Henry Thoreau once said that civilization should be making better people of us. At PAD, we believe our houses should do the same thing. They should invite us into our communities in a way that encourages us to be the people we most want to be.
Each of our designs was created with an individual in mind so that their house would not just reflect their life, but support it. We encourage you to bring your own needs, ideas and customizations to the designs you see here, because the finer points of your life can and should be different from someone else’s, and because we want your home to help you to become the person you most want to be.
Go House Go is our compact how-to manual for tiny houses. The text covers a broad range of tiny house design and construction processes, and there are photos and diagrams throughout so you can see just what we’re talking about.
Sweet Pea is an inviting design for anyone who wants a particularly spacious tiny home, or feels their family might be on its way to growing.
The Don Vardo is a great starter tiny house project, perfect for a detached office, guest quarters, or a weekend get-away or hide-away. It’s a beautifully designed, inviting space, but better for occasional use than as a full-time residence. This plan set is for the compact, 8-foot long Vardo (70 square feet).
This plan set is for the roomier, 12 foot long version of the Don Vardo (88 square feet). It includes ample space for a kitchen nook, writing desk and couch that pulls out into a bed.
Shelter Wise Tiny House Plans
These tiny house plans were designed by our friends at Shelter Wise, experienced tiny house builders in Portland, Oregon. We offer them through our store because Shelter Wise builds the most elegant, energy efficient, and solid tiny homes we have ever seen.
The Miter Box was designed to be one of the first modern, energy-efficiency focused tiny houses. The design inspiration was simplicity and clean lines.
The Salsa Box was designed to be an efficient, durable and budget-friendly off-the-grid shelter. The house is a shed roof twist on the Don Vardo design with a similar interior.
Other Products We Recommend
Figuring out which zoning and building codes apply to your tiny house and where you want to park it can be complicated. It’s hard enough just to navigate zoning and building code legalese for the traditional houses the codes were designed to address. When you take a new building use like a tiny house, and add people like yourself who may not be used to sorting through city and county code documents, you have a recipe for confusion.
Although every city, state and county will have different rules, we like Ryan’s book because it gives normal folks a grounding in what they need to think about, what they need to look for, and what’s worked for others. Click below to buy it from Ryan on his site, The Tiny Life.