We're big fans of overplanning! We each have our own area of expertise - Tami likes to read every book she can get her hands on and Kevin like to watch YouTube videos and talk to anyone with an opinion.
Below are some of the resources we've found most valuable during our tiny home planning and building journey.
Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well... - this is a great source of inspiration! A book full of some of the most beautifully designed tiny homes, primarily in the United States.
Tiny House Floor Plans - the over 200 floor plans range in size from 8'x8' to 8'x24' but know that there are no measurements other than the outer dimensions of the trailer. So they aren't specific enough to use directly. But it's still quite useful for discovering arrangements you might not have thought of and finding new elements to incorporate into your own floor plan.
Tiny House Design & Construction - so clearly one single book isn't going to get you through the whole construction phase of your tiny home, but this book comes the closest. For anyone that's not already a construction pro, this book is definitely worth the price.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying - you should probably start here 😉 Seriously though, this is a great book for helping you pair down. I'm sure you've read about it by now, but it helps flip the question on its head and takes you from, "What should I get rid of?" to "What should I keep?" We've found it quite helpful.
Tumbleweed - is a great starting point for tiny home living -- especially their two-day workshop. Though we don't recommend their building plans as they're expensive, only come in PDFs (no SketchUp), and they only have basic wiring (no plumbing).
The Tiny Life - this website breaks down so many tiny home topics in a very thoughtful manner. Check out their breakdown of the cost of tiny homes vs the average American home and their (slightly outdated) review of the different options for buying plans.
Tiny Nest Project - these two are filming their entire tiny house build and it is SO helpful! Their YouTube videos are detailed but concise and have helped us out at many points already so far.
SketchUp - It's 2018, don't be like us and draw your plans by hand!