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SimpleHouse: Tiny House Design for Simple Living

I created this tiny house design for simple living.

It’s really just a design that I did for fun and practice.

Simple Living Tiny House Design

And I guess all tiny houses are for simple living, aren’t they?


See all the photos and watch the 3d video tour below:

3D Floor Plan of the SimpleHouse Tiny House


This tiny home has a kitchenette, full bathroom, living room, storage and a sleeping loft.

Wardrobe/Storage by the Entrance


The fireplace is mounted to thew all just like the marine ones that people normally use for tiny houses.

Corner Bookshelf in the Living Room


I didn’t include any cabinets in the kitchen but there’s space to add corner cabinets or open shelving there.

Close Up of Living Room and Kitchenette in the SimpleHouse


I wanted to leave the space as open as possible so I didn’t add any tables or chairs. I think a fold up table against one of the open walls would be a great way to do it.


I’d also include a covered porch area outside with a table and chairs.

Video Tour of the SimpleHouse Tiny House

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Cahow
    April 22, 2013, 7:08 pm

    Now, you’re ‘cookin’ with gas’, Alex! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the extensive use of windows!!!! Right now, in my small cottage, I have four, count’em, FOUR exposures to look out into: North by the cozy chair/ottoman I’m writing this from; East along the sofa; South along the antique dry sink, and West, viewed through the hall and into my office/art studio. I’m very claustrophobic (raised outdoors like a pup), so I can only stand to be indoors when I’m by windows.

    This would make a delightful place for friends that come to stay for an extended period of time, who have different schedules than the home owners. Both my husband and I are natural Early Birds; our friends, not so much. So, they could sleep in until Noon, make their coffee, and then saunter over to the main house for dinner. LOL

    I hate lofts so I don’t know if I’d include one; after all, if this is a guest cottage, you’ll never need that degree of storage. I’m guessing the frig is under the counter? Really like the bathroom. Only thing I’d change/add, would be to make that corner cabinet short, so you could stick a small flat-screen TV on their for guests. 🙂

    • Cahow
      April 22, 2013, 7:14 pm

      Huh. Guess the “Edit” feature doesn’t work on this site. Oh well.

      Wanted to add, Alex: you wrote this>>”And I guess all tiny houses are for simple living, aren’t they?”

      Along the right side of the computer screen, you have “Micro/Tiny/Small” for house catagories. I guess if ALL Tiny House people are into “simple living”, I must be in the next catagory: “Chaotic by Choice Small House Living”. LOL I really like a very busy and packed life. 🙂 As my Gran always said every day of her life, “I can rest when I’m dead.” My little acorn didn’t fall far from her tree. 🙂

      • Alex
        April 22, 2013, 8:30 pm

        Not sure why the edit didn’t work! Sorry ’bout that.. But thanks for sharing your thoughts always enjoy it 😀

    • Cahow
      April 23, 2013, 11:58 am

      Hi, Alex. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with your latest plan. I could NOT get it out of my head last night and today, I discoverd “Why”…it would make the sweetest Cabana House, ever! I forwarded your email to a friend of mine who has wanted a Lakeside Cabana House for years, but didn’t like the “over the top” fussy and $$$$ designs that she and her husband saw in the past.

      My recommendations for her are the following: 1) Take the window out of the bathroom and turn it into a door; that way, you can enter the bathroom from the outside, without dripping water/shedding sand all over the tiny house interior! Of course, there would need to be a sign posted on the outdoor side of the loo: “Knock and Listen Before Entering!” LOL 2) Add a shower head and outdoor stall to the back of the house, so you can shower off, outdoors. 3) In the front of the house, add a 3/4’s screened in porch, that wraps around the sides and includes the front. After all, we ARE in Michigan and with record floods, the mosquitoes will carry away anyone under 100#s! (LOL). By having the shower area screened in, you can shower and NOT be bitten, to bits and pieces!

      Their lake access is 75′ from their home and all down hill; they use a golf cart to go up and down the hill. For the young and VERY fit, this is not a problem, but for kids, the injured or aged, and pregnant wives, it’s a BIG problem and many times, they struggle to get up the hill after a day of playing in the lake.

      Also, by having a kitchen, they no longer have to drag a cooler down to the lake for a day’s worth of meals. Yeah, the cooler can still go down to the tiny house, but now there’s a kitchen and enclosed area to enjoy one’s treats, which can actually be warmed up on the hob or a microwave. And who wouldn’t want some hot buttered popcorn to munch on when sitting around the fire pit?

      Having the loft (which I wouldn’t use) and a fold out sofa is a boon to Tiny Ones, who often get cranky when it’s nap time. Now, Mum and Dad don’t have to leave the lake and be stuck at the Big House; they can continue having fun with the remainder of the family, close at hand.

      I’ll let you know what they think, Alex. Keep on designing! You’re great at it!!!!!!!!

  • Katie Bond
    April 24, 2013, 3:42 pm

    Like your design Alex. I am looking for something similiar but sleeping quarters on the same level as the bathroom (no ladders for me). Look forward to your next offering.

    • Alex
      April 24, 2013, 4:32 pm

      Thanks Katie! Glad you liked it.

  • LaMar
    April 27, 2013, 9:01 am

    Some good design elements! Those doors look a bit on the narrow side and I use 3 foot wide exterior doors and no less than 2’6″ interior doorways. People are larger these days and you have people with disabilities that need wider access.

    The windows above the couch on the ends look to be very close to the edge of the wall. In order to frame a window it would be better to move that in to allow for a wall stud and 16″ from the edge would be easier for framing.

    I design cabin frames so when I see windows and doors I am also considering how they can be framed in the construction process.

    Just some things to consider in your plans.

  • Wayne
    April 27, 2013, 9:07 pm

    I think the bathroom door should be replaced with a in-wall sliding door. That way you don’t have to worry about it swinging in or out of the bathroom making the space seem smaller.

  • Marcy
    July 26, 2014, 2:14 pm

    Wayne, I agree with you completely. I believe that if you have spaces to close of in these tiny spaces, you should use pocket doors.

  • Marsha Cowan
    July 26, 2014, 8:19 pm

    Really nice! Love the layout. I would add a very slender bar parallel to the kitchen with two half stools (the seat is cut in half and it rests on three legs) that could be used for seating when you had company.

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