Don Vardo Tiny House Plans


Don Vardo: A guest suite, writing studio or rolling weekend hide-away

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.   The structure is designed above a ten-foot single axle trailer, and includes ample space for a kitchen nook, writing desk and couch that pulls out into a bed.  This plan set includes TWO design options: it can be built as a compact, 8-foot long space (70 square feet), or as a 12-foot long house with some more elbow room (88 square feet).

PAD’s first Don Vardo was designed and built by Katy Anderson in 2010, and is now the home base for a sea-faring couple when they come ashore along the Oregon Coast. Katy’s creative craftspersonship and strategic, elegant integration of built-in design elements is an inspiration to any tiny-house lover.  It has been offered on the Mother Nature Network and in Oregon Home Magazine.  Dee Williams likes the design so much that she’s currently building a Don Vardo as her home-away-from-home during the book tour for her memoir, The Big Tiny, due out in 2014.

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What The Plans Include:

Our plan packages are focused on helping you build your own Vardo, so our plans are packed with photos, illustrations and diagrams, including detailed:

  • Floor Plans
  • Trailer Plans
  • Floor Framing
  • Wall Framing
  • Roof Framing
  • House to Trailer Connections (Bolting and the Use of Tension Ties)
  • Materials Lists and Detailed Section for Floors, Walls and Roof

We’ve also included detailed instructions for how to construct beautiful rafters, something not commonly offered in a plan package. We do not include electrical and plumbing diagrams, appliance specifications, and interior sections to show cabinetry details and counter heights. Why not? Because we believe each Vardo is unique and we want to encourage you to install the sink, stove, refrigerator and toilet that will fit your unique needs.

Price: $35 for Don Vardo 8 Foot and 12 Foot Downloadable Plans

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