Designing a tiny house is a special skill. You have to have an understanding of how tiny houses are built. Also, you need to be able to great creative with (very) limited space.
When setting out to design your tiny house, consider using a professional. When it comes to tiny house architects, there are some really ingenious designers out there.
Tiny house architects are much more than home designers.
They have to be able to tap into that creative part of their brain that allows them to come up with the best solutions for your specific needs in a very limited space.
Here are 5 creative architects and designers you should consider when designing your tiny house.
So, who should you consider to help design your home? When it comes to tiny house architects; who is the best of the best?
Also, these designers are a great way to find inspiration for the tiny house of your dreams.
1) MiniHome by Altius RSA
Altius Architecture is passionate about building small-scale homes that are environmentally friendly as well as stylish. This architecture company works with a standard structure model to create a custom built home. While MiniHomes are small in scale, they are huge in function and affordability.
You will love that this company has been recognized worldwide for their innovative designs as well as their economic vision. MiniHomes have even been recognized by one of the top environmentalists in the world, David Suzuki. This way you know you are not only getting quality but are also doing some good for the environment.
Altius Architecture works very closely with clients to ensure that they are getting exactly what they need from a tiny house. Much like other builders, this company constructs their houses off-site and will ship them to where needed.
When it comes to finding the right size of the home, you have plenty of options. MiniHomes come is a wide range of sizes from 420 square feet all the way up to roughly 1000 square feet.
With several layouts and customization packages to choose from, you will be able to get the tiny house of your dreams.
What Is The Average Cost Of A MiniHome?
It is important to Altius Architecture to design you a home that is both environmentally sound but also affordable for you.
The average cost of a MiniHome is around $175k for a standard tiny house. However, this price increases with the size as well as the extra features and upgrades.
One thing to keep in mind is that like other off-site builders, you will have to plan on paying a shipping cost.
But, while this company doesn’t currently offer direct financing, you will be able to get your own. Depending on where you live, you can independently finance your tiny house.
2) Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses
What better backdrop for your tiny house than the majestic Rocky Mountains. With Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, you don’t have to live in the mountains to have a tiny house that has the feeling of nature throughout.
Over the years, this design and building company has established a nationwide reputation for being on top of their game.
This is why their tiny houses are so desirable and sought after.
It is the mission of Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses to bring build a quality home that you can be proud of. Also, they strive to bring the best of comfort and affordability to all of their clients. Best of all, their unique structures are truly something to marvel at.
From asymmetrical showcase homes to small structure cabins that fit into any backdrop, you are covered.
Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses are so beloved that they have been awarded and featured in many publications. By using a mixture of different mediums as well as repurposed materials, this company helps to keep costs low and quality high.
What Is The Cost Of A Rocky Mountain Tiny House?
Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses will cost from $37,000 to $100,000.
This pricing breakdown shows you what everything costs. From the initial foundation all the way up to the lighting, you will know where every penny goes. One of the best things about this company is that their average cost for a home on a trailer is around $60k which is one of the more affordable plans.
Also, Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses will delivery to anywhere in the US, (for a price).
Having such a comprehensive pricing plan allows you to be able to find a plan that is best suited for your finances. This way you know you are not only getting quality but a great deal as well.
3) Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins
Every dreamed about living in a log cabin in the middle of nature’s bounty?
With Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins, you can! The great thing about these custom cabins is that you have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to styling. Also, each option has incredible structural features as well as upgrades to make your living experience comfortable.
The most important thing to note about Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins is that there are not stand alone homes. This means that they are built to be fitted on a trailer for movement. So, if you are looking for a permanent foundation tiny house, these are not the builders for you.
Not interested in living in a log style cabin?
No worries! Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins offer more traditional style tiny house designs as well. The size of the home will range from 140 to 400 square feet depending on your needs and wants.
These homes take on average 10 months to complete. This is the timeline from when you first design your home to when it is completed. On average a tiny house takes 120- 500 hours to build.
One of the coolest things about Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins is that you can try it before you buy it. They have a few tiny houses that you can rent out for a short stay.
This way you can be sure that these homes are exactly what you are looking for.
Also, this is a great way to see the quality and craftsmanship that goes into each design.
How Much Does A Tiny Portable Cedar Cabin Cost?
In order to find out how much a cedar cabin will cost you, you will have to fill out a quote from. Quotes are good for 30 days which gives you plenty of time to shop around and make a decision.
Of course, like most building companies you will also have to pay a shipping fee for your tiny house.
The good thing about Tiny Postable Cedar Cabins is that they offer 100% financing on their homes. This means that if your credit is in good shape and you have a decent down payment, you could be living in a tiny house sooner than you think.
4) Little House On The Trailer – Stephen Marshall
Stephen Marshal in an innovative designer who has brought his skills to the tiny house marking.
Little House On The Trailer is a one-stop shop for beautifully designed tiny houses on wheels. This building and design company has multiple floor plans to choose from.
This way you can get the right amount of space for your needs.
Located in California, this company builds custom build tiny houses for the surrounding counties. But, shipping is possible if you don’t live in California.
This way, the Little House on The Trailer can move any of their award-winning homes to where you need it, for a fee!
The designer, Stephen Marshall, has been designing specially curated homes for decades.
His factor built homes allows him to bring quality to you at a more affordable cost. This way his prices can remain competitive which still being desirable. Little House On The Trailer works within zoning laws and permit rights to bring a safe home that you can be proud of.
Having a company understand certain zoning laws is key to finding a tiny home that is within your state’s laws.
How Much Does These Trailer House Cost?
The base price for one of these custom built homes is $50k.
However, it is important to remember that this is a starting price. This base price is for a standard 400 square feet structure.
But, there are larger models to choose from, just remember that they will come at a higher cost. This company offers homes ranging in size from 400 square feet up to 1000 square feet.
You can see more prices on tiny houses here.
5) weeHouse by Alchemy Architects
Alchemy Architects have been designing their award-winning weeHouses for years. These incredible designs are both stunning to look at and amazing to live in. Alchemy Architects works off a base model for all of their tiny houses.
From there they design a custom home that is perfect for you and your family.
The reason why weeHouses are so popular is that they use ingenious creativity to fit everything you need into a small space. The number one thing to note about these builders is that all of the structure for the home is factory built.
This way you know that the home will be safe and that the structure will be accurate each and every time. However, Alchemy Architects also know the importance of the effect on the environment. This is why they strive to use less waste in the material selection process.
The tiny houses will be constructed off-site and then delivered to you based on where you live. The best part about Alchemy Architects is that they work with most budgets and size constraints. This means that you can have a beautifully built custom tiny house without overextending your finances. Plus, these tiny houses are so incredibly designed, your home will look more like a work of art.
What Is The Average Cost Of A weeHouse?
A weeHouse can cost anywhere from$150k to $250k and can take up to 12 months to be completed.
There are many factors that go into the pricing of a weeHouse. This will depend on the size of the home as well as the location.
While the price may seem steep compared to other tiny houses, you have to consider what you are getting. By using a designer, like Alchemy Architects, you are getting complete home satisfaction.
More importantly, you are getting a custom built home that is the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
Wrapping It Up!
While using a professional architect will come at a cost, you have to consider all that you are getting. When it comes to using a professional, you are getting much more than a home.
You are getting a place that you can take pride in.
Also, you will peace of mind knowing that your home is a quality house where every detail was given serious thought and care.
This also helps to alleviate worries when it comes to permits and zoning. Using a designer for your tiny house allows it to be an investment for you and your family.
If you are considering having a tiny house built or building the house yourself (with or without help!) you need to read this article we wrote about important considerations on buying a tiny house vs. building one.
Have a great day!
Maria is the founder of GoDownsize. While studying architecture in Denmark she became fascinated with designing living spaces for boats, tiny houses, RVs, and other small spaces.
She mainly writes about space optimization, interior design, and downsizing. She’s also in charge of our YouTube channel. Read more about Maria here.