Those looking to build a tiny house or convert an existing one should really consider some of the Design Ideas for Tiny Homes by James Dempsey. This book offers tips on all aspects of building and living in these tiny houses. There are many features of building one that the average builder would not consider.
For example, with a growing trend to live closer to nature, those who are building small houses often do not have the benefit of trees and shrubs surrounding their new home. However, with good design in place, you can find ways to take advantage of these features. You can go for a solarium that would allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of your home as well as the benefit of being able to consume energy from the sun.
To build a tiny house is not something that you can take on yourself, but it is something that should be shared with the homeowner’s hands. These books and videos offer creative alternatives to those who want to convert their existing house into a tiny house. You should be creative in your approach, so find a book or video that fits your style of living.
There are many different ways you can approach converting an existing house into a tiny house. The first approach is that of the ‘zero-stack’ approach. In this approach, the foundations of the house are set on loose dirt and then as a frame for the walls of the tiny house and then as a roof for the tiny house.
The next approach is ‘track home plans’. In this case, the owner of the property is allowed to build their tiny house up against the property line of the home. The drawback of this is that the landowner will not be able to sell their house off as a new home or at an estate sale.
The next approach is the ‘port-a-bench’ approach, which means you use an existing bench or chair for a place to sleep. You could also build a simple wooden frame around a metal pole and nail it to the ground, using posts to support the wooden frame. If you are looking for a cost-effective solution, this would be a great option for a home that you plan to sell at a yard sale.
The last approach that is recommended in this book is the ‘mesh approach’, which allows you to build a mini-house without the need for a regular basement. With this approach, you would place all of the building materials in a corner, thus creating a space in the backyard. This would allow you to have more room than a normal basement, yet only one level above ground.
While some may think it is impossible to come up with a solid Design Ideas for Tiny Houses, we found this book was extremely helpful. It does not attempt to cover every possible option. You are allowed to discover your own personal options, so experiment with all of the techniques outlined in this book.