Alena Nikkole is sharing her amazing 8×12 tiny house design with us as part of our 2015 8×12 tiny house design contest with Derek Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com. I think you’ll agree that Alena did an amazing job of making this 8×12 design as functional as possible. I’ll let her show you and explain the design to you below. Please enjoy and re-share.
This house contains many wonderful features:
At the entry, there are cubbies to store shoes upon entering.
There is A LOT of storage space (2 closets that are each 2.5′ wide).
A 3′ wide booth with 2’x3′ table for dining/working.
A sleeping loft that will fit a full size mattress, and is accessible by a ladder that will neatly slide out of the way and store between the booth and 2nd closet. (Ladder not shown)
A nicely appointed kitchen that has a large sink (it converts to extra prep space with a cutting board insert), under-counter refrigerator, a 4-burner gas stove top, as well as 4 drawers, cabinet storage under sink as well as above the cook top, and a lovely butcher block counter top.
A small loft above the bathroom that can serve as extra storage OR flat screen tv area.
And a FULL BATHROOM, featuring a 2.5’x3′ shower, a small sink/counter, a medicine cabinet, a space-saving pocket door entrance, and a LAVEO waterless toilet.
There are also plenty of large windows to provide ample natural lighting. These are located above the sink, next to the dining booth, at the foot of the bed, in the storage loft, and a small window above the toilet.
This design can be built on top of a trailer and still meet the height and width restrictions, allowing it to be towed without a permit.
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.
Kimberly’s design includes a basement, main floor, sleeping level, and a rooftop terrace with a garden. Pretty cool, right? Please enjoy and re-share Kimberly’s tiny house design below if you’d like to. Thanks!
I am an amateur designer. I usually design at the 750-1250 sq. ft. range, but I thought I’d take a shot at this.
8’x12′ is no bigger than a garden shed, so designing a “house” that small is a challenge. Even RV’s this size have limited features (I have never seen one this small with a heater, for example). This one is heated by a small wood stove, as it would likely be built in an off-the-grid area.
My design is basically a single room with a corner cut out for a wet bath. The toilet is a composter and it is angled to give you a little knee room when sitting. The other corner in the bath gives you a little extra room when showering. A ladder near the entry leads to a loft big enough for a queen bed. Basically you have to chuck a mattress over the loft railing. There is a “shed dormer” over the bed to give it a little more room where the roof would normally slope down. The roof comes down a little more over the door to give a little extra shelter when entering. I don’t think more than a couple could live there but it would make a great resort cabin.
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