Release Your Inner Surfer – Tiny House Design

Here’s a bit more about the Anchor Bay… I’ve been wanting to draw a tiny house with a shed roof that actually took advantage of the shape to make the house more aerodynamic. The house is still very tall, so no where near as aerodynamic as an Airstream trailer, but Airstreams also don’t have massive windows for epic views – consider the trade-off.

The Anchor Bay is also small – even by tiny house standards – at 16-feet. It’s really just enough room for one open room, and a kitchen and bath. There’s a loft too, just big enough for a queen bed with an view.

The sloped wall has four transparent skylights. Skylights are build to take the pounding of the elements and ideal for sloped walls like this. You could upgrade the skylights to those that have internal blinds in them – or those that open to improve the ventilation.

The kitchen is small but workable with space for a mini-fridge and microwave. A stovetop fits nicely too for that cup of tea of coffee.

Imagine early mornings in your Anchor Bay at your beach of choice. No matter if your a surfer or just a beach comber looking for sand dollars, something like the anchor bay can give you time on that beachfront property that’s so desired.

Out back is that oh-so-needed back porch with a shower. A simple show curtain and fold-out doors gives you the little bit of privacy needed to quickly rinse off the sand before stepping indoors for that fresh set of clothes, cool drink, and well earned rest.

The steps on the side are new for me. The idea is that they lift off from a bar that’s welded or bolted to the trailer frame. The stairs would be a bit heavy being built from wood, but manageable for most folks. When on the road the steps would be lifts onto the tongue of the trailer and secured in place.

Another thing you’ll see in tiny houses is ladder with two hooks. The top hook keeps the ladder in place while also proving a bit of an easier slope to climb. When not in use the ladder can be hung on the higher hook to keep it vertical and out of the way.

I plan on drawing longer houses based on this concept. To keep the height under 13′ 6″ the slope of the front wall will need to get steeper the longer the house gets. The slope of the main roof is 3/12 and I prefer to never go shallower than this pitch because fewer and fewer roofing materials are rated for shallower slopes. The slope of the steep wall shown here is 36/12 – yikes that’s steep!

The only thing I think I left out of this plan was more ventilation in the loft. Since its a small house I think it would work fine, but an opening skylight or window in the loft would make it easier to keep the loft’s temperature optimal.

What do you think? How would you change it? Do you like the angular look of the house or hate it?


New Design – Navarro 20

We’ve got a new design available, the Navarro 20. It’s a 20-foot tiny house plan with a shed roof. Four large windows let tons of light into the house and make this design ideal for a locating in a place with a great view.

The high ceiling, big windows, and single large room would add to the open feeling in this tiny house design. At the end of the house – behind a pocket door – is a bathroom with a 32″ shower, toilet, and wall mounted sink.

Like all my tiny house plans you have the flexibility to finish the house however you like, this is just one example. Learn more about the Navarro 20 at

12 Pack of Tiny House Plans Giveaway – HAS ENDED

UPDATE: Sorry, This ended Sunday July 26, 2015 at 12 noon PST. Congrats to the winner, John in Rowlett, TX.

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Tiny House Living Bundle [OFFER HAS ENDED]

Last month a tiny house fellow named Karol Gajda contacted me with an idea for a tiny house project he was working on. It’s called the Tiny House Living Bundle.

The bundle includes 27 Tiny House Living Plans and Guides. The regular retail price for these items is $345.29, but will be just $49 for 5 days!

Inside the bundle you’ll find 27 tiny house and simpler living products — all immediately downloadable — from tiny living folks like Kent Griswold, Andrew Odom, Michael Janzen, Andrew & Gabriella Morrison, Ethan Waldman, Ryan Mitchell, Macy Miller, Alek Lisefski, and Courtney Carver.

Click here to check out the Tiny House Living Bundle for yourself.

The bundle is only available for 5 days. Sorry… no exceptions.


Incredible tiny house designs at THE small HOUSE CATALOG.

“My husband Shawn, a designer-drafter for THE small HOUSE CATALOG, and I currently live in about 200 square feet. We designed and built the house ourselves to live in as a builder’s cottage while we decided what and whether to build on our lot. Far from being too cramped or oppressive, this has been the best experience! We’ve met just about all our neighbors (and maybe even our whole town). We never would have met so many people here otherwise. We’ve even become a landmark…”turn left just after that cute little orange house” is apparently a commonly offered direction!”

See the tiny house designs at THE small HOUSE CATALOG.