The floor plan: 120 square feet visualized


Having now explained what I'll be doing, along with when, why, and how I'll be doing it, I suppose I should next turn to the tiny house itself: that is, the oh-so-important layout I've designed that will make the most of the 120 square feet I've allotted for my living quarters. Below, you'll find my floor plans and a brief description of the various spaces the house contains. Thoughts? Am I forgetting something? Please let me know what you think in the comments section below!

The Tiny Tack House, inspiration for my interior.
All wood: the walls, a knotty-or-not-so-knotty pine that gives the home a cozy, log-cabin-type feel; the floor: a darker, richer variety. Throughout the home, a palette of earthy greens and pleasant whites. Windows: four big, horizontally-sliding ones, two on the left, two on the right; two in the kitchen, two in the living area. Then a fifth, slender pane at the back wall, squeezed between the shower room and the toilet room, and a sixth, frosted pane at the front, etched into the door. 

Living area
A couch. A few hooks on the wall to hang coats, umbrellas, or tripods. A bench that sits across from the couch and doubles as a seat for the desk. The desk, which floats next to the bench and holds a computer, keyboard, and mouse. A coffee table, which fits snugly underneath the bench and slides out to convert the living area into a modest eating space for four. Two ottomans, which fit even more snugly underneath the coffee table that rests underneath the bench, two ottomans which can be repurposed as seating in the event of a dinner for six.

Oh, and storage. Storage underneath the couch cushions for towels and blankets and linens and coats, and storage within the two endtables that frame the couch, storage for camera equipment and camping gear and board games and basic tools. And storage within the ottomans, empty hollow spaces that have yet to be claimed but could serve as easy hideaways for more blankets, pillows, or linens.

Floor plan of the ground floor. Loft not pictured.
A countertop, home to a small glass-ceramic stove and a stainless steel kitchen sink, with a few inches of space between the two to set down a glass, knife, or mixing bowl. Shelving to the right of the sink: shelving for a few dozen grain- and bean- and rice-filled mason jars, shelving for a score of herbs and spices and salts, shelving for tea leaves and teabags of every flavor and variety. Underneath the counter, a recycling bin and more storage space. A bit of room for a food processor, a blender perhaps, then more for pots or pans or bulk-purchased toilet paper.

A pantry. Two feet wide by two feet deep by six-and-a-half-feet tall. An open upper half, space for dinnerware and silverware and commonly-used kitchenware, for more mason jars and for fresh fruits and vegetables. At the thirty-six inch mark, thirty-six inches off the ground where the countertop stands, a thin pull-out panel to provide another two or three square feet of counterspace for cooking. And underneath, at the closeted bottom of the pantry, shelves for the rest: for glass containers and surplus jars and bottles of wine.

And across from all this, more surface area: another fifty-seven-by-twenty-four inches of clean, undisturbed wood on which to cut and to prepare and to mix and to operate those appliances typically tucked away underneath the sink on the opposite end of the kitchen. A counterspace that doubles, actually, as a dining table—a slab, bar-height, with a pair or trio of barstools resting below it; a table that, outside the eating hours, can also be used for writing or reading or drawing or playing games.

Facing the pantry, a twin in dimensions, a cousin in appearance. A large swinging door from waist-up that grants access to hanging clothes on the left half and socks, shirts, shorts, and sweatwear on the shelving to the right. Below waist-height, a quartet of pull-out drawers containing pajamas, swimwear, and less commonly-worn clothing, and a pull-out basket for laundry to-be-washed.

On the left, a room to shower. A sliding, bi-folding, frosted glass door, all-white walls, a faucet and a few knobs and a drain, a shelf for soaps and toothbrushes, a mirror, and not much else. On the right, a room for the toilet, and not much else there, either.

Floor plan of the roof.
A ladder slides out from between the dining table and the closet, a narrow wooden frame that comes to a halt in the middle of the back end of the kitchen. A few rungs to climb, then the loft, beginning seventy-four inches from the ground and climbing up forty more: enough room to sit but not to stand. A queen-size mattress that claims the entirety of the loft's floorspace, a wall-to-wall, four-inch thick memory-foam cushion wrapped in white sheets and a pale green duvet. A television right above the front door, affixed to the wall, best to be viewed while sitting in the loft, resting against the back of the house's interior.

And then the skylight. Approximately the size of the mattress itself, a pair of glass panes directly above the bed, allowing for an undisturbed slumber beneath the stars. And a hatch on the right pane, a pane that can be opened outwards toward the roof above.

Skylights at the back, solar panels at the front, a gutter system around the perimeter, and grass everywhere else. In the middle, a small lounge chair, and two raised garden beds on either side of it for herbs, kale, and whatever happens to be in season at the moment. And somewhere, though it's not yet certain where, a clothesline: a pair of poles and a few yards of string and a handful of clothespins by which to hang and dry the occasional shirt or sheet washed in the kitchen sink.

Weathered wood siding, vertically placed, giving the box a modern-yet-rustic appearance. A few planters skirting the sides, perhaps; then space for sitting out front and space for storage around back.

My siding will look something like this.
Out front
A porch with two rocking chairs, an awning to shield potential rockers from potential rain, and a heart-shaped porch light emitting a warm glow. A door of which neither the color nor the direction of swing, in or out, has yet been decided.

Out back
Two external cabinets, spanning from foundation to roof, a small solar panel capping each. The one on the right—the right from the back, not the right from the front—accumulates the water snaking about the gutter system above and feeds it into the shower piping at its back. The one on the left: storage space for solar batteries and the variety of confusing and ventilation-dependent gadgets necessary for solar power conversion and inversion. And between the two, a much shorter, shallower little trunk: a compost bin, home to 1,500 hungry redworms.


And, well, that's about it. Four walls, one long corridor, room for cooking and eating and sitting and sleeping. Of course, I'll be elaborating tons more on each component as the building begins, but for now, thoughts on the overall layout?


  1. This is so well thought out! I'm impressed! I think you'd probably want the exterior porch door to swing out, because if it swings in it will take up some room inside the house. If you have guests over on the couch it might get a bit annoying. Also, if it's really hot and you want to leave the door open it will, again, take up precious room. My two cents.

    1. Thanks! Fantastic point. I find an in-swing more welcoming, but I suppose it's not as practical for a number of reasons. Out-swing it is.

    2. Or what about a sliding door? Or a pocket door?

    3. A sliding door is a great idea; unfortunately, the walls on the sides of the (30") door are only 24", so there simply wouldn't be enough room for it. And I'm thinking anything with the ability to fold wouldn't necessarily be sturdy enough to serve as a front door. :/

  2. I am stealing this design for my house in Martin, GA.

  3. By all means, steal away.
    And let me know if you have any questions. :)

  4. Cost to make this? And is this the type of thing that can be "put" at a trailer park lot? Or does it have to be fully permanent? Cost for wiring, and if buying raw land is it a huge cost to "break the groun"? Sorry for the list of questions, Im just considering how to avoid eternal RENT and this looks awesome!!! But a regular home is out of the question for my budget :) thanks - or even links you think would be helpful :)) on these topics Ive asked! Take care :))

  5. My husband is building a 120 Square Ft. tiny house for me and it will be more of a workshop and possible guest room. I won't have a kitchen or bathroom. I don't want it long and narrow. It will be in the woods behind my house and I was thinking of 10X12 or maybe 8X14. I want a couch that makes into a bed (IKEA), a lamp table or floor lamp, a small table that can be attached to the wall and lifted up when needed, a couple chairs and a work table and shelving units to keep my supplies in. I'd like ideas on how to set everything up.


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