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Tiny House Plans and Construction Book Sale with Dan Louche

This week I wanted to show you Dan Louche’s latest tiny house plans. He calls this design Tiny Living.

It’s a 20′ long house that includes enough room for a bathroom, sleeping loft, kitchen and plenty of room for your belongings.

Tiny House Plans: Tiny Living by Dan Louche

The entryway on the house is on the rear end of the trailer and as you can tell it does not have a built-in porch.

Since a patio or deck is something you can easily add later, I appreciate how Dan left the porch out to maximize the interior living space.

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Tiny Living House Plans from Dan Louche

Tiny Living Tiny House PlansPhoto Courtesy of Dan Louche

Ways to get your own Tiny House on a Trailer

If you’re here, you probably see a tiny house in your future. Either for you, or one of your loved ones. So how do you go about getting one?

Here are four ways you can start:

  1. Build it yourself
  2. Get professionals to do it for you
  3. Order one ready made
  4. Buy one used

I’ll show you exactly how to get started at the bottom of this post, after the pictures.

Tiny Living: Tiny House PlansPhoto Courtesy of Dan Louche

Below are some photos that Andrea and I got to take while attending the first open house for this model.

Shed Area of Tiny Living House by Dan Louche Close up of Bathroom Window in Tiny Living house by Dan Louche Inside the mini shed built into Tiny Living by Dan Louche: Tiny House Plans Interior of Tiny Living when it was unfinished

This is a shot of the interior and as you can see it’s not finished yet but I thought it would still be cool to give you an interior photo of what it looked like on that day.

Hanging out in the Sleeping Loft of Tiny Living by Dan Louche

Andrea and I wanted to climb into the loft because we hadn’t been in one before and we were surprised to be able to comfortably hang out up there.

Alex and Andrea in front of Tiny Living by Dan Louche

One day we will be standing in front of our own. 🙂

This Tiny House’s Floor Plan

Tiny Living House Floor PlanFloor Plan Illustration Courtesy of Dan Louche

How to get your own Tiny House

TWO QUESTIONS: #1 Are you just getting started? #2 Are you serious about beginning your project?

#1 If you’re just getting started I’d recommend for you to just download my free eBook which covers most of the available tiny house plans on the market, including access to six free sets of plans.

#2 If you’re serious about designing/building your own tiny home, then your best option is to order and study Dan’s plans and construction guide that he put together so you can have the confidence and guidance to do it yourself.

#3 If you’re even more serious about learning how to build you can also consider Dan’s tiny house construction videos where he shows you in HD video how to do everything from scratch step by step.

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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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  • jim sadler
    December 10, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Does anyone have experience with the use of Hardy Board on a tiny home that would require only a little bit of moving from time to time? I ask simply because in may rural areas brush or forest fires are so common and I know that the Hardy Board type of materials are very fire and also termite resistant.

    • December 12, 2011, 9:08 am

      Jim I think plenty of folks have experimented with Hardy Board type of siding and it works fine as long as you install it correctly otherwise the wind can knock it off so you just have to think about that before installing it. I remember someone who built one and parts of it fell off when he towed it but that was because he didn’t put it on in the smartest way. I hope this helps, Jim!

  • Kevin
    December 13, 2011, 12:12 am

    Jim… Hardy Board would be an excellent choice since you stated that movement would be minimal. Some things to take into consideration however: The weight of the product itself could easily add several hundred more pounds than traditional wood. Because of the flexibility of Hardy siding, you should make sure the surface being applied to is perfectly plumb. Any irregularities in the wall framing may transfer to the exterior giving the siding an uneven appearance. Don’t forget aerodynamics when constructing your home. Joints and roofing material that can catch wind instead of redirecting it will not only cause problems during transport but also when it’s in a stationary position. Proper installation and caulking of any siding is your best defense against unwanted moisture penetration. Tiny houses tend not to have much of a roof overhang, so this simple step of sealing all cracks will definitely help to protect your home.

    • December 13, 2011, 9:21 am

      Great tips, Kevin, thanks so much for sharing your expertise!

  • frank
    December 13, 2011, 3:29 pm

    I totally agree with forgoing a porch. The 3′ by 8′ “porch” on some tiny houses is too small to actually sit on or use for anything other than outside storage. Having a small canopy over the door might be useful in wet climates, but that could be attached with hinges to fold down when traveling.

  • frank
    December 13, 2011, 3:33 pm

    I also wonder why most vendors don’t make better use of the hitch area. A small bump-out there could easily accommodate a bathroom sink and vanity.

    • December 15, 2011, 7:05 am

      That’s such a great idea, Frank. Here’s someone who’s utilized the area, not exactly as you said, but..


      • jerryd
        December 15, 2012, 4:47 pm

        I looked at the vid and a better idea is put the fireplace in the hitch base area and have bed/couches on each side that with a fold down table would be more useful by sitting 6 people vs the 4 plus 2 beds, more storage under them.

        On the Hardiboard use carpenters glue like Titebond before nailing and it won’t come loose. Any moving home should do it.

        Also on moving homes you might want to go for screws instead of nails. I do even in my fixed homes. Some I can even take apart and move flatpack style because I use screws. It doesn’t cost much more and can be worth it.

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