You want to design your own tiny house, but you don’t have a degree in architecture? Great, I have one you can print, but the ink is kind of expensive. I bet you are ready to design something revolutionary. A house so small it redefines tiny, or a Victorian micro masterpiece. I like your ambition. The real masterpiece though, is something that’s right for you, and the catch is that designing it’s probably harder than you think.
Think of how little space you would have. Really think about putting everything you own, and yourself onto a trailer. Would you fit? How about after adding four walls and a roof to it and then living in it? It’s like a setting for some kind of game show— a very interesting one.
When I started looking at possible designs for our tiny house, I was disappointed with what I found: basic “vanilla” floor plans with hefty price tags. “Really? That’s all there is?” I thought. “No…there’s more, I just need to dig a little.” So, I dug. I read countless blogs, watched YouTube videos, and scoured Pinterest. Still, nothing I found tripped my trigger. Finally, I decided to take matters into my own hands and DIM (Do it Myself).
I started with iffy paper cutouts, then moved to the idea of graph paper, toyed with the notion of Popsicle sticks, and finally settled on using the program Google Sketchtup. This program is super easy to learn and use. In a few hours, I made my first sketch of a possible tiny house design, including exact dimensions.
Though the first design of our tiny home is done, that was just for practice. My newest layout options have involved much more communication with my wife. A lot of progress has been made, but we haven’t nailed down (pun intended) our final design. Our deadline for that decision is October 10th, so the clock is ticking. So, I guess it’s a good thing that I am getting faster and faster at using Google Sketchup!