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Jason’s 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

This is Jason’s 800 sq. ft. Gambrel Roof Small Home. Per your request, he sent us tons of new photos of his DIY small home that you can see below. I’ll let him tell you his story below. Enjoy!

Enjoy the pictures from construction to completion, and get a list of “highlights” and build cost at the end!

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An Inexpensive Way to Build an 800-square-foot Two-Level Tiny Cabin w/ Gambrel Roof and Loft Bedroom w/ Staircase

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Images via Jason

Best place to start: The foundation (and framing!)

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Getting insulated inside. Look at all the space from the roof!

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Drywall is up. Getting closer to “home.”

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Light fixtures, bathroom, some appliances: Getting closer.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

It’s done! Gorgeous modern home with all you could want.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Nice safety railings everywhere when dealing with the loft.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Front door leads you into the grand main room.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Living room has space for a comfortable couch!

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Bathroom and kitchen are side-by-side but don’t share germs.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Perfect spot for your TV and other entertainment.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Nice secondary loft for display and for storage.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Here’s a closer-up view of the space.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Tons of cabinets that utilize all the ceiling height.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Looking out from the kitchen to the main living area.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Super deep sink! A large refrigerator which is cool. 😀

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Lovely kitchen with modern and full-sized appliances.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Main floor bedroom includes a large walk-in closet w/ laundry space inside too!

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Add a bed over here for guests (or make it an office/yoga room/whatever you want). You could also use a murphy bed.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Extra storage loft for guitars and seating in the bedroom.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

The loft is extremely spacious. Tons of room. You can stand up too!

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Hard to feel cramped in this awesome space.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

No need to duck! This is a second story more than a loft.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Super sleek bathroom. White tiling looks sharp and clean.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

Awesome, large shower stall.

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin!

A home with a view! Love seeing the sunset. (Or is it a sunrise?)

Jason's 800 Sq. Ft. Barn Cabin! Jasons 800 Sq Ft Affordable Tiny Cabin and How He Built It

Images via Jason

Jason’s Story

Renting in Nashville is terrible and I had a dream of finding land and building my own house. I didn’t need anything large, but being 6’4″ couldn’t fit into a “tiny” space. Also, a smaller building equals a lower mortgage.

I decided on a home with a Gambrel “Barn shaped” roof. The change in pitch maximizes your ceiling height and width of the usable space. Originally, I decided to order a storage barn kit, but after researching determined that you cannot live in a Storage building in Tennessee.

So I decided to use the kit as a basis for building my home on a foundation…2×6 trusses and 2×4 walls on 16′ centers, meant my home meets all building codes and permitting was a breeze!

I did most of the work myself and all of the finishes. I decided to pay for the foundation, block, framing, and drywall. But I did everything else, including HVAC and electrical! When you are the homeowner and builder you can save so much by tackling these things yourself.

My goal was financial freedom. I want to be able to cash flow future projects and now I can. There is no need to build a large home to start. Instead, plan things out and you can build a small home then cash flow an addition. I made sure my “addition wall” is free of all pipes and wires, is near the electrical panel and lines up for easy addition to the HVAC main trunk line. This will greatly reduce the cost of adding on and when you factor in the interest savings by not needing a construction loan. Wow! It really adds up!

Tiny is the correct way, but don’t limit yourself to only thinking about an 8ft wide horse trailer. Build a small home and plan to add to it as needed! That’s my way, for what it’s worth.

Related: Barn THOW with a Rooftop Deck


  • 800 sq. ft. total. 16×36 footprint
  • 16×20 living room with 16-foot ceilings
  • IKEA Kitchen
  • Full tile shower and bath
  • Wood Laminate flooring on the first floor and birch plywood flooring in the lofts
  • 16×16 loft
  • 4×16 music loft
  • Spare bedroom with large closet and laundry
  • Custom staircase and railings
  • Sits on 2 acres with a 20-minute drive to downtown Nashville, TN
  • $65k in total construction cost with a 10 month build while working full time

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.
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  • Avatar Lisa
    June 14, 2017, 2:41 pm

    well done! Lovely, a good conservative alternative to the extreme living in some tiny homes. I could never understand the whole thow thing unless you are sure you want to drag your house all over the country. Homes like yours are the best idea yet!

  • Avatar suzanne joffe
    June 14, 2017, 3:29 pm

    gee, i find this space incredibly claustrophobic. i love the extra room with the roof, but no windows? why?

    • Avatar Jason
      June 14, 2017, 3:47 pm

      Hey Suzanne,

      I hear you about the windows. I put in a total of 6 for my home. Price was a concern, but also utilities. The living room has four windows (2 on each side) plus the one up front that lets light into the very top of the ceiling. Back bedroom has a window per codes.

      Claustrophobic is not the case here- 16 foot tall ceilings are what I call expansive. But I will admit that my camera phone isn’t the best for showing it off… but just didn’t want to pay for a professional to bring in their wide angle lenses and photoshop tools. This home is all me, even down to the basic cell phone pictures.

      No window by the front door, because that’s where my Big screen goes. Can’t watch the game while staring into the setting sun.

      My other big consideration is that I plan to add on to my home. Really this is just the start of a much larger home that I see completed in the next 5-7 years.

      Happy to answer any questions!

      • Avatar Whitney
        June 14, 2017, 9:54 pm

        I absolutely love it! Every time I try to explain to my friends that I want a sightly larger “tiny home” they don’t get it. You get it. Granted, I’m a foot shorter than you, but I still wanted that extra head space.
        I love the finishes. Haven’t seen a home like that in Ga yet.

      • Avatar suzanne joffe
        June 20, 2017, 9:24 pm

        WOW, what a difference!! It’s awesome. Great job Jason.

      • Avatar Denise
        July 11, 2017, 10:33 am

        Hi Jason,

        I think what Suzanne was referring to was the lack of a window in the upper loft bedroom. It does make that space a bit claustrophobic from the pictures as it gives off a bit of a cave feeling. It is also a safety concern. In case of fire, and you are woken from sleep, there is no exit point and you are trapped up there. You can really see the darkness at the framing stage when you had to bring in power to the build as the insulation was put in. I was scratching my head looking at it thinking “It doesn’t look like he is putting a window up in there.” 🙁 Hmm… I know for sleeping, the darkness is conducive to sleep, but with no ventilation and heat rising, I myself would get a bit stuffy. But to each his own. One thing I really do like is the plywood section flooring. That is a great idea and looks really nice. What kind of finish did you use on it?

        The build downstairs is very spacious and the window placement makes it feel big, at least from the pictures. It does feel wide and looks to be much more comfortable than a THOW. This is a place that one can age into and that is a plus. Everything is easily accessible without feeling cramped. The finish work is well done also.

        • Avatar Jason
          July 12, 2017, 12:18 pm

          I had a few reasons for no window. That is the east facing wall, so didn’t want the morning sun. I built my bed with a large headboard and absolutely love my bed. Any window large enough to escape from would have been covered by the bed and any window that was wide and narrow would have been pricey and required additional framing costs.

          In the end I agree that many would have wanted a window, but I get enough light from the front of the house, as it faces west, from the single window.

          As far as it being stuffy, I did a closed cell spray foam on the roof and gable walls. There are two register vents running to the loft for cooling that I installed. For the house I installed a 2-ton package unit. I’m a bit weird but I keep it at 68 degrees all the time, even in the hot summer’s my electric bill is always under $80. So no not stuffy, but I knew it was possible, so I went about fixing it during the design phase.

          For codes, since it is a loft space and not a bedroom, window is not required. In my eventual addition process, I will make it a bedroom and a full sized window will go in.

          Hope that helps explain my thinking on it all.

          Thank you for being so interested!

      • Avatar Kevin John Dunn
        March 28, 2019, 8:19 pm

        Jason , Really Cool ! Awesome step by step photos . One question , $ 55,000 … was that with land or just build / permit / furnish ? Inspirational

    • Avatar Trish
      June 14, 2017, 3:47 pm

      I have to agree, lovely house, but why are there so few windows, I had a 50’s vintage mobile home with more windows than this. I can’t see how this would pass inspection for safety, no egress from that sleeping loft without using the stairs or a ladder to the main floor.

      • Avatar Jason
        June 14, 2017, 3:55 pm

        Hey Trish,

        Was replying about the windows, when you commented…see above.

        I passed inspections and everything is to code. The front loft aka my music loft is considered a storage area its only 4 ft wide. I just happen to use it for my instruments- the acoustics are amazing!

        Per code if an overhead area is not used full time- it does not need permanent access or railings (think attic space with a pull down ladder). I have a telescoping ladder to access it for now, but plan to install a library style rolling ladder ( they are just so pricey).

        • Avatar dana
          June 14, 2017, 5:24 pm

          Jason, very well done. I LOVE the plywood floors on the loft….spectacular.

          with your skills, i bet you can build a library ladder with a little hardware and ingenuity long before you decide to buy one.

          It looks like you have thought out your home very well to fit your needs…well done.

      • Avatar Erica
        April 13, 2018, 11:57 am

        Just my 2 cents, but I live in a loft apartment (only 460sf) and my loft is open to the living room below just like Jason’s. There is only one window in my place, and that is by the front door (opposite the loft, again, like Jason’s). I get plenty of light in my loft from below. I get why Jason didn’t want a window. You’re supposed to sleep in the dark. Until they put up solar screens on my windows, I had terrible light pollution at night.

    • Avatar Diane
      October 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

      Suzanne there are a lot of windows downstairs. Just look at the photos again the blinds are closed in many of the shots. He gets lighting from the adjacent wall of the bedroom without it flooding into his bedroom. More privacy that way too.

      • Avatar suzanne joffe
        October 14, 2017, 1:45 pm

        I did. It looks amazing and you’re right, it’s nice and bright yet private.

  • Avatar Penny
    June 14, 2017, 7:21 pm

    Jason, I appreciate your phone’s camera a great deal more than the ‘fish eye’ lens pictures. There is a much better sense of scale in these pictures. I assume you special ordered the barn kit to get 16″ OC or did you just use it as a guide only and have the contractors make their own plans? Glad thinking ahead for adding on. The utility room in guest bedroom could be a little awkward but looks like be changed up a bit when do add-on. Like the white verticals on outside. Lot of work around a full time job. Expect we’ll hear from you again. Thanks for sharing.

    • Avatar Jason
      June 14, 2017, 11:33 pm

      Hey Penny,

      Thank you! I do see that I could have added a few angles. Maybe they’ll let me send in to be added to this post.
      It was a bigger job than I could have ever imagined, but sitting in it right now feels so darn great!

      I used a storage barn kit from online as the basis for a on site stuck built plan. My framing and lumber cost were actually only slightly more than buying their precut full kit that I would have had to put together myself. But in TN state law bars you from living in any home meant to be a storage building. So it’s built on site and meets all codes.

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
        June 15, 2017, 11:14 am

        Hi Jason! Feel free to send more pictures 🙂 I can always add them after the fact.

  • Avatar Nick Martinez
    June 14, 2017, 10:27 pm

    Hey Jason, my name is Nick and I live in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. I am currently and electrician’s apprentice working on my licence. My step rather and I are looking at land for sale in the area to purchase and build a tiny home for me. We always watch Tiny House Nation of FYI and that is really what inspired me to want to go tiny bit I do have to start practicing what I preach. I would like some advice, tips and tricks as far as how you did all the steps, what it was like doing the things yourself, the hiring process and going through city building codes. I know all that varies across states and that is a lot to touch on so just in a nut shell of course. Anything would be helpful, thanks in advance!

    • Avatar Jason
      June 15, 2017, 12:22 pm

      Happy to help! Funny thing though- you can learn so very much on youtube! Went over my data limit several times watching how to’s

      Send me an email anytime [email protected]

      • Avatar Brenda
        May 13, 2019, 5:44 pm

        I would love to know where you purchased the cabinet with the pots and pans from. And do the drawers slide out.

        • Avatar Jason
          September 12, 2019, 2:08 pm

          Kitchen is from IKEA. They have so many amazing storage options.

  • Avatar Carol
    June 15, 2017, 12:01 am

    I truly love the high ceiling upstairs and the extra room downstairs. The overall layout is very nice. You did a great job.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      June 15, 2017, 11:14 am

      Yea having high ceilings in the loft really adds so much!

  • Avatar Adina Hirschmann
    June 17, 2017, 1:35 am

    Nice job with fit, finishes DOUBLE HANDRAIL and safety railings. The music loft should have the same. More tile, going halfway up the walls, and sliding glass doors in the bathroom would finish up the look and better contain the splashes from the shower, while allowing light to pass through. The lack of a window in the bedroom loft could be made up for with a skylight, with its own shade, that opens up for ventilation. Great to see a real bed and furniture up there, with room to walk around. Considering the cost of labor and materials, in today’s housing market, yours is a bargain. Many cars cost more.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      June 19, 2017, 12:18 pm

      What’s important is that he made it to what he needed and wanted 🙂

  • Avatar john braman
    June 17, 2017, 10:43 am

    where can you get the plans for building this?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      June 19, 2017, 12:16 pm

      Maybe Jason has some sketched up he could offer. He has been responding to comments, so hopefully he can answer 🙂

  • Avatar Rob
    June 17, 2017, 10:51 am

    There doesn’t seem to be any attic space or soffit to roof vent air flow. Is it necessary?

    • Avatar Jason
      June 18, 2017, 11:02 am

      Hey Rob,

      You are correct. Traditionally you would have vents going from under the eaves to the ridge vent on top of the roof to push out hot air trapped under the roof sheathing.
      But I had the whole 2nd floor and roof spray foamed. So it is closed cell and air tight, so no hot air to build up. Nothing to vent.

      It was actually cheaper for me, considering the labor of adding vents every 2 feet and running the foam chases behind batt insulation.

      Thanks for asking!

  • Avatar Melissa Curit
    June 17, 2017, 11:34 am

    Amazing! I love it!

  • Avatar susan
    June 20, 2017, 9:16 am

    Beautifully done. The loft is an actual bedroom! No crawling around. Everything you need to live a comfortable, small foot print life.

    • Avatar Jason
      June 20, 2017, 3:48 pm

      Thank you very much! Natalie- thank you for adding the new pictures!

      Really appreciate all the compliments! It was the biggest thing I’ve ever tackled and I got lots of crazy stares and your kidding mes from friends and family.

      But now they all love it and are proud of what I was able to accomplish!

  • Avatar Meg
    June 20, 2017, 1:48 pm

    This is a great build! Love the dark floors with the light colored windows, the kitchen cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling, the oversized subway tiles in the bathroom, the fact that the washer/dryer is where the clothes go, all the headroom throughout the 1st and 2nd floors, the light fixture in the living room….and oh that headboard is gorgeous! Very well done Jason.

  • Avatar Steve
    June 20, 2017, 2:55 pm

    great looking home. Did you experience any code issues when installing sheetrock over the sprayed insulation? You noted in an earlier post/reply no issues, does that mean there is no wiring in the ceiling or walls in the loft areas?

  • Avatar Evening Iris
    June 20, 2017, 3:04 pm

    Great house! But I’d have to flip the lofts around. I’d need the bigger loft for 15 guitars, 6 amplifiers (including a Marshall), one Fender Rhodes 88 suitcase piano with bench seat, a violin, a viola, and one drum kit 😀 😀 😀

  • Avatar Nicki
    June 20, 2017, 3:04 pm

    It is beautiful, but I think I would have spiraled the staircase for more room.

  • Avatar Jason
    June 20, 2017, 3:41 pm

    Hey Steve,

    Electrical was run for wall plugs and lights in the roof, then spray foamed in. Rough in electrical was passed before insulation was started, per code.

    But, I know that codes for different areas of the country are all over the place. Would suck if I ever need to rewire anything, but the efficiency of the foam made it worth it to me.

    As for my music loft. I am a bassist at heart- so need for the collections that guitarists seem to acquire.

    • Avatar Steve
      June 20, 2017, 3:44 pm

      Thanks !

  • Avatar Emily c.
    June 20, 2017, 4:33 pm

    While I love looking at all the wonderful tiny houses, especially Goosenecks and and Park size. I was thinking for me, why would I need a house on wheels. I don’t plan to travel with my house in tow. I’d rather travel the country in my car and stay in motels/hotels, B & Bs or a Class C RV and stay in RV parks for a few days at a time on my travels. For actual living I like a more permanent but smaller house. Having a bit larger house as this on built on a foundation might be the better way to go for me. This house reminds me of the Park size, but wider and with a loft you can stand up right. Really like this house. Of course there would be a few tweets just for my taste, but you got me thinking what I want to do in the near future.

  • Avatar Lisa D. Lucas
    June 20, 2017, 6:24 pm

    Really, really nicely done. Love they way you finished the ceiling, keeping every lofty inch. Agree with all the window comments, but it’s yours. What did you use for the loft railing? Is that galvanized piping that you assembled or is it a stock product? Would love to know your estimated cost to build, if you care to share.

    • Avatar Jason
      June 20, 2017, 8:35 pm


      I used EMT conduit pipe with connectors from keep klamp. The grid part is metal racking.
      I spent 65k total. But saved a lot with the work I did. Put a lot of the savings into the finishes, bath and kitchen.

  • Avatar Drew
    June 20, 2017, 10:20 pm

    Thank you sincerely for the share! This is nothing shy of AMAZING! I love the style, and the footprint is minimal at best! Love it, LOVE IT!

  • Avatar Adina Hirschmann
    June 20, 2017, 11:39 pm

    I was wondering if you roughed in the wiring for media (audio and video) and internet (residential gateways and wi-fi) before insulating and closing up the walls. Just curious.

    • Avatar Jason
      June 21, 2017, 10:42 am

      No didn’t add any ports to the upstairs. With limited walls, wifi travels well throughout the house. I did purchase Singled bulb kit. They are really cool. LED bulbs with speakers inside. They chain together and run off of blue tooth. So I have sound throughout my home!

  • Avatar Trisha
    June 21, 2017, 12:16 am

    I hear everyone’s comments about the lack of window light upstairs and probably would have added one on the back wall even a longer more narrow one to bring in light. I like every thing about it except one thing…. I would have moved the staircase and framed it in so that the underside of it would have been used for storage. Positioned as it is in the middle compromises the use of space on the right side
    , but I love the back laundry room and ability to hang the clothing up as soon as it is finished in the W/D!

    • Avatar Dick
      July 2, 2017, 6:31 pm

      Great home! The downstairs bedroom would be perfect for our disabled son.

      I tend to agree with Trisha about moving the staircase over to the wall, but remember that Jason is 6’4″! I’m 5’8″ and I honestly think I’d hit my head on the ceiling if the stairs were over by the wall.

      Jason, Cahow (an architect) doesn’t seem to hang around the comments forum like she used to, so I’ll say it for her: sell the plans! People like your home, and making blueprints available for sale (at market price, of course) would definitely help your cash flow.

  • Avatar Carol
    June 21, 2017, 11:38 am

    Do you have any handicap accessible? I have never seen any that are! Someone needs to! Any for rent

  • Avatar DIANNE KNOX
    June 21, 2017, 3:42 pm

    This is so pretty. This is the one I’love to have..Well done.

  • Avatar Glema
    June 24, 2017, 1:50 am

    Nice Job Jason! I like your house. It’s built well and has loads of potential left for future generational concerns. 🙂 Just what you need. I do have a question: In the foundation were you able to make a tiny basement ? Just for storage or a root cellar? It’s an idea. May God richly bless you and your little house. Thank you for sharing with us, made my day!

  • Avatar Sugni
    June 24, 2017, 10:58 am

    Wow nice but get some Windows and skylights in there. It’s so dark it’s like a tomb! I couldn’t live without light.

    • Avatar Jason
      June 27, 2017, 2:49 pm


      Thanks for the comment. Many have agreed that more light would be better. I had a budget to stick too and windows are pricey. Also, I find windows limit the placement of items, like couches, bed and tv’s. Laid it out just so, just for me. I enjoy my “cave”. But when the blinds are open i get tons of light, although i understand that other would enjoy even more light.


  • Avatar Victoria
    June 25, 2017, 11:30 pm

    O M G!!! This just replaced my 2 year favorite home by jewel!! I LOVE, ❤️❤️❤️ It! Ok Jason, where do we get the plans? Lol. I just thought of adding a slider and raised balcony off the sleeper loft :). Plus, this would add some light to the sleeper loft. Or ,can add it over the frond door to provide a covered front and replace the window with a slider. OMG! Even hubby is liking this house 🙂

    SO WELL DONE! I just might email you privately! I can’t believe how this one replaced my 1-2 year favorite!!


    • Avatar Alex
      June 26, 2017, 3:00 pm

      So glad you loved it so much, Victoria! Thanks!

  • Avatar suzanne joffe
    July 2, 2017, 5:14 pm

    Hey Jason, it looks amazing!! What a big difference from the first post. Well done!

  • Avatar Nineveh
    July 2, 2017, 9:11 pm

    Love it! What a great idea, and layout.

  • Avatar Carla
    July 3, 2017, 12:31 am

    Love this house maybe I wouldn’t need 800 sq feet but the price is right. Love the lg rooms, the head space especially. Living in Texas I could maybe even try solar for utilities perhaps panels in the yard instead of rooftop. Nicely done Jason!!!!

  • Avatar Patty
    July 3, 2017, 12:57 am

    I like what you have done. Small is my favorite over tiny, so I like this a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  • Avatar Joyce
    July 3, 2017, 11:21 am

    Jason, I just LOVE your house as it is! I’m not one to have tons of windows letting in loads of light–I’ve been a night owl for my entire 64 1/2 years (according to what my parents told me)–and I think the number of windows you have is just perfect. I like that there’s a room downstairs that can be a bedroom, an absolute must for me. That wonderful loft upstairs would be where my art studio and office would be–I don’t do the kind of art that needs a north window, so not having a window isn’t even a consideration, other than that I’d have loads of privacy from outside. As a woman who lives alone, privacy is huge for me.
    Seriously great home, and I’d love to see the floor plans someday, too. Kudos to you, young man–you’re a credit to DIY men everywhere!

  • Avatar Joe
    July 3, 2017, 11:51 am

    Very good job. In my opinion 800 sq ft is a great size. I think I would have put that staircase against the wall and maybe have moved the window to keep the space of the room more open. I like this home very much.

  • Avatar Nysha
    July 7, 2017, 6:22 pm

    What an awesome house. I love the gambrel roof and the fact that your bathroom doesn’t open into the kitchen. I also like that it’s built on a foundation, so it will build equity, unlike a THOW.

    Since I’m old, I would use the downstairs room as my bedroom & the upstairs as an office/guest room. If I had the budget, I’d put a large window upstairs and some skylights, switch to a spiral staircase and add a porch/deck to the front of the house.

  • Avatar Peggy
    July 9, 2017, 9:06 am

    Love this plan, but would love to be albe to see the floor plans.

  • Avatar Joshua
    July 24, 2017, 4:17 pm

    Jason, I have been pouring through designs when I found yours and I am totally dead set on it. I would really like to set up an email with you to pick your brain about a few of the stages of the process as you experienced. Any chance that could happen? Thanks for submitting this its a total win!

  • Avatar mary
    October 13, 2017, 5:26 pm

    Nicely done and this is something that I want to do when I move to the TN area. My question would be how much did you pay for the property and in what area. Thank you

    • Avatar Jason
      October 17, 2017, 11:19 am


      I paid 17.5K for my 2 acres 15 miles west of Downtown Nashville. It was a great deal for sure.

  • Avatar Elizabeth
    October 13, 2017, 7:57 pm


  • Avatar Canyon Man
    October 13, 2017, 10:21 pm

    I for one like the idea of no windows in a bedroom. I have one window in my bedroom. Because of health issues so I can sleep during the day if needed I have a blackout curtain on the one window. I also agree about utility bills. I live where it can top out at 110-120 15-25 days each year. I have five windows and one slider in a 1400 square foot house. I use a lot less electricity for A.C. than my neighbor’s who have more windows. Some use almost 200% more electricity than I do. I keep the house one constant temperature all year. Day and night. Remember, I have health reasons so do not chastise me for not regulating the temperature. My wife and I found about a 2 degree happy medium for her and myself. I would keep it warmer. She would keep it cooler.
    IF I had a great view I would want more windows, looking at the side of my neighbors stucco is not worth it.

  • Avatar Sherry Reuter
    November 9, 2017, 1:23 pm

    My husband and I really love your house!! We keep coming back to it and stare at all of your photos. We’re wanting to build a 16×20 gambrel roof structure, with a loft as high as yours, in our backyard for our family of four to possibly live in while we rent our house out so that we can make financial ends meet and actually have time to spend together as a family. (Or we might rent it out to a nice couple.) I’m talking with the city about this idea and they’re telling me that we’d need a foundation, along with other information. They need to look at our plan, yet we’re getting stuck with how to go about that, as it looks like structural engineers would charge so much that we wouldn’t be able to go forward with the project. I see that you used plans from a shed kit. Would you be able to share what kit that was? If you have other information that would help us, as far as providing blue prints/plans for this beautiful structure, we would be eternally grateful, as it seems like a big step to getting us closer to having a better quality of life together as a little family! Thank you so much! My email is [email protected] and you are also free to send me an email there as well. We really appreciate it, Jason!

  • Avatar Keith Norton
    November 30, 2017, 9:56 am

    Beautiful job Jason! Is the foundation a crawl space or an actual basement?

  • Avatar Larry
    April 9, 2018, 9:34 pm

    Great job. I love the setup. Although I agree with Suzanne, I would add a ceiling window on each side of the bed. Great plan.

  • Avatar Chaula Trivedi
    April 9, 2018, 11:28 pm

    Hi Jason,
    I find this house really interesting. It seems that you have created a home in a space yet tiny and yet accomodating a music loft and a spare bedroom.. Well the genius lies in making the most when one has the minimum space and you have done it well. Someday I want to make a tiny house for myself. Though being tiny myself, I prefer to have a tiny house and make a career out of it. I am an architect by profession completing my Masters in Sustainable Architecture. As a matter of fact, after going through this course I came to a conclusion that having a tiny house on a trailer is a fantastic way to be sustainable as it is self reliant and less footprint and plus I just have to hook it behind the car and carry it wherever I want it to be. Yes it is going to be an expensive affair though but nonetheless I like your house and thanks for sharing it with me online. With this signing off, Chaula from India.

    Ar. Chaula

  • Avatar David
    April 10, 2018, 7:54 am

    Jason, It looks great! I hope you continue to keep us up dated when you do the addition. Everyone has their ideas about windows and safety which are good points also but I really like your set up.
    Since my wife and I have become empty nesters I’ve been bouncing ideas off her about down sizing.
    I also applaud your forward thinking about a blank wall in reference to an addition.

  • Avatar Eileen
    April 10, 2018, 10:48 am

    Hi Jason,

    Love your home!! Can you tell me what you used to construct your steps to the loft? Thanks!!!

    • Avatar Jason
      April 13, 2018, 11:05 pm

      Faststairs.com super fast and super easy

  • Avatar Tim
    April 10, 2018, 2:25 pm

    Lisa, I’m with you on the thow, but I think the reason most people go that route is because many towns have a minimum sq/ft for a house on a permanent foundations. By putting it on wheels it allows them to get around the codes for minimum sizes

  • Avatar Erica
    April 13, 2018, 11:59 am

    I love this, Jason! My loft apartment is only 460sf. Your floorplan is similar to mine, but a LOT more room. I would live in this in a heartbeat. Looking forward to seeing the addition(s) in the future. You did a great job.

  • Avatar susan
    April 15, 2018, 7:19 pm

    Jason, i just love your house. My husband & I live close to murfreesboro tn and would love to come see your house in person.

  • Avatar Sarah
    April 19, 2018, 8:33 pm

    This is an awesome layout and just enough square feet! I too am very tall (6’3″) and love the idea of a loft bedroom where I can stand straight! I don’t know if someone asked already, but are there plans I could purchase? I would like to build in the next couple years and I’m gathering ideas. This little house is the best I’ve seen! 🙂

    • Avatar Alex
      April 20, 2018, 6:48 am

      Hey Sarah, well, I can ask Jason if he has plans!

  • Avatar Jeff Gorgone
    May 12, 2018, 1:23 pm

    Hey Jason. Great design. Any chance of getting a copy of the plans?

  • Avatar Traci Nettles
    September 23, 2018, 3:53 am

    Love this layout. I have been trying to figure out what and how to do this same thing for my son who is visually impaired. This would be perfect for him. I would love to get some more information on the process of how you went about building this and who you used for the contractors to me permitting requirements. We also live here in TN Clarksville TN. Thank you Traci

  • Avatar Sam Verg
    October 17, 2018, 10:21 pm

    Wow! So happy I found this, Jason! Im currently looking to build a gambrel style roofed house here in upstate NY. I was currently designing a 28×32 floor plan, but this seems to have pretty ample space! My main thing was having that 2nd guest room on the first floor. What size if that room if you don’t mind me asking. Will be looking forward to learning from your build.


    Sam 😀

  • Avatar Gail
    February 27, 2019, 10:14 am

    Beautiful job. Love it.

  • Avatar Diane Gray
    March 25, 2019, 4:58 pm

    The gambrel roof sure makes the loft space more useable since you can actually stand up! At least a short person could! I like this tiny house, which has a nice closet and washer/dryer space, too. It doesn’t feel so tiny! 🙂

  • Avatar Cathi
    March 28, 2019, 11:16 pm

    This is what I have been dreaming of 500-900 sq feet but I’m told this could happen in TN because there are no building codes

    Unfortunately in MD it would start at twice that price and that doesn’t even include the land

  • Avatar Cindy
    March 30, 2019, 12:24 am

    Jason I think sometimes people forget that you did this based on YOUR needs and wants and what works best for you. I am currently living in my tiny house and we are definitely talking tiny and honestly it is VERY eclectic, not everyone’s cup of tea but it works for me. I like having a home that people find interesting things all over when they walk in and ask what I was thinking when I did certain things. I personally like to look at other peoples tiny places, or in this case, small places and it gives me ideas for things I might like to try for my next place. I have things in the one I am currently living in that I ended up settling because of money and time constraints but have helped me get a better idea of things to change in the way I do the next one. The fact you pitched in and did things yourself is pretty great and you should be proud of the fact you did that and be proud of your home. You created something that works for you, something that you are comfortable in. Congratulations on your new home 🙂

  • Avatar Paul
    April 19, 2019, 9:54 pm

    Nice work on the house Jason. I actually saw it in person. It was quite impressive. I actually made an offer on it, but you did too good of a job with it. Competition was very stiff. I actually found this article looking for similar plans and remembered I had read this article a year ago (I knew the house looked familiar). Anyway, my agent told me that the final buyer could also get the plans for the home included with contract finalization. I’m wondering if you’d be willing to sell your plans separately to someone else (me). I’m trying to build on a small lot in East Nashville. Right now, the plan was to build an approximately 20×30 2 story lofted tiny home. I spent a lot of time in Revit negotiating the second floor bedroom/bathroom space versus loft space. After checking out your design though, I think it’s simpler, cheaper, and a better use of space. It completely changed my interior space usage philosophy. I still have a lot of questions though. I wish I could by you coffee and pick your brain for about 45 mins one day, but instead I’ll just ask here:
    1.) So you went with a Gambrel roof instead of a regular Gable Roof. I assume this was because it was more cost effective material-wise: More drywall I assume but probably less lumber and other material for wasted attic space, more roof shingles but less exterior siding, etc. . . Do you think that construction savings is offset by the added cost of heating and cooling with vaulted ceilings? I know you said you minimized windows to help with that, but how does the house perform Energy-wise?
    2.) I don’t know if you would know this, but are their code regulations for using Gambrel Roofs in Davidson County for primary residences (versus other kinds of roofs)? I see people with them, but primarily with detached garages.
    3.) For your construction costs, did that involve utilities already available at the site or did you have to have new lines run?

    I’ll stop there with the questions. That’s plenty. Either way, good luck with your newer, bigger build.

    • Avatar Jason
      April 26, 2019, 10:44 pm

      We can chat for sure. Send me an email. [email protected]

      • Avatar Josh
        July 18, 2019, 11:02 pm

        Hey Jason I love ur tiny home I’m trying to design and. Uild one close to the one u have with a few veryations inside. I didn’t want to just email u without asking first. Becouse I’ve been running into a problem with trying to get the right kind of truss design I didn’t know if I could get a copy of urs to show the builders the kind I’m wanting. I’m willing to pay for them because I know the plans are not cheap. And also a blue print of the building would go a long way in trying to get an idea of what is needed for the county were I live in Ohio. And again I’m willing to buy a copy. My email is [email protected] if we could talk that would be great.

  • Avatar Cj Nicholson
    May 10, 2019, 5:24 pm

    This is AWESOME! Perfect!! I love it!! Great job!!

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