Four Lights Tiny House Company

The Zinn Shell

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

House Width 14'-2" Porch 1' x 4'
House Length 6'-10" Main Room 7'-9" x 6'-3"
Trailer Size 7' x 14' Kitchen 3'-7" x 6'-3"
Road Height* 13'-11¼" * Bathroom 5’-6” x 2'
Dry Weight 5000 lbs Ceiling Height 6'-6"
Loft Height 2'-8" (Approximate)  

At 14' x 7', this beautiful little house is our smallest, most affordable, and easiest to build. Two beefy purlins flanking the front door support a gable awning on the structure's long side. A sense of mass and fortification inside make this one a favorite amongst fans of the traditional Craftsman Style. 

The Zinn has a standing seam metal roof and can be clad in clapboard or board and batten siding. The interior is all knotty pine. The cathedral ceiling is 9’ 8” tall at the peak. 

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 Zinn can also be built as a Road Bungalow by putting it on a trailer. This house was designed to be built on a 7' x 14' deck over trailer. These sturdy structures can be moved from foundation to trailer (or vice versa) without any damage to the structural integrity. The Zinn plans include BOTH a foundation plan and a trailer plan.  

* The Zinn on wheels measures 13'-11¼" tall, when built on the 22" high deck of a standard car hauler trailer.

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