Tiny House Design

After hours and hours of sketching many different designs, it wasn’t until I started to learn how to use Google Sketchup when I was finally able to create a design I was really happy with. I adopted the flat sloping roof style that Leaf House has done so beautifully. I had rather large fenders due to the trailer I bought so I really liked the idea of a multi-level floor. This means the kitchen and bathroom are raised above the fenders in order to get a totally functional, full-width kitchen. Underneath the floor I can add storage and holding tanks. The living room is small (of course) but I really wanted to make it as comfortable as possible with a nice love seat (maybe a sleeper) and a fold out table. There is a big closet in between the kitchen and bathroom that will hold most of our clothes and there is a little bit of storage space in the mini loft. Due to the dimensions of the trailer I had to design my “wedge” backwards, with the large end by the hitch. For the main door I decided to use a sliding glass door because it saves space and is a giant window.

Update:I reworked the design to move the high point in a little bit. The main reason for this was to make it more aerodynamic. An added bonus is that it looks a little more house-like. I ended up flipping the bed to keep the head area under the high point, and added a little half wall to keep pillows from falling off the loft.

27 comments on “Tiny House Design
  1. Nick says:

    I noticed you opted for a stackable washer and dryer. Have you taken a look at the all in one washer/dryer as a way to save more space? We often see small studios here with them. Just a thought. Hope all is well and I enjoy watching your progress. It looks great!

  2. Leah says:

    Just came across this design. I LOVE IT. I think it is a very clever design. Love the aerodynamic shape, the different floor levels. Very cool. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Leah says:

    Question: Are clothes stored next to the stove? How are you heating?

    • Peter Johnson says:

      We are using a 400 watt ceramic wall heater which does a lot of the work and then we have a Dickinson Marine p900 propane heater that we use when it gets extra cold. Those two in conjunction work pretty well for the mild weather we get near Seattle.

      Clothes are stored in our “pantry” which is by the bathroom. We actually ordered tall pantry cabinets so that they would match our kitchen cabinets, but converted them to clothes storage. We have a lot of room for clothes there. We store our heavy winter clothes in a bin under the floor.

  4. Faith Hazelwood says:

    Love it. stealing some of your design. HOw long is your trailer?

  5. Tabith says:

    How did you measure the height of the tiny house to make it road legal? Did you measure from the base of the trailer or did you take into consideration the axle wheels?

    • Peter Johnson says:

      Well I knew the height of the trailer bed, so I just made sure the height from the ground to the trailer bed, plus the height from the bed to the top of the house, stayed under 13.5 feet.

  6. Hailey says:

    Love this design!
    What made you decide to do the raised floors?

    • Peter Johnson says:

      It just gave us more storage and it also allowed us to make the floor wider where the wheel wells. Instead of having to conform the cabinets around the wheel wells we could go all the way across since it was actually above them.

  7. Katie Rytkonen says:

    LOVE your design! How much head room do you have in the loft at the highest and lowest points?

    • Peter Johnson says:

      Thanks! At the highest point we have about 3.5 feet. at the lowest point I think it’s about 2.5 feet.

  8. Kevin says:

    Hey guys, love the design of this tiny house! We’d love to use a few of your design choices in ours – any chance you can publish (or email) your Google SketchUp files?

    • Peter Johnson says:

      I’d be happy to send you my sketch up files. Fair warning: they are fairly amateurish and they are an early prototype. We made some changes as we went along with the design (mainly the stairs and the half wall.

      • Desirée says:

        If you don’t mind, I would live them sent to me as well. I’m looking into a similar design but with the. Bathroom in the middle & a larger kitchen area where your bathroom is located. THANKS a mil!

  9. Sharon says:

    Curious about the baby. Where is the baby staying?

  10. Sheila Fleming says:

    I truly loved everything a saw about your tiny house. Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. Abe Hernandez says:

    Hi. Just came across your blog and totally love your tiny home design. I’m a 23 yr old guy living in Southern California and want to make a tiny home so I can move to LA… After months of looking at designs I know for sure yours is the best for me. Was wondering if you could email me your Google sketch files. The raised floor makes this house unique. Thank you and blessings to you and your family.

    • Shannon Johnson says:

      Hi Abe! I will check with Peter and see what he has that he could send. Sorry for the belated reply. We’ve not been the greatest at staying up on the comments. You can always email us. Th best address to do so is Peter@detectivemedia.com

  12. Allan says:

    Hi! Great design! I see that you did this in Sketchup. I wonder if you are willing to share this design? I used Sketchup to design a rebuild of a smaller camper trailer from the 1960s and found the software very helpful. You can email me if you wish. Thanks!

  13. Farisa Arnold says:

    Hello. To echo everyone else’s sentiments I absolutely love your design!!!! When you have a moment can you please also send me a copy of your sketches? I wonder if you could also send a copy of materials used?

  14. Laura says:

    I would love the plans for your home.

  15. Vik Sheldon says:

    What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. Your baby is adorable by the way. My son is 15 and 6′ tall and still growing. I want to build a tiny house for both of us. Would you please tell me the dimensions of the second loft? Would it be possible to make it a separate sleeping space. Thank you very much. Also, I’m worried about where to park it. Does Seatle make it easy to park and live on your own property? That seems like a great solution, life in a small space and rent the main house.
    Thanks, Vik

  16. anja says:

    I just watched your youtube videos … and I really like your house the bathroom and the stairs and the bedroom … looks like a lot of space in a 20 foot trailer :) how heavy is all together?
    I read you email your sketchup files if you don’t mind I would love them too! thanks :) I just downloaded the Sketch up free version … how long did it took for you to learn it and to make your tiny house in sketchup. congrats to the baby and to your lovely family in a tiny house!

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