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I have been prepping for the few weeks for an event that I am now out of town for so my posts have been sparse. Today I’ll post some simple fun stuff. My tiny house plans!
I made these on Icovia’s The Make Room online software and then made a few corrections/alterations in Photoshop and SketchUp. I’m new to Icovia but have learned to use the program very quickly and enjoy it for 2D drawings a bit more than SketchUp. I’ll be going 3d on these plans soon. Icovia is free, you can save several layouts, group components and copy/rename docs to create simple multiple versions.
There were a few things that were very important to me in designing my tiny home:
Able to sleep 5 comfortably
I wanted to be able to sleep a few guests comfortably without sacrificing living space when I’m awake by myself in my tiny house. As you can see I have a queen mattress in the sleeping loft (2), I have a convertible sofa (2) and the 2nd loft above the porch is obvious storage but big enough to be a very comfortable sleeping/reading loft (1). I actually think this will be my favorite spot in the house and I plan to situate the window to take full advantage of the view from there. For the convertible sofa I couldn’t find anything that fit my criteria: only 30″ deep, 70″ wide and a style that I liked so I think I’ll make my own. I’ve completed the simple design I just need to learn how to weld (LOL) and upholster 2 cushions. When laid out it will be 3 inches short of a queen sized bed…not too shabby!
Kitchen with high countertop, utilitarian sink, fridge & oven w/ hotplate
Taller countertop space (36-37″) is easier on my back and that of my family. I’m 5’6″ but am the shortest of my close family (except for my grandmas). So that was a must and actually ended up being a gift because then I can stack a 20 inch refrigerator cube and my 15.5 inch oven with hotplate on top and still be able to cover this area when I’m not using my hotplate and use this it as countertop prep space.
My one concern is creating enough space between the fridge & oven for ventilation. The oven’s feet give about 2 centimeters as is and I may add a bit. As for the sink, I’m thinking of a plain double basin turned sideways. The back basin will be a dry rack/storage for plates. I plan on having my foldable faucet extend from the wall as opposed to the counter so with a cover this can also be countertop prep space.
Open Kitchen to Living Space
You can’t see this in these 2D layouts but there is a bookshelf in the wall between the kitchen and living area and that bookshelf is only 36-48″ high. When my friends and I get together at someone’s place we cook together and I felt like I wanted to keep this area open to encourage conversation between the two spaces. Also with a TV swing arm mount I can view the screen while cooking. The bookshelf on the couch/closet side goes all the way up to the loft and may double as a ladder if my movable one is being used in the 2nd loft.
Covered porch as interior space
The Fencl model has this but at an angle. I plan on having mine completely vertical. I got the idea from Johnathen to put my electric box here and would still have plenty of space for hanging out up there, for plants or an indoor herb garden, storage or just a shelf for some of my unnecessary but super cool stuff: statues, guitars, and whatever else I like to look at on a daily basis but don’t really use.
I spend so much time looking up fixtures and appliances and really laying out everything. I’m inviting in money, resources and a workspace to build and in the meantime I am having the time of my life getting creative with space usage…really fun.
Here is a video of something that would open up a 6th sleeping spot if I were to incorporate it and is definitely worth considering in any tiny house with multiple occupants. Long video but interesting interview. Skip to 6:30 to hear about their sleeping layout.
It’s a “drawbridge” bed that stows away snuggly under the loft taking up zero space when stored…brilliant and totally doable.
Okay that’s it. I have a few posts in the chamber but they are unfinished, unresearched, unspell-checked…I should have more time next week.