Tiny Home Builders eWorkshop

Watch, learn, and ask about every step of the build process

Are you interested in learning how to build a tiny house without the expense and time commitment of an off-site workshop? Our eWorkshop allows you to learn at your own pace for as long as you need, all without the costs of traveling.

Follow along with Dan Louche as he builds and teaches you how to build a tiny house from beginning to end. Watch as he explains and demonstrates each step along the way.

The lessons are ordered and broken up into small, easy to learn segments. It’s like attending a workshop in your own house, that you can then attend again and again, as many times as you want. A question and answer forum is also provided with each lesson, allowing you to ask questions and interact with other users on each specific topic.

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What You'll Learn

Aquiring Materials and Supplies

Acquiring Materials and Supplies

In this video you will learn how to build your tiny house shopping list for materials and supplies. You will learn the difference between contractor and DIY plans, how you can save time and money with your building materials checklist, and where you should and should not buy tools that will help you stay efficient and save money. You will also learn the best tiny house trailer types including the features, benefits, and disadvantages of each one.

Ordering a Metal Roof

One of the most complex parts of building a tiny house is understand and purchasing the various components of a metal roof. You will learn what those components are and how to determine how much of each you will need for your home. Correct estimation will keep reordering costs to a minimum.

Tools includes free

Tools - Drills and Drivers free

Two important tools in tiny house construction are your impact driver and your drill. In this segment, you will learn the differences between the two, and when to use each tool.

Subfloor Framing and Sheathing includes free

Removing Excess Trailer Boards

This segment of the workshop includes how to safely remove boards from your trailer, which ones to remove and what the benefits of doing so are.

Leveling the Trailer

Starting with a level base for building your tiny home is very important. You will learn the best method for leveling your trailer, and how to keep it level once you get it there.

Installing Aluminum Flashing

Flashing is necessary between the trailer and the sub-floor to prevent critters and insects from getting up into your floor insulation. In this segment you will learn how to safely cut metal flashing and attach it to the trailer deck.

Verify Subloor Joist Locations

In this quick segment you will learn how to be proactive in marking your crossbeams so that you don't run into trouble later.

Framing

Framing is the structural support of your sub-floor, walls and ceiling. Sub-floor framing is essentially the same as wall framing so the lessons learned in this segment will carry over to your walls.

Fixing Framing Mistakes

When it comes to framing mistakes, fixing them can be easily accomplished without destroying your wall or sub-floor. In this segment you will learn the tools and methods needed to fix those little mistakes.

Attaching the Sub-floor - Part 1

In this example, you will learn how to attach the sub-floor to the wood boards underneath on the trailer. This process is imperative to prevent the house from ripping off the trailer during transport.

Attaching the Subfloor - Part 2

In this segment you will learn how to protect the exposed insulation at the side overlaps and attache hex head bolts and "L" brackets to the frame to lock the sub-floor in.

Insulating and Sheathing the Subfloor

Because your house is elevated off of the ground, insulation is needed in the sub-floor to keep the home as energy efficient as possible. You weill earn about how foam insulation can be quickly and easy applied, as well as how to cap the sub-floor with tongue and groove plywood sheathing.

Ask Dan - Drilling Through Metal free

Many people are concerned about the perceived difficulty of drilling through the metal frame of a trailer. But in this episode of 'Ask Dan' you learn that it is not difficult at all.

Wall Framing and Sheathing

Wall Framing

Framing the walls is very similar to the sub-floor framing, but here you will learn how to create headers to help frame around doors and windows. You will also learn how to stand up walls by yourself and what you need to do to keep them braced.

Working Alone

You can build a tiny home by yourself! Here you will learn some of the techniques to successfully work alone including clamps, straps and more.

Wall Sheathing - Part 1

In this segment, you will learn how to measure your home for optimal wall sheathing board placement, proper mounting techniques and tips for cutting around the wheel wells.

Wall Sheathing - Part 2

In this segment you will learn to cut your sheathing around windows and how to plunge cut with a circular saw.

Wall Sheathing - Part 3

When sheathing walls, you will have to cut various angles other than 90 degrees. In this segment you will learn just how easy it is to measure and cut triangles.

Roof Framing and Sheathing

Roof Framing - Part 1

In this segment, you will learn how to install the ridge board and the rafters including how to cut all of the angles, bird's mouths and more.

Roof Framing - Part 2

In this segment you will learn how to cut and install the framing extensions and dead wood for nailing, and how to finish up your loft framing.

Straping

Metal strapping should be installed anywhere where a link need to be reinforced. In the segment, you will learn where and how to install it.

Roof Sheathing

In this segment you will learn how to cut and install the roof sheathing as well as tips on how to do it alone.

Drying-in the House

Roof Felt and House Wrap

In this segment you will begin the first part of the drying-in process. Learn how to properly install both house wrap and roof tar paper to help prevent water from entering your house.

Doors and Windows

Installing Windows

In this segment you will learn how to install a window including cutting the house wrap, cutting a beveled sill pan, adding flexible flashing,

Installing the Door

In this segment you will learn how to prepare, install, square and insulate the door to your house.

Exterior Siding

Installing the Exterior Siding - Part 1

In this segment you will learn the process for finishing and installing siding. Dan covers cutting the trim, and installing it along with the flashing around the windows.

Installing the Exterior Siding - Part 2

In this segment you will learn the basics of installing siding including measuring and cutting around the fenders.

Installing the Exterior Siding - Part 3

In this segment you will learn to scribe around the fender, cutting beveled joints between boards, varying colored boards and even how to build a tool to assist you if you are working alone.

Installing the Exterior Siding - Part 4

Cutting and installing fascia boards can be a bit tricky. In this segment you will learn how to make compound miter cuts, work around roof work and how to deal with the gable ends.

Installing the Exterior Siding - Part 5

IN this segment you will learn how to assemble and trim out exteriors doors as well as how to install the soffit.

Roofing

Installing Metal Roofing - Part 1

In this segment you will learn how to cut and install drop edge and metal roofing panels as well as the tools used in cutting them.

Installing Metal Roofing - Part 2

In this segment you will learn how to measure roof panel width, how to install gable trim and sidewall flashing and how to attach inside and outside closers.

Installing Metal Roofing - Part 3

In this segment you will continue to learn about gable trim installation as well as how to cut and install the ridge cap.

Electrical Rough-In

Electrical Rough-In - Part 1

In this segment you will learn to rough-in the electrical. This process includes installing the recessed lighting, the bathroom exhaust fan, all the outlet and switch boxes.

Electrical Rough-In - Part 2

This segment continues the electrical rough-in with running the wire between the boxes as well as optimizing the number of wires in each gang box.

Electrical Rough-In - Part 3

In this segment, the electrical rough-in continues with instruction on connecting the two different types of lighting in the house and installing the nail plates.

Electrical Rough-In - Part 4

In this segment you will learn how the flow of the electrical goes from the breakers all the way through the home to all of the switches, outlets and lights. You will also learn how the flow of power works for a three-way switch.

Plumbing Rough-In

Plumbing Rough-In - Part 1

In this segment you will learn the plumbing rough-in, Dan shows how to install the initial phase of the plumbing. This includes planning for your hot water heater, bath and kitchen fixtures and all supply piping throughout the home.

Plumbing Rough-In - Part 2

In this segment you will learn how to attach plumbing fittings, including threaded and non-threaded.

Plumbing Rough-In - Part 3

In this segment, Dan goes over the flow of water for the entire house, including the modifications that he had to make from his original design.

Insulation

Insulation

In this segment you will learn about the different types of insulation, the correct application of it, and the tools needed to install it.

Interior Siding

Installing the Interior Siding - Part 1

Before you can install the interior siding, there is a couple of steps that need to be taken first. In this segment, you will learn how to install the shower, framing around the fenders, and hooking up the bathroom exhaust.

Installing the Interior Siding - Part 2

In this segment you will learn how to cut and install the interior siding as well as how to handle joints between the boards.

Installing the Interior Siding - Part 3

In this segment you will learn how to install an interior wall including any plumbing and electrical that is needed as well as making angled cuts on the siding.

Interior Trim

Installing the Interior Trim - Part 1

In this segment you will learn the tips and tricks of interior trim including how to picture frame your windows and compensating for the manufacturer's standard gap as well as installing cove molding and one-by material.

Installing the Interior Trim - Part 2

In this segment you will learn how to cut and install cove molding as well as proper measuring techniques to insure highly accurate fit for the trim.

Flooring

Installing the Flooring

There are various types of flooring that you can have installed in your house. In this segment you will learn how to install vinyl tile, engineered hardwood floors as well as the thresholds between them.

Cabinets

Building a Ladder

In this segment you will learn the steps needed to build a ladder, including how to measure, cut and assemble. Dan also gives advice on preventing racking.

Electrical

Electrical - Part 1

In this segment we will recap the electrical to this point and show how to install an outlet and bridge the ground wires.

Electrical - Part 2

In this segment you will learn how to properly strip your wires, fit all of your wire back into the box and complete the outlet installation.

Electrical - Part 3

In this segment you will learn how to install switches and their difference from outlets.

Electrical - Part 4

In this video you will learn more about 3-way switches, as well as how to install the lighting fixtures and the breaker box.

Plumbing includes free

Ask Dan - Tiny House Toilets free

Toilets are one of the most asked about fixtures in the tiny house world. Here you will learn what your options are and the pros and cons of each.

What Others Are Saying

extremely well done and professional. Dan is very clear in his explanations, the audio and video quality is very high... Dan’s videos are like having your own private workshop with the added benefit that you can watch each step over and over again until you understand the concept and then go put it into practice. Kent Griswold, tinyhouseblog.com
I've remodeled several houses and been researching tiny houses for the past 2 years and really thought I knew it all. Then I took a workshop online with Dan and he blew my mind. Amazon Customer
I've purchased just about every tiny house related resource out there to prepare for building my own house, including books and workshops, and I must say that your course is the best I've found. John C. - Denver, CO
very well done. His explanations are clear, the video is crisp and clean, and the sound quality is high. Michael Janzen - tinyhousedesign.com
Although we decided to build on concrete and slightly larger than tiny, your video series was instrumental in building the skills needed Kai P. - Boston Ma
I started watching them last night.........OMG!!! They are exactly what I needed! Kim N.

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