The Salsa Box Tiny House Plans


An Off-Grid Bungalow or Affordable Tiny House Design

The Salsa Box Tiny House is a portable, durable and affordable tiny house design that packs a lot of amenities into its 93 square feet. The suggested floor plan differs slightly from the photos shown, and includes a single bed that pulls out into a double bed, a dropdown table for reading and writing, a small closet, functional kitchen, and a bathroom with composting toilet and shower. The new material cost can be achieved for as little as $8,000 – including the trailer!


Similar to the Don Vardo Tiny House, Shelter Wise designed the Salsa Box to use a shed roof instead of a curved roof, but with a similar interior. It incorporates a simplified construction process using weight-saving, energy-saving and space-saving measures. It also includes instructions for the placement of a small living roof over the porch.

The Salsa Box Tiny House was originally designed as an instructional model to give tiny house building workshop participants a clear look at the steps involved in building a tiny house. You can see the house coming together step by step in PAD’s blog post on the Casa Pequena Tiny House Building Workshop, and get inspired to put one together yourself!



What the Salsa Box Tiny House Plans Include

  • Trailer detail (including bolt hole connections, framing and axle placement, and thermal break detail)
  • Detailed framing elevations for all sides
  • Floor framing plan
  • Full roof framing schedule
  • “Hold Down” schedule
  • Detailed roof and wall insulation detail
  • Rain screen detail
  • Flashing detail
  • Window installation detail (including one skylight and two operable windows for cross ventilation)
  • Floor plan including a double bed with an optional children’s bunk
  • Exterior finish detail
  • Detail for 3’ fold-down porch and 3’ folding living roof (both are removable)
  • Suggested materials list for siding and framing

Weight and Trailer Recommendations

The dimensions are 7’4” x 12’2” on a 5,000 lb. rated, single axle trailer.  Iron Eagle Trailers builds our favorite tiny house trailers out there, and 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.

The Salsa Box plans do not include plumbing or electrical diagrams, built-ins, bed design details, or appliance and equipment schedule. Why not? Because we encourage you to install tiny house systems, storage and features that will fit your unique needs, not someone else’s. The photos of the interior serve as examples of what’s possible, but the interior layout is slightly different in the plans. The sky’s the limit, make it your own!

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 when she built her little house, 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.

The Salsa Box Tiny House Plans