Tiny House Tool Guide - Title

We are often asked about the tools of the tiny house building trade. What tools do I need to build a tiny house? What tools would you recommend? How can I build more efficiently? Well good news! Here is your one-stop-shop for everything tool related: the Essential Tiny House Tool Guide.

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Dan and I are big fans of going tiny, (and why wouldn’t we be – it is our business!) so a big pet peeve of ours is uni-taskers: Items that only hold value for doing one thing. When you are in the process of downsizing your life, especially if you are headed into the tiny house domain, you do not have room for the quesadilla maker. But you will make room for the slow cooker. Why? Because you can literally cook anything in the slow cooker, but the quesadilla maker is pretty much giving you just quesadillas. Hence, items like these are uni-tasking tools.

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Black Friday is but one week away, and we here at Tiny Home Builders are as equally happy and sad at the thought of another Black Friday. We are not a fan of the over-consumption that shopping days like black Friday can lead to. Where businesses market inferior goods so that they can lower the price to entice all of us to go out at 5am in the morning (or now, 6pm on Thanksgiving Day) to get to the front of the line to buy, buy and buy. But at the same time, there are some great Black Friday deals to be had on this day. If you need something and planned on purchasing it anyway, why not get it at the lowest price?

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When you decide to cut the cord for the first time and go cordless on your power tools, there are a few choices that can be deceiving. Believe it or not, most of the choice is based around the cordless battery that the tool comes with. If you want to change your battery less and have enough power for the job, consult the following essential guide to power tool batteries.

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When it comes to tiny house building, the tools of the trade are well, literally tools. For the average person who comes at this undertaking from a more novice point of view, you may not have everything that you need to get you through the project. To be fair, you are trying to pare down your “stuff” and simplify your life. Buying a whole load of tools definitely does not follow in this school of thought but the fact remains that you are going to need tiny house tools. This raises the questions, “Should I buy new or used tools and what should I do with them afterwards?”

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Helpful Building Tip

I came across this tip and thought it was super useful. When going up on a ladder, put a magnet in your shirt pocket to keep some screws handy.

Magnet in a pocket

I can’t tell you how many times I climb up a ladder with a bunch of nails or screws held between my lips. I’m always afraid I’m going to fall and choke on one. With this I wouldn’t have to worry about that, although, now I have to worry about falling and having a screw piece my chest ;)

Now I just need to find a magnet and make sure I wear a shirt with a pocket

via Lifehacker

The numbers are coming in

Construction on my tiny house isn’t completed yet but most of the materials for the remaining work have already been purchased. Still needing to be purchased is a little electrical, the kitchen setup, a sliding door, and the flooring. These should run about $1000 depending on what’s selected.

With that said, the stats thus far are:

Total materials cost: $10,566.11
Total tools cost: $1,856.42
Supply runs: 42
Hours of Labor: 375.5


The cost of tools is just what I’ve spent since beginning this project, and I started out with a pretty extensive tool collection. That’s not to say that every tool I purchased was absolutely required or that someone else building this house would need to spend as much.

It’s kind of a rub when building a tiny house. Often if someone is building a tiny house for themselves they are in the process of downsizing all of their belongings. So the idea of going out and buying a bunch of tools that will only be used for a few months is surely not that appealing. However, having the right tools for the job is extremely important as they can save a considerable amount of time and frustration. I followed a TH blog where the builder opted not to purchase a miter saw and instead used a circular saw for everything. Since my miter saw was among the top 3 tools I used the most, I can’t imagine making that decision. He didn’t know it, but I would bet that decision added a couple of weeks on to his timeline.

I followed another blogger who built her tiny house using her school workshop. This worked out perfect for her as she had access to a slew of resources including storage for her TH while it was constructed. Unfortunately I don’t think school workshops are an option for many of us.

I think if your building a TH for yourself the best bet would be to barrow and buy the tools you need to do the job right and just plan on selling what you must when your TH is completed. The pain and cost of selling everything would be insignificant compared to the cost of never buying what you need.

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