The Tiny Project

Modern tiny house plans, resources, appliances + thought-provoking articles and news
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In 2013 I designed and built this one-of-a-kind modern tiny house on wheels

With experience in designing, building, teaching workshops and years of full-time tiny house living, I’m very excited to share all the tiny house tips I’ve learned with you! I offer my tiny house plans for sale, as well as a photo book that details the entire construction process. For more info, please visit my FAQ page. I continue to blog about tiny houses (both the joys and challenges!) and offer a huge list of tiny house resources with how-to’s and expert advice. To receive exclusive content and special subscriber-only discounts on tiny house plans, please sign up HERE.

Alek LIsefski of the Tiny Project

The Tiny Project has been featured in press from around the world

  • Tiny Project on HouzzTiny Project in Apartment TherapyTiny Project in Fine HomebuildingTiny Project featured in Sunset MagazineTiny Project in County Living
  • Featured in TreehuggerTiny Project in Business InsiderTiny Project in Good HousekeepingTiny Project on GristFeatured in This Old House
Tiny Project Tiny House Construction Plans
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Tiny House (on wheels) construction plans & blueprints

These award winning tiny home plans include almost 40 pages of detailed trailer specs, diagrams, floor plans, blueprints, images and 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
Appliances

The best tiny house propane water heaters (residential & RV)

We believe propane on-demand water heaters are the best choice for a tiny house. What’s the difference between and interior and exterior model? Residential style vs. RV style? Learn how to avoid freezing and other important water heater considerations.
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The Best Tiny House Water Heaters
Tiny house guides and books

Tiny house guides and books

Need help learning how to build? What questions do you need to ask yourself before you start designing your house? These resources will tell you! Each has been created by a tiny house expert and is offered with my strong recommendation. Enjoy!
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The best tiny house plans money can buy

Each of these tiny house plans were used in the construction of actual tiny houses of very high quality. The individuals selling these plans live in their tiny homes full-time and are amazing examples for the rest of the tiny house community. These plans were all very carefully researched, planned and tested, meaning you can trust that that any finished home created using any of these plans will be safe and efficient, with incredibly well thought-out features and use of space.
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The best tiny house plans
Tiny Project tiny house photo book
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Tiny house photo book – 200 photos!

This 62 page photo book features nearly 200 images of the entire Tiny Project construction process, from start to finish, including framing and construction, utilities, interior finishing, travel, and completed house photos.
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Wow, this is absolutely perfect!" – LKJones
Appliances

Tiny House Stoves, Cooktops & Ranges

Choose from smaller RV-style ranges, marine ranges (higher quality stainless steel), permanently installed stovetops and portable cooktops. If you prefer to use electricity, one efficient solution would be to use a portable induction cooktop, which can be stored in a cabinet or under a counter when not in use.
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Tiny house stoves, cooktops and ranges
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Towing a tiny house

How to Safely Tow a Tiny House

Many factors are involved in safely towing a tiny house on wheels. Most important, of course, is the design of the house itself.

There are also specific safety items and tools you’ll need to tow and park a house. I’ve already written extensively, describing in detail my two long towing trips and everything I did to prepare. Please read the two posts below as well to get all the details not included in this post.

Towing a Tiny House (from California to Texas)
Our Tiny House Towing Adventure: Part One and Part Two
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Looking for a tiny house trailer?

The size and type of trailer you choose (and the house you build on it) will have a great impact on how easy or difficult it is to tow your house. See our recommendations in the best tiny house trailer manufacturers & how to choose to make sure you consider all the factors before you buy.
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Advanced Framing (for tiny houses)

Advanced Framing for Tiny Houses

Advanced framing, though decades old, is still not nearly as well known as it should be. The goals of advanced framing match closely to the desired outcomes of most tiny house builders, so I’d advocate for its wider use throughout the tiny house building community (DIY included, of course!). For those of you you have not heard of it before, or want to learn more, this post if for you.
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Video tour and interview 

Tiny House Expedition says:
"We love how the space limitations of tiny home spur creative design solutions. Alek Lisefski’s truly remarkable 160 sqft tiny house, called The Tiny Project, is a perfect example of that. Alek designed and built this stunning 160 sqft (240 sqft with loft) tiny house back in 2013 for $30,000. Ultimately he created an incredibly well-thought-out layout, full of practical features and creative storage solutions. Like in his super functional kitchen, spacious loft, and 2 home office spaces."
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What is a Tiny House anyway?

Most tiny houses, or more specifically a “tiny house 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 30 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.

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!
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