The Perfect Tiny House Design

Includes a Charming Front Porch

Can you imagine a tiny house design that also includes a really cute front porch?

The Jordan family - Debra,Gary and their son - used to live in a 2000+ square foot home with an acre and a half of land. But Gary lost his job and the couple found themselves working 4 jobs just to meet their mortgage.

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They remembered back to when they lived in South America and lived in tiny homes. They liked the idea of living with less in order to have peace of mind - and no mortgage.


So They Decided to Build a Tiny Home





"I don't know that Dave and I would enjoy living in such a tiny home, but we found it fun that they included a darling small front porch in their home design. Goes to show that even a 10 foot wide home can have an inviting small porch."


Summary of the Video

  • After losing a job and then working 4 jobs between them - to pay their mortgage - Gary and Debra decided to live more simply
  • They found a builder on Craig's list who builds tiny house floor plans. So about $15,000 later, they had their own tiny house - all 320 square feet.
  • Their 320 square foot home (and their front porch) is 10 feet wide
  • Their home plus the small building beside them (used for their home business) cost about $20,000
  • Their home is paid for - so no mortgage
  • They rent the piece of land that their house sits on - for about $145 a month
  • Their home has full-sized kitchen appliances.
  • The ceilings are tall - which helps to give their home a more spacious feeling.
  • They can comfortably sleep 6 - 8 people in their tiny home design.
  • Their son's room is a loft above the living room. He is home schooled.
  • The family shares one dresser and each person has 1 drawer for their clothes, plus a sock drawer that is shared.
  • They have a walk-in closet.
  • They cannot walk past each other without touching or bumping into each other, but they like the closeness of that.
  • Debra and Gary make their living by sewing baby gifts and selling them on Etsy (minkeebabygifts). Their workplace is a small building next door to their home.



Enjoy Pictures of Their Tiny House Design

Small porch on a very small tan house
Blue wicker chair is inviting on their tiny porch



Kitchen of small house
The front of their tiny home



Kitchen and dining area of small house
Beyond the kitchen is the living room



Tiny house design - kitchen with full-sized appliances
Kitchen with full-sized appliances





Tiny house design - kitchen table
Where they dine and entertain guests





Small porch on tiny house design
View from their son's loft



Tiny house design - master bedroom
Debra and Gary's bedroom - and the dresser the whole family shares





Tiny house design - view from the front door
View from their front door



Tiny house design - their kitty loves the porch
Their kitty loves the charming front porch



Looking for Tiny House Design Floor Plans?

We found some at Family Home Plans. They have over 20 tiny home designs from which to choose.

Here are three examples (click on the pictures or links to learn more.


Tiny house design 49132 in the woods by familyhomeplans.com
Quaint tiny house with portico



Tiny house floor plan 49132 by familyhomeplans.com
Tiny house floor plan


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Tiny house floor plan 76165 by familyhomeplans.com
Tiny house with charming front porch



Tiny house floor plan 76165 by familyhomeplans.com
Open floor plan




Tiny house floor plan 87813 by familyhomeplans.com
Tiny house with wrap around front porch



Tiny house floor plan 87813 by familyhomeplans.com
Garage addition too












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