Michael Janzen established TinyHouseDesign.com all the way back in 2008. Janzen is a prolific designer, offering tiny house plans in many different shapes and sizes. He is also the author of Tiny House Floor Plans and 101 Tiny House Designs.
I’m particularly excited about this conversation because Michal has been around since the beginning of the modern tiny house movement, so he’s seen lots of changes, plus lots of potential. In our conversation, we get into the specifics of how tiny houses are attached to trailers, how to start designing your tiny house even if you don’t know how to use Sketchup, how to estimate how heavy a tiny house will be, and what Michael thinks is the future of the tiny house movement.
This is a great interview covering a wide range of topics about tiny houses, tiny house design, and the movement as a whole! Here's what we cover:
- How long have you been designing tiny houses?
- How many tiny houses have you designed to date?
- How many houses have been built based on your plans?
- What's your favorite tiny house you've designed?
- What inspired your anchor bay tiny house design?
- How do you estimate the gross weight and cost of your designs if they haven't been built?
- How should a beginner get started designing a tiny house in SketchUp?
- Discussion on how tiny houses are attached to their trailers
- Is the tiny house movement a fad or is it sticking around?
Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Michael's Recommended Resources:
- Jay Schafer's Three Little Books
- Tiny House Design and Construction Guide by Dan Louche
- TINY: A story about living small Documentary
- The Big Tiny by Dee Williams