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HOW TO PLAN YOUR TINY HOUSE

How to plan your tiny house

By now you may have already made the decision to join the tiny house movement. However, before doing anything, you will need to learn how to plan your tiny house. The planning stage of building a tiny house is very important. Actually, it is the time when you will think about the build you want. If the planning is poor, then the results will be displayed in your build. Before, you take that hammer, you will first have to know more about the plan. Going against this will mean coming up with a poorly built tiny house. In this article, we will examine the steps to plan your tiny build.

STEP WISE PLANNING OF TINY HOUSE

Step One

It is good to think about important things of your tiny house.  How it is going to look, how you will organize things and so on. But before you do this, it is necessary to list all the things you do currently. In most cases, people tend to think about what they will do in their new house. They will thus forget that the best indicator is what they are doing now.

Take time to think about the things you like to do daily. You can then make a list of these things from the common ones to the less common. Once you have the list, you can think about the things you will need to achieve them. While deeper in thoughts, you will be able to see the form of your tiny house. By focusing on the things you want, it will be easier to get the true picture of your house.

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Step Two

With the pictures in mind, you can start drawing different floor plans. Sketch as many plans as possible until you have the perfect fit. To do this effectively, you should think about how you can do things which are related. For instance, you can think about the things that happen in your kitchen. This can either be reaching out to your fridge, trash or storing food.

Once you have a clear picture in mind, you can map the entire plan to scale on the floor. You will need a masking tape to this. You should make sure the plan is life size in order to get real sense of the space. It would be better if you act out an entire day to see what will happen. To many, playing in a fake tiny house may sound ridiculous. However, you will soon realize the essence when it comes to design. Consider important things like clearances for doors and the passage. With this in mind, you will get the perfect plan for your build.

Step Three

Most people will realize some things are not okay during this step. This is after examining the settled upon floor plan carefully. After identifying the problem, you will have to start the entire process again. To avoid missing out on slight errors, you need to keep the floor plan aside for some time. Individuals can then revisit it after a couple of days to check for any additional errors. You will be surprised at the many things that need changes. If you still fail to find errors, you can seek help from your friends. After all, a fresh pair of eyes will easily catch what you were missing.

Do not rush into making decisions even after receiving feedback from your friend. Take time to go through everything until you are satisfied with what you have. It is with no doubt that you want what is right for you and your needs. You should thus take your time since you are going to invest money and energy.  The more you wait the better decisions you will make in the end.

REVIEW THE PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS

Step Four

The best way to know how to plan your tiny house is looking at those already in existence. You should examine all the plans at your disposal to see if any is close to yours. If it is your first build, you can consider buying a plan that will work out.  However, you must be ready to carry out a detailed research if you are coming up with your own plan. It would be better if you learnt about SketchUp as you design. This 3D rendering tool lets you see your home in three dimensions. You can thus be sure of boosting your spot potential issues with the layout.

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Step Five

With the plan in place, you can set aside some time to work through the build process. Envision the process of building your tiny house. Think about what to start with and the steps that will follow. You will most likely find things that need rethinking after considering how it will affect other parts. From there, you can think about the work flow and building site.  Actually, it would be better if you think about everything the house will need. This can be:

  • How to deal with trash?
  • How you can get the trailer in?
  • Is there power on the site?
  • How will I get materials to the site?

 

The list of issues to think about is endless. You should however take your time to reason everything out. All these concerns are vital if you are to design a good tiny house. If you do not plan these things, you might find the going tough.

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Step Six

Now consider where you are going to get the materials for your build. Start with the most important materials for your build. These may include:

  • Trailer
  • Windows
  • Roofing
  • Dimensional lumber
  • Siding

It is important to consider the time line since some materials may take long to be delivered.  You should order these materials first if you are begin the build earlier. It would be better if you visited the store before to get prices and leads on it all. At times, you may opt to use reclaimed materials in your build. When this is the case, you should hit Craigslist, Habitat for Humanity ReStores and other sources for the parts.

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