Design & Inspiration

Tiny House Beginnings

Before we started designing our tiny house, we explored tiny houses whose designs/plans were already made. One perk of these designs is they are already complete and ready to build. This would allow us to skip the step of having someone draft up the building plans. However, we found that these houses did not quite meet our needs and opted to design a custom one.

Step 1 involved gathering the possible looks and room layouts we could utilize in our own tiny house. This required extensive research on the tiny houses people have already built. We bookmarked the ideas that would work for us and incorporated them into our design when it seemed fit.

If you search tiny houses on Google, you’ll find a plethora of resources. There are many professionals that specialize in tiny houses and lots of blogs with pictures and ideas. Jay also went to Tumbleweed’s Tiny House Workshop to learn more about the process of tiny house building.

To start our design process, we did a lot of rough sketches of what we wanted and how we wanted it to look.


Jay’s outline of the room layout and rough measurements.

After the sketches, we put our 2D sketches to work to produce 3D ones.

Jay familiarized himself with Google Sketch-Up and got to work on a 3D model of our future home.

3D sketch

Room measurements & layout

3D sketch 2

A more developed sketch showing more detail

3D sketch 3

Rough 3D model of the exterior & measurements

At this point, after we continued to develop these 3D models, we contacted people who could draft up building plans for our custom house to finalize the specifics of our house.


10 thoughts on “Tiny House Beginnings

  1. We’ve looked at your website and think your design is exactly something that we have been designing ourselves. Are your building plans available for sale? The interior is a little different than what our family will need, but we can make those adjustments.

    • We were actually going to put our plans up here for free but we have yet to get around it. Now that we are living in the still unfinished house, it has been rough getting internet access where we live as well as the time to manage our blog. We hope to have it up soon. (:

    • I would like a closer look at your plans as well. You have incorporated some things that I haven’t seen in other designs that I may want to “borrow” for my design ๐Ÿ˜‡ Your house and your website are very insprational. Thanks.

      • Hi Jen, can you please post your plans or tell me who I can contact at Humble Homes to purchase them? I need to start my build next month and these are the best I’ve seen so far! Thank you so much for your help I love your blog!

      • sorry it took so long to get back to you. we have been without internet access. Niall Burke was who we had draw up our plans at humble homes. you can contact him. good luck with your build!

  2. Im with Rob on this one. Ive been on the lookout for the perfect design for months now. Then I ran across yours not only did you come up with a great design but you put a website together documenting most everything. Very good gob, this could easily be put into a how to book. If your plans or blueprints come out for public use I would love to get ahold of a set.
    Mitchell G.

  3. I agree with Rob love what I have been able to see….any luck with the building plans? also would love to see some more pictures of the interior of the house ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!

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