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.
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.
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.