Open Source Tiny House

by Eddie Jones

The home is 198 square feet not including the loft. The idea was to limit a home design based on a maximum 200 square foot design.

The structure is not a mobile home and I made efforts to make a tiny home that didn’t look like a mobile trailer. The bedroom / office is sectioned off which reduces space considerably but offers nice separation. If the house were built on skids, it could be move by trailer though.

tiny house

This design does not yet include any windows. Ideally, it would be great to have required building materials before starting construction based on the modeling.

Additionally the roof, storage, and placement of utilities is still not done. My plan for the roof is a box made of 1×4 lumber, fastened to the top of the house with maybe a one foot overhang.

You can view the source and get more information here:

tiny house layout

The Freeman – Tiny Cob House Plans


The Freeman is a 120 square foot tiny home model made out of cob. Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, straw, and water. This tiny home model stands on the principles of being economical and sustainable. Almost all of the materials needed to build the house can be found in a local natural environment.

This tiny cob home can have many purposes. It’s great for tiny house enthusiasts, homesteaders, preppers, business people, or anyone who just wants a little cob house. It can be used for many different types of accommodations too. The Freeman can be used as a home, an art studio, a shed, a backyard office, or whatever else you can imagine. It can also be used as a temporary home while building a larger home.

tiny cob house

The total cost to build The Freeman model will depend on how resourceful and frugal you are. The cost could vary quite dramatically depending on how you want to build the home and range anywhere from $500 to $5000.

The home features an open cathedral ceiling which helps to make the building feel more open and roomy, and there is a built-in cob bench in front of the large south-facing window. There is also an upstairs loft with enough room for a queen size bed and storage. At its peak, the loft height is 4 ft. 5.5 in. and there is a small window on the eastern wall to let in the morning light.

cob sketch

Underneath the loft, there is plenty of space to make an office area. The eastern wall beneath the loft has a large window to illuminate the space as well as the light from the open living room. There is 7 feet of standing room underneath the loft so you will not have to bend over, and you can still put all of your normal office furniture underneath.

What sets this tiny house apart from others is that it is made out of cob. Cob offers many great benefits such as its thermal mass and ability to store and re-radiate heat. With its passive solar design and cob’s thermal mass the home stays naturally cool in the summer and warm in the winter. To learn more, read about these 14 benefits of building with cob.

This premium design package includes more than 15 pages of construction plans. You will get: floor plans, electrical plans, transverse sections, dimensional diagrams, foundation plans, roof plans, loft plans, a materials list, and a tools list.

The Freeman tiny cob house is perfect for do-it-yourself builders, and its size falls within most building codes for no permit being required. If you want to create a living space that is efficient and beautiful inside and out then The Freeman might be right for you!

Purchase the plans for just $97 at This Cob House.

cob plan

floor plan

floor plan loft

Small House Planning

Ryan one of our readers from Iowa sent me this cool little house model and plans that he had found in an antique store. I’ll let Ryan tell you a little more about it.

Here are some photos, I could not resist trying to get one of the house in the landscape. I found the house model at a very nice antique shop on the Iowa Minnesota border. I paid $5 for it. The proprietor thought it came from an estate in Minnesota.

He had no idea if the house was ever built. The floor plan was tucked inside the model. I really like the drawing, it helps hint at the personality and interests of the designer and builder. Continue reading