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Tiny House Design & Construction Guide by Dan Louche

Learn how to build your own tiny house.

Building your own house is an amazing experience. Not only do you reap tremendous financial benefits, but you also gain a sense of accomplishment like none other. Learn how to get started today.

Building your own house is an achievable dream

The 2nd edition of the Tiny House Design & Construction Guide is now available, with over 50% more content and 38 more images and illustrations!

Take the first step to achieving your dream of building and living in your very own tiny house! The Tiny House Design & Construction Guide is your road map to the entire build process. This guide will help you to understand each step that needs to be taken and, more importantly, give you the confidence to start building your own tiny house.

The guide consists of 180 pages and over 168 color photographs and illustrations. The information contained in it is not specific to any particular set of plans and would be pertinent to anyone building a tiny house, small backyard office, studio, or even a shed.

What You’ll Learn

How to Downsize and Still Be Happy

Downsizing is not as simple as just throwing away some of your stuff. You will need to make smart decisions and do it right if you want to be happy and enjoy the new lifestyle tiny living can bring.

Places to Park and Live in Your Tiny House

You will want to figure this out before you even start building. The last thing you want is to spend your time and money building your dream home only to find out you cannot live where you expected.

How to Custom Design Your Dream Home

Learn what it takes to design your own home. Find out how to leverage the work of others to keep design costs down while getting the exact house you want.

Which Tools You Will Absolutely Need to Build Your House

There are thousands of different tools out there. Find out which ones are essential to build your house. You’ll also learn how to get those tools without blowing your budget.

How to Save Thousands on Your Materials

There are a lot of materials that go into building a tiny house. The cost of those can range between $10,000 and $25,000. But did you know there is a simple trick to save thousands, you just need to know who and how to ask?

Which Alternative Building Materials Make Sense for Tiny Houses

Some building materials are well suited for tiny houses, while others are not. We get asked about SIPs and metal studs all the time. We recommend one, and tell people to avoid the other.

The Tool that Makes Building Cabinets Easy

Building the cabinets, if you chose to do so, can be one of the most challenging parts of building a tiny house. But there is an inexpensive tool that makes this job a snap!

The Best Trailer Types for a Tiny House

There are many different trailer types available. You will want to be sure to pick one that is strong and safe enough to support your house.

How to Build the Structure

Learn the details required to do the actual building. This includes building the walls, roof, drying-in the house, installing the windows and doors, siding, roofing material, and so on.

Electrical, Simplified

Electrical work can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. We break down the different parts of the electrical system and explain how to wire your house with diagrams that almost anyone can understand.

Plumbing, Simplified

Behind electrical, plumbing is one of the most feared task of building a house. But did you know it’s actually one of the easiest? There is also a way to do it so that it is super easy to fix any mistakes.

Off-Grid Options

Considering taking your house off-grid? Find out how to get power, water, and how to handle waste while living unconnected from standard utilities.

The Best Insulation Types

The type of insulation that is used can greatly impact the energy efficiency and comfort of your house. I discuss the pros and cons of each of the most popular options.

Dan Louche

About the Author

I’m Dan Louche, owner of Tiny Home Builders. I started building tiny houses in 2009 when I decided to build one for my mom, which she now lives in and loves. You can read more about our story here.

I love building tiny houses and helping others do the same.

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What Others Are Saying

Alex Pino
The Tiny House Design & Construction Guide shows you how to build a tiny house on a trailer from scratch. Even better, if you go with his plans, you get the book as well as framing and other details so you can build your home with confidence. I highly recommend his products and believe that you'll be impressed with the quality of information given. Alex Pino,
Your book is excellent ...very easy to comprehend and use as a guide. It has allowed me to see what questions I have, and what else I need to search for. I wish more tiny house builders knew how well done this book is. Thank you again for putting it all on paper. If I ever become more computer savvy ... I will spread the word that this book is THE book for a true understanding of what you are entering into. Lynne M - Westminster, MA
I have just spent the last 3 hours reading and digesting the book written by Dan Louche [...]. I want to express my admiration and thanks to Dan for a very well written and documented book on how to build a tiny home. Just wonderful! His attention to detail, photographs and helpful construction tips are much appreciated. I have already built my own 8 x 10 art studio attached to my workshop and can see that I would have benefited significantly had I read Dan's book first. Robert H - Sidney, B.C.
Gypsy Soul
The Tiny House Design & Construction Guide is the bible of tiny houses. Ms Bohemian Soul,
Just got the book today. Thanks, this is exactly what I need to get me going on my project. It answered some questions I didn't even know I had. Alice - BC Canada
Excellent work on the guide! Has to be the best out there I have found so far. Christopher L
Alek Lisefski
I really love how comprehensive the [The Tiny House Design & Construction Guide] is. It covers nearly every tiny house building topic there is. I particularly benefited from many little construction tips and tricks used to build correctly and safely. I never would have found out about some of these things on my own. I highly recommend this book. Alek Lisefski,
I found this [book] to have the best blend of information out of the 4-5 books I picked up. Highly recommended to anyone not sure where to start! Jim
...This book is fantastic... Valerie C
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