Dee’s Kozy Kabin Tiny House Plans


Simple, Kind, Enough

Dee designed her Kozy Kabin in 2004 after buying a set of plans from Jay Shafer of Four Lights Houses.  The space was inspired by seeing Jay’s house and hanging out with him in it. Dee re-engineered the design with a slightly different trailer set-up and a completely different floor plan – one that was even more simple, comfortable, and basic.  The 84 square foot Kozy Kabin Tiny House has no running water, no exclusive bathroom space, and just a smidgen of solar electric power.  But it all made Dee happy enough for more than 10 years, as she wrote in her memoir, The Big Tiny:

“Admitting that I’m happy enough makes me wonder if I’m falling short of my potential as a middle-class American; like I should want more out of life than this tiny house and the backyard, and the way it feels to sit on the porch and watch the sun come up. But it works for me, and besides, I’m not sure that I was any happier when I had a bigger, more normal house.”

While Dee’s house was designed with her needs in mind, it is an inviting design for anyone who wants to keep things simple, affordable, and functional.


Kozy Kabin Video Tours

Here are two of our favorite video tours of Dee's Kozy Kabin Tiny House:



What the Plans Include

Our plan packages are focused on helping you build your own home, so we’ve included details for the following:

  • Custom-built trailer features and plans
  • Floor framing
  • Wall framing
  • Roof framing
  • Detailed section for floors, walls and roof
  • 3-D modeling of the framing, so you can identify how it all comes together
  • A rafter plan
  • A suggested materials list for framing materials

We do not include an electrical diagram, appliance specifications, and interior sections to show cabinetry details and counter heights. Why not? Because we believe each home is unique and we want to encourage you to install the sink, stove, and toilet that will fit your unique needs.

Cost, Weight and Trailer Recommendations

Dee famously built her original Kozy Kabin tiny house for $10,000 in 2004. She was able to build on a budget using tons of salvaged materials and putting in around four (unpaid) hours of time per day on construction, for three months. To build this house yourself today, budget for a construction cost anywhere between $15,000 and $25,000, depending on material choices.

The Kozy Kabin sits on a tandem axle trailer that is 14 feet long and rated for 7,500 lbs. The house weighs at least 5,000 lbs, depending on interior finishes. The plans are based on the design of a standard utility trailer, which is widely available and generally affordable. If you’re interested in upgrading and adding more floor insulation, we always encourage people to consider using our favorite tiny house trailers from Iron Eagle Trailers. Derin from Shelter Wise and Dee from PAD even helped them design their trailers to be perfect for tiny homes.  Tell them PAD sent you, and you’ll get $50 off your order.

Build Smart!

With all of our plans, we recommend a copy of Go House Go, our how-to manual for building a tiny house on wheels. It’s the book Dee wished existed back when she built her Kozy Kabin, and she wrote it to save everybody else all the time and trouble that she went through to figure out how to build smart and safe.

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.

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.

Dee's Kozy Kabin Tiny House Plans

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