Getting antsy…

So I really enjoy sketching tiny houses, who doesn’t, right? They can be anything from doodles, drawings, to scale sketches on graph paper.  All kinds of designs, on wheels, stationary, container homes, etc. Well, I finally decided to download SketchUp. Since then I seem to have misplaced several hours of my life. I would start a sketch at say 6pm and all of a sudden it’s 9pm! Like really, where did the time go?

I have been thinking a great deal about the design of our tiny house, we are on track to start our build this summer!!! Our overall plans for tiny living have changed umpteen times. When we set out on our journey we planned to call the Mallard home until we purchased land. Continue to live in the Mallard on our property while saving for and building something tiny.

At this point the path we’re on has taken us to building a tiny house on wheels, then buying land. We enjoy living in the RV and do call it home however, its is time to move on to greener, roomier, and not to mention healthier pastures. Once we are settled in and have time to feed the pig, we may (1) build a tiny bit larger stationary tiny house, (2) buy another piece of land somewhere spending time on both properties, (3) save and retire from full time work in 3-5 years or so, (4) all of the above.

You never know after we complete our tiny house on wheels maybe we will travel the country in it, or take a leave of absence and hike the Appalachian Trail. It appears the possibilities are endless once we have our tiny house and up until this point plans are always changing. You just have to trust that everything happens for a reason and when whatever is meant to happen will.

Since I love designing tiny homes I am pretty sure we will end up building 1 or 2. Right now we are planning to go with a half gambrel, half gable roof with a dormer on the gable. It will have some great lines and will offer a loft with a fair amount of head space. Anyhow I wanted to share some of the sketches I have done. Here are a few I have come up with.

Which one is your favorite?


4 thoughts on “Getting antsy…

  1. Good luck with you build. My tips use the fact that you can put in lots of windows (much more than a normal house), make sure your heat source is central and if you can mark out in a field your design before you start. From your bed, to the oven and both walk around the space to see if you can get past each other easily and it feels like there is a good flow. It may feel like at times that the build will never end, but it does and its wonderful xxx

    • Thanks so much! The design is definitely one of the most important parts. Living in the RV has shown us that, especially when it comes to bumping in to each another. Lots of updates to come and thanks for checking us out!! 🙂

  2. Hi! It looks like you’re in love with the half gambrel. As long as you’re careful with the detailing to keep the weather out, that’s a great design. It gives you head room in the loft, a nice airy space for the part of the house not under the loft, and a perfect place on the roof for solar panels. I like it.:-) If you do go with a trailer base, I found it helpful to decide right away how thick my exterior walls would be so that I knew exactly what space I had to work with inside. It was a little surprising how a foot more or less changed my options drastically! Knottedbeard gave good advice, too. Of course since you already live in a Tiny Home, you are ahead of the game. You probably already know what spaces are important to you and which are less so, like a smaller kitchen if you tend to eat simple meals that don’t require a lot of space for prepping. Anyway, I am so excited for you guys!

    • Thanks so much!! We are going with a trailer base and that’s a great piece of advice! There are so many things to take into consideration and we are thankful for our fellow tiny house friends!! 🙂

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