Google Sketchup 3D Tiny House Designs

by Kent Griswold on November 5th, 2008. 19 Comments
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If you are looking for ideas for your own tiny house, one of the best ways to play with ideas is to start drawing them. Scott Rose one of our readers as well as a contributor to the Tiny House Forum is using the free Google Sketchup to draw 3D images of houses he thinks up himself or he also takes other peoples plans and makes them into a 3D models so he can visualize them himself.

Uncle Jon's Cabin

Scott asked me to share with you a few of his designs.

  1. The first one is Uncle Jon’s Cabin, which is an existing cabin he has seen and photographed. He puts the cabin into perspective for us with his nice renderings.
  2. The second one is based on circle designs that Scott was intrigued with until he learned about the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.
  3. For the third one he decided to play with Jay Shafer’s WeeBee design and has given us a 3D view of it as well.
  4. The fourth design featured in this post is the Little Cabin based on one of Andy Sheldon’s designs. The cool thing is that it is so much easier to visualize in 3D.

If you would like to see more of Scott’s work go to the Tiny House Forum. You can also contact Scott via email at:

Uncle Jon's Cabin Interior

Uncle Jon's Cabin Interior

10 Foot Circle

10 Foot Circle

10 Foot Circle Interior

10 Foot Circle Interior

Tumbleweed WeBee

Tumbleweed WeeBee

Tumbleweed WeeBee Interior

Tumbleweed WeeBee Interior

Sheldon Designs Little Cabin

Sheldon Designs Little Cabin

Little Cabin Interior

Little Cabin Interior

Little Cabin Interior #2

Little Cabin Interior #2

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19 Responses to “Google Sketchup 3D Tiny House Designs”

  1. Denis says:

    Very nice to be able to see the inside view in 3D. Helps to really understand the space.

    The 10 foot circle is something I have though about for a while. I know it’s probably just a concept. But I wonder about the lack of natural light. What about some openings in the roof or a full glass roof?

    I have been also thinking about using large precast culverts systems. Anyone on the same thinking path?


  2. Tully says:

    I was really taken with these when Scott initially posted them in the forum. Very helpful in visualizing the interiors of these homes. Nice to see you doing a feature post on them.

  3. Jon says:

    I love that 10′ Circle design, I would think if you Angled the top toward the Sun (on a 45 degree) you could make it half solar panel half Sky light, very neat! Jon

  4. Christina says:

    Very cool. It would be fun to be able to integrate these into Second Life or the Sims and walk through them. :-)

  5. WOW! Really inspires me to play more with Google Sketch-Up. Nice work Scott.

  6. Alexia says:

    I like seeing the insides of these homes!

  7. Scott says:

    Thanks for all the compliments. These all represent my first attempts at houses on sketchup. I can send files to anyone that wishes.


  8. Shamran says:

    Wow Scott your models are really cool!

    I trying to use SketchUp on my small house project to. Would you recommend any Tutorials ?

  9. Vale says:

    the 10 Foot Circle is really interesting. I just don’t know if there will be someone able to live in it. I mean, I will shut myself if I ever have to.

  10. kumbi says:

    uncle jon’s cabin: i’m impressed by the “no fuss”, eveything-where-it-should-be design

    tumbleweed: simple too, but looks like you get to the john through the kitchen!

    little cabin: absolutely packs a punch!

  11. amol says:

    Thanks for sharing nice article. useful for designers.

  12. bhing says:

    that photos are really simple but it!!

  13. Every design is made with good taste and a lot of creativeness. It is great for smaller areas. It maximizes the space and it creates enough space for the user. It is very neat.

  14. di says:

    These are fantastic!

  15. di says:

    Replace office supplies, books, entertainment centers, art, alarm clock, etc with a handheld computer.

    Rather than a desk, try a clipboard.
    Rather than an end table, try a floor lamp.
    Try a tote bag or floor basket of handy items.

    Lofts may be impractical with age or injury.

    Rather than closets or cupboards:
    Try pull-out storage baskets under a daybed, futon couch or chair.

    Kitchen counter space:
    Try a large cutting board over a sink.
    Store appliances on shelves, such as a microwave, blender, toaster.

    Try a portable stovetop and one-pot recipes.
    Store stackable pans, weekly dry goods and a utensil basket in a single cupboard.
    To beautify, stand decorative plates and glasses vertically on open, narrow shelving.
    Rather than a dining area, eat with a plate in your lap on the couch.

    Try a small, 12” – depth, corner sink without a vanity.
    Try a clothing hook and full-length mirror on the back of a bathroom door.
    Store towels and cosmetic baskets on open, narrow shelving over a toilet or sink.
    Try towel hooks near the bathroom sink and shower.
    For a wetbath, use a shower curtain to keep the room dry.

  16. Tara says:

    Have you done any 3D sketches of the B-53 Tumbleweed house? I’d love to see them if you have!

  17. Kate says:

    I would also love to see a sketch up of the B-53. I’ve been looking for a long time and haven’t been able to find anything!

  18. event says:

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  19. Pupcake says:

    Thanks for mentioning the cases where lofts are impractical; I’m thinking about this for downsizing, but even if I wanted to entertain the idea of a loft (which I don’t), most have very steep ladders rather than stairs.

    I’d like to see more designs take this into consideration for aging in place.

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