Micro Gambrel Plans


Announcing another free tiny house plan download for a Micro Gambrel. It measures 8′ deep and 7′ 4″ wide. The reason for the odd width is that it’s sized to optionally fit on an 82″ wide (between the fenders) trailer so that it could be adapted for a mobile tiny house.

Gambrel roofs are common on barns and sheds because they provide a lot of headroom without adding a full second story. For this same reason they seem to be catching on in the tiny house movement too. Most tiny houses have lofts, but a common pitched gable roof can make things tight. A gambrel roof isn’t really much taller, it’s just wider at the mid-point giving that added headroom.

I wanted to learn how to draw a gambrel roof, so being a do-it-yourselfer and avid self-learner, I spent a little time and figured it out. It’s actually quite simple, but as I drew the truss I realized that it would be very easy to slip it onto some tiny house walls I already had drawn in SketchUp. So I took a break from my normal tiny house blogging and focused on these plans for a few days. As with most projects it took a bit longer than expected but it’s now complete.

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Sample Illustrations from the Plans

Micro Gambrel - Truss Detail Micro Gambrel - Loft Dimensions Micro Gambrel - Loft Detail Micro Gambrel - Gambrel Wall Micro Gambrel - Front Wall Micro Gambrel - Cross Section


Photorealistic Renderings from the Sketchup Drawing

Micro Gambrel - Exterior

Micro Gambrel - View to Front Micro Gambrel - Loft

Micro Gambrel - View Forward from LoftMicro Gambrel - View Forward

Homesteader’s Cabin v.2 – Updated Free House Plan

One of the most popular free tiny house plans I offer is the Homesteader’s Cabin. It’s a 12’x24′ house with a 12/12 roof and a loft. The lower level has enough space for a small kitchen, bathroom, laundry closet, and living room. The loft can span half the house giving you a high ceiling in the living room or you can choose to build a full second floor for more space. Also included is a design for a space-saving alternating step ships ladder.

Download the plans (PDF Version)  (18+MB file may take some time to open)

Seen above and below are some photorealistic renders of the exterior views you’ll see in the plans. The only update to the plans was the addition of the nicer exterior views – all dimensions have remained the same. The plans were made using SketchUp, Layout, and these images were exported using the Podium V2 photorealistic plugin.

Download the SketchUp file (for those playing with SketchUp)

Floor plan examples can be found in my book Tiny House Floor Plans which is available on Amazon and as an ebook. Learn more about Tiny House Floor Plans and how to get the ebook. I’ve also added a few examples below so you can get an idea of how flexible this small space can be.

Find Tiny House Floor Plans at Amazon. Learn more about Tiny House Floor Plans and how to get the ebook.

Richard’s Teeny Tiny House

One of my readers, Richard, sent me these photos of a tiny house he built from a set of my free tiny house plans. But you’ve probably noticed there’s something a little odd about his house. Truth be told it’s a 1/9 scale model built using basswood, balsa wood and polystyrene. Richard likes to build scale models, mostly radio controlled trucks, and wanted a tiny house for his backyard rock garden. The 8×12 tiny house plans were just what he was looking for and after some careful craftsmanship he had his tiny scale dream house. Nice work Richard, thanks for sharing!