Stressful Week In Tiny House Construction

When we started on this journey of building our tiny house, I knew there would be a few bumps along the way. I just didn’t expect them to happen so quickly.

Over the last few months, my family and I have looked at many different sets of tiny house plans trying to find one that would work for us. After much thought, and even a few friendly arguments, we had narrowed it down to just two sets of plans. We enjoyed both the aesthetics and fuctionality provided in these designs.

Now it was time to make a decision.

Both sets of plans were comparable in price, coming in at just under $300. One was from a reputable company, and the other appeared to be from a startup tiny house company. I verified that houses had actually been built from the plans, hoping this would alleviate any future complications. And in the end we decided to go with the plans from the startup company.

This was a big mistake!

I am neither a engineer or an architect, but right away I saw several critical problems with the plans. The most apparent was the lack of jack studs under the headers in the plans. I’m sorry, but I don’t believe toenailed in headers can carry the neccesary loads. This was only the beginning of the problems, the math simply didn’t add up. Throughout the plans there are multiple occasions where the math is just flat out wrong. One example being, and I’m simplifying here, 3.5 ‘ trailer deck height, 6.5’ kitchen ceilings, 4’2″ loft ceiling with an overall build height of 13’6″. Really??

As you know, if you have been following our build, we are on a tight budget and every dollar must be accounted for. Needless to say, wasting $300 on useless plans was a hard pill to swallow. I might mention, the company has shown zero interest in offering a refund. Out of fear of seeming crass, I have not yet decided if I should mention the company’s name.

Purchasing the plans not only wasted $300 of our budget, but also left us yet another week behind on our build. Regardless, it was time to move forward and not get hung up on time and money wasted. I proceeded to read as much as possible about safely designing my own tiny house and by the end of the week I had something I felt was workable.

After finalizing the plans, I posted an inquiry on Simbi looking for an architect or engineer that would be willing to look over my plans. Low and behold, a kind young lady named Anna agreed to look them over and make any necessary revisions. All she asked for in return was for a custom character designed by me that she could use on her website! She said she really enjoyed my style. Anna’s willingness to help me out with this project was a huge stress relief, she¬†may never know how truly grateful I am.