hOMe PLANS LAUNCH!

hOMe PLANS LAUNCH!

It is with great excitement and joy that we would like to officially announce the hOMe plans launch and to say that they are now available. The plans are a culmination of a huge team effort between an engineering firm, a professional designer, an architect with serious SketchUp know how, and us. Before we brought the plans to you we wanted to ensure that they met the strictest safety standards and that they were designed to meet standard residential code requirements, all while using innovative and simple construction techniques with the beginning builder in mind. The result is a set of plans that has been meticulously crafted.

We have created 4 plans packages so there should be something in there for everyone: TOTAL PLANS PACKAGE (printed plans, PDF plans, fully editable SketchUp file, materials list, and a short video teaching how to read construction plans), DIGITAL PLANS PACKAGE (PDF plans, SketchUp plans, materials list, reading plans video), JUST DIGITAL PLANS (PDF plans, materials list, reading plans video), and JUST SKETCH UP PLANS (Sketch Up and materials list). The pricing depends on which item you select. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

To access the plans page, please click HERE.

Cheers,

Gabriella and Andrew Morrison

40 Responses to hOMe PLANS LAUNCH!

  1. Joe April 18, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Hi guys! Your design is amazing by far my favorite design of tiny house. Im looking forward to buy the plans. Although im looking towards off-grid alternatives. Would that be possible to run all the utility there with only solar panels ? I dont need a dishwasher or washer/dryer. Congrats for your works.

    • Gabriella April 18, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Thanks Joe! hOMe is entirely off grid. Our panels are hard mounted into ground poles (600watt system). Our components are stored in a solar shed right next to hOMe. When it’s sunny it’s more than we need power wise. 🙂

  2. Joe April 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Really only 600watt, thats great news. Now is the price of solar panels and equipment included in your cost of $22,744.06 ?

    • Gabriella April 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

      I wish! That thing set us back some serious cashola. About $6k. I know it can be done for a lot less but we got really large components to be able to upgrade as needed in time. Though, hopefully we won’t have to!!

  3. Joe April 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Good to know 🙂 Yes i got the email confirmation. I havent got any for the first reply tho.

  4. Jeromy April 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    I love this design. The thing that I like the best is how the design is clean, simple, and modern. Many other tiny house designs feel rustic and use untreated wood but this design would work well with the things I own. I am already simplifying my life and this would be perfect for me to live in for a long time.

    I have become obsessed with researching many tiny house designs but your hOMe is the best I have seen. I’m saving up with money im making from my two jobs and hopefully I will be able to make a place for myself with my dad who is a expert at construction.

    The cool thing is if I wanted to make minor changes to the design I would be able to do that. I am probably going to buy the digital package.

    Thanks

    • Gabriella April 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

      That’s great Jeromy! Keep us posted on all of it! 🙂

  5. Chris April 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    What kind of storage cabinets did you use up and over the windows and under the bench seat?

    • Gabriella April 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

      The cabinets are all Ikea. So it makes it easy to purchase and not have to have custom cabinets made.

  6. Luke Gladu April 21, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    We have purchased the plans and LOVE them, really great design! I only have one question at this point…The subfloor, how have you constructed it? Is the insulation between and flush with the cross members? The flashing is below the cross members? This is a great idea but wondering also if you had the trailer manufactured with the flashing included?

    • Andrew April 22, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Hi Luke. Thanks for the kind feedback!

      The insulation is indeed installed in between the floor joists and it ends up flush with the cross members. The plywood then is attached to the frame directly above the insulation.

      The flashing was something we installed ourselves; however, I would agree having now done the hard work that it would be much easier to have the trailer manufacturer install the flashing. It could be welded in place with ease during fabrication. If that is not an option (for whatever reason) I recommend talking with a local RV repair company to see if they offer undercarriage roll protection material. The store local to us has some lightweight and easy to install material that we would use if we had to do it again ourselves.

  7. Dosha Wynne April 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    A friend posted your amazing story and video on facebook this morning. At this point in my life I am at a cross roads searching for more peace & quiet. The beginning of your story hit home for me. Your wanting to get away from the mortgage payments and live more simply. Your story, your creation and reason’s for it is a true inspiration to me. Thank you for being so humble and wanting to share it with the rest of us! I now have something very real to plan for, because I too want a tiny house lifestyle.

    • Gabriella May 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      How great Dosha! Can’t wait to hear more as your journey unfolds for you! 🙂

  8. Kimberly May 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Hi! I really have enjoyed reading your blog. I am still working on getting my finances in order to start building my tiny house. I want to purchase your plans soon. I would be making several modifications to fit my needs in layout, doors and windows so I will likely purchase your Sketchup plans. I wanted to make sure if these plans include the plans/specifications for the trailer foundation itself since I will need to custom order that too. Your modifications to the trailer were really what impressed me about your design. It makes such a difference in the whole house design!

    • Gabriella May 10, 2014 at 11:34 am #

      Hi there Kimberly! Thanks for connecting and great to hear that you are getting so close to your own build! The SketchUp plans don’t have any dimensions specified nor any of the engineering specs. We plan on making just the trailer plans available and soon so that people like you can have those to take to a fabricator.

  9. Cara Taylor June 10, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    Hi. Your story is so inspiring! I have a question about the trailer. How much roughly did the custom trailer cost and do you have a list of things that must be included on the trailer in order to fit with your design plans? Thank you so much!

    • Gabriella June 12, 2014 at 8:28 am #

      Hi there Cara. Our cost was $3,400 however we are realizing that this was an extraordinary deal and that people should look more in the $5k-6k range for a trailer this size.

  10. Vicki June 10, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    I wondered if you would mind telling me the make, model of your wood stove. Love how compact it is! Beautiful home, gives me something to dream about and strive to accomplish. Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Alexander Sosa June 12, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    This is incredible! I run a non-profit named Fight Hunger, and we house teens in crisis situations. Our current home is a 4/3 that we rent for $1500 a month, but having something like this would be amazing! Have you two considered connecting with a grassroots organization like ours to help elevate the homeless youth population?

    • Alexander Sosa June 12, 2014 at 10:36 am #

      “Www.fhmiami.com” sorry, our website is under construction.

      • Andrew June 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

        Thanks for writing! What a great service you are offering! Miami is a tough place and I’m sure people are very grateful for your services. Send me an email to [email protected] to speak more about it.

  12. Debbie Bisbano June 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Hi Andrew & Gabriella

    We are a non profit called WE R GROUP HUG. We provide good nutrition to low income women, families, individuals & kids along with their caregivers that struggle daily with chronic illness with our focus on those infected/affected by HIV/AIDS+.

    The passion of our mission has spread to interested donators throughout new england and the time is coming where we will be hitting the road to spread the word and encourage other states to do what we do to make a difference.

    We invite you to check us out @ wergrouphug.org

    Your tiny home on the road is something that looks very appealing to us. Staying in hotels & motels isn’t in the budget for us, and the thought of sleeping in a bed that thousands have slept in grosses me out, and the thought of sleeping in the same bed…our bed, really appeals to us.

    Would you consider donating the plans to your tiny house to our org so we can help families in crisis in-between travels, and help us put money toward food for our hungry kids MONKEY SEE …MONKEY DO BACKPACK PROGRAM..? We would not loan or resell your plans, just want a set of plan of a tiny home that has the simple, clean concept that yours offers….please reply back as we would really enjoy hearing from you….

    Thank you so much…

    Debbie Bisbano
    Executive Director/Cofounder
    WE R GROUP HUG
    401.301.9305
    wergrouphug.org

    • Gabriella June 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

      Thank you for writing Debbie! Kindly email me directly at [email protected].

  13. Ana June 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi guys 😀 I have a home that suffered a fire recently and I had no insurance due to financial hardship and a divorce. I learned that I had simplified so much – that my only true loss was the structure. I can repaire my house for about 5k and sell for about 45-50k. I realized that I wanted to live smaller as well (: I stumbled across your blog and – honestly – it’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of! I wanted to know, however, if there’s room for a washer and dryer set up (in any form or fashion)? Do you have a dishwasher? Also – is there a plan for a small porch? I just need one big enough for two people to sit or maybe a small grill – or (as I’ve a dreamed) a papason chair fit for two? Nothing huge, or immobile. Just trying to figure out how I could customize my hOMe.
    Cheers!
    -Ana

    • Gabriella June 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

      I’m sorry to hear of the fire Ana! Glad you are finding a way to move forward that works for you. hOMe does in fact have a place for a washer and dryer combo (under the stairs). hOMe is plumbed and wired for it however we just do our laundry in town. There is enough space for a dishwasher as well for sure and you would just lose some of the storage in lower cabinets. We plan on building a porch right outside the front door. One could build a pretty big one with space for BBQ, chairs, etc.

  14. Chad June 28, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    Hello. My wife and I are super inspired by this tiny home and your story. We live in the Texas heat and would like to know your recommendation for air conditioning and heating combo. I’ve looked at the ductless mini units but I think they require a compressor on the outside of the house. Also; what sort of water intake is installed? Is it just a normal valve for water hose? Your thoughts? Thank you

    -Chad

    • Gabriella June 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

      Thanks Chad! Gosh we are pretty lucky here in southern Oregon in that we don’t need AC. We are parked under 2 gorgeous oak trees and bc our climate is arid we stay cool inside. As such I don’t have any recommendations for ACs but I’m sure there are great options out there. In terms of water intake, yeah, think of it as an RV. You can just plug it in with a hose (or hard plumb it in). 🙂

    • Andrew June 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

      Hi Chad. We have a direct water hook up to our well system; however, a standard hose attachment could most definitely be used. In terms of AC units, I must say that I don’t live in a hot enough climate to make any recommendations for that. That said, I have seen small space AC units that do not require a separate compressor that I believe would work for a tiny home. Try doing a search for “small space AC units” and see what comes up. Our heater is a free standing propane fireplace. The normal units that one often sees in tiny homes simply don’t provide enough BTUs to actually heat the home effectively. Doing an accurate BTU calculation is important to make sure you have the heating capacity you need for your space, even in a tiny home.

      • Bill Bottom July 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

        Enjoying all the information you’ve made available, thank you. Have you considered steel for studs & joists? Thoughts?

        • Gabriella July 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

          Thanks Bill! We did think about it but decided on wood in our case as we filmed the whole build. We used commonly available products so that anyone can build hOMe. I believe quite a few people have built their tiny houses using steel though. 🙂

  15. Bill Steele July 20, 2014 at 6:03 am #

    Hi Gabriella,
    I love your plan and you have inspired me to investigate the tiny house phenomenon further. A word of caution however. Where I live, in Ontario, Canada it would not be possible to mortgage a house on wheels in the event a future buyer wishes to purchase your home (or you need a small mortgage to buy property or materials to start with). Banks are worried that a mortgage default would result in the home owners simply moving the house to an unknown location. I guess that boils down to careful research before you start. In Canada, weather is a major factor when considering heating and energy sources.
    Cheers
    Bill

    • Gabriella July 21, 2014 at 8:22 am #

      Thanks for letting us know about that! Makes perfect sense actually. Someone could literally just default and run away with their house! 🙂

  16. Joy August 28, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Hello Gabriella and Andrew!

    First of all it’s so great to see you guys living the dream! I’m living in a tiny space (smaller than yours) already, and have been for a really long time, but it’s by no means ‘ideal’. I have virtually no freedom (I can’t trust the landlord, rent keeps going up and they enter without permission all the time etc) and it’s nothing like the fun things you see on various You Tube channels out there. It is largely built-in so that means space is at the premium because if you can’t house everything the way it’s done then there’s a lot of lost/wasted space. It’s also really got no kitchen, which is sort of ok but not ok … I’m a juicer/vegetarian as well and am hoping to get into a TH situation to do a health program that I need for dealing with chemical sensitivities etc. That’s one of the reasons I need to get something mobile because environmental conditions are one of the first elements of the protocol and getting away from that is a huge concern. If something goes bad I need to be able to move. It’s also hard to juice in a place where the walls are close together and as much as I’d be juicing that’s a pretty serious issue.

    ** Building in Baja?:
    A friend of mine keeps telling me to come to Baja so I’m super curious how you did that without having things turn up missing etc. Would you suggest it for someone in my situation? Is it a good place to build a TH or to just live if you’re wanting to do something different? One of the primary issues I have is maintaining a cool environment as well as one free of chemicals… I don’t know if there are camping locations with good ocean breezes where one could build on one side and camp on the other, but solar would probably be pretty important. I think you could probably do a whole blog/video on just finding the right place to build!

    ** Trailers:
    I wonder if you might consider doing a whole blog/video on just trailers? I’ve looked on CList and various places for trailers and I get the most amazing options… Even things like framed 5th wheels used for hauling… heaven knows what, everything but the kinds you might build a tiny house on. That said I wondered if you might talk more from your general knowledge and experience about various kinds of trailers that people might be finding available and which ones might make the best or worst choices in trying to do something different on a budget?

    It’s hard to know which plans to chose if you can’t figure out which sort of trailer you’ll be using and with no two really seeming the same or close in size I can’t even begin to sketch out or look for a set of plans to match the ideas I have in mind. The 5th wheel trailer is interesting because it would be so much bigger, but would it be aero-dynamic or too heavy in wood? How do you pre-calculate your trailer weight dynamics so you know what to chose?

    ** Tiny hOMes in Transit:
    Another issue that sort of goes along with that might be a whole post or video about roof designs and aerodynamics. I don’t suppose that most of us would want to have to move our TH’s very often, but if it takes a while to find suitable land to set-up on we may have to build on the fly and hope for the best. Is there a huge difference in drag and wind sheer and all of those kinds of issues when having to drive one’s TH around? I can see mine possibly having to travel 1500 or more miles before it’s all over just for the first location and planning gas and travel time of year and all of the things necessary to consider so as to not get stuck or in some kind of trouble seems like it would be vital to hold in mind while planning when to build one or more importantly for some – when to finish one.

    ** Tiny/Alternative Living TV
    What do you guys think of everyone getting together from the various blogs and ideas on how to do ‘tiny/simple living’ and make something like a ROKU Channel to help people show their ideas and things. I think one of the only ways to get the info out there so that laws can change or so that people can consider using their properties as Tiny House Community locations is if the info is out there in the channel-sphere. Those using devices like ROKU are already generally ‘off-the-grid’ of usual tv costs like cable and satellite and looking for ways around it. Those are probably the biggest demographic of those most interested in living differently as well. If something like that got off the ground and then a few of you did some good TED Talks about what you’ve learned in doing it and primary ways of making it even more important to society, I think it wouldn’t be something just ‘fringe’ anymore. The challenge of course is to not have too much regulating starting but if people can be inspired to basically build their own RV’s then how they’re used after that doesn’t need to be made too much a point of. I think it would be a good idea also for maybe the more advanced videos could be a second channel that people could subscribe to…

    To compare and contrast is always easier/better for people to consider what would be the best scenario for them to try and take on before they do it. Some kinds of scenarios are easier to ask friends/family to help with than others. If we could point folks to the channel to get an idea what they’re ‘getting themselves into’ when we ask to rent part of their lot etc, I think things would go a lot better and maybe people could even sign-up to list land plots for just that use on a channel website that asks for land/water locations to put their hOMe’s in the future.

    ** Curiosity:
    Do you ever feel like you’re living under a microscope? I’d have a bit of concern about people wandering up at Walmart – expecting tours or to peer-in assuming it’s a model, how do you deal with that while moving around? Is that why your hOMe has fewer low windows?

    ** Theft:
    A friend of mine built one and a while later it was stolen – most likely by the land owner while they were away. Is there any talk about ways of making sure that if that happened, they wouldn’t get away with it? I’m thinking about some kind of hidden device that is electronically intertwined with something else that when that space has been breached and they can no longer make contact, a LoJack sort of thing turns on and emits a beacon for some fairly long period of time. There are ones for other uses that could be used for this too if one had a good battery situation. Of course you wouldn’t tell anyone you were doing that but it would be nice to know it was possible… If word got out that there was a voluntary ‘TH registry or something’ that made it nearly impossible to steal one without it being ID’d as belonging somewhere it seems like maybe those who would conspire to take them would have second thoughts. Those of us looking for these kinds of options have often been through so much already in life, I think losing one’s TH would be almost more than one could bear.

    ** Hook Ups:
    Could you consider a blog or video on basic hook-ups? By that I mean whether we want to go try and find a lot we can hook to city utilities or park at a friend/relatives home – we have to try and explain what is possible to those whose land we want to consider living on. If we can say ‘oh it’d be easy to hook up we just tie in to this and that and pay the difference’… Is it that easy? What do we need to build into the TH’s to make it that easy? The ideal of course is to have solar etc but if for some reason we have to hold off until we can do that but we have everything else built… can we do both and is it a lot more expensive? If septic is not hooked up is there a palatable way of dealing with waste on a city lot? Incendiary toilet maybe? What about liquids?

    I think part of my ‘thing’ is networking, education and planning – I hate to make any moves in life without having things well figured out because I’ve seen too many times that when one doesn’t have all the info sometimes they can do their dreams but the dream still doesn’t ‘settle’ like it’s supposed to. I had a relative pay over 10,000 US to have people go and help her downsize her stuff and move her from point a to b and plan the layout of her new unit… and that’s something I do for friends all the time lol. I guess I’m in the wrong business! The challenge I have tho is with the chemical sensitivities I can’t just go anywhere and wrangle through people’s basement hoards with them. Finding a way to still make a creative outlet for these interests is complicated and while I suppose I risk people taking my ideas/interests I may never be able to do them at this rate. What would you guys do if you had physical or logistical constraints on your ideas?

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts blogs/videos on any of these things!

    • Gabriella August 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      Oh my goodness..thanks for writing Joy! I agree that it’s so important to get clear on what YOUR specific needs are to build around those. It’s no point in building something that is so teeny tiny if it can’t meet your needs. Here are responses to your questions: BAJA…man we love that place. Going back this xmas break in fact. You can rent a palapa on the beach for $8-10 per night that is LITERALLY on the beach and 10′ from the water’s edge. The one thing that comes to mind with a tiny house down there is that in some sections the roads have no shoulders. The pavement is in excellent condition nearly all the way down hway 1 but in some areas you have no wiggle room at all. Semi trucks pass each other all the time with no issue but it’s harrowing watching how close they get. I would want something a little narrower than 8’6″ in order to not feel like I was going to have a heart attack driving down there. With the TRAILER, at some point we will do an in depth article. It’s a science onto itself and there is so much to know. We can’t vouch for any other trailer designs other than the one that was custom built for hOMe and engineered by a team. In terms of weight, there isn’t a super easy way to know how much it’s going to weigh (and this is extremely important) so I get your challenge. I’m sorry I don’t have a great answer here other than to have one custom made based on the plans you go with. TRANSIT: one of the challenges with a movable tiny house is that they are big, heavy and bulky. You need to drive them pretty slowly to be safe and aerodynamics is not a priority in design for most of us bc we prioritize designing for it to feel like a house on wheels rather than an RV. TV: we are really into collaborating (and do in several tiny house professional groups as well as 2 groups for legalizing tiny houses). We are generally open to ways to work together (assuming there is a clearly organized initiative) and if someone wants to put something like this together we can see how that goes. Andrew is presenting a TEDx talk on tiny houses in CO this coming Oct. PRIVACY: we live totally rurally and can’t see any neighbors from hOMe. The only visitors we have are the local wildlife. 🙂 THEFT: I like your idea of a registry of some type in theory but I think many people would not want to sign up on that in fear that that list could be given to authorities. There are tire attachments you can add that will prevent your tiny house from being stolen. HOOKUPS: we will do a blog post at some point about how to set up a tiny house for easy hookups. Thanks so much for your ideas!!

  17. Michelle October 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Wow! I just found this through another site. This concept (and your reality) is amazing. So much of what would just be a wall in a regular house or trailer, is storage in the tiny house. I was worried that the loft was too small and you’d fall out, but it’s wide enough that you can stay far away from the edge.

    The window above the cabinets looks like it opens at 2 places, would the cabinets be able to hold a person up there? Or is it just for looks? Can you put drapes in? It’d be a killer if at 4am you have sun in your eyes (that happened to me in Edmonton, AB, they have longer twilights up there).

    Also, how does it stand up for heating during a blizzard or a cold snap (eg. -40F/C)? How do you deal with the toilet? It has to be emptied at some point.

    This might be cool for helping people get started after a bad situation, but I’m wondering if you could put more than one house on a property (urban)? Land/property laws might not allow that. It would also help build real life skills for people, and then they can live together.

    I love the full-size kitchen and bath, and the counter space is awesome! I will definitely keep this site in mind for future projects.

    • Gabriella October 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi Michelle…great questions! The space above the living/dining area cabinets would not be strong enough to hold a person, only because the hangers they are on are not designed for that kind of weight. You would certainly add drapes as needed. In terms of the lounge loft, we actually ended up putting a piece of plywood that is about 2′ high that creates a U seating area up in the lounge by creating a back rest where the lounge opened to the downstairs (obviously we have enough space for the ladder and getting up and down). With the cold, you would want to frame with 2×6 construction in your walls in your climate. The toilet is emptied about every 4 weeks (we are now using the Separett which has a composting plastic bag inside it for easy disposal). You would need to check in your zoning department about how many residences they will allow in your area. Keep us posted!

  18. Johnnie October 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Hi Gabriella,

    My wife and I can’t wait to start our tiny house build so thanks for all your inspiration in getting us this far. We have a trailer maker lined up ready to go but will need a trailer plan before we start. Will you have any trailer plans available soon? We save thousands by locally building our trailer and with the rest of your plans we hope to build our new home mostly ourselves. Thanks so much for leading the way, now we know we can do it too.
    Johnnie

  19. Scott Coleman January 10, 2015 at 4:08 am #

    Hi Gabriella: I saw the video of Andrew giving a tour of your home. I am curious about the kitchen area under the 2nd loft. I am 6’5″ and my partner is 6’7. Can that area be extended up to give more head space? The same goes for the slanted roof. I would love to extend the main loft sleeping area. Thoughts?

    Scott

  20. Caroline Lingaitis December 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

    I am curious;

    Tiny living is more appealing to me as an empty nester. But the idea of climbing up into a loft as I age is not appealing. I would be more interested in some kind of murphy bed on the main floor and pull down vertical storage that could be pushed back up to the ceiling. wondering if you have designs that are more compatible with disabled people.
    My boy friend is a wounded warrior and I doubt he could climb ladders either

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