Top 4 things to consider when designing a tiny home

Designing a tiny home demands careful consideration of various elements to ensure that the space not only meets aesthetic expectations but also aligns seamlessly with practical needs. In this guide, we delve into the intricacies of designing a tiny home, while crafting a space that harmonises functionality, sustainability, and comfort.

01. Passive design strategies!

So often overlooked. ‘Passive design’ is design that works with the local climate to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home. To list only a few principles, this encompasses the orientation of the building, sun pathways, site breezes, shading techniques, and thermal mass. Engaging someone who is a licensed building designer or very familiar with passive design techniques is important to achieve a home that is comfortable to live in. Although most tiny homes look fantastic, their simple rigid design is prone to uncomfortable interiors. The most common issues being overglazing, lack of thermal consideration, and unknown site location. To make a better-informed decision and learn more about Passive Design techniques, head to –

02. Consider writing a design brief.

Good design is a combination of an exceptional understanding of your personal requirements and unique site setting. Go deeper than considering what the building looks like, what does the space feel like? How will it be used? Who will it be used by? What are your must-have items? What is your total budget including infrastructure and transportation? Ask your designer or Builder for a design brief that you can fill out. The more detailed your brief, the better your tiny will align with your true needs.

03. What are your requirements for power, water, and waste?

There are many options here and can make a big difference in the overall build cost and maintenance of the building. This question can often be daunting, there is no need to drown yourself in information here trying to understand what is the ‘best way to go’. Rather, have your designer or builder explain the options available that are relevant to your requirements, site, and budget.

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04. Where will you put your tiny home?

A few key things that need to be considered are aspect, privacy, orientation, and access.

If you haven’t identified a specific location or foresee the possibility of relocating in the future, we recommend carefully considering your choices for glazing. Strike a balance between the requirements for privacy, aspect, and orientation in alignment with passive design principles. Additionally, consider opting for a construction method that facilitates easy relocation. I.e plenty of ground clearance, within weight classifications, and being mindful of the overall height and size.

There are many different great organisations, and online groups that put tiny homeowners in touch with landowners, such as Park My Tiny House. So get creative and don’t let the unknown get between you and your tiny home dream.

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