I’ve recently had the privilege of getting acquainted with Niall Burke from Humble Homes who has been designing tiny homes for about a year now and I have somehow managed not to cover his neat designs.
Niall sent some pictures from a custom plan, that Shawn Danley hired him to do. It’s a 24′ version of his McG Loft design, and features a staircase, with a space for a washer/dryer, mid-size refrigerator, and a stove. The shell for the home is currently on sale for $13,000 – for personal reasons Shawn and his wife decided that it just wasn’t the right time for them to go through with the downsize, which is a bit of a shame because the quality of the work up until that point looks fantastic.
The plans for this version of the McG Loft will be made available in the near future; Niall says he is currently working towards producing a 3D animation for the home as he thinks it’ll allow people to get a better feel for the layout.
Niall also included some pictures from another customer, Randy, who built his own version of the Rooke Haus.
Thery also have some customers who are doing a blog about their tiny houses, so a lot of these plans have already been tested and are being constructed.
Steve Wirzylo posts occasionally on his progress with the PB-63 design: http://steves124squarefeet.blogspot.co.uk/
And Karen Batchelor, a Baby Boomer life coach, is hoping for a simpler lifestyle and has some really great blog posts and details about her custom plans (also to be made available shortly) on http://livinglargewithless.com. I believe she’s hoping to start construction in Spring.
Niall’s most popular plan is the Athru, however because it has only been released in this past month there are no pictures of it completed yet, or under construction.
Most of Niall’s designs are aimed at increasing the accessibility of tiny houses. For a lot of people climbing a ladder to a sleeping loft just isn’t a feasible option. Niall has been trying to address this issue by producing tiny houses which feature staircases, bedrooms on the first floor, Murphy beds, or as in the case of the Athru, a slide-out bed.
I want to applaud Niall in his work and encourage you to look over his plans if you are considering building a tiny home.