Do you want a home designed and built by the pros, with the cost savings of a DIY project? Sounds impossible, right? Not with modular home technology!
Modular homes are constructed in pieces by the experts in a factory somewhere, and then delivered to your site for assembly by you and/or your local contractor. You get the best of both worlds: quality construction at an affordable price. You’ll also get a guaranteed product according to your schedule, so you won’t have to spend the next several years of your life in home-builder-hell – and fortunately for us, lots of tiny house sized modular home designs are available.
Before you make a decision on which style is best for you, consider taking some time to tour a few tiny homes that have already been built. This will give you a sense of the challenges you might face during construction, as well as a realistic picture of what your life will be like once you downsize. (Which is to say, fantastic!) Dancing Rabbit Eco-village is the perfect place to see more than a dozen different types of tiny homes all in one place, and while you’re here, you’ll have a chance to learn about some cutting edge construction techniques, groovy design ideas, and so much more. Check out our visitor program to learn more!
Top 10 Tiny Modular Home Designs:
10. The Ember
Square feet: 890
Designed for the mountain man, (or mountain woman,) at heart, this cabin includes a loft and can be augmented for a basement man/woman cave.
9. Sea Isle
Square feet: 756
Imagine sitting out your front porch drinking some iced tea and looking out at the sea. Smell that salt air, and listen to the gentle whisper of the waves. That’s what this tiny house was made for.
Square feet: 760
Cooperative living with your friends or relatives could be a dream come true in this home designed to operate as a duplex. (Though you might want to hide this from your spouse, if you DON’T want the mother-in-law right next door…)
Square feet: 816
Like the Carroll, this modular design is meant to be used as a duplex. You’ll get a little extra living space with this design plan. Maybe you’d like to rent out the other side for an extra income stream, or a guest area for when your kids/grandkids come to visit?
Square feet: 818
Wouldn’t you love to have all your friends over for a barbeque and cocktail party on your second story deck, overlooking the ocean at sunset? (Just make sure to wait an hour before you go skinny-dipping.)
Square feet: 432
Well into tiny house territory at just 432 square feet, this model is perfect for those focused on savings. Yours could cost as little as $23,000.
4. Ultima R41
Square feet: 770
This design may seem like it was named after a droid from the Star Wars universe, but the Ultima R41 is actually a lovely traditional style tiny home. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a robot vacuum cleaner or something, though.
3. Nova 1A
Square feet: 830
Inspired by the traditional look of the 1950s suburbs, the Nova 1A offers a little more living space than the Ultima R41 and offers a different curb appeal aesthetic.
2. Breezy Point
Square feet: 825
The beach lifestyle at tiny house prices couldn’t be much more beautiful than this modular home, which is designed to include a second story if you have a large family. (Or you need extra space to store your vinyl record collection.)
1. Cabin Plan A (A is for Awesome!)
Square feet: 774
Rough-hewn logs are a classic look for cabins, and with this modular home design you can have it without having to chop down a forest with your own two hands. (Or hiring an army of beavers.) You have two floor plan options, and the opportunity to expand the design with a basement.
Bonus: Design your own!
If none of the plans we showcased feel like the right style for you, don’t worry, because you can have it all your own way by designing your own tiny modular home from scratch. Champion Homes offers an easy to use software that will allow you to mix and match all the features you want.
While your wheels are turning on design ideas, take some time to review this article about passive solar design. Simple tricks like this can improve the beauty, energy efficiency and market value of your home! You can also learn a lot more about environmentally friendly strategies like this at Dancing Rabbit Eco-village, where we have more than a dozen tiny homes built with eco-savvy methods and materials for you to consider. Schedule a time to visit us soon – we’d love to show you around and help on your way to tiny house lifestyle freedom.