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[tiny] home design guide

From the very first design consideration through the moment after design completion, read through our process to see what our design phase for our tiny homes looks like.

- Design Considerations -

Design Considerations

Before starting a design with us there are many factors to consider. We challenge our clients to think of the following different considerations during your tiny home survey phone consultation. Thinking about these items before your design phase begins is a way for us to create and build the best possible time home for you based on your needs and wants.


Off-grid? On-grid? How you connect to water, electric, drainage, and more will shape the type of appliances and layout your home can have.


How many people plan to live in your tiny home? Visitors? Pets? Making sure that there is adequate space and setup for everyone is an important step.


Hobbies are an important part of your life and making the decision to live small should include space and storage solutions for your passions.

max electric

Our homes are limited to 50 amps so it is important to consider which electrical appliances are must-haves. We supplement gas appliances to stay within this limit.


The climate your home spends time in will impact your siding choices, appliance options, framing needs, ventilation requirements, and more. 


The layout of your home impacts the overall tow weight and how safely it travels. It is important to properly distribute the weight throughout your home.

Common Design FAQ

Q: What kind of design elements are taken into consideration to make my home safe and long-lasting?

A: Outside of just ensuring your home is beautiful and built to match your dreams, we take into consideration the trailer weight distribution, tongue weight, max GVWR, framing requirements, ventilation, material choice based on climate, safety, the functionality of designed areas for high traffic use, utility clearances, and more. 


Q: Can you work with an existing design that I have?

A: We welcome all napkin sketches, pinterest boards, saved pictures, and drafted plans! Our design team is highly skilled at evaluating space saving measures and is well versed in tiny home finishes. Should a client ask for a replica be made of an existing model from another manufacturer, we do require permission from that builder prior to construction.

Q: I am overwhelmed. How do I even know where to begin?

A: Designing an entire home from scratch is absolutely overwhelming and we understand analysis paralysis. Let our handy dandy guide help you sort out your designing thoughts!


Getting Started

  • See our "Getting Started" timeline to see how to start your tiny home plans with us.

  • The design process requires a non-refundable deposit of $2,000 which is credited to the overall cost of your home when you move onto the build phase. Consider it a deposit on your tiny home build that is used to finalize your design.

  • We use a client portal to communicate during the design phase. Learn more here.


  • Clients work one on one with a member from our design team and have (4) plan drafts through the design phase: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd rough draft and a final draft.

  • Design phase and build phase are separate. Clients do not have to continue forward into a build once their design is complete.

  • Design takes 8-10 weeks on average, pending the amount of changes and customization.​

  • We do not assign build slots until a client has completed their design and signed a build contract. This policy is to ensure we aren't saving slots for clients who are not ready to move forward.


  • Design plan deliverables consist of PDF plans of the following:

    • Elevations Interior & Exterior​

    • Visual Interior & Exterior

    • Specification Sheet for Utilities, Finishes, Window and Door sizing, and Tech Specs

    • We do not provide Framing Plans to clients

    • We do not provide Detailed Utility Schematics to clients

  • Once the final draft is approved, a certified build quote is supplied as part of the design phase completion.

  • If the certified quote is approved, a build contract must be signed before construction begins.

- Design Phase-

Design Phase
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