This tiny house design features a murphy bed (so you don’t have to go up and down a ladder to go to sleep).
It also features tables that flip up and down to save space w hen not in use. Plus radiant heated floors, rooftop solar panels, built in sofa storage, and more. Click the image to see it in full size so you can read Lee’s writing. 🙂
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.
First let me thanks you both for being a positive force in the Tiny House world. I am currently building a 8×12 Tiny House on a friends lake in the Lynchburg, VA area. I plan on using it as a hunting, fishing, and relaxing spot. I am also using it as a test bed to try out solar, rain collecting, etc. (totally off grid). I plan on building another tiny house to live in one day soon. I have built most of it with salvaged materials. I am in the process of putting on the metal roof and siding. I am really looking forward to finishing the inside. I have attached a few pictures as well as my floor plan which more than likely will be modified especially after reading and seeing articles on both your websites. Keep up the good work guys. Again, thanks for the inspirations and the work you do.
Please find attached my submission for the 8×12 tiny house contest. I have designed a tiny home based on the time honored salt box but with a 90 degree twist giving it somewhat of a chalet feel.
There is a 3/4 wet bathroom with a lavatory (a must with my wife as she finds toothbrushing where meals are prepared verboten). An alternating step ladder stair to the loft would make any midnight trip to the facilities easier and safer.
In the loft built in cabinetry that complements the angles of the roof hold clothing and bedding with adjustable shelving and dividers. Headroom in the loft is approximately 6′-2″ to the peak. Headroom in the kitchen and bath is 7′-0″ and the framing space shown allows for 4×4 with 3/4″ decking.
The large roof plane will allow for an ample solar array for off grid siting or the use of skylights as shown would allow for ample daylighting. A large deck expands living space and allows for entertaining.
I’ve been reading about tiny houses when a search would mainly turn up the results “Jay Shafer” and “teardrop trailers”.
In celebration of TWO upcoming hands on tiny house building and design workshops that my friend Deek Diedricksen is putting on (see below) we’ve teamed up to give away quite a few tiny house books (about $200 worth).
In addition, Deek is tossing in a hard copy of his Transforming A-frame tiny cabin plans that can be found on RelaxShacks.com.
If you want to win this contest we’re just looking for “the best” and most creative and space efficient 8′ by 12′ cabin/tiny house design. All you have to do is submit your design via e-mail to [email protected] by Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Thanks!
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