It took us many design iterations over a period of about 2 months. Just when we tweaked it and thought it was perfect, we would sleep on it and find a design flaw. It’s a never-ending process, but you have to draw the line somewhere.
I would go rent a tiny house. It can be a bit pricey but it really helped us think if we could live tiny or not. We got to see the difference of a rental tiny house and one that is made to live in, for example, more storage! It made us realize right away what we wanted in our tiny home and how we choose to live. We ended up staying a week in one and even one day stayed in the home for 24 hours to see what it would be like cooped up on a rainy day.
What a loaded question! I still feel like I'm re-designing my house, and I've been living in it for more than 6 months.
But the bulk of my layout design was completed within about 6 weeks from when I started sketching. I then presented my design to my co-workers at the architecture and interior design firm where I work (it's worth noting that I myself am not an architect or designer, I work in marketing for them!). From that presentation, I got some great feedback, as well as some key suggestions for improvement.
After that, I put the plans away for about two months, to give myself some room to think about it more. I also went and stayed in a tiny house AirBnB during this time, one that was the same size as what I had designed, which gave me a good idea of what it would actually feel like in a space of that size.
Once I picked my plans back up, I changed a few small things, like which side of the living space my front door would be on, then started finalizing the drawings with my builder. I think the design process is going to be different for everyone. You may spend five years looking at inspiration images and tooling around with layouts, or you may just be the kind of person who knows what they want and goes for it!
I find myself more of the latter. The differences between my initial sketch and my actual home are pretty minimal! Just do what feels good for you, and always be open to constructive criticism. You never know what you may be missing!
Well, I was doodling and dreaming about what a tiny house would look like for months & months before we finally had the green light to build. I needed those months of dreaming to narrow down and discover my real wants and needs. Giving yourself this time to prune down helps sluff off the things that are not necessary and discover the things that are most important.
We hired an architect after we had the green light to build…. I gave him all my dreams, pictures, and plans and he made sure they would all work in our tiny house…. And they did! That process with the architect lasted a few weeks.