Laying Out Floor Plan

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As of August 16, our TINY HOUSE trailer is under construction and due to be completed any day now. The majority of our construction will take place in a warehouse nearby, and in anticipation of the arrival of the trailer, we decided to mock-up the floor plan of the TINY HOUSE on the warehouse floor. 

The blue painter's tape shows the extents of the floor plan [10'x24'] and some of the interior built-in elements. [In left image above: Kitchen cabinetry shown in front, built-in desks are where chairs are placed opposite each other, and partition walls separating closets and bathroom at the far end.] The white tape shows the 4' structural bay spacing along the 24' length of the house. The first four bays comprise the combined entry, kitchen, living, working area with 9'+ ceilings (I'm standing in the fourth bay on the right image above). The last two bays comprise the closets and bathroom with lofted sleeping area above.

We didn't fully appreciate the size of the TINY HOUSE until we had done this mock-up and placed some furniture to better grasp the scale and spacing of things. [The two chairs opposite each other are at our desk locations, the adjacent diagonal chair represents a lounge chair in the 'living area', and the far chair represents the toilet.] After having done this, we feel highly validated by our design decisions and have gleaned a great sense of confidence about the spacious nature of our 294 square foot home.

We highly recommend this exercise during the design process and before construction in order to validate sizing and decision-making. 

Kadim Alasady

USA

I graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Kansas in May 2013. During my final graduate year there, I conducted a thesis project with an emphasis on parametric tool sets, mathematics, and structural typologies. Using the Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona by Antonio Gaudi as a precedent, I explored computation methods to inform the processes in architecture and in the composition of spatial experience. My interest in these subjects continues to serve as a trajectory to guide my independent research and the development of personal projects. My journey through architectural education has given me a strong and diverse skill set which allows me to explore many fields in the digital arts and design. When I am not working architecturally, I am in a constant pursuit to experiment with my creative impulse. This experimentation ranges from modeling starships, thinking about composition, touring art and design galleries, working in the shop, etc.