We selected the houses on this page based on two main criteria: the house must be on a trailer, and it must have been built at least once before. We’ve found that plans that have actually been built is a major differentiator, because it is in the build process that the plans can be refined, errors identified and fixed, and actual photos can be taken so you have a better idea of what to expect. It is for this reason that we can only recommend plans that have houses built, because they’ve actually been tested and proven. While all the houses have these traits in common, they come in all different shapes and sizes, and they feature different layouts and amenities.
What To Look For
In order to compare the designs, we came up with a list of parameters to help you pick the tiny house plan that’s best for you. These parameters are key to understanding how different plans are setup and what they offer. Hovering your cursor over each icon will display in-depth information about each criterion.
House Plans vs. Building Guides
The number one misconception when it comes to tiny house plans is that people thing they are getting a building guide. House plans give an overview of how a house is constructed, but they assume basic construction knowledge; these are things like how to frame, how to install windows and hang doors, which fasteners are used for certain applications, and other topics. A building guide shows you a more in-depth step-by-step process for how to build something – it acts more like an instruction manual to an assembly kit, it doesn’t assumes that the reader is a professional builder.
The plans below are all house plans as we have defined above, not building guides. They will offer you everything you need to know to build the house, but you will have to fill in the gaps in your own knowledge and skill set with supplementary research on the specifics of building.
Get our free “How to Read House Plans” guide when you enter your email into the box at the bottom of the right sidebar.
For single individuals, we recommend:
For couples, we recommend:
For families with children, we recommend:
For empty nesters and retirees, we recommend:
For a builder on a budget, we recommend:
|hOMe||MiniMotives||Small House Catalogue||SolHaus||The Tiny Project||Tiny Tack House||Tumbleweed|
|Cost of Plans||$99-$299||$125-$350||Free||$385||$75-$250||$175||$759|
|Square Footage||207 sq/ft||196 sq/ft||170 sq/ft||140 sq/ft||160 sq/ft||140 sq/ft||130 sq/ft|
|Square Footage of Loft||84 sq/ft sleeping loft, 43 sq/ft guest loft||56 sq/ft||60 sq/ft sleeping loft, 18 sq/ft storage loft||80 sq/ft||80 sq/ft||69 sq/ft||40 sq/ft|
|Trailer Length||28′||24′ + 4′ gooseneck||20′||20′||20′||20′||18′|
|Weight of House||17k lbs||12k lbs||10k lbs||10k lbs||10k lbs||8k lbs|
|Ground Floor Bed Option||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Includes Cutaways & Isometrics||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Includes Wiring & Plumbing||Basic wiring, in-depth plumbing||Yes||No||Wiring Yes, Plumbing No||Yes||Wiring Yes, Plumbing No||Basic Wiring|
|Sketchup Model Available||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|Number of Lofts||2||1||2||2||1||1||1|
|Road Height||13′ 5″||11′||13′ 11″||13′ 6″||13′ 6″||13′ 6″||13′ 4″|
hOMe – TinyHouseBuild.com
Minimotives – Minimotives.com
The Small House Catalog – TheSmallHouseCatalog.com
SolHaus – SolHausDesign.com
The Tiny Project – Tiny-Project.com
Tiny Tack House – ChrisandMalissa.com
Tumbleweed Cypress 20 – TumbleweedHouses.com
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company is known by most in the tiny house movement. In addition to their custom-built tiny house RVs, the company offers building guides and resources for people looking to build their own tiny houses. The plans are very comprehensive and easy for a beginner builder to follow.
Note: the plans we reviewed are Cypress 20 Overlook plans from 2012. House plans purchased from Tumbleweed today may look different from those we looked at.
Didn’t see anything right for you?
Get started with our floor plan kit from The Tiny Life. This kit is a cut and paste floor plan designed to help get your ideas down on paper. The kit includes several common trailer sizes and standard appliances that you find in many tiny houses. The entire kit can be printed to let you get designing today!