San Rafael Tiny Home and Plans


The San Rafael is one of six gorgeous little 400-square-foot houses in the California Collection created by The Homestead Partners. Each house has a full kitchen and bathroom, private bedroom with space for at least a queen-size bed, living/dining/kitchen that opens to an outdoor dining patio or terrace, and plenty of storage. Big enough to have a friend over. Just make sure you're in love with them first.

Tiny house plans vary in detail and quality. Plans of even the most well known tiny house companies can have errors or omissions.Before purchasing plans, you might want to take a look at the Small House Catalog. They offer free plans for a tiny house on wheels and for small houses on foundations. What should you expect in plans that you purchase? Some, but rarely all, of the below items will be included. In particular, numbers 9, the Bill of Materials, is often absent or incomplete. Number 10, Step by Step Instructions, and Number 11, Consultation Services, are rarely included, although they may be provided at an additional charge.

There was more than one way to translate the ranch house into housing during the 1950s. The peaked roof and floor-to-ceiling windows look became thousands of subdivision tract homes, the best of which are still fabulous. You'll also recognize it as the prototype for scores of restaurants and caf├ęs scattered throughout California, most famously the original Tiny Naylor's at La Brea and Sunset.

We're Ron Sakal and Sallie Hood (sakal-hood.com), a husband-and-wife team of architects who've spent decades creating workable townscapes, rescuing city centers from random development, designing beautiful houses, and teaching bright young architecture students how to do the same.

Along the way, we've become experts on the styles of American houses, ideas, designs, and materials that transform small and affordable spaces into wonderful places to live. Now we're offering those great American styles to everyone who yearns for something more interesting and more connected to the American culture.

Look around our collection of houses and see what moves you. After that, our firm is just like that home of yours: small and affordable.

Ours could be a five-stool diner if you insist, but then where would the guests sleep when dinner was over? Hint: on the porch if you build it somewhere with the right climate.

Interior Features

400 square feet

Open living/dining room and full kitchen, with raised eating counter peninsula, and sliding doors opening to covered raised side patio

Cathedral ceilings with exposed beams throughout.

Full bathroom

Space for compact washer/dryer

Bedroom sized for a queen bed, with built-in desk, storage, and closets

Entry door opening to covered raised side patio

Exterior Features

640 square feet

Raised open-air patio with adjacent pool

Covered raised side patio at entry

Total Footprint

1,040 square feet


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