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familyIn 2013 I designed and built this one-of-a-kind modern tiny house on wheels. I’ve been happily living in this small home for nearly a year and half now, and excited to share all I’ve learned with you! I offer my house plans for sale, as well as photo book that details the entire construction process. For more info, please visit my FAQ page. I continue to blog about my experiences living the tiny life (both the joys and challenges!) and about new tiny house news and events. To receive blog updates and special subscriber-only discounts on tiny house plans for sale, please sign up HERE.


Modern Tiny House Plans & Photo Book

These tiny home plans include almost 40 pages of detailed trailer specs, framing diagrams, floor plans, blueprints, images and a materials list, allowing you to build to the same specifications as our original modern 8×20′ tiny house on wheels featured on this site.

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What I find most inspiring about the tiny project is the knowledge that home construction is within the reach of the average person." – Erik

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Latest posts from The Tiny Project blog

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In addition to speaking on a couple topics at the Tiny House Conference this year, I've added another super-exciting event to my summer schedule.I invite (and STRONGLY encourage) you all to join me at the first ever Tiny House Jamboree, in Colorado Springs, CO – August 7-9th.The amount of tiny [...]
Fri, May 22, 2015
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This post is different from those you've read before. It's more personal, spiritual, revealing in a way. I hope you can relate.In many ways building a tiny house is the ultimate maker project. It involves geeky research, design and planning, often uses technology to help in the design process, and [...]
Tue, May 05, 2015
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It's been two years in the making, but Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary is finally here!This isn't the first documentary on Tiny Houses, but it's definitely unique. Here's what Jeremy Beasley, the director, had to say:I wasn't aiming to glorify tiny house living. I explored what it is [...]
Thu, Apr 30, 2015
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Good news for tiny house owners — more options coming to insure your home!Darrell Grenz Insurance Agency of Portland Oregon is wanting to expand his tiny house insurance policy to be available in more states. Currently the tiny house policy is only offered in AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR and [...]
Mon, Apr 20, 2015
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Now this is a plan I could live with! You did an amazing job." – Charlene

What are Tiny Houses?

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The Tiny Project tiny house on wheels

Most tiny houses, or more specifically “tiny houses on a trailer,” are mini homes built on flatbed or gooseneck trailers. Building a tiny house on a trailer means the house is considered more like an RV, and does not need to adhere to the same square footage requirements, permits and codes associated with building a normal home on a foundation. Tiny houses use a tiny house trailer as their “foundation.” Building a tiny house on wheels allows for the mini home to be towed just about anywhere, giving the tiny house owner nearly unlimited freedom and flexibility.

Tiny homes are usually under 8.5 feet wide and vary in length from 12 to 24 feet. Tiny houses are restricted to 13.5 feet in order to fit under highway underpasses. Most tiny homes include a sleeping loft. Some (like our tiny house floor plans) include complete plumbing and electrical systems, like a full-size house would have, while others choose to live more simply, without water, and possible with solar as their only form of electricity.

Two tiny houses passing on the highway!

A Tumbleweed tiny house passing the Tiny Project house on the highway!

No matter what tiny houses plans are used, no matter how the mini home is designed and constructed, tiny house owners tend to choose to do so for one of several reasons:

  • Tiny houses are a more affordable option (compared to a full-size home) for debt-free living
  • Tiny houses offer an alternative (especially for younger and older generations) to the increasingly difficult, traditional “American Dream” path to home-ownership.
  • Building a tiny house is offers mobility and flexibility for anyone who does not wish to be tied to specific location.
  • Tiny homes offer an incredibly simple yet all-inclusive form of shelter, perfect for out-of-the-way, off-grid living.
  • Tiny houses are a great way to minimize environmental impact by living in a much more efficient and sustainable structure.
  • Mini homes create simpler living — they are an easy to maintain, self-contained housing option for those of retirement age.
  • Building a tiny house is a fun/challenging/rewarding and educational project used to share alternative housing options to the next generation of home owners/builders!

Author: Alek Lisefski