Small Home Designs And Plans
You may not think you have the skill or knowledge to pull it off. But if you can put together a toy model kit, you likely have the skills needed to put together a do-it-yourself home. It requires being able to follow directions most of all.
There are a few companies that offer great and easy to follow blueprints that will help you begin to plan your own home - for a reasonable price.
Click each of the links to your right to see the various plans and designs from each tiny house company.
Need Less to Build
Because the house is much smaller than an average home, you shouldn’t need any large pieces of equipment to build it. No equipment makes it much easier to build the house yourself as you do not need special training for the equipment, nor do you need to pay someone to run it.
Small every day tools are all you should need to build your home and you may have most of those in your tool box already. You will probably be surprised to know that most tiny homes can be built with 15 tools or less!
All you need are some plans and designs. Once you have them all set, the excitement begins.
Home Kits Made Easy
Small home kits can be used to make the building process of a tiny house even easier. You can buy one and have it shipped to your building site. The larger sections such as the walls are pre-assembled and just need to be put together. If you can follow instructions, you can build your own tiny house.
Small = Affordable
Designs for affordable housing depend largely on the size of the home. The larger the house usually means you will spend more. Of course even a little home could be built with the most expensive of materials, but generally when the decision is made to build a house that is small it is usually for the purpose of saving time and money.
Deciding to have a small house that you build yourself is about as affordable a home as you can find. You will pay less because the square footage is less than most, but you will also save tons of money because you are not paying a crew of people to build your house for you.
Big Decisions When You Go Small
When you decide to build your own tiny home, there are some big decisions that need to be made.
- How will the house be used? Full time residence? Summer home? Guest quarters? To travel?
- Where will the house sit? On wheels? On a permanent structure? You will need to make sure it is close enough to power, water and septic if you want to have these things in your home.
- How will you heat your house? How will you cool it in the summer? And what about cooking? There are a few options to choose from such as propane, electricity or denatured alcohol (used in marine boat stoves).
- What kind of toilet will you use? You can choose from standard flush toilets, RV toilets, composting, or incinerating toilets.
Focus on What is Important
Tiny house living allows you to figure out what parts of your home are most important to you so that you can focus on those features. You won’t have the extra space to make room for everything that you might want. You need to figure out what you need and want the most, and focus on those.
Things to keep in mind when making your plans: Do you need office space to be able to work? Do you need a sewing nook? Would a larger kitchen area work better for you, or is a larger bathroom a necessity. Figure out what makes the most sense for you and the others who will be living in your home, and focus on that.
Don’t rule out building your own little home because you don’t THINK you can do it. Find out exactly what is involved and then decide whether or not to build your own DIY home from one of the many affordable housing designs available today.
These days there are lots of designs that you can choose from. Click on the links near the top of this page, and take a look at the best of the best tiny house plans that are available.