first look: foundry architects tiny house

Foundry Architects just sent over the first draft plans for Brian’s tiny house, here’s a few shots. It’s going to be approximately 10.5×20.  No loft, as building a bit wider than the standard 8’6” trailer bed requires the floor to start at wheel height (or else have wheel boxes in your living room).  But the high square roof will give additional cubic feet of space inside.  Instead of a loft the bed is pull-down, hidden behind a sliding bookcase, Bond-style.

While these plans are refined, Lee and some other folks building this year have bought plans for the Fencl from Tumbleweed Tiny Houses.

April Update: New plans are being drawn up after extensive feedback. While the interior looks good, it seems that most friends looking at the plans still distinctly thought ‘trailer’ or ‘houseboat’ when viewing the flat roof- something that we’ll have to avoid to keep this tiny house architecturally compelling, and avoid any concerns from neighbors that we’re building a trailer park.  Sorry Frank Lloyd Wright and Corbusier, your flat roofs are cool, but they did always famously leak.  So a gabled roof it will be…better flat angled surface for the solar panels!

lee’s tiny house design

I recently bought the framing plans for the Tumbleweed Fencl after attending Tumbleweed’s tiny house workshop here in DC this past summer.  I plan on doing my interior differently than the Fencl and am still in the design phase of the interior.

While I don’t plan to actively travel with my tiny house, I do expect I’ll move it a few times.  Therefore, I want to follow the advice given by Tumbleweed Tiny Homes to keep it within the width and height allowances that make it easy to drive on most major roads in the country without a special permit.  Most Tumbleweed models are 8 feet wide by 16 or 18 feet long and include a loft for sleeping and a front porch.  I am going to build mine out to 20 feet long and not build the porch that is standard on most Tumbleweed models.  Since I don’t plan to move it that often, I will build up my own little deck or patio that is removable so I can use that extra few feet of the trailer as interior space.

Here are some of the interior designs of other tiny houses that I really like:

Protohaus - they have done a great job with the design of the interior and should their plans be available in time for my build I will buy them.  Click for more pictures.

Chris and Melissa’s Tiny Tack House in Washington State.  They have beautiful photos of the interior on their blog.

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