Last week I talked about how to draw a tiny house floor plan. (A big thank-you to the many people who have contributed ideas and techniques in the comments!)
Most designs start with a floor plan — but the vertical dimension is what brings the floor plan to life.
Take, for example, the McG Loft, by Humble Homes (pictured at right). Like many other tiny houses, its floor plan is very simple. It’s the carefully thought-out vertical dimension—the stair, the height of the loft—that sets it apart.
Knowing how high things are:
To get started, it may help to familiarize yourself with a few standard heights in houses:
- The most common ceiling height is 8′-0”. A ceiling 7′-0” or lower will begin to feel quite low.
- Standard doors are 6′-8” high.
- Standard kitchen counters are 3′ high.
- Headroom over a stair should be 6′-8″ or more.
There are many more ways to find information about heights and dimensions. For human dimensions, some information is available online or in books on architecture and space planning.
Of course, if you’re designing a tiny house for yourself, then you are the best source of dimensions. Grab a measuring tape and possibly a helper and you can figure out all sorts of things, like your most comfortable table height, your maximum vertical reach, your eye level, and more.
See below to learn how to draw elevations, cross-section, and 3D models of your potential tiny house: