015, 8:41 pm

    Slideouts are necessary if the basic house is 8′ x 12′ – at least for me. The recycled glass counters were icing.

  • April 11, 2015, 3:34 pm

    Thank you all for your comments,

    It’s true the weight is not evenly distributed. The slide-outs, when extended, have to be supported.

    The entry door is 3 feet wide all the time, but when traveling, is partly obstructed. You have to stop somewhere to eat and potty when you’re on the road, or pack a lunch and drinks ahead of time. An 8×12 house can’t have everything.

    It’s true a disabled person would have to sleep in the twin bed, where access to the door is easy.

    It’s true I failed to take wall width into adequate consuderation. I did make the bathroom wall of frosted glass, but still the queen bed might have to become a full bed and the entry closet become shorter.

    Not sure how much turning around a wheelchair would need to do in aush a sptiny space, but there,s room in tbe regular configuration and also in the mealtime configuration provided the wheelchair is in p,ace before the table and benches are folded down.

    Pretty sure you could not be conpletely off-grid in this house, but the solar paneks can help. And can be cleaned with a garden hose, some siapy water, and a lon-handled mop.

    It’s also true I persoally would never, by choice, live in a place quite this small!

    Thanks again. You’ e all given me much to think about and learn.

  • Sheil Gray
    March 12, 2017, 5:19 pm

    How did they do the slideout?

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