Project Description

We designed and built this project for (and donated it to) SquareOne Villages’ Emerald Village Eugene, a tiny house community that provides permanent homes for people with very low incomes.

The design is based on a simple shotgun house approach with a primary circulation front to back. This circulation axis is double loaded with a narrow band of systems to one side, and spaces to the other. The spaces are also on either side of a core of bathroom and kitchen allowing for some physical separation between the living room and bedroom. The roof is a simple vault getting higher over the main living space, creating room for a storage loft, allowing in natural light and giving volume to the small footprint living room.

Because SquareOne Villages is working with volunteers in other cities to develop similar communities, the building was designed to be simple to build and uses common, inexpensive materials and systems. Additionally, the walls can be pre-fabricated off site, and if the plan is mirrored, it can be used to create a duplex.

Project Details

  • 288 square feet of heated living space
  • 82 square feet of porches and exterior storage
  • Living/Dining space with built-in storage and vaulted ceiling
  • Compact kitchen with space for hotplate and microwave
  • Enclosed bedroom with built-in desk and armoire
  • Bathroom with tub/shower
  • Loft space for storage or extra bed
  • Covered porches on front and back
  • Lockable exterior storage

Project Contributors
We would like to thank these great companies and individuals who helped make this project a reality.

100% Donation of labor and materials:

Labor and/or materials supplied at a reduced rate: