Little House Plans I Adore

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A few years back, when purchasing a home was completely out of the question and outside of our budget, I began to think creatively and come up with alternative options to owning our own home. One option that stood out amongst all others was ordering a prefab kit home. Prefab homes have been around for many years, some of the first affordable prefabs were the Lustron homes made of porcelain and steel in 1950. I was lucky enough to see one on display in New York last year at the MOMA. Unfortunately for the Lustron company, prefab homes didn’t catch on and Lustron went belly-up.

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Today, there’s a new wave of prefab homes that incorporate many “green” elements, such as recycled wood and energy efficient designs. A few that I find aesthetically pleasing are Rocio Romero LV homes and the Marmol Radziner Skyline series. On a side note, Rocio Romero is more cost effective and within our budget. Some of the prefab’s I’ve encountered cost more than home’s selling in my neighborhood. Rocio Romero’s website also breaks down the costs of each home with past projects as a guide line.

A Small House Plan - Rocio Romeros Prefab LV Home

A Small House Plan – Rocio Romero’s Prefab LV Home

There are also many little house plans that are incredibly unique and space-efficient, like the  Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Jay Shafer has created and designed some of the tiniest homes using space efficiently. Some of his smaller models fit on trailers and are portable, however I like some of his slightly larger stationery homes, like the Sebastarosa shown below. My father-in-law is newly retired, divorced, and has been playing with the idea of building a portable house on his trailer that he pulls behind his truck. Last Christmas I bought him one of the Tumbleweed books that has lots of creative designs he might eventually be able to use as a guide.

Tumbleweeds Sebastarosa Model

Tumbleweed’s Sebastarosa Model

On top of being a cost-effective alternative to purchasing an older or newer home, prefabs give the purchaser more floor plan options. For instance, since you can choose the floor plan that works best with your family needs, there’s less space to be wasted. One thing I notice, especially in new homes, is wasted space in houses. My sister-in-law purchased a brand new home a couple of years ago and they opted for a loft on the second floor. They now regret selecting this option since no one in their family uses it. They also had chosen a dual-staircase model, but ended up with one ‘L’ shaped staircase instead. Sometimes, when you work with a development model, you end up with altered floor plans. When purchasing a prefab kit, you order exactly what you want, no surprises when you move in.

Tiny Portable Tumbleweed House

Tiny Portable Tumbleweed House

Another great bonus with prefab is location. Since you must purchase your land before you purchase your prefab, you can select exactly where you want to live. This can also be a drawback, however. In my neighborhood, we are completely land-locked. There’s not any available land for miles upon miles. We’re hindered by our surrounding mountains and suburban sprawl.  In this case, if my husband and I were able to live in a space under 200 square feet, a Tumbleweed Tiny House might work. We could move from location to location with all of our belongings following behind us. From the beach to the desert, this 200 square foot home could travel just about anywhere.

We’re not ready for this quite yet.

If you’re interested in building your own tiny home, here’s a great book to get started:

Tiny House Design’s Pioneer Cabin – 16 x 20

 Tiny House Design’s Pioneer Cabin House Plan: $9.95 Buy it Now

The 42-page e-book contains the framing plans, required lumber, and drawings for this structure.

If you’re interested in purchasing house plans, check out Amazon for some terrific house plan books.


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  1. rainydaysaver

    I blogged about the Tumbleweed houses back in March, I couldn’t believe how much fit in so little of a space!

  2. Susan Tiner

    I recently learned about yurts and find them very appealing and versatile. Here’s link to a photo gallery at Pacific Yurts. Aren’t they beautiful? Another idea for living in a small space.

    • admin

      I just checked out the Yurt site and those are amazing. I especially like the Tree House Yurt and the desolate island Yurt. This could be another housing option for the furture.

      thanks for the link-
      Little House

  3. Ryan @ Planting Dollars

    I’m a fan of the Romero style houses that you posted a link to. Lots of windows, which is great for the country, not so much my current neighborhood 🙂 Any idea how much one of those cost?
    .-= Ryan @ Planting Dollars´s last blog ..Another Day in Paradise for $5.50 =-.

    • Little House

      @Ryan – I believe the Rocio Romero homes hover around the low $100,000’s. But that doesn’t include any land preparation, or the cost of the land, which is where the fees can add up quickly. As for the style of their houses, you’re right, they wouldn’t fit into just any neighborhood.

  4. sdscadplans

    New Drafting CAD Site gives away over 100 House plans for free.

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  5. Hen House Plans

    Thanks for this great plugin – it’s really useful for all of us bloggers. Looks like you have a really good blog packed full of information too. Thanks.
    .-= Hen House Plans´s last blog ..vashon chicken coop under construction =-.

  6. Gela Vasale

    This tiny house is great, When I was young and single, my pets and I lived in an Airstream by a river. I loved it. The only problem with that lifestyle is having enough room for my books.

  7. Charles

    Aww! I love little houses! I could totally imagine that tumbleweed house in the Gulf of Mexico coastal area. A few touches could make it look real southern!

  8. Harriet Fretwell

    I love the looks of this little tumbleweed, how do I get move info on it? thank you,


    _Little House in the Valley – Home Designs, Plans,
    and Ideas for Smaller Living_ was indeed a
    terrific posting, cannot wait to examine even more of
    your blogs. Time to spend some time on the internet lolz.
    Thank you ,Darren

  10. admin

    Thanks for the positive comment and promotion!

    -Little House


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