Getting Started with Your Tiny House Plan



"Isa was fantastic to work with throughout the design process of our tiny home! She provided us with a list of things to consider as we scaled our lifestyle down and continually answered all of our questions and reassured us when we had concerns. We enjoyed our phone consultation with her and felt that our needs and wants were taken into consideration as our design was drafted. We absolutely love what she came up with!

Isa also does a great job of pointing out what makes Tiny House Northeast so unique as a tiny house company. The hearty New England winters can be a challenge even in a traditional home, so we wanted to work with someone who was familiar with the concerns cold weather can bring. We were thrilled to find a local business that was willing to guide us through this adventure and would recommend them to anyone in New England who plans on going tiny."

~Allison C. & Ricky O., NH


half a tiny house elevations plan viewTo determine if a tiny house on wheels is right for you, most people want an estimate of cost for them. We can offer a close estimate based on either an engineered plan you provide (adhering to the 8.5' wide/13.5' high maximums - usually by not longer than 32'), or a plan developed through our consultation services. 

Tiny House Northeast offers a planning process for our customers, DIYers and those who plan to have a tiny house built in the future. Most "plans" we see via email from potential customers are rough ideas of tiny house architecture and components, often provided as unclear written descriptions. Please understand, we're not able to offer a close estimate or build from this limited or difficult-to-understand information. We offer design consultation service and plans at various levels to develop your ideas into a workable plan. We will help you plan exactly what will work for the individual, couple or family; dogs, cats and all. It's a very thorough process. We strive to make use of every square foot in a way that will allow you to truly enjoy your new living space!

So, to get a closer building estimate than the range we supply of 35k-70k+ for 8'x16'-28', you may supply us with engineered plans; e.g., you had purchase from Tumbleweed or Tiny House Design websites, or work with us to develop plans for you.

What if the plans purchased from another company aren't exactly what we want?

Customer's changes to an engineered drawing often represent a series of changes on the layout because the placement and size of everything is so critical in a tiny house. They will require the payment of an hourly fee for THNE to make the adjustments. A common inquiry is, "Could you just move the sink [or loft, or door, etc.], then this plan would be perfect." makes us smile every time. Moving a single item can cause a rotation of components to alternate walls, or cause the elimination of some components altogether in the tiny house layout. 



Step 1: Once we have the request for a consultation/floor plan* layout via our Contact form at the top of the page with complete contact information, including the first and last name, email and phone number, we'll request a minimum $195. fee via to the email supplied (which is applied towards the 50% deposit for building with THNE).

Step 2: You'll contacted by email for a phone meeting time that works for you; normally a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. During the meeting you'll be asked many questions that address important facets of having/living/thriving in a tiny house that work for you and your lifestyle.

Step 3: Within approximately 5 business days you'll receive information via email for the phone meeting designed to make the most of the approximate 1-1.25 hours.

There are several core points you’ll want to have considered pre-phone meeting, including, but not limited to:

1. where you hope to have your tiny house
2. what length you are favoring
3. how many people and pets would be living in your tiny house
4. what appliances you must have
5. lifestyle, primary interests at home, etc.

Tiny House Northeast will create a single floor layout plan to meet your specific needs (not an engineered building plan). If requested, we then provide an estimated cost to build. The charge is applied to the purchase if you proceed to order within the following 3 months. Ordering a tiny house to be built by THNE requires a 50% non-refundable deposit at time of order.

Subsequent 2-3 small changes to the layout presented are permitted free of charge; e.g., adding a cabinet door to a shelf, additional windows in existing open wall, reversing 1 plumbed appliance for another (of nearly same height and width), etc.; i.e., low impact changes. Large changes, including reversing wall for plumbing fixtures, changing entrance position, adding a loft, and other impactful changes will result in chargeable hours in 1-hour increments, with the first hour pre-paid. Thank you.

"A core purpose of the consultation is to help develop customers' ideas, which then develop the floor plan. Try to avoid providing a floor plan or wish list before the consultation if possible."


To increase customization, and provide you with an engineered building plan that includes elevations, we offer a team design process that provides an opportunity for you to suggest a basic layout, basic architectural components and more. This more detailed planning, designing, researching and drawing starts with a rate of $450.

We absolutely LOVE the floor plan! You have done a great job capturing all of our wants and needs."

~ Lindsey B., ME

Based on common architectural styles, door-window orientations, roof types, etc. we help you arrive at a buildable design. You will be provided the plans to use where you choose, if not with Tiny House Northeast. The charge is subsequently applied to the 50% deposit required if you're ordering a complete Weelhouse, Wheelship or Weelshell from Tiny House Northeast. Engineer-stamped plans incur an added fee at the prevailing market rate. Alternatively we welcome you to hire a building engineer. 

THNE is pleased to build from these plans for you without the stamp. Our builders are highly experienced and have tackled most conventional architecture before they are contracted by THNE.

Before proceeding with any planning, you should know the following for yourself:

1. Do you have confirmed financing and/or savings available to move forward? For tiny house contruction we require a 50% deposit, and 50% upon completion, predelivery. For the paid services above, we do not need to know your finances (and they are mostly prepaid), but to move forward with construction, you must be prepared to provide information about your financing.

2. Your home port or "parking", will be up to you. If a permanent location alludes you for the time being, it's a common thing to plan to stay in a driveway or someone's farmland for a while. Keep your ears open. Sorry, we are unable to locate tiny house parking or rental spaces for Weelhouses, nor foundation type tiny house shells at this time.

Again, the website is fortified with information. Please take a good look through it. We take your tiny house trek seriously, and are careful to offer only researched info., especially FAQs.

Before you arrived here you probably saw an ocean of information on the Internet about tiny houses; from prices to free homeowner advise; renewable energy options to water capture techniques and storage. If you became overwhelmed, back up a bit. Take it easy knowing that Tiny House Northeast houses and other tiny buildings are not just built for New Englanders but built for New England climates and seasons. We apply unique design components to our tiny homes that assure its inhabitants a warm and safe journey through cold snowy winters - even in remote areas (please inquire about upgrades for remote living. As long as the parking spot is level, it can get there).

We're proud to live here, and to offer what Northeast Yankees want out of their tiny house: fair price, excellent construction and craftsmanship through skilled workers, meeting RV criteria (and exceeding it), and Weelshell options, with a sustainable materials focus. Upproot, move and roll away. It might be the most meaningful and fun gift you have ever conceived for yourself!

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