Beauty and Functionality: Ideas for Tiny House Design
I didn’t realize when we started planning for our tiny house that it would change the way that I look at the world. I hadn’t paid much attention to architecture before, besides an appreciation for Victorian houses (I grew up in San Francisco) and colonial/ Spanish-style architecture (lots of years in Latin America.)
Now when I look around me I notice dormers, asymmetrical roofs, cedar shake siding, and trim. Likewise, I’ve always had my preferences about interior decoration but now I am paying a lot more attention to functional details—does it fold away? Is there space for storage underneath? How heavy is it? Although we bought our plans from Tumbleweed, we also want to adjust them so that they are unique and serve our specific needs.
It’s fun to feel my eye develop. I’ve been keeping a file of some of my favorite design solutions – the ones that are beautiful but also extremely functional (there’s not much room for beauty and non-functionality in a tiny house) and I thought I’d share a few of them here.
Here are a few inspiring exteriors:
I’ve also been noticing all houses more, not just tiny ones, and paying attention to what I like. Here are some ideas from non-tiny houses that make me wonder how we can incorporate some of what they’ve done:
And here are few interior tiny space ideas that really catch my eye:
4 thoughts on “Beauty and Functionality: Ideas for Tiny House Design”
That arched window nook is gorgeous. I love these ideas–especially the house with the screened porch. I’m inspired by how much progress you’ve made already. And it’s always exciting to learn to read the world in new ways. Since visiting the two of you I’ve been thinking a lot more about interiors, flow of space, and what is and isn’t necessary.
Thank you, Amy! It’s nice to be reminded that we have made progress… it seems like there’s so far to go. And yes, I have also appreciated reading the world in new ways and how that just grows naturally… lots of love, Sarah
Wonderful! It makes me remember the folding and hanging table that my dad made years ago for the cabin. It hung on the wall and could be folded down either at full or half length depending on how many mouths were to be feed, but didn’t fill up the work/sleeping bags on the floor/cooking space. Enjoy this creative process!
That table sounds great! Thanks for the idea. We are enjoying the creative process!
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