Four Lights Tiny House Company

The Beavan Shell

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112+ SQ FT | Estimated Materials Costs | This house is also available as a Furnished Plan

  House Width   6'-10"   Porch   6'-10" x 2'-6"
  House Length   16'-2"   Loft Height (optional)   2'-8"
  Trailer Size   7' x 16'   Ceiling Height (with optional loft)   6'-6"
  Road Height   13'-4"   Dry Weight   5000 lbs

The most notable distinction this house offers is the oversized, exposed truss above its integral porch. This shameless display of structural integrity, organic materials, and utility are derived from the Bungalow tradition that inspired the home. The more rustic elements of Craftsman style cabins and lodges are particularly evident.  

The Beavan Tiny House was selected as an "Editor's Choice" winner at MAKE Magazine's New York 2011 Maker Faire.

The Beavan has a standing seam metal roof, cedar board and batten siding, and a tiny integral porch that’s good for staying dry as you perch or fumble for your keys. The interior is all knotty pine. The cathedral ceiling is 9’ 8” tall at the peak. As a shell, it accommodates any of the components listed on the Compact Furnishings page and more.

About the Backyard Bungalow models

Undue expense and red tape have been cut to keep the Backyard Bungalows user friendly and affordable. Most municipalities mandate that a permit is not required to put a building of less than 120 square feet on your property, though you'd want to check with your local building and zoning departments to be sure. While you're at it, see if there are any setback requirements that govern where a structure can be set or how it can officially be used.

Our plans include a foundation on concrete footings, but the foundation choices are limitless. The Beavan Shell plan also includes an optional trailer plan if you want to build your house on wheels. 

Finishing the shell interior

The shell has a wide-open, unobstructed interior, and the overall interior dimensions and window placements have been meticulously correlated to fit perfectly with all of our primary Interior Components (washroom, kitchenette, and step storage). As such, Four Lights homes are far more versatile and offer owners the added option of designing their own interior using our Component Furnishings.

A sleeping loft can be set on the collar ties overhead with ease, or you may choose to put a bed downstairs. You can also consider a Murphy bed or other foldaway furniture. Including a lot of storage is a great way to open up the area as much as possible for a sense of volume. Built-ins are also a great way to maximize space.

Foundation or Trailer

The Beavan can also be built as a Road Bungalow by putting it on a trailer. This house was designed to fit perfectly between the wheel wells of a standard car hauler. These sturdy structures can be moved from foundation to trailer (or vice versa) without any damage to the structural integrity. The Beavan plans include BOTH a foundation plan and a trailer plan.  

All plans are PDF downloads. You will receive a download link upon receipt of your order.