Designs

Examples of how different ecoframe houses could look like.

From Tinyhouses to large family homes, people have different needs. Here is a list of examples, some of them built, that are the best design for a given category. These are meant to give some inspiration and maybe as a first step on your design journey.

 

Small Family House

A small family

Still staying with the same basic layout as a tiny house, a small house is just alittle bigger. Maybe up to 6 x 12, with an extra side porch. This means bigger  bathroom and bedroom. The larger upstairs can accommodate a bedroom, maybe an extra toilet.

FAMILY HOME

Spacious family home

A slightly wider version, with 3 posts creates an upstairs that fits 2 bedrooms. At the same time downstairs can be 3 rooms, 2 bed and one bathroom. The now wider living/kitchen area could be up to 6 x 8m, or extended with another stopped truss. Depending how big the rooms need to be, the floorprint could be from 7-9 x 12-15m.

LARGER FAMILY HOME

Family with several children

In this style, timberframe trusses are not used. Instead a "normal" 1 1/2 story building is extended with a timberframe downstairs only. Upstairs normal trusses are used. Because often budget is a limitation for families building larger houses, and this way is at least 10% cheaper. See here for details.

An 8x13 or 9x14m house can thus have 4 or 5 bedrooms, with a total area of 160-200 sqm.

TINY HOUSE

Single person or young couple

The tiny house a simple large kitchen living space, with a small bedroom and bathroom attached. The rooms are situated at the back of the house, and there is a terrace at the front, which doubles as the entrance. The upper space is quite small but may be used as storage. The house is 35m2 in total, 22 of which are the main room.

SMALL HOUSE

Young couple or small family

Still staying with the same basic layout as a tiny house, a small house is just alittle bigger. Maybe up to 6 x 12, with an extra side porch. This means bigger  bathroom and bedroom. The larger upstairs can accommodate a bedroom, maybe an extra toilet.

As you see, many of the templates have a 1 1/2 story design, as this is a cost efficient way to use timberframes to achieve open spaces.

The open space provides a natural access to the upper storey, and the used upper space in turn retrieves some of the higher cost incurred by the extra timberframe, more here.

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