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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 12x16 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 12x16 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 8x8 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.

12×16 Tiny Timber Frame House Interactive 3d Model
12x16 Tiny Timber Frame House Plan Overview
12x16 Tiny Timber Frame House Piece Drawings Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

Can  you modify this plan for me?

Yes, we can modify our plans to the size you need on a custom basis. For more information on the services that we offer and how the process works check out the page HERE

 If that is something that would interest you, fill out the  brief questionnaire HERE or click Get Started Today on the main Design Page from above.  

As soon as we get your information and give it a quick review we’ll contact you to schedule a phone meeting.  Please allow a few days for our team to respond.

Before our discussion, we urge you to buy the set of plans that most resembles the alteration that you seek. This will allow you to study the plans thoroughly, think through any other changes or design aspects that you want.

Are your plans engineered?

The plans we offer on our website are not stamped by an engineer. People build our frames all over the country, and in each location, there are different requirements.  Timber species, design loads and values needed are just some of the factors engineers need to take into account in each case.  

We do offer engineering services as an add-on to our standard plans. If this is something you are interested in, head HERE and fill out the brief questionnaire.  Armed with that information, we can get our heads into your project before we speak.  That way we are best prepared to answer all of your questions.

As soon as we get your information and give it a quick review we’ll contact you to schedule a meeting.

Do you offer the whole kit?

Yes we do! Just fill out the form HERE and will will be in touch soon with more information and pricing.

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If, for any reason, you don't like this plan, you can get a full refund anytime within 30 days after your purchase. If you have any issues, just get in touch with our support team and they'll either help you out until you get the results you need or give you a swift refund.

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. 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

Customer understands that HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical will not be included in all plans.

Plan Licensing Agreement:

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 reproduction or modifications of our designs, 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” 
  • Height to Peak 17’-9”; To lower gutterline 12’-1” 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)

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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