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Kateri Eastman’s 8×12 Tiny House Design

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Kateri Eastman is sharing her 8×12 tiny house design with no sleeping loft with us as part of our 2015 8×12 tiny house design contest with Deek of RelaxShacks.com. I’ll let her explain her design with you.

I had been thinking of a family friend, who had had some physical limitations, when I saw you contest. Designing with these limitations in mind became my starting point; minimizing climbing and bending where I could. It’s a bit thrown together, but I hope there are some ideas here that might provide others with inspiration.

A major feature are the carriage doors which turn the outdoors into part of the living space. The porch and pergola are meant to be on site, just an example of incorporating the outdoors. The wet bath has a partition and curtain rather than a full wall to keep a more open feeling in a small space. I thought a rolling towel rack would keep dry things dry. The daybed has storage and only one arm so the other end can be used as a seat at the computer desk. One of those pillows shaped like a chair back would get good use there. There’s a drop-leaf in front of the sink for counter space. A smaller mini-fridge might free up some space as well. Cooking could be done by any desired combination of hot plate, toaster oven or microwave.

Kateri Eastman’s 8×12 Tiny House Design


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  • April 10, 2015, 10:23 am

    I actually like this design a lot and the drawings (software?) are very cool. But I am a little confused as to why there are stairs leading to the house if the person has mobility issues. Did I miss something?

    • HUNTER
      April 10, 2015, 3:02 pm

      Holly, take a closer look. stairs on one end of porch ramp on the other end….very good design.

      • Anna
        April 11, 2015, 11:52 pm

        Good concept, but to be useful to someone who needs a ramp, the ramp needs to be about 4x as long as the one currently shown and needs railings on both sides. Max slope should be 1:12, not 1:3 (or whatever very steep slope this one works out to). Yay for at least trying to do accessible tiny design though!

    • Craig
      April 11, 2015, 11:31 pm

      So let’s assume 6″ risers on the stairs = 24″ ht. That means a minimum of 24 foot long ramp for the equivalent height. What is shown is such a common misconception of what is actually required for facilitation. Better for skateboards.

  • Sherrie
    April 10, 2015, 4:31 pm

    I love the no-loft. I love the wet bath! Good job!!!

  • Bev
    April 10, 2015, 7:49 pm

    What a Beauty! I love the safety of it to put on my own lot and realize that the deck could be on the ground for those who do not do stairs, as me. Also, a bedroom could be added to the length of the home on either side providing two bedrooms and with out loft bed. I love the top of this design, and what a good idea to grow green in the top of the deck. Lovely and homey design–a beginning for some like me and a finished product for younger folk! A beauty!

  • Chris
    April 13, 2015, 12:54 am

    I dig the presentation on this. That porch makes the house seem a lot bigger, and is a really good space. In a pinch, I imagine you could enclose it and have a sunroom that doubles your house.

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