Stowaway Cabin

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The Stowaway Cabin

A new tiny house from Glen-L

It’s a windy, rainy day. You sit inside listening to the rhythmic dance of raindrops on the roof. The warm glow of the wood stove casts a soft light that illuminates the intimate space. Nestled within the cozy embrace of the tiny house you go back to reading your book—a refuge from the tumultuous world outside.

Is it your off-grid getaway? A backyard guest cottage? An Airbnb investment? An art stuido? Whatever you have in mind, if you’re looking for tiny home plans it’ll be hard to beat our Stowaway Cabin.

We’ve all seen the “cute” little home plans circulating. Many of them tug at the heartstrings, but too frequently they don’t feature realistic or comfortable living spaces, and they’re often crude in design or lacking any elegance.

Our modern-styled Stowaway Cabin was designed not only to be stunning to look at, but also to meet an ambitious set of criteria, including offering comfort and real livability in the smallest of footprints—only 120 sq ft.

Why the concern over footprint size? Several reasons:

  • Less land or space required
  • The 8-foot width makes potential transport more possible
  • Smaller homes require less materials and expense and are more likely to get built
  • The 120 sq ft footprint meets meets some building code restrictions for out-buildings (check your local ordinances and codes)

What do we mean by livability? We mean a home that two or more occupants could spend real time in and be comfortable—a space that inspires relaxation and creativity, not frustration and claustrophobia. Just take a look at everything you get in the Stowaway Cabin’s 176 square feet:

  • Galley kitchen with sink, stove and refrigerator
  • Bathroom with sink, toilet and shower
  • Living/Dining room designed wall-mounted table folds down when not in use
  • Space for couch chairs for seating and TV watching
  • Wall mount TV location
  • Stowage cupboards under staircase
  • 56 sq ft loft bedroom
  • Optional wood/gas stove
  • 54 sq ft. fold-down outdoor veranda deck space
  • 14’2” overall cabin height makes for a bright and spacious feel

Don't get us wrong—this is still a tiny home. Headroom is limited to 6' 2" under the loft (though you have loads of headroom in the living/dining area), the appliances are small, and several features—like the couch/dining stools—serve two purposes. But for the square footage we think the Stowaaway Cabin is quite luxurious.

What do the Glen-L plans include?

Scaled 1:20 plans (36" x 36") that include side and front elevations and detailed floor plans for ground floor and loft.

A plans 15-page booklet that includes loads of photo-quality illustrations of the Stowaway Cabin, inside and out, as well as color close-up elevartions and floorplans in 1:50 scale. The booklet also includes a materials checklist, a sample bill of materials, a framing construction explanation, and a special page showing only the window sizes (all are common sizes).

Also included with each Stowaway Cabin plans purchase is the fantastic 252-page color book (released in 2018) The Tiny House Book by Charlie Wing—a text to help you plan, design, and build a tiny house from scratch.

What's in this book? Just have a look at the table of contents below.

Table of contents

Introduction xi

Acknowledgments xii

The Author xiii

Author’s Note xiv

Chapter 1. Tiny Houses 1

A Tiny House at Walden Pond 2

What Is a Tiny House? 4

How Big Is Big Enough? 6

New Life for an Old Idea: The ADU 7

Chapter 2. Legal Aspects 9

Zoning and Building Codes 10

IRC Appendix Q 13

Highway Width & Height Limits 15

Chapter 3. Costs 17

Building Cost Breakdown 18

Savings by Doing It Yourself 19

Square Foot Construction Cost 20

Total Construction Cost 21

Big Added Cost: The Site 22

More Added Costs: Site Services 23

Added Costs: Impact Fees? 24

Chapter 4. Design 25

The Process 26

The Program 27

Activity Space Analysis 28

Space Bubbles 30

Squaring Up the Bubbles 32

A Few Critical Dimensions 34

Furniture and Appliances 36

Furnishings for Tiny Spaces 38

Designing the Exterior 42

Visual Element Variations 44

Chapter 5. Some Floor Plans 47

On Wheels 8 × 16 48

On Wheels 8 × 20 50

On Wheels 8 × 24 52

On Wheels 8 × 30 53

On Skids 12 × 16 54

On Skids 12 × 20 56

On Skids 12 × 24 58

On Skids 12 × 28 60

Site-Built 12 × 20 62

Site-Built 20 × 26 63

Site-Built 20 × 32 64

Site-Built 14 × 28 65

Site-Built 16 × 24 66

Site-Built 20 × 28 67

Site-Built 20 × 20 68

Chapter 6. Drawing Plans 69

Drafting Tools 70

Drawing Lines 72

Dimensioning 74

Using Templates 75

Formatting the Page 76

Chapter 7. A Set of Plans 77

The Set 78

Site Plan 80

Floor Plan 81

Two Foundation Options 82

Two Floor Framing Options 83

N/S Wall Framing 84

E/W Wall Framing 85

Roof Framing 86

Elevations 87

Typical Section 88

Electrical Plan 89

Plumbing Plan 90

Chapter 8. Foundations 91

Forces Due to Wind 92

Anchoring Homes on Wheels 94

Anchoring Homes on Skids 95

Pole Foundation 96

Slab on Grade 97

Masonry Crawl Space 98

Full Basement (South) 99

Full Basement (North) 100

Chapter 9. Framing 101

Forces on a House Frame 102

How Beams Support Loads 104

Beams: Natural & Manufactured 105

Framing Floors 106

Span Tables for Floor Joists 110

Framing Walls 112

Framing Roofs 116

Span Tables for Rafters 118

Span Table for Ridge Beams 120

Chapter 10. Sheathing 121

Sheathing Materials 122

Floor Sheathing 124

Wall Sheathing 126

Roof Sheathing 127

T&G Roof Sheathing 128

Chapter 11. Siding 129

Cedar Shingle Siding 130

Horizontal Lap Siding 132

Plywood Panel Siding 134

Vinyl Siding 136

Chapter 12. Roofing 141

Roofing Materials 142

Roof Edge Details 143

Roll Roofing (Selvage) 144

Double Coverage Roofing 145

Asphalt Shingles 146

Cedar Shingles 148

Metal Panel Roofing 150

EPDM (Rubber) Roofing 152

Chapter 13. Lofts & Stairs 153

Loft Headroom 154

Loft Access 155

Stairways 156

Ladders 159

Alternating-Tread Devices 160

Ships Ladders 161

Handrails 162

Chapter 14. Windows & Doors 163

Window Types 164

Sizing Windows 165

Window Energy Efficiency 166

Egress Windows 168

Natural Daylighting 169

Ventilation 170

The View Looking Out 171

Installing Windows 172

About Doors 174

Energy Efficiency of Doors 175

Installing Prehung Doors 176

Chapter 15. Insulation 179

Insulation and R-Value 180

Floor Insulation Options 182

Wall Insulation Options 184

Roof Insulation Options 186

Chapter 16. Wiring 189

The AC Electrical Circuit 190

110 VAC & 220 VAC Circuits 191

Electrical Wire & Cable 192

Service Drops & Entrances 193

Circuits Required by Code 194

An Example Wiring Plan 195

The Distribution Panel 196

Accessory Dwelling Feeds 198

Running Cables 200

The Most Common Circuits 201

Going Off the Grid 202

PV Panel Shading 204

Estimating Your Usage 205

Sizing the System 206

Example Off-the-Grid System 207

Chapter 17. Plumbing 209

Supply System 210

Drain, Waste, & Vent System 212

Roughing in the Pipes 214

Traps & Venting 216

The Gray Waste Alternative 218

Chapter 18. Heating 221

Estimating Heat Loss 222

Heat Loss Example 226

Heating Cost 227

Choosing Your Heat Source 228

Chapter 19. Cooling 231

What Determines Comfort? 232

Natural Cooling 233

Ceiling Fans 234

Window Box Fans 236

Evaporative Coolers 238

Air Conditioners 239

Sizing Air Conditioners 240

AC Sizing Example 242

Further Information 245

Index 247