The Don Vardo Tiny House Plans


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 and inviting space with a dreamy arched ceiling, though many will find it better for occasional use than as a full-time residence (unless you’re Dee, that is).


This product contains two versions of the Don Vardo Tiny House design:

  • The shorter Don Vardo design is built on a 10 foot utility trailer with a single axel that can hold up to 5,000 lbs. It weighs appropriately 3,200 lbs depending on interior finishes. The design includes a two-foot-deep exterior covered porch built over the trailer frame, so the interior square footage is 56 square feet.
  • The longer Don Vardo design is built on a 12 foot utility trailer with two 5,000 lb axels or two 3,500 lb axels.  The design weighs approximately 5,000 lbs depending on interior finishes. The design includes a two-foot-deep drop-down porch that can be attached to the end of the trailer but is not build directly over top of it. The interior space is 88 square feet. The design includes an outdoor shower that is used above the drop-down porch. The shower head, mounted to the left of the door, is removable and screws in as needed. The shower curtain is, of course, optional.

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 liked the design so much that she had Katy build her another Don Vardo as her new, tinier home.



 What The Don Vardo Tiny House Plans Include:

Our plan packages are focused on helping you build your own tiny house, so this set is packed with photos, illustrations and diagrams, including detailed:

  • Floor Plans
  • Trailer Plans
  • Floor Framing
  • Wall Framing
  • Roof Framing
  • A basic material list, and detailed sections for the floors, walls and roof
  • Detailed instructions for how to construct beautiful rafters, something not commonly offered in a plan package.

This plan set does not include electrical and plumbing diagrams, appliance specifications, and interior sections to show cabinetry details and counter heights. Why not? Because we encourage you to install tiny house systems, storage and features that will fit your unique needs, not someone else’s. Photos of the interior serve as examples of what’s possible, but the sky’s the limit!

Returns and Conditions of Sale

Please note that all sales are final on digital products and returns are not available. Because, let’s be honest, there’s really no such thing as “returning” a digital product. We offer quality products at a great price, and we think you’ll be happy with them. If you have specific questions or concerns about a product before purchasing, just contact us and we’ll do our best to answer so you know exactly what you’re getting. View the Terms and Conditions tab for the complete terms and conditions of this plan set.

Terms and Conditions for Shelter Wise and Portland Alternative Dwellings Tiny House Plans

By purchasing these plans, you understand and agree to the following:

This design and plan is intended only for competent and knowledgeable builders. These plans assume general knowledge and skills, including but not limited to roofing, electrical, plumbing, and framing. These plans have not been approved by an architect or an engineer. If you are not an experienced builder, we recommend consulting with a licensed contractor prior to attempting to build a house from these plans. Contact your local building code officials to ensure you comply with local codes.

Any person or entity (hereinafter, “Builder”) engaging in the construction of a tiny house using the design of Shelter Wise, LLC or Portland Alternative Dwellings, LLC assumes the entire responsibility and liability for and agrees to hold Shelter Wise, LLC and Portland Alternative Dwellings, LLC harmless from any and all damage or injury of any kind or nature whatsoever to all persons, whether employees of Builder or otherwise, and to all property (including loss of use of such property) caused by, resulting from, arising out of, or occurring in connection with construction related to or based upon the construction design, plan, instructions, or other communication.



All text and designs (“plan material”) in Shelter Wise, LLC’s or Portland Alternative Dwellings, LLC’s  publications are copyright protected. Such material is intended to be used by individuals to construct a single tiny house. To build more than one house from this set of plans, you must purchase a new plan set for each subsequent home built.

If you are a professional tiny house builder, please contact us to inquire about Builder’s Volume Licensing for this tiny house plan set.

Intellectual Property

Shelter Wise and Portland Alternative Dwellings retain all rights to the intellectual property of the plan material. No rights in the intellectual property are transferred to the purchaser. Purchaser shall not remove any copyright or proprietary notices in or on the plan material.


Shelter Wise’s and Portland Alternative Dwellings’ designs are copyrighted. Any media coverage containing photos, plans, depictions, in-process projects or finished homes shared on social media, print, news, blogs, broadcast, etc, shall be expressly credited to Shelter Wise as the design source for each and every use or reproduction. Examples of proper credit include but are not limited to: including Shelter Wise and the name of the house, crediting www., #shelterwise, etc.


The reproduction, distribution, sale, or any other transfer of the plan to any third party is prohibited, except that up to 2 copies may be made and distributed to contractors working on the construction of your tiny house. All copies made for such purpose must be destroyed at completion of construction.


All sales of digital products are final and returns are not available.

Commercial Use

The use of the plan for any commercial purpose is strictly prohibited. Commercial use includes, but is not limited to, construction of more than one tiny house per plan purchased, re-sale of more than one tiny house, the renting of two or more tiny houses per plan purchased, or the reselling of plan materials in whole or in part.


Shelter Wise, LLC or Portland Alternative Dwellings, LLC retains ownership of the intellectual property of the plan materials regardless of any customization, modification or alteration of the plan by a purchaser or builder.

Governing Law

Any matters arising out of or related to the plan materials shall be governed by Oregon law.

The Don Vardo Tiny House Plans