How can Tiny Homes Improve Dense Housing in Los Angeles?

Introduction video:


Where I live in Los Angeles, housing is very dense and private property is rare and expensive. LA’s house ownership is among the lowest in the nation due to the density of housing. Tiny homes are a great solution to these issues. They are fully accomodated homes that take up much less space and property than regular sized homes, averaging at about 350-500 square feet. I decided to design a fully sustainable tiny home, taking into account not only the indoor space but the outside as well, including a sustainable garden, compost bin, and solar power. My design connects to UN development goals 7 and and 11, which are affordable and clean energy, and sustainable communities. 


Dense LA Living: Chandler, Jenna, et al. β€œA Guide to California’s Transit, Density, Housing Bill.” Curbed LA, Curbed LA, 10 Apr. 2018,

The needs/accomodations for this house include: 


  • at least three people


  • shower, sink, cabinets, toilet


  • fridge, counter space, oven, pantry, lots of cabinets and shelves

-Living space

  • couch, television, bookshelf 

-Seating area

  • table for at least two people and chairs


  • space for planters, compost 



  • water system, solar power

Using different levels in the house was crucial to fitting all these rooms into the 360 square foot space. Both of the bedrooms are lofts, one resting above the kitchen and the other above the bathroom. I made the garden on the roof to save space on the site. To incoorperate different means of storage, I built a storage cube staircase, where each step is made of storage drawers stacked on top of eachother. I also added a few storage blocks around that could function as seats for the dining room and coffee tables. These storage boxes would be on wheels so that they could be moved around the house as needed. 

Mood Board/Inspiration Photos

Final Design

(To get good angles of the interior of the house I removed some walls and the roof for the photos. Photos of the exterior are shown with all walls and roof.)

Exterior of house
Solar panels
Twin loft above the bathroom
Master bed above the kitchen
Master bed view from above
View of interior from the deck

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  1. April 25, 2020 by Michelle Zhang

    Hi Rojan! I love this idea, and as a fellow GOA Architecture student whose Catalyst Project was based on affordable housing, I believing that tiny housing is such a crucial aspect of changing the housing density, and for improving the environment. The interior and exterior designs look amazing! Great job.

  2. April 25, 2020 by Annie Manassee

    WOW! I am really impressed. I love all of your SketchUp renderings. It is very obvious that you put in a lot of thought and time into this project. Making SketchUp renderings is not easy, and yours have turned out phenomenal! I think you have addressed a very important problem, and this seems like a great solution. The interior and exterior of the tiny house looks great and very tidy. Great job!

  3. April 26, 2020 by Ashlin Carlisle

    Very nice project! You laid out very clearly what your project is and why you’re making it. You gave so many different angles of your 3D model, which helps me to better understand what type of building you designed. The idea behind your design is also very interesting and could definitely be useful if implemented correctly. Congrats on making such a detailed and useful project.

  4. April 26, 2020 by Kalissa F

    Wow! I love this tiny house. I wish I could live in it. It’s clear you’ve taken the time to figure out how the layout of the home would be as it’s so small! I’ve never lived in LA myself, but I do know how a house there would be almost a 800k compared to where I am where the same sized home is about 200k. Crazy expensive! Let me know when the house goes onto the market.

  5. April 27, 2020 by Maile Cheung

    Hi Rojan, I really like the idea for your project! I think that housing is an issue not just in Los Angeles but in other places around the country. I like how you utilized every available amount of space within the given constraints. I also really liked how organized and how easy your project was to understand. Great job!

  6. April 27, 2020 by Derek Foyt

    Hey Rojan! This is a great project layout. What I really like about your project overall is that it is a step ahead of what my school and I have created. We have produced a tiny house on a trailer. We provided a loft, a bathroom, and a shower and sink. This project shows great detail as well as parts that myself and my school might have missed out on adding. Overall beautiful sketchup models. The labels also make you product that much clearer. Keep up the great work!

  7. April 27, 2020 by Daniel

    I really like to see how people tackle the issue of small households and your ideas are very creative! I especially enjoy the model, because I know how much pain designing this can be πŸ™‚

  8. April 27, 2020 by Mais

    Hi Rojan, I am very impressed with your project. I really like how your tiny house easily accommodates two beds; most of the tiny houses I have seen usually only include one bed. I also like how you thought about multi-purpose structures, like how the stairs to the master bed can also be used as storage compartments. Well done!

  9. April 28, 2020 by Blaine

    Small houses have always been interesting to me and this project shows that you’ve attained and are able to share a lot of information on how exactly one of these houses could function effectively. It’s also a very interesting issue which I wasn’t aware of and this project’s solution holds a solution which should legitimately be used. Good job!

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