If you’ve been dreaming of building your very own tiny house but you don’t have a clue where to begin, Pin-Up Houses is an awesome starting point.
Pin-Up Houses is a company founded by Joshua Woodsman, graduate from Czech Technical University, Department of Architecture, in Prague. The Czech Republic is a country where cottage living has a rich tradition. Joshua’s dream was to bring that tradition into the modern era and develop plans for tiny houses that anyone could afford and build.
On Pin-Up Houses, you can purchase plans for tiny houses, cabins, cottages, playhouses, and sheds. These plans are designed to be affordable; you can purchase a complete step-by-step DIY guide, materials list, tools list, and set of construction progress diagrams for around $300 or less for most of them. You should also be able to actually complete the project for around $10,000 in most cases—some of these can even be built for a couple thousand dollars or less.
So many people are deterred from trying to build their own tiny house either because they don’t have a clue what they need to get started, or because they think a tiny house is outside their budget. Pin-Up Houses makes tiny house living available for all.
Now I want to show you some of the amazing little cottages and cabins you can build using Pin-Up Houses’ plans. Whether you decide to purchase a set of plans or you just use these for inspiration for your own ideas, I hope you will love these designs as much as I do!
This quirky house has a delightful design where the walls push outward. These unexpected angles give it a playful sense of lighthearted fun. They also provide the interior space with a sense of openness. As with all of Pin-Up Houses’ designs, you can customize this one to fit the dimensions that you like. You can also modify the colors, though I love the zany bright blue and the grey in the picture!
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/tiny-house/magdalene/
This cabin has a cozy look and feel, but it also has plenty of room inside; a small family could easily live here comfortably. While the attic features classic proportions, it is scaled so that you can stand up inside, making it a functional room. Meanwhile, the covered deck offers the perfect spot to relax outside and enjoy some fresh air and the beauty of nature.
This A-frame tiny house features a design with a gabled roof which unites the best of contemporary and traditional styles. The interior offers a spacious living area and a loft for sleeping. The front of the structure is all windows so that you can enjoy a breathtaking view.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/tiny-house/alexis/
This house may look diminutive from the outside, but it has space for three bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living room, making it ideal for a family of four!
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/tiny-house/barbara/
The design of this charming tiny house is evocative of a houseboat. The diagonally angled legs form the framework for the overall structure. The interior includes furniture which can serve multiple purposes (such as a bed which can also be used as a sofa while providing additional storage space). The porch provides a relaxing spot to sit outside and enjoy your surroundings.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/tiny-house/susan/
Right now you can purchase the plans for this lovely tiny house for under $50! The indoor space offers you a fully functional kitchen, bathroom, living room, and sleeping area. You also will find plenty of storage space packed into this quaint little abode. As with many of the other Pin-Up House designs, there is a lovely porch as well.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/tiny-house/louise/
This tiny house was developed as an experimental living space. Personally it is one of my favorites in the bunch. I love the vertical space and the big windows and the contemporary look and feel. I also think that the net which forms the second “floor” is quite innovative. It keeps the space open visually, but makes full use of it.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/tiny-house/bessie/
This is another design which I find really inspirational. You will notice that the bathroom, kitchen, and storage are all located on one side of the house, freeing up the rest to function as a single large living space—a really effective tiny house layout. The porch is also sheltered from every side except the front, which makes it an outdoor space you can utilize even when it is raining or windy.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/tiny-house/sheena/
Like many of the other designs on Pin-Up Houses, “Alice” features a large window which takes up an entire wall, providing a lovely view and plenty of natural light. The other feature of this home which is really appealing is the spacious loft, which looks like such a cozy and comfortable spot to work or relax!
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/tiny-house/alice/
Here is one of the most unique tiny houses which Pin-Up Houses offers—a little houseboat which you can build all on your own! This floating home has a wide porch where you can dine, sunbathe or just relax, and a spacious indoor living area with a cozy loft for sleeping.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/tiny-house/sharon/
The “Cottages” category on Pin-Up Houses contains a couple of the designs you have already seen (Magdalene and Ginger) along with several other beautiful and cozy tiny houses.
This cottage was built with a panoramic window which offers a beautiful view of the outside world; it would be ideal for a lakeside or the seaside. The living room is spacious enough to allow for a large sofa, and a ladder leads up to the loft where you can sleep. A small fireplace keeps you warm during the chilly winter months.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cottage/christie/
This rustic cottage is the largest tiny house currently offered by Pin-Up Houses; the gambled roof is evocative of the architectural styles of Northeastern USA and Canada and offers extra loft space.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cottage/sofia/
This rustic cottage includes two ground floor rooms as well as a loft which works great for a bedroom. The porch offers a shaded, sheltered spot to enjoy the outdoors.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cottage/jane/
In the Cabins category, you will find even more inspirational, beautiful, and affordable tiny houses to make your own. Let’s have a look!
As you can see, this tiny house looks a bit like a large garden shed, and it was in fact designed with the goal of serving as a workshop. But thanks to the gambrel roof, there is a large loft which is perfect for sleeping, so this can easily be turned into a functional home.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/sonja/
This lovely cabin is a departure from many of the other designs. Whereas most feature the loft up in the back, this one has the loft in the front. Big windows look out on the porch downstairs, while a number of smaller square-shaped windows look out from the bedroom loft. I love the checkerboard layout with the windows; it gives you an open feeling.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/virginia/
While this cabin looks quite minute from the outside, there is a surprising amount of space packed inside. The porch also offers you plenty of room to relax. Notice the low estimated building cost—less than $2,000. Many of the cabin plans on Pin-Up Houses can be constructed for just a few thousand dollars!
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/gina/
This lovely little cabin features plenty of large windows to let in the sun. As the windows have shutters, you can close them at night for privacy or during the wintertime to lock in the heat. Another unique feature is the grass growing on the roof.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/sally/
The design for “Cheryl” was inspired by the concept of a beach house. The ladder you use to climb into the cabin can be pulled up. Like most of the Pin-Up Houses, this one features big doors which provide you with an amazing view and lots of natural light.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/cabin-with-porch/cheryl/
This is another design which features walls that angle outward. This opens up the space both on the ground floor and in the sizable loft.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/ann/
This Texas-style cabin has a rustic, old-fashioned charm about it. The roomy interior features a comfortable living space and a cozy loft for sleeping. The porch makes for a pleasant place to relax and enjoy some fresh air. You can construct the entire structure for under $1,400!
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/marilyn/
The design for “Candy” is similar to that of “Virginia.” A short ladder leads up to the porch. The interior features a big living space with a loft in the front of the structure.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/candy/
“Carroll” is one of the larger cabin designs. The downstairs living area features plenty of space thanks to a ladder which leads up to the loft. Windows are smaller, but still provide plenty of lovely views of the outdoors. A furnace keeps you warm in the wintertime.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/carroll/
This is a truly beautiful cabin which has some lovely architectural motifs adding to its charm. A sheltered porch makes for the perfect place to relax outdoors in the shade, while the interior offers a surprisingly spacious living area. The estimated cost to build this beauty? Just $1,200.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/lynda/
This rustic design is based on the cabins which are popular in Canada. Evocative of wooded locations, this cottage works beautifully in any environment. Make it your wilderness retreat, whether you live out in the country or in the suburbs!
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/bettie/
An attractive sheltered porch offers a comfortable outdoor space leading to a cozy interior complete with a roomy loft. “Marion” is an elegant design which is ideal for a vacation home or full-time living.
Buy the plans: http://www.pinuphouses.com/plans/cabin/marion/
I hope that you enjoyed this amazing selection of Pin-Up Houses! As you can see, building a tiny house is not outside of your means. Even if you only have a few thousand dollars to spend on plans and materials, you can construct the tiny house of your dreams!