Henry Thoreau once said that civilization should be making better people of us. At PAD, we believe our houses should do the same thing.
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. Your life can, and should, be different from someone else’s, and we want your home to help you to become the person you most want to be.
PAD’s Educational Tiny House Books and Plans
The Big Tiny is Dee Williams’ memoir – the first time Dee has told her story in her own words, and it covers the twists, turns and insights that that led her to build her little house. It’ll tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh, and inspire you to take a second look at whatever you call home.
What is it really like to live in a tiny house? How can you know if it would work for you? This ebook is a collection of stories and advice to inspire people to take action on their own tiny house dreams, and to think differently about the way our homes can help us lead lives we love.
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.
The Sweet Pea is a compact, 16 foot long house with a functional and spacious layout, and some extra head height in the sleeping loft. Your forehead will thank you!
The Kozy Kabin is an inviting, back-to-basics tiny house for people who want to keep things simple, affordable, and functional. A great educational tool, the PDF Plans and SketchUp file are available for this 14 foot long design!
This plan package includes TWO options in one – a compact, 8-foot long design and a roomier, 12-foot long version of the same attractive design. 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 Hikari Box is a modern, light-filled and energy-efficient home with a relatively simple construction process. It’s 24 feet long, packed with storage, and has a great open layout that’s perfect for couples.
The Cider Box is a spacious, flexible tiny house design you can truly make your own. It’s loaded with options, and the plan set includes TWO sets of plans – for a 20 foot house and a 24 foot house.
The 16 foot long Bunk Box is Shelter Wise’s latest unique, modern design. Exposed framing activates seven extra inches of width in the interior, an extra-tall loft allows greater range of movement, and skylights, windows and doors bring the outside in.
The Miter Box was designed to be one of the first modern, energy-efficiency focused tiny houses. The design inspiration for this 16 foot, 6 inch house was simplicity and clean lines.
The Salsa Box is an efficient, durable and budget-friendly off-the-grid shelter. This 12 foot long 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.