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The Terraform One Tiny House and Plans Available to Build Your Own

This is the Terraform One Tiny House on Wheels designed by Richard Ward of Terraform Tiny Homes.

The Terraform One tiny house (T1) is the perfect home for the individual, couple, or family who wants to live the tiny house life, but not give up all the comforts of a larger home. The home was designed with the first time DIYer in mind and is extremely flexible to be customized to your needs. Because of the use of SIPs style construction, the shell of T1 was completed in 2 days. The home was dried in within 2 weeks and Richard was living in the home within 4 ½ months of the trailer showing up.

The plans for this tiny house are available at TinyHousePlans.com. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks!

The Terraform One Tiny House on Wheels Built with SIPs

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A Tiny House Designed with Tall People in Mind

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Video Tour of the Terraform Tiny House


  • Designed by Richard Ward
  • Just under 250 sq. ft. (not including lofts)
  • Shed style roof
  • Built with SIPs
  • Sleeps 4+ people
  • Built on a gooseneck (fifth wheel) trailer
  • 8’6″ wide, 32′ long, 13’6″ high
  • Approximate cost to build $40,000+
  • Approximate weight: 11,500 lb.
  • Designed with tall people in mind
  • The loft area peaks at 6’4″

Get the plans: https://tinyhouseplans.com/terraform-one-tiny-house/


  1. https://tinyhouseplans.com/terraform-one-tiny-house/
  2. https://terraformth.com/tinyhouse/
  3. https://terraformth.com/
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdejoE3bw5w

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  • jerry
    July 20, 2018, 12:01 pm

    No thanks.
    Too narrow for long term living, very closed in and chopped up.
    And another lets climb a wall to get into and worse, out of bed.
    And too heavy, costly.
    A far lighter, longer, 7′ high version if going on the road with sleeping at seat level.
    Or better, 10′ wide, 16′ long is far better living space with kitchen, bath at 1 end giving 13’x10′ wide open space to do whatever you need with standard furniture that is actually comfortable.
    And have different functions on each side makes for a far more flexible TH with 10′ wide.
    I tried 12’x12′ and it wasn’t as good for the same sq’, too much wasted space in the center.
    Save money by not using a trailer, moved instead by a flat trailer or flat bed wrecker.
    Since most will only be moved 1, if at all, why waste the money?

    • James D.
      July 21, 2018, 12:09 am

      All subjective… The reason to get a 5th wheeler is because they intend to move it more than once. The same with keeping it within road legal limits instead of going 10-14 feet wide.

      There are people who want a nomadic lifestyle but don’t want to live in a motor home… and there are also people who can’t be certain about their future so require a home that provides them the flexibility to adapt to whatever they may require of it…

      It’s great if you have land and can be certain you’ll have a place to put it and will never need to move it but not everyone will have that level of certainty, especially if they have to rent a spot or have other factors that may make their long term future an uncertain one…

      So builders not only have to address their clients preferences but also address their needs and how everyone’s situation can be different…

      Besides, there are always trade offs… Thus nothing that will be perfect for everyone…

      • jerry
        July 21, 2018, 5:24 am

        I guess you didn’t read my post as I said how to do it for traveling as this is a terrible trailer for traveling too.
        It’s too high, weighs too much and I explained it’s interior design problems.
        Not much of a chance of it moving more than 2x.
        Towing up to 12′ wide is fairly easy, cheap permit that is good for a yr.
        Or as I said, hire a trailer or flat bed wrecker easily does the few moves if any at all such a TH might need.
        And you save the trailer cost which will easily pay for multiple moves if needed.
        So I gave both ways, traveling or non trailer making most of your post moot since I included most of what you posted.
        My goal is giving more options instead of the inflexible THOWs too many are.

        • James D.
          July 21, 2018, 9:42 am

          Sorry Jerry but what you posted didn’t take into account the trade offs…

          Towing oversize may not be that hard but it still requires more work and more cost, which still adds up over time for those who want to be nomadic as well as miss the point of freedom that a nomadic lifestyle is suppose to provide, as they would not be able to simply travel anywhere they wish and would need to plan everything out. Along with not being able to travel quickly and having increased difficulties with dealing with traffic…

          Not to mention it also limits options of where someone can park and a wider design means more wind resistance when towing than the height causes and makes it harder to make turns and you’re still likely to require a longer design as well if you eliminate vertical space…

          Wider designs can still be a option for some who still need it movable for regular trips but it’s not going to work for everyone that way.

          A 5th wheel is actually far more beneficial to making it easier to tow than lowering the height would be as it not only makes it more safe but allows for a much higher tow capacity for the tow vehicle…

          Reducing the height doesn’t actually save that much weight as most of the weight is from the roof, flooring/trailer chassis, and all the stuff put into it… So you’ll actually be adding more weight than you save by making it longer and/or wider…

          This THOW is actually very light weight because it’s made from SIPs. So it’s over 3000 lbs lighter than an equivalent wood constructed THOW would be… A 32′ trailer would normally require a triple axle but this gets by with just a double axle, which still allows for nearly 2500 lbs of additional stuff that can be put into it before reaching the limit of its weight capacity…

          Your statements on its interior are also inaccurate… Being a 5th wheel means there’s no wall to climb. It’s just 2-3 steps and the loft is 6′ 4″ so people can actually stand in it.

          For high ceilings you’re not considering all the other reasons for it… It makes the space feel more larger than adding width does, it allows for things like upper cabinets, ceiling fans, more shelving options, ability to store things like bikes out of the way without again adding to the length of the structure or taking away from the available living space or using up storage space, it allows designs for people who may need duct work, drop ceilings for acoustic paneling, or other designs that added space allows… Certain climates also allows high ceilings to be used to help design the house to vent heated air naturally above, which in turn draws in cooler air from below and allow the home to be naturally vented and conditioned…

          Again, there are always trade offs! There are different ways to be flexible and optimize a design for a given lifestyle but they all have trade offs to consider. So there really isn’t any such thing as an ideal design that will work equally well for everyone…

          Making something that works for the majority of people just means it won’t be optimized for any of them, ignores the people who are very different from most others, and that prevents people from actually living the most efficient life they can or truly being free to live it under their own terms…

    • Alison
      July 24, 2018, 6:22 pm

      Here’s why some of us build on a trailer, when we plan to move the house only once or twice: we are trying to skirt the law. In our case, we are building a tiny vacation cabin. Doing it by the book would be extremely expensive, as we would need retaining walls and a fancy foundation, due to the steepness of our rural lot. With a trailer, we can slide it onto our lot and claim we are just parking it there. We will stay there for a week or two now and then, and if no one complains, we will get away with it. Also, it needs to be narrow to fit onto the narrow ledge. Most people won’t have these specific constraints, but it seems that everyone has some unique needs that drive their design.

  • Hunter-Grace
    July 21, 2018, 5:54 pm

    Errol c. Rockwood tiny home designs….best I’ve ever seen.. all tiny housers need to see these beauties…………………

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