15 Critical Design Points for Tiny Home Life


The tiny house movement has really taken the United States by storm in recent years. Tiny homes have really thrown a wrench into the idea of building bigger and more massive homes simply because we can. The economic downturn forced some people to downsize to smaller homes, but even with the improved economy, the tiny house movement continues to grow. Here are 15 critical design points for tiny homes.

  1. Design for Simplicity: The entire idea of living in a tiny home is to simplify life. Owners of tiny homes have to pare down their belongings in order to maintain an uncluttered home. Design the home to cater to the needs of the owner, and keep it simple.
  2. Stick to a Theme: Similar lines, room designs, and decor throughout the home will give it a spacious atmosphere.
  3. Fully Realize Your Limitations: Don’t plan something large in a tiny space. Plan several small things in a tiny space instead. Realize the limitations of the space while designing amazing features.
  4. Wide Open Spaces: Keep the floor plan as open as possible so there’s a nice line of sight to keep the home from feeling cramped.
  5. Storage: Get creative with storage spaces and look for places you can add storage without taking away from the square footage of the home.
  6. Borrow Space from the Exterior: Create pass-through windows to incorporate the deck with the kitchen and install large sliding glass doors to easily walk from the living area to the deck. Install a hammock nearby to enjoy all that nature provides in full relaxation.
  7. Variations in Ceiling Height: A full cathedral ceiling is pretty amazing, but not always practical. Variations in ceiling height add depth and interest to the home.
  8. Vertical Spaces: Take advantage of all vertical spaces such as walls and the backs of cabinet or closet doors. These are incredible areas to add more storage.
  9. Folding Furniture: Create folding and stackable furniture when possible. A nice painting, for example, could fold down to become the dining room table or a desk.
  10. Multi-Use Furniture: The countertop could extend to become the dining room table, which could also be a desk for those who work from home. The more multi-use areas and furniture available, the bigger the space becomes.
  11. Transforming Rooms: A Murphy bed allows the living space to become the bedroom with relative ease. A folding desk attached to the face of the Murphy bed turns the living space into an office. Multi-purpose rooms are very convenient and space saving.
  12. Hidden Elements: Hidden storage, such as a closet in a wall or drawers and cubbies in the stairs, is an absolute necessity. Also consider toe-kick drawers and hooks below floating shelving.
  13. Proper Use of Windows: Windows should be strategically placed to allow passive lighting and to provide a feeling of openness. Every part of the home needs to serve a purpose.
  14. Proper Mindset: Make sure you’re in the proper mindset when designing a tiny house otherwise you may miss some very critical areas such as hidden storage.
  15. Customize the Space: Take every opportunity to customize every tiny home design. True customization will ensure that you provide the perfect tiny home for each individual homeowner.

Laurie’s Certified Construction is located in Colchester, VT. We provide all types of home remodeling and renovation services including bathroom and kitchen remodeling, home additions, basement remodeling, garages, and much more. We are happy to announce that we also provide tiny house design and construction. Give us a call at 802-862-4754 if you’re interested in scheduling an appointment to start the design process on your first tiny home.