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.

Anchor Bay 16 Tiny House - Kitchen

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.

Anchor Bay 16 Tiny House - Back Prvacy Open

Anchor Bay 16 Tiny House - Back Prvacy Closed

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.
Anchor Bay 16 Tiny House - Side Steps Removable

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.

Anchor Bay 16 Tiny House - Ladders

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!

Anchor Bay 16 Side

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?


Surfer Alexandra’s Tiny Home on a Point in Devon, UK

Between the beaches of Saunton and Croyde, perched above a right-hand point break, was a little old unloved building we call the Old Coastguard Station. It was in need of some TLC. It is tiny, exposed and legend had it that several people/ surfers from the area had tried to rent it, without success.

I tried, too. The owner is a friend of mine and I explained to him that I was the right person to move in as I was a) desperate and b) quiet and responsible and c) needed help to pick myself up. We met up and he dropped the keys into my hands. Just like that. This of course to the disbelief of everyone in the village!

Read the complete story at Lloyd’s Blog – Surfer Alexandra’s Tiny Home on a Point in Devon, UK.