A great place to start when considering it a tiny house could be a good solution for you and your situation is to wrap your head around what it is you need/want and see if realistically it can all fit together in a way that seems workable. One of the easiest and fastest ways to do this is, once you have your list of ‘must haves’ is to take some graph paper and make some paper cut-outs that are to a scale. You can cut out all the components you want/need and quickly rearrange and reorganize them until you find an arrangement that makes sense for you.
I have taken a little time and put together some of the more common tiny house fixtures and necessities on some graph paper which you can use if it makes things easier for you. If you’d like to, feel free to download them HERE. There are some blank sheets for you to draw your own custom objects as well.
After you have a good idea of a layout, it’s always a good idea to either build a physical model (legos can be fun! or foam core, bass wood or even cardboard) and/or a digital model (SketchUp.com is free and simple to learn). The cutouts are great for helping you work things out in plan but you need to consider window locations, ceiling heights and roof styles in elevation too!
Some things to consider when designing:
- Think of ways that space can be used more than once, i.e.
- Raised or alternative beds
- Hidden storage space
- Storage up high (this can make a space feel smaller if not done well)