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Design for Tiny Houses

Design for Tiny Houses

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Ana McMillin


Design for Tiny Houses is packed with practical examples and ideas to transform a tiny house into a light, welcoming and surprisingly spacious-feeling home. Ideal for owners of small houses or start-up interior designers.

Gain design inspiration, tips and skills to develop a concept and effectively translate this into a functional and stylish design. You will draw upon examples of spectacular designs by awarded residential architects to find out the many possibilities of increasing the feeling of spaciousness.

Particular attention will be given to design strategies for small residential spaces, as well as showing you simple methods to design a unique and tasteful interior. The course will be delivered via presentations, short exercises and discussions.

Topics Covered

  • Tiny Houses definition
  • Precedencies examples presentation
  • Discussion and comments
  • Design Strategies for small spaces
  • Project process
  • Workshop on a given tiny house plan on: Option 1) existing building or Option 2) vacant site
  • Presentation of projects and discussion

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you will understand the key design processes and steps to apply to designing smart interiors for a tiny house. You will have the confidence to successfully plan your design, plus know how to identify and take the necessary steps to create your desired environment.

Who Should Attend
Owners of small houses or start-up interior designers. Whether you are designing for a permanent residency or a holiday home. This course will equip you with the most up to date tips and trends.


View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [2938kb]

Tutor Description

Ana McMillin is an RIBA Chartered Architect. She is an Associate Senior Urban Designer at HTA Design LLP, London, where she leads large regeneration schemes. She has over 12 years of experience working in strategic masterplanning and concept design for public and private clients in the UK, Middle East, China and Africa. Ana has formed part of the Crits panel for the M.Arch in Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, and her written and design work has been published in Portugal, UK and Austria.

Ana is in the last stage of her PhD at the Department of Geography and The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. Her research has been shortlisted this year by the Association of European Schools of Planning and by the Centre for Urban Research at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.


Please bring:

  • A notepad and pen
  • A selection of coloured pencils and pens
Most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates