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 small house. All it requires is being able to follow directions.
There are a few companies that offer easy to follow instruction that will help you begin to plan your own place – 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 won’t need any large pieces of equipment to build it. Without the need for large equipment. it makes it much easier to build a house yourself. There is no need for special training for equipment, nor do you need to pay someone to run it.
Small every day tools are all you should need to build your home. It’s likely that you already have most of those in your tool box. You\ll be surprised to know that most tiny homes can be built with 15 tools or less!
All you really need is your plan, the design, and the tools. Once you have that all set, the excitement begins.
You have the choice to build from a kit, or from scratch. Whatever your comfort zone is.
Home Kits Made Easy
Small home kits can be used to make the building process of a tiny house 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 house using this option.
Small = Affordable
The amount it costs you will depend largely on the size of the home you choose. The larger the house usually means you will spend more to build it (and it will cost more to live in it too).
Even a little home could become costly when you choose to build with the most expensive materials. Generally when a decision is made to build a house that is small it is for the purpose of saving time and money.
Deciding to have a 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, 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 place, there are some 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
You’ll need to figure out what parts of your home are most important to you so that you can focus on those features when making the plans. You won’t have the extra space to make room for everything that you might want. You need to figure out what are the most important for your needs and what you want the most, and then focus on those things.
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 house plans and designs that are available.