Tiny House Designs with Front PorchesTiny house designs and plans have become very popular in recent years due to their afford-ability and desire from many to down size. Designs range from the very simple to those with a few amenities and extra storage. We especially like the ones with front porches.
When indoor space is limited, porches become more important as they not only give you outdoor living area but also provide a visual extension of your small home.
Who knew you could order a tiny house kit online?If you are old enough to remember - or have parents who told you - you used to be able to order a home kit from the Sears and Roebuck catalog. Well, that was long ago. Now you can order tiny house kits right here (affiliate link).
Beautiful small house with inviting front porchMary and I like DIY tiny house kits. They come with almost everything you need at an affordable cost.
All you need is a foundation, roofing materials, and some good all elbow grease (if you have the skills) to make your dream come true. Local contractors can also assemble your home if you so desire. Many pre-fabricated tiny homes come with plumbing, electrical, appliances, etc., already installed.
Yet, another option is to purchase a tiny house design plan from which you or a contractor can build your dream tiny house.
Mary and I have selected a few tiny home designs, kits, and pre-fabricated homes below as examples of what may be available.
Although we've added links to help you find additional information for the tiny homes we discovered, we can not guarantee product availability or the quality of materials, customer service, etc.
Your home is an investment, and whether you purchase a kit or a pre-fabricated tiny home, we highly recommend you do your due diligence to ensure you are getting the best quality, materials, warranties, and customer service available.
Tiny House Design Kits and IdeasLet's start with tiny home kits that you can assemble and possibly turn into a primary residence.
438 square foot Allwood Timberline Tiny House Kit with front porch - (Amazon affiliate link for which we may receive a commission)Assembly of this solid wood cabin takes about 16 hours for two adults. Do it yourself simple step-by-step directions come with the kit. Only minimal tools are needed.
324 square foot Bella Tiny House Design and Kit - (Amazon affiliate link for which we may receive a commission)
Mary and I really like this design as it will fit into most urban neighborhoods where a cabin-style design may not. Spacious at over 1000 square feet, this kit can be customized to make it a primary residence.
General Tiny House Design Kit ContentsGenerally, tiny home kits usually come with multiple options and can easily be modified to be primary residences. You'll find many kits that have 2-3/4" thick walls with dual T&G wind block and optional insulation kits.
The ones we found use durable, dense grain Nordic Spruce for wall planks, roofs, and floor boards along with pre-hung glazed doors and windows and pre-assembled gables. Nails, screws, fixings, handles and door locks are usually included along with easy to follow instructions.
What is not normally included are roofing materials, foundation materials and if modifying to become a primary residence, plumbing and electrical.
Like any construction project, it is wise to do your due diligence to make sure your tiny home kit contains the essential materials needed for your specific purposes.
Pre-Fabricated Tiny House DesignsHere's an idea that might fit your needs perfectly - a fully finished tiny house constructed within a new shipping container. You can also add extra units to expand your living space.
According to Amazon.com, the example featured below is constructed to the International Building Code (IBC) and meets building code requirements except California.
Fully finished pre-fabricated tiny house - (Amazon affiliate link for which we may receive a commission)At 320 square feet, this tiny house includes a bedroom, shower, toilet, sink, kitchenette with appliances, and living area. It also comes with sewer, water, and electrical connections along with heating and air conditioning.
Again, always perform due diligence to ensure you are getting your money's worth. We recommend you visit the manufacturing/distribution facilities to actually see the product if feasible.
How charming is this tiny house?
Tiny Home Design Plans
Would you like to search house plans or porch plans online? Do you want to get more details of plans you see here?
Jot down the plan numbers you see with some of our pictures and go here.
Instead of a kit, another option is to build your tiny home from a plan. It's a perfect solution if you want to ensure the design is perfect for your needs as they can almost always be modified.
At only 794 square feet, this charming home boasts a large porch and a pergola. The home has a nice kitchen, a combined living and dining area, bathroom, and two bedrooms, and master with French doors.
Compact small home with fantastic porch - Plan #49492
Schematic of interior - Plan #49492
550 square feet of total charm designed for tiny house living. The front porch has Craftsman-style columns and a gable roof. It even has sliding barn doors leading to the back yard.
Compact small home with fantastic porch - Plan #68571
Schematic of interior - Plan #68571
This tiny house design has a nice size loft bedroom and at 597 square feet, will make a cozy and comfy home for its lucky occupants.
Compact small home with fantastic porch - Plan #68573
Schematic of interior - Plan #68573
A Major Tiny House Design Planning FactorWe believe one of the most important tiny home design factor is to analyze your actual physical needs and your lifestyle. Optimally, you should have about 100 square feet per person. Also consider space for pets if applicable.
Do you enjoy a little privacy? Like watching TV or movies but perhaps your significant other doesn't? Have older children who might want to have friends over? Like to entertain?
Once you have that nailed down, you can then focus on the size of tiny home that would be ideal for your situation.
Important Tiny House Permit, Zoning, and Code Requirement ConsiderationsAlthough quite popular, not all states, cities, or municipalities are not conducive to allowing for tiny house residences. Zoning laws and building codes normally require a minimum square footage for new homes.
This is what typically, forces people to build tiny houses on wheels instead of a foundation, although it is not a perfect solution. A mobile home must usually meet the requirements of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association if it will be towed or reside in an RV park facillty.
Construction codes dictate how a structure is built and is driven by safety, environmental, and other issues. Any home construction must comply with construction codes to withstand hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc., as with traditional foundation homes.
Zoning dictates where and what you can build. Zoning regulations are usually based local factors and also determine the size requirements of your home. Many jurisdictions have a minimum size requirement of 1,000 square feet or more for new homes along with egress requirements (i.e., the number and size of windows and doors).
Contact your local zoning or planning department to find the specific requirements for your area. You can usually apply for a variance with your municipality for construction outside the existing codes.
A great resource if considering a tiny house is the American Tiny House Association.
Search House PlansIf you see a house plan you like on our site, jot down the plan # and have it handy for when you visit Family Home Plans. They have a wonderful collection of plans and most of them can be modified to fit your needs. Search to your heart's content.
Are you looking specifically for a porch plan? Great, then please take a look at these porch plans they offer (very popular with our readers!)
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