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Adam Vanderbur 28x14 House

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (1)

This home can do both on grid and off heat with wood and warm water it has solar there are propane tanks in well house to cook and has well water and a home made hot tub just for fun

Misty Robinson's Gypsy Wagon Houseboat

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (1)

The Gypsy Wagon Houseboat without the barge measures 10' by 16' and the upper deck and loft hang over 18" all the way around, supported by decorative brackets. The barge could be built any size, but I chose a hexagonal barge which is 25' side to side and 28' point to point. This gives room to walk around and gives space for 3, 4'x8' garden beds as well as two double 55 gallon drum rainwater collectors (this water will be filtered at the faucet and used for hand washing, dish washing and showering with biodegradable soaps). The greywater can be diverted into a holding tank under the barge and pumped up with a hand pump installed on the deck for watering garden beds. The hand pump will also be able to pump water from the water source (ie...pond or river) as long as it is fresh water. The fish emulsions, etc would be fantastic for the plants, as long as the houseboat is not in polluted water. There is a worm bin for composting, providing free fertilizer and fishing bait. The rear outer wall houses tankless water heater, twin propane tanks for hot water and a wall mounted propane heater in the living area. Windows and ceiling fans will cool the place in summer. Electricity is provided by roof mounted solar panels with a battery box on the upper deck under the roof overhang. Drinking water is provided via water cooler. The staircase houses a washer/dryer combo, laundry hamper, closet rack and drawers for storage. The bathroom has a pocket style door and is complete with a 3'x3' shower, composting toilet and rv sink. The upper loft boasts a generous bedroom measuring 10'4"x12'4" (minus the 2'x5' opening for the stairs). A large window swings open to reveal a 2'x13' deck and a 12'4"x5'8" grassy area for stargazing on clear nights. The optional attached barge is 14'x16' with a 2' walkway surrounding a grassy area perfect for the miniature chicken tractor that will hold 2 or 3 chickens for fresh eggs daily. Sit on the deck and catch fish for dinner, too. The barges are floating on pontoons made from recycled 2 liter sodabottles and orange plastic roadside netting. How cool would it be to live on this floating micro farm!?

Christopher O'Baugh Arch Roofed Tiny House

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)


This home is off the grid. I use solar panels a composting toilet and small fast heating electric water heater. I shall have a generator outside as well a one of your solar above ground septic tanks. The shower shall have a small tank beneath it which I’ll be able to drain and use as water for my garden. I am not sure how much this will cost but a rough estimate would be around $10,000. I plan on making it out of wood but the exact materials are still up for debate as I feel I'd need to speak with a contractor to have this professionally designed into blue prints.


What makes this house unique is the fact it's square vs a classic rectangle. which allows for some interesting designs. I was quite pleased that I could fit a kitchen with room to spare and I believe having my bed and the steps that lead up into the loft as the same thing to be a unique concept, allowing me to have a small office to work in underneath while having a great view of my yard from the bay windows. The up stair loft's curved design allows a little more head room for me as I am quite tall. I found that a pointed roof would make the loft potentially straining on my back if I had to duck to much, not only that but the curved design adds to the over all houses durability. I would like the flooring of the bath room to be tile and the kitchen to have a nice wooden floor. however I am still quite new to this program and I found it more channeling to make those changes once I had the house finished so I just left it as is.


Kesler Butler's Off-Grid Solar House 10ft by 30ft.

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Kesler Butler's Off-Grid Solar House 10ft by 30ft.


This is my design for a Tiny House. It is 10ft wide by 30 feet long. A 300 square footprint with a loft that you get to by stairs. The uniqueness of this tiny house are loft that uses stairs (half flight) and allows you to stand next to bed which is a kingsize bed. Many tiny house designs are ladder to a loft, and no head room to stand up with a full size mattress at most. You have a storage loft behind bed area that includes area for tankless water heater, and could put back-up battery storage banks in this area. This tiny house has a total of 1400 watt solar panels (7 at 200 watts each) for electricity. A gray water 150 gallon collection system, and tankless water heater. A wood burning stove, and lots of wind circulation with windows including cross wind in sleeping area, and ceiling fan for cooling. The eating area has a fold down counter-top with a full closet next to that. A combo washer dryer in under stairs.


This tiny house gives you the feeling of a larger house, with the area below the bed at 6ft 6 inch height which gives most people plenty of head room, rest of ceiling area is 8 foot height, with a high ceiling in living room by utilizing the 10 foot side wall. Loft is 9’7” x 9’ including a landing to stand on before getting into bed, with a peak ceiling height of 5’6”.


There can be a composting toilet or hooked to a septic system. Propane gas stove and on-demand

water heater. An on-site well for fresh water and a solar powered pump would supply water. All lighting is LED lights.


All furnishings and components are from SketchUp and from the SketchUp 3D warehouse. All copyrights and usage are reserved from that sight, and are used by permission of the respective designers. I did not design any furnishing or components. Only the tiny home itself.

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Dennis Ringler 12x16 Off-Grid House

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a 12 x 16 house that runs totally off grid. I used 2x6 construction in the exterior walls for added insulation since the house is heated totally by solar (natural window solar heating as well as a “soda can” type solar heater. I also used 10’ side walls for added headroom in the loft area. I opted for a slab foundation as well.

It is set up for solar/wind power, solar water heating, solar heating, and rain water harvesting (running into an underground cistern). For any further hot water/heating needs a propane tank could easily be added for use with a propane wall heater unit and hot water on demand unit for when it is too cold for the solar heater and water heater to keep up.

One space saving feature I included was a wet bath, using the entire bathroom as a shower as well as a corner built composting toilet. There is a 3” lip to prevent water from spilling out into the rest of the house when showering and with a properly gasketed bucket type composting toilet, there should be no issue with flooding the toilet with water.


Misty Robinson's 16x25 Off-Grid House

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This 400 square foot 16'x25' tiny house with 10' side walls and barn style roof, loft bedroom and upper deck offers a big bang for the square footage. Pallet wood decks at the exterior doors are detached and optional. The bump out window seat in the living room adds space and gives the illusion of a larger living area. The staircase to the loft doubles as a huge storage unit for clothing, linens, etc. The bathroom has a 3x3 shower stall, handmade composting toilet (wooden tiled box with lifting lid that houses a bucket) and a small vanity. Wall cabinets add storage in the bath. A solar roof mounted hot water heater (DIY from youtube) supplements the on demand water heater. The composting toilet would be combined with Lamar's solar composting septic tank. The kitchen is a generous 8'x9' and houses a full size refrigerator and a small 4 burner propane range. There is a large bump out greenhouse window that adds space and enables you to grow fresh herbs right in the kitchen year round. Power is supplied by an array of roof mounted solar panels oriented on the south side of the house with the battery bank on the upper deck under the roof overhang.. Heat is provided with two DIY solar can heaters with radiant oil heaters for backup. Water is provided by solar powered well and there are two rain barrels at the rear of the house for watering the garden beds. The optional detached pallet wood deck on the front of the house can be designed to route runoff from the upper deck into a growing bed at the side of the house. The upper deck has a slight 3" grade to help with water runoff, also. With creative use of reclaimed, recycled and found materials, etc. costs could be cut dramatically to build this spacious tiny home.

David H. 16x25 Barn Roof Cabin

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

"The design uses 2x6 on 16" centers for better insulation for lower heating and cooling. The roof uses a Gambrel (barn roof) design for more head room in the loft. The roof design uses 2 x 8 on 16" centers for strength. The sheathing is 3/4 inch OSB or plywood for sheer on the walls and roof. The outer covering is steel. I estimate that the building material cost is between $5k to $7k. The plan is to have a well and septic system for the house at a cost of about $12k.


The electrical will be supplied by 14 250 Watt Solar cells each with an Enphase m250 micro inverter AC coupled to a Magnum MS-PAE for battery charge and isolated grid creation. I have designed a module (on/off switch) to go between the Solar panel and the micro inverter to shut down each inverter one at a time to balance the power to the loads and batteries. I am designing another circuit that will monitor the battery Voltage and the grid Voltage to control the on/off switch.


The bed/living room is down stairs. The bed is a Murphy tip up style. I used stairs up to the loft to make it easier to get up and down and carry stuff up and down. The stairs are 9" run by 9" rise. The kitchen is on the South wall with a full electric refrigerator propane stove / oven. I have room for a stacking washer / dryer. The hot water is supplied by a on demand unit that uses propane. The bath room is in the South / West corner of the house with a 3' x 3' shower, standard toilet, and sink. The bath room is built with 2 x 4 studs and uses a sliding door. The unit that divides the kitchen from the bed room has shelves for kitchen storage. I also have cabinets in the kitchen over the sink, stove, and refrigerator.


The loft joist are 2 x 10 on 16 " centers with 3/4 inch plywood floor. The ceiling in the loft is Thrifty White 32 sq. ft. Hardboard Panel Board to help with lighting. The area in the loft over the bath room will hold the well water pressure tank as the bathroom walls will provide the additional support. The loft will be used for office and hobby room. The loft will also hold the controls for the Solar power. The batteries will reside out side in a sunken vault to help keep constant temperature. I haven't decided yet what type of foundation to use for the house."

Ammie V. 14x28 Off-Grid house

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (2)

"Hello everyone. My name is Ammie I am new at this but I really like the idea how realize it is. I plan on using solar and wind power, wood heat, well water, on demand hot water heater, propane for the big appliances, composting toilet. I also plan on growing my own vegetable and fruit."

Adam Vanderbur House On Wheels

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (2)

"this inclosed trailer has propane heat and on demand hot water and solar power and you can put down the back door for a deck" its ready to roll out"

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Adam's 10x14 Cabin With Solar Porch

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello my name is Adam. I am new at this but some day will be living this way I made a 14by 14 cabin it uses solar for lighting and propane for heat and cooking and has a hot water on demand set up it will use a well and septic system the living area is 10by14 with a full loft the lower floor is 8 feet high and the loft is 7 feet high to the peak it also has a wind turbine vent in the roof.


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