My Plans

First, I have put together a helpful guide for learning more about and constructing my house, it summarizes everything for you. You can learn more about my ebook or purchase it HERE.

MiniMotives ebook

  • General Information
  • Material List
  • Floor/Ceiling Plans
  • Roof/Undercarriage Plans
  • Framing Plans
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Plumbing Plan
  • Electrical Plan
  • Interior Elevations
  • Sections
  • Millwork Information
  • Construction Details
  • Sketchup Model

Basic Plans

$125
$125

Full Plans

$250
$250

Everything

$350
$350

I have set this up so that each person can get their needs met, I have three levels of plans available:  

I know some people just want the floor plans and framing plans and they will take it from there.  The ‘Basic-Plans‘ package is just this.  It is a 13 page set of drawings with general information (including links to products that may be less familiar and my exact fixtures), a material list for basic costing purposes, some floor and ceiling plans, elevations and framing plans, that’s it.  Simple easy general info without the bells and whistles.  There are no details of specific wall assemblies included in this package.

For those that want it all detailed out down to the millwork the ‘Full-Plans‘ set has just that.  It’s a 33 page set of drawings that includes everything in the Basic Plan package as well as the electrical plan, plumbing plan, millwork and all the details of assemblies I used in my actual house.  This, I imaging would be the package that I would purchase if I as starting it over again from scratch, in fact I WISH I had had this prior to going at it.

The third package is Everything, the full plans plus the Sketchup model which is fully editable.  I really didn’t want to let go of my Sketchup Model but I presume there are those people who want to build something similar to my house but maybe with a few tweaks.  This would be the package for them, they can start with the base sketchup model and tweak things from there.  I am only offering the Sketchup Model with the purchase of the full set of plans, not independently.

 

There are just a few differences between the plans and my actual house, I made all of the changes for the better, they are as follows:

  • The kitchen window is shorter to allow for a sill above counter height
  • The stairs are relocated for ease of use
  • Tile floor are not suggested and radiant floors are not required (would require a heavy duty trailer)
  • Cabinets don’t require welding, they are more typical construction
  • Walls are 24″ on center
  • Electrical panels may vary
  • Trailer will vary (there are general connection details)

 

I wish you all  the very best and I hope to follow along with your journey to minimize!  Please do not hesitate to contact me, if I can help you get there I certainly will!

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§ 20 Responses to My Plans

  • So you say you moved the stairs for ease of access… What did you exactly mean by that? I am concerned that it will no longer fit a king sized bed in the loft. The way you have it in your home it wouldn’t interfere with that. Just curious what you meant. Again THANKS FOR THE PLANS :D

    • Macy M says:

      I just swapped them with the cabinet next to them so they were more central, it will still fit a king sized bed but they are very easily swapped back to the right hand side like I have them if you wanted that instead. I have just found that with the stairs being right against the wall I have a natural tendency to lean away from the wall. They absolutely work, I just thought they may function a little better more central, as you look at the plans you’ll be able to see that bank of storage is basically 4 parts which can be interchanged with each other as they suit your needs easily, the details will all be the same.

  • Judy says:

    Hi, Mary!

    I love the house! But I’m wondering…you built it yourself, as you’re an architect, right? And it cost you $11,000. Well, I don’t know nothin’ ’bout buildin’ no houses :D, so how much, do you think, it would cost me to have someone else build one for me? Thanks!

    • Macy M says:

      Hi Judy-
      I did build it myself as a designer (I’m not really an architect, just studied it), it was my first construction project ever, I was pretty novice myself but knew a little about the systems to start. If i didn’t reclaim materials I believe my cost would have been about 20-22k without labor, a good rule of thumb is to double material costs for labor so I would guess someone could build you this for about 40-44k (This labor cost is really why tiny houses have been a DIY movement I believe). There are a ton of great builders out there though, let me know if you’d like me to point you in a direction for a builder (there are some questionable ones too…)

  • Shirley says:

    I really like your home. I like the way your kitchen is , it looks really nice☺

  • deanna M says:

    Is there a way to make a 2-3 loft area?

  • vfailing13 says:

    If you wanted to move your house around, would you be able to? It looks like it would be pretty heavy.

    • Macy M says:

      Hi there, yes, I have moved it and it is pretty heavy. I actually made mine a triple axle trailer to handle the extra weight as it was an experiment with radiant floors. In the plans I recommend not doing a tile floor which cuts off about 6000 pounds and would make it about 9,000-10,000 pounds complete (plenty for the right dual axle trailer to handle). Great question!

  • Igor says:

    Hi, I have been looking for option to build a mortgage free house for a single person. This is the best option I have seen so far in moth of searching. $ 11,000 is very affordable for me. I’ll will have to build it all by myself and I have a basic to none knowledge of construction, but I’m good with my hands. Would it be realistic, in my situation, to get in something like this?. Also,what did you use for the out side siding?. Do your plans include full construction and details ( from inside and outside), and all I have to do is get furniture in once I’m done?. Well, thanks so much. I really like your place
    God bless

    Igor

    • Macy M says:

      Hi Igor-
      The full set of plans includes all construction details inside and out. I truly believe that anyone can build their own house with enough funds and determination and a little know how on Google ;-). The full set include details which show how each wall assembly is put together and all of the millwork/framing etc. is put together but it does not go into ‘how-to ‘ of each step,drywall for example. It just shows you where the drywall goes in relation to the framing, moisture barrier etc. but the act of how to install drywall will need to be googled if it is not known already (Youtube is a great resource that will give tutorials on HOW to do each step). There are links in the plans that show the specific materials and fixtures I used,I leftmost of the finishes unspecified because that is a personal choice and will most likely vary.

      The biggest determinant of if it is realistic for you would be for me to ask how determined are you? It is a big project and will require your attention even when sometimes you won’t want to give it to it.

      All the dimensions and details are outlined though and I am always around for questions as they arise but with no previous experience you will have to get acquainted with DIY books and/or Youtube as well to bridge gaps,if that seems simple enough though and you are determined then I think it is absolutely in your realm. :) (sorry for the long answer, hopefully that clears it up)

  • Igor says:

    Thanks Macy, appreciate it.

  • Marlin Hayward says:

    I think this is a very nice home. A couple questions though :

    Washer and dryer?

    Where are you parking your home? What to do if the situation changes?

    • Macy M says:

      I’m not sure what you’re asking for with the w/d question, I’ll just put this right here, http://minimotives.com/2014/04/29/washerdryer-review/ and hope that it answers your question.
      I park on a friends lot downtown, there are a lot of paths I can take if I ever have to unwillingly move, mostly involving moving it, the wheels are handy for that. If the situation has to change I will change with it. I hope that’s the info you are looking for>

  • Wanda says:

    I’m wondering where you found the bathroom sink and what kind of toilet is that?

  • susieq says:

    How are you coping with adding a baby, a boyfriend and a Great Dane to your tiny space? Are you planning on building something bigger now?

    • Macy M says:

      Oh man, I am so grateful to have my house, it is perfect for us right now! Hazel fits right in, she’s pretty much attached to me anyway… We incorporated her stuff in perfectly. Dener got evicted from the bed once she came around, no co-sleeping for him, he now takes over the couch at night, apparently it’s much better than his dog bed… I try not to take that personally since I built his dog bed… :). James has his shop where he is most of the day working away. It would be hard if we both worked from home but since we can keep the house just for living and not working we don’t step all over each other and clutter it up with papers! No immediate plans to move on but we are both into alternative building methods and have been talking about doing a container house and a straw bale house, it wavers on which one will be next! I have a pretty nifty design going for a container house! :)

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