Tiny House Design Part 4 - Custom Design

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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

This is going to be a conversation about how to design your own tiny house. Fact is tiny houses HAVE to be suited for their occupants, there is no 'one-size-fits-all' but there are things to consider and think about in your daily life. I will share some of the important questions to ask yourself, some things to consider and give you some general rules and background of design to help make the appropriate decisions. Design is daunting but it's also systematic and with tiny houses, form really does follow function, there are reasons that one strategy makes sense over others. In addition to talking about the design of the actual house I will touch on designing your lifestyle!

There are approximately 2 hours of information relating to design, materials, and processes - as it applies to tiny homes. This course is formatted to provide the information relevant to you and enable you to make the best decision for yourself. If you are excited about tiny houses and how they may empower you this course is for you!

What are the requirements?

  • Students should bring an open mind and their curiosity of tiny houses!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Start the design of their own custom tiny house.
  • Answer the big questions of how to design each space in their tiny house
  • Understand whether they should buy, hire or design their own tiny home.
  • Be able to design in plan and think in elevation of their own tiny home.
  • Know their options for selecting doors and windows in their home and how these can impact the feel of their space.
  • Have a good understanding of the pros and cons of various finish materials both inside and outside their tiny home.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for all of those interested in learning the options and opportunities when it comes to transitioning to a tiny house
  • This course is for those in the beginning stages of understanding all of the decisions that go into your own tiny home.
  • This course is probably not for you if you are looking for in depth 'how-to' information on the steps to building your own tiny home.
  • This course if for those looking to learn more about the tiny house movement and if it is right for you!

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Instructor Introduction
Section 1: Tiny House Design

In this section I go over the basics of tiny house design and how it differs from specifying and decorating.

Design Factors

When considering a tiny house design you have a few options, buy pre-made, hire custom or DIY, in this section we talk about the benefits and drawbacks of each option.


This is the starting point I always recommend to folks looking to downsize their homes, find your priorities. I will give you some tips on how to do that in this section.


In order to accurately design you must use a scale, here are my suggestions for doing that!


How do you size your trailer, and what about lofts, are they for you? Just some things to consider!


The logical first step in a design is to figure out a floor plan that works for you, in this section I will give you all kinds of things to consider that will help guide you to an effective plan for you personally.


This is often a big concern, in this section I will walk through some good ways to incorporate storage spaces into your design.


An overview of special considerations for singles, couples, Families and pets in a tiny house.


After being engulfed in the tiny house world and talking to hundreds of tiny house dwellers this it the list I have compiled of the most common items I have heard people say they wish they thought through better in their own tiny homes.


It is important to think about your tiny house in 3 dimensions, not just in plan, in this section I will walk you through the pieces to think through and offer advice on how to effectively design your home in 3D.

A big part of this is your roof style, there are a lot of types of roofs and reasons to go with each one, we will talk through the common roof styles and why you may wish to choose one over the others


This is an overview of common design styles, generally one style will resonate with a person more than others. It's good to have an understanding of the styles so that if you come to a wall you can find inspiration in your preferences.


This is a talk about various types of doors you may choose to use, both exterior and interior and the pros and cons of each.


There are a number of common window types used in tiny houses, this is a talk about various styles, pros and cons of each as well as some general guidelines to special tiny house window considerations.


Lighting can play a key role in the comfort of your house it can also be used to help visually divide the space.


This section is a talk about the pros and cons of various material selections on the interior of your tiny house from walls, floors and millwork.


This section is a talk about the pros and cons of various material selections on the exterior of your tiny house, from walls to roofs.

Bonus Lecture: Resources

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Instructor Biography

Macy Miller, Architectural Designer

Macy Miller graduated with a Masters Degree in Architecture in 2007 and has devoted her career to sustainable design and instruction, she is a LEED Accredited Professional with a passion for education. As a project, she started the design and construction of her own 196 s.f. tiny house in 2011 and has been living tiny with her family every since. Macy's home has been featured in Dwell Magazine, TIME Magazine, on Yahoo and various other sites internationally. Since completing her home she has stayed very involved in the tiny house community and strives to help empower others to be able to take on the same challenges!

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