The three final designers of this season’s television show HGTV Design Star will be competing to create the interiors of three Tumbleweed Box Bungalow tiny houses. The base house is the Beavan, a 7-foot by 16-foot tiny house with a 2-foot porch.
As you can imagine designing for small spaces can be much more challenging than designing for larger homes. The details of the show and what these designers will be asked to do is still shrouded in secrecy at HGTV – but I’m personally hoping that they’ll be challenged to create fully functional living spaces that include a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, storage, work-at-home space, and living space.
In other words I hope the producers at HGTV have them solve the very same interior space design challenge that real people work to solve every day when they choose to downsize their lifestyles.
The designer of the Box Bungalows is Jay Shafer, founder of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. The plans for these tiny structures are just $49 and you’ll actually find a download code for the Zinn plans free inside his new DIY Tiny House Book which costs $19.95.
I’ve not had an opportunity to review the book yet but so far it sounds like a good deal… printed book + house plan download for $20. (just fyi: the free plans are for the Zinn not the Beavan pictured above.)
Below is the basic floor plan of the Beavan, and a close-up of the porch. The show airs for the first time on Labor Day, Monday September 5, 2010 at 9/8c and again on September 6 at 12 am. If you miss the live broadcast the show will also be posted on Hulu on September 9th.
If you’d like to take part in a chat on Twitter during the show the folks at Tumbleweed will be hosting via hashtag #DSTumbleweed.
If the idea of tiny houses and extreme downsizing are new to you, learn more by reading: