The Gifford is the design of Jay Shafer's own house. It's a stunning 7’ x 16’ structure squarely rooted in the American Craftsman Style. It has been beefed up where beefing up was necessary for a sense of mass and fortification, and it has been pared down everywhere else. It 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.
Ironically, this little thing was inspired by the sizable Great Lodges of North America. When you enter it, you enter into a relatively narrow space that opens into a relatively huge space with a cathedral ceiling to increase the sense of mass and fortification.
The bathroom’s interior is 21” W x 53” L; the great room’s 96” x 75”; the kitchen’s 53” x 46” and the sleeping loft’s just 75” W x 91 ¾” x 33” H. Two skylights over the pillows make it feel much bigger. There’s a 20 ½ “ x 57” desk/dining table, a stainless steel fireplace by Dickinson Marine and a couple of puffy chairs for entertaining.
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The Furnished House Plan includes a full set of Compact Furnishing plans. You'll have access to the blueprints for building all of the DIY furnishings and room components that fit into this beautiful house, as shown in the floor plan.
* Gifford on wheels measures 13'-4" tall, when built on the 22" high deck of a standard car hauler trailer.
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All plans are drawn at ¼” scale or larger and include :
Foundation Plan: Drawn to 1/4" scale, this page shows all necessary notations and dimensions including support columns, walls and excavated and unexcavated areas.
Exterior Elevations: A blueprint picture of all four sides showing exterior materials and measurements.
Floor Plan(s): Detailed plans, drawn to 1/4" scale for each level showing room dimensions, wall partitions, windows, etc. as well as the location of electrical outlets and switches.
Cross Section: A vertical cutaway view of the house from roof to foundation showing details of framing, construction, flooring and roofing.
Interior Elevations: Detailed drawings of kitchen cabinet elevations and other elements as required.
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Ideal for semi-sloped or level lot, home can be built off of grade, typically 18” - 48”.
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“Living small is a luxury. When you live in a tiny house, you only have room for the things that truly matter. You have to choose what’s essential.”
Jay Shafer, founder of Four Lights Tiny House Company and author of “The Small House” is widely recognized for designing some of the most high-functioning tiny homes available. They are “100 square feet of bliss,” says Thelma Gutierrez of CNN.
Over the past decade or so, a movement towards smaller houses and simpler living has taken root in America. Economies and sensibilities have shifted, and people everywhere are trading in their Mcmansions and lifetime mortgages for homes that are small, well-designed, and affordable. Luckily for Jay, these homes are his specialty! Four Lights Tiny House Company puts the emphasis on quality rather than quantity.
Shafer started building tiny houses in the late 90s, and since then his designs have been featured on CNN, Oprah, and in The New York Times. He won the Natural Home’s ‘Home of the Year Award’ for Innovative Design in 2000. Since 1997, Jay has lived in a house that is 96-square-feet. “I wanted to live in a place that expressed my ethics as aesthetics. I wanted to express simplicity,” he says. He is living simply, and simply happy!
In renowned tiny-house-designer Jay Shafer’s world, bigger is definitely not better.