The Weller Shell
|House Width||6'-10"||Porch||3'-5" 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 Weller is one of Jay Shafer’s most popular tiny home designs in the Road & Backyard Bungalow collections. The asymmetrical bump out and Craftsman style porch details make for an attractive and inviting front. A warm welcome to a beautiful and well-lit interior. Inside, that windowed corner creates the perfect dining nook or sitting area.
This house employs the same American Craftsman principles as all of the Jay's newest tiny house designs— mass, volume and organic form predominate inside and out. The Weller embodies the same classical geometry, anthropometrics, and archetypal form Jay has used to create all of Four Lights Houses. The Craftsman movement put a high value on simplicity, natural materials and honest craftsmanship in the service of good design. Traditional Craftsman Bungalows, like the ones in this collection, are distinguished by their exposed structural elements, mass, broad eaves and by the movement’s intention to make thoughtful design available to ordinary people.
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 Gifford Shell plan also includes an optional trailer plan if you want to build your shell 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 Weller 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 Weller plans include BOTH a foundation plan and a trailer plan.