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WorkHaus: Tiny House Design for Writers, Artists, Workers to Create In

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I’ve always wanted to draw out my own tiny house plans.

One of them has always been one for a person like me who works from home.

Whether you’re an author, writer, blogger, artist, cartoonist, musician, freelancer, or accountant…

Wouldn’t a backyard tiny house to work in be awesome? I think so.

The WorkHaus Tiny House

So I decided to create the WorkHaus Tiny House Design. It’s a simple 7’x11′ structure used to work in.

It can be built on a regular foundation as a shed in a backyard or it’s small enough to be built on a 10 ft. single axle utility trailer much like the XS House from Tumbleweed.

Tiny House Design for Bloggers, Writers, Artists to Create In


I encourage you to check out the rest of this tiny blogger/author/artist/worker house below:



I used three small windows on each side with a front door that also has a window. This way there’s always plenty of natural light and pretty views.

Shower Curtain Bathroom? Weird or Good?

I did something different with the bathroom. I decided there’s no need for a shower. And the toilet and sink isn’t necessary either. You can always have an outhouse instead.

But anyway you’ll notice that I used a shower curtain to separate the toilet and sink. I figured it was simple and there’s still a window within the curtain to air the area out. And it’s right next to the front door.


Finally here’s the original floor plan below:

WorkHaus Tiny House Floor Plan

You can see what I mean best below. There’s a fireplace in the top left corner. The rest is easy to figure out on your own.


What About the Loft?

A sleeping loft is totally optional. I think it would be cool to still design it with an upstairs sleeping loft that way you can nap there or use the space as a guest house whenever you need or want to.

Plus you can take it on trips, still get work done, and not have to get a hotel! Just stay in a campground, park, friends yard, Wal-Mart, or whatever.

Arm Chairs for this Tiny House

Dining Height Studio Directors Chair

Check out this post for ideas on arm chairs for a micro backyard office like this one: Top 10 Arm Chairs for Tiny Houses (page 1/2).

Two More Angles of this Tiny House Design

workhaus2 workhaus-1

Your Thoughts? Did you like this post?

I spent some time doing this myself and really enjoyed it so I’m going to definitely start doing more. But what do you think? Did you like this? Want more posts like this with different design ideas I have?

What are your design ideas that you might want to live or work in? Share in the comments below and who knows I might use some of your design ideas in my next 3d design.

Feel free to take and use any of these ideas for yourself. If you decide to re-publish on your blog just give us some link love. πŸ™‚

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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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  • Teri
    March 24, 2013, 6:12 pm

    I love the shower curtain, Alex… just enough for privacy. Instead of adding a loft, I might consider one of the folding table/desk wall beds found at http://www.resourcefurniture.com
    Keep up the design work, such a talented boy you are!

    • Alex
      March 25, 2013, 9:23 am

      Thanks Teri! I love resource furniture!

  • Kelley Chambers
    March 24, 2013, 9:17 pm

    Hey Alex,

    I like the design though I think the “restroom” space is awkward. Depending on where one had this workspace would determine if an “out house” would be logical. Why not just make it a “W.C.”? If you think about it, the space you’ve laid out is quite big and could absolutely carry a dedicated area with a real door and walls… you know, for those “mexican” moments! πŸ™‚

    On a side note, I have a suggestion. I, like many others, receive your newsletters and love them! So much so that we typically click on the links to read the full article. However, I’m not sure if I’m alone or not, but the website seems to think we’re newcomers and ALWAYS trying to get us to subscribe… again. Is there anyway to tag the links with a script that shuts off the “subscription” lightbox so that the site knows that we’re already subscribed? Just a thought.


    – Kelley πŸ™‚

    • Erik Markus
      March 24, 2013, 11:02 pm

      “Mexican moments” ?

      kudos second paragraph.

      (Do I really need to know what “Mexican moments” is?)

      • Alex
        March 25, 2013, 9:26 am

        Lol thanks Erik!

    • Alex
      March 25, 2013, 9:22 am

      Thanks Kelley! I think you’re probably right about that bathroom. I’ll see if I can actually edit it real quick to see what it would’ve been like with walls instead. It was just a weird idea I had that might work for some.

      As for the subscription lightbox it is set to only appear once per user but if your history or cache clears it will think you’re new again :(. Not sure what other way I could do it.

  • Cahow
    March 25, 2013, 1:02 pm

    You can’t see me, Alex, but I’m giving you a Standing “O” for your foray into serious design work!!!!!!! You might recall that I’m an architect & landscape architect so I encourage any & all to reach into their “Inner Artist” can create sacred spaces for themselves.

    As for me, I’m a creature of comfort and no matter how lux the digs were, I could NEVER have my office be detached from my home! I like to putter around in the kitchen too much or grab my binoculars from the wall to see a unique bird, etc., and having a separate office would mean duplicating a vast amount of “stuff”. Isn’t one of the credos of Tiny House Philosophy to do AWAY with “stuff”? So, for this little architect, I like very much that my office is right off of the kitchen and within hearing distance of my beloved husband’s voice. πŸ™‚ However, I respect and applaud anyone who desires space away from the primary residence. To each their own.

    • LucyG
      March 25, 2013, 2:56 pm

      Cahow, To each her own, because I would give anything to have an office AWAY from my recently retired husband and his surround sound TV πŸ™‚ Never mind the nonstop interruptions stemming from being way too close to the front door and his telephone. Alex, I’m with the others about the bathroom. Get it out of there; an attached outhouse, perhaps? An art studio might need a sink, but that could also go on the exterior, depending on climate. And while I love plenty of windows, most offices and studios need unbroken walls for shelves. Most artists and writers have LOTS of books πŸ™‚ And get the desk/work station away from the door. When I look at this placement, I immediately think “Bam!” πŸ™‚

      • Cahow
        March 25, 2013, 11:03 pm

        LucyG: Trust me, I get it, Lucy. That’s why I said, “To Each Their Own.” My husband and I have companion businesses so constant communication is key. It would drive me MORE bonkers, to be “out back” in a shed and constantly have to run back inside the house or call him on his cell, to get figures for a quote or due date, then to have our offices back-to-back in our cottage. Plus, both 8’x10′ rooms are at the very back of the cottage so most noises and cooking odors stay up front.

        However, I have many friends who would KILL to have a separate place for themselves. Either they have noisy spouses or very noisy ADULT “kids” living with them and are constantly harried, never finding a moment’s peace. I guess if that was my life, I’d want a Bug Out Office, too. Luckily, it’s not. πŸ™‚

    • Alex
      March 25, 2013, 3:30 pm

      Thanks Cahow! I appreciate the enthusiasm.

  • Erik Markus
    March 25, 2013, 5:25 pm

    I like where Alex is going, here.


    A room, with no walls, just a work surface and chair to sit and think.
    My mind was able to relax and breath just looking at the pictures here.

    The only minor change I would make to the bath area would be to build a partition that projects 24″, next to the door, move the toilet into the corner, move the sink where the toilet is now, and put the curtain from the end of the partition to the wall NOT enclosing the sink.

    So affectively you would have a 2’x2′ closet for the toilet (which isn’t that big), that wouldn’t be hemmed in by a formal door, and the open and free use of the sink.
    Remember, that sink could be used for a variety of things. Washing hands yes, rinsing dishes, washing out paint brushes for the artist/Painters who may want to use this for a studio, or use it to fill up watering cans if someone has a number of plants in this space.

    I would be sure to include at least one sky light in this unit.
    In fact, now that I know how awesome a sky light is, I recommend them for any small house. They really open up the room to nature, while at the same time allow privacy. They also let in lots of natural light.

  • sunshineandrain
    March 25, 2013, 11:38 pm

    Please continue to share your ideas. The more the merrier I say! We, the community, will always benefit by being able to bounce ideas off of each other.

    As soon as I figure out how to use Sketch-Up, I’ll share my designs visually as well as the verbal/written descriptions I’ve previously given. It will probably have to be sometime this summer since teaching is very time/effort-intensive. I have saved the seven lessons on how to use Sketch-Up. Thank you for making me aware of those.

  • jerryd
    March 27, 2013, 5:10 pm

    Nice but the devil is in the details. What are you building it out of, etc?

    What we really need are lighter, stronger and less costly materials to make tiny homes from like painted steel, FG or alum sheets cored with foam SIP style either as 4×8 panels or whole 1 piece sides, etc.

    I’m looking into glues, etc to put this together at about $1-2/sq’ of surface though closer to the lower end.

    Or design a section that can be done on FG that bolting/gluing together for bigger units and people just order how many sections they need.

    But common stick built for anything but staying in place and rarely moved isn’t good. Plus now plywood, etc prices have jumped the shark so it costs too much now besides being weak, overweight.

    If your design moves are you going to make them as bad aero wise as most others are now?

    Designing brings interesting problems, something I thoroughly enjoy. If you want to succeed you need to stand out preferably with a superior design.

  • LaMar
    March 30, 2013, 5:57 pm

    Just a comment on the windows. Having so many windows in a small space without overhangs and shades would make that space a hothouse in summer and cold in winter climates.

    We all like windows but they need to be properly sized and designed to prevent overheating and loss of heat with overhangs, thermal shades and blinds or the space would be unuseable.

  • sc
    April 11, 2013, 11:21 pm

    the curtain wall for the bathroom would not work for me. i would definately have a corner closed off for a toilet. and a sink, counter, burner and small fridge on the same side. why not?

  • David Ridge
    July 11, 2013, 10:32 am

    Uh, ya, as this is a workspace not for living, I also would suggest at least a small college type frig and a microwave. As a workspace I would also suggest a printer, nothing large and/or fancy.

  • Glema
    July 12, 2013, 3:34 am

    Just a thought. Have any of you seen the “van furniture” that is premolded to fit the back of a van with a table? It’s on You Tube. It’s just a thought but for those who really can’t have too much weight, that might be a way to go. One could always connect them with a thin wooden backing or directly to the walls. I’m sure they are light weight. Ultra modern don’t you think? hehehe Have fun.

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