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Katelyn Hoisington’s 8×12 Tiny House Design

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Katelyn Hoisington is sharing her 8×12 tiny house design with us as part of our 2015 8×12 tiny house design contest with Deek of RelaxShacks.com.

This is my entry for the 8×12 Tiny House Design contest!

I found it challenging to design such a small space, but intriguing nonetheless.

Many of the features in this design are focused on creating storage, for example, there is plenty of under-counter storage, and open shelving provides additional storage for tableware.

There is also a dresser in the bathroom, which is a luxury in many tiny houses. Enjoy!

Katelyn Hoisington’s 8×12 Tiny House Design


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  • Dean
    April 10, 2015, 1:34 am

    Not bad! Hang a 15-20 inch flat screen on the outside of the bathroom door and I think you’re set! Nice job, Katelyn! !3 (sad attempt at a thumb up emoticon 😉 )

  • Kay
    April 10, 2015, 3:30 am

    I love this one! I especially LOVE that it has no loft and no ladder. The couch looks like it pulls out into a bed and it looks comfy. I love the sink in the shower part. This is the WINNER in my book.

  • jeff
    April 10, 2015, 10:13 am

    Hey guys, my name is Jeff, I am an inspiring tiny house owner/builder. I have made hundreds of of designs which I usually just hand draw in a sketch book. I was curious what programs people are using for these designs. I’d love to transfer my designs to computer. Thanks!

    • Dean
      April 11, 2015, 12:28 am

      One thing I’ve done with any document in the past, when directly transferring it to my computer is to simply take a picture of it with a digital camera (Cell will work fine, if it does good enough pics). Been doing that for many many years now. As for CAD programs, I once heard that Google offers one for free. I think a friend once used it and found it quite easy to use. I should look into it, but haven’t (yet). Worth looking into, though. Be prepared – you may have to sign up with Google to have access to it.

    • April 11, 2015, 10:23 am

      Hi Jeff.

      These look like they come from Google sketch-up. Ian a designer of residential homes and I use AutoCAD personally and find sketch up to be very cumbersome to learn second. I’ll bet a kid can figure it out in no time. You can transfer a floor plan layout from AutoCAD to sketch up and then create your 3d model. There are tons of YouTube videos to help you learn.

  • karl
    April 10, 2015, 3:27 pm

    Good one.
    Only change I might make is to move sink near bath to simplify plumbing, and use that space for a mini office with the couch providing the seating.

    • April 11, 2015, 10:30 am

      I agree. You never want a sink in a tiny alcove either because there will be lots of elbow bumping and no place to set dirty or clean dishes as you wash them. I’d make the counter top longer and move that tall thing (fridge?) to the corner.

      Also, while I like lots of windows, there are so many windows here that I worry a little about the overall stability of the unit. Small houses don’t need this many windows. An 8×12 room, such as a small bedroom of a larger house would need a door and 1 window and it would get plenty of light. I agree if this is your entire house, you’ll want cross ventilation so two windows would be nice in addition to the door but too many windows seriously cuts down on vertical storage that will be greatly needed in a tiny home of this size. (Where are you going to put your clothes and guitar?)

  • Elle
    April 10, 2015, 3:33 pm

    Very nice, and no loft! However, I am a ‘loft-lover’. Ahhh, a nice roomy bathroom. Goodbye elbow, knee, and wrist bruises …and sometimes forehead… 🙂

  • Karen R
    April 10, 2015, 7:37 pm


  • barry
    April 12, 2015, 7:15 pm

    like the floor plan. the tall cabinet breaking up the countertop is a no no design wise. I would like to see bigger with loft . Good job.

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