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12x16 Tiny Timber Frame Plan with Loft

12×16 Tiny Timber Frame House


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Are you looking for a frame with a small footprint that maximizes your space? Build up, not out! This 12×16 tiny timber frame house packs 284 square feet of space into the main floor and loft. The popular lean-to roof design makes for a clean, contemporary look and fewer timbers to cut.

The first floor of this 12×16 tiny timber frame boasts a ceiling height of almost 9 feet under the loft floor. Half of the space is open to the roof above, making a ceiling height of almost thirteen feet for a spacious feel! The ceiling in the loft varies from 5 feet to about 7 feet tall.

  • Sturdy 8×8 posts
  • 192 s/f main floor
  • 92 s/f loft level
  • 6x girts and joists are economical
  • Add a ship’s ladder stair to the loft
  • Generous overhangs for sun and rain protection

The plan sets consist of a total of 27 pages chock full of the information you need to complete this project. Formatted in instantly downloadable pdfs, you can print these from your home on 8 ½” x 11” paper. We provide you with axonometric drawings so you can visualize the finished product, and a three-dimensional exploded diagram showing how the pieces of the framework together. In addition, there are plan and elevation drawings, detailed drawings, and piece drawings showing each cut on every timber. And we provide you with a full timber list, peg count, and a list of structural screws required to complete the frame.

12x16 Tiny Timber Frame House

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Important Information:

Timber Frame HQ provides plans for construction purposes but does not oversee the construction. The plan purchaser is responsible for assuring the plan meets local codes and regulations. It is the responsibility of the plan purchaser to obtain any and all structural analysis, engineering, and specifications that may be required in the municipality in which it is to be built. The plan purchaser is to verify all lot conditions and measurements before construction. Purchaser is responsible for additional expenses incurred in order to meet local code and engineering requirements.

Customer understands that the following conditions in your specific area may require additional engineering:

  1. Wind / hurricane / tornado
  2. Seismic / earthquake
  3. Heavy snow
  4. Flood potential
  5. Soil instability
  6. Timber Frame Engineering

When you purchase a set of plans, you are purchasing a limited copyright license for a design giving you the right to build that structure one time at your location. Your copyright license was granted when you paid the purchase fee. You do not have the right to build the design a second time unless you have a signed agreement with Timber Frame HQ. Please note that copyright law protects “derivative works” the same as it protects the original design. That means that making some changes doesn’t make it a new design. We do not allow modifications of our designs by others, without permission. Your copyright license does not allow another professional to represent our design work as their own.

Timber Frame HQ retains all common law, statutory and other reserved rights, including the copyright. This applies even when you have participated in the development of the design to a significant degree.



  • 12’ wide by 16’ long outside of post to outside of post
  • 2’ overhangs on all four sides
  • Height to top of Wall Girt 8’-11 ½” 
  • Height to Top of Rafter Apex  17’-9”; To lower gutterline 12’-1 ⅜”  with 4:12  Roof Pitch


  • Posts –8×8 
  • Wall Girt  – 6×10
  • Rafters – 4×8
  • Plates – 8×10
  • Joists – 6×8
  • Braces – 4×8 


  • 28 pages total
  • Construction Drawings – 4 pages (22×34)
  • Detailed Piece Drawings – 23 pages (11×17)
  • Materials Lists – 2 pages (8.5×11)


We are happy to modify and update the drawings to your specifications. We can adjust the footprint, roof pitch, overhangs, and overall heights. These will eliminate your mistakes in modifying an existing plan to meet your needs.

  • Our design services are $85 per hour. Engineering services are $200 per hour. We have a minimum charge of $500 for our design work.
  • Lengthening (parallel to the main ridge) is more affordable than changing the width or adjusting the roof pitch.
  • Once you have purchased the plans and have reviewed them, please fill out the form below. It will get you into our system, and one of our team members will get back to you with an estimate for our services. Please include any of the following changes to the form’s “Other Project Info” section.
    • Overall width and length that you are after from the outside of the posts.
    • New 2nd Floor Framing Height
    • New KneeWall Frame Height (from 2nd-floor framing height to top of the top plate?
    • New Overhang Dimensions both for the sides and ends?
    • Any adjustments to the Roof Slope?

Fastener Kit

Procuring the hardware for your project is easy with our timber frame parts kit!  Just purchase what you need from Timber Frame HQ with one click!  You don’t need to scrounge around for your pegs or find just the right screws for your rafters and we always throw in some extra just in case. We’ve got you covered! With this kit, you get:

This kit is tailor-made for use with the 12×16 Tiny Timber Frame House when constructed as a timber frame structure. The kit does not include any post base hardware, which is also available in the TFHQ shop.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

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30-Day Guarantee

We are so confident that you’ll love the plan, we stand behind it 100% with our 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. It means you have 30 days to initiate a return with us for any reason.

It’s the best Return and Warranty Policy of any company in the business. You can buy from us with full confidence that we’ll be here to help if something goes wrong, or if the plan just doesn’t end up working out for you.

Return Policy

Our money-back guarantee gives you 30 days to decide whether this plan is everything you hoped for. If for some reason it’s not working out, you can return it for a full refund. Here’s how that works:

Email us within 30 days of placing your order. We will refund you the full purchase price of this plan.

And remember, if you have any issues whatsoever with your plan, even if you’re not sure you want to return it, please get in touch with us personally. We want you and every other Timber Frame HQ customer to have the best possible experience with us.

Please note the 30-Day Guarantee is for individual plan purchases and not for our Timber Frame Plan Bundle or other plan bundles for which we do not offer refunds due to the nature of the product.

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