Introduction to the Tiny House Movement and Communities
What are tiny houses, how they are different from RVs and other mobile living
Tiny House resources - books, other classes, blogs, etc.
Locating a Site – Building and Living Concerns
Code and zoning related to tiny houses, accessory dwelling units, and tiny houses on wheels
On-grid versus off-grid
How to find land/location for your house
Construction site logistics: storage, security, bulk purchasing, delivery, weather
Moving and siting tiny houses
Plans, project planning and customizing designs
Overview of tiny house plans from tiny house builders
How to effectively plan your project: you will receive a binder with resources in addition to an online project planning template to plan your tiny house project
Components of a tiny house build
Trailers – purchasing, customization, loads ratings, registration, delivery.
Building the Shell –
Doors, windows, and framing
Methods for attaching house to trailer
Exterior finishes and weather protection
Insulation options and concerns
Interior Finishes and Kitchen and Bathroom Layout
Tiny House Appliances and Systems
Exterior Considerations – Decks, Rainwater and gray water
Panel Discussion and Q&A - Prep for Sunday
Question and answer on the day's topics
Brief overview of Google Sketch-up and instructions for Sunday's class
Tiny House Tour
Tour 4 different tiny houses at Boneyard Studios and learn from their builders and designers about construction and design options. You will have the opportunity to see in person each of the options listed below, including others.
Construction and design options
framing: standard stick framing versus SIPs
flat roofs versus gabled roofs
wider versus standard-width tiny houses
insulation options: closed-cell foam, open-cell foam, SIPs, flash and batt
units with loft versus no loft
decks: built-on, removeable, other outdoor space
storage: interior, exterior, how to weather-proof
off-grid versus on-grid systems
appliances - marine, RV, standard
water and septic options
interior walls: plywood, drywall, finishing options
furnishings - custom built, Ikea/store options, and speciality modular furniture
Tool show and tell: learn about and see the various tools needed to build a tiny house:
optional tools that will make your build a lot easier/faster
options for tools (buying, renting, borrowing)
Tiny House Design workshop using Google Sketch-up* and small space design for your lifestyle.
Reading and understanding basic architectural plans
Design class: you will receive a base design from which to start designing your own project. Google Sketch-up instructions and tips will be taught in addition to design concepts and how to think about designing small spaces to meet your individual needs and living style.
*If you won't be bringing a laptop with you and prefer to work on your design on paper, please let us know in advance so we can bring you a hard copy. You can still get the Google Sketch-up file to work on at home.