So you want to build a tiny house? Join us for our hands-on workshop and learn how! We focus on giving you the knowledge and confidence needed to build your own tiny house. And because these workshops are hands-on, you leave not just more informed, but also with real-world experience. There is no better way to learn than by doing.
Our workshops are perfect for beginners. No previous carpentry experience is required.
Exclusive discounts on our book, plans, eWorkshop and trailers are also offered to workshop attendees.
Find out what tools are absolutely needed and which ones are just nice to have. Also learn how to save thousands on materials for your tiny house using the same tricks as the professionals.
Learn the basics of framing so that you can build a house that is structurally sound and safe to drive down the road. You’ll learn firsthand while we construct and stand up walls.
Learn how to properly add layers to your house to add strength and to protect it from the elements. Water is the number one destroyer of homes, we’ll teach you how to protect your house.
Learn all the parts of the electrical system of your tiny house. This is the area that most people are more concerned about, but we break it down and show you that it’s really not that complicated.
Learn about the different types of plumbing products out there and which ones work best for tiny houses. You’ll then work with those materials to put together plumbing components.
Find out the best options on where to park your tiny house.
... and much more. Click here to learn more about the workshop format
Our goal with this workshop is to teach the most that we can in the limited time that we have. Based on our interactions with many individuals over the years who have set out to build their own tiny house, we have determined the areas of construction that people struggle with the most and ask the most questions about. These topics range considerably, and each benefit from a different approach to teaching. For this reason, some of the topics are taught in a lecture or presentation style format, while others are taught with real tools and materials in a more hands-on format, and some are taught with a combination of the two. Overall, the workshop ends up being about fifty percent lecture, and fifty percent hands on. During the hands-on portion, we encourage everyone to participate. It is up to the individual to decide to participate or to observe.
Over the years we’ve experimented with different build projects in our workshops, with the goal of exposing the participants to as many real-life build steps as possible. If the project is too big, then we end up only being able to complete a few steps (for instance, we get the framing done but nothing else). If the project is too small, then it isn’t representative enough of an actual build. The project that we have found to have the best mix of scale and exposure to tools and building steps, is to build a floor and corner of a house. This allows the participant to see the subloor framing, subfloor sheathing, wall framing, wall sheathing, house wrap, window flashing, window installation, and presents a jumping point to discuss many other aspects of the build. While we would love to complete an entire tiny house, there simply isn’t enough time.
While we have had people with all levels of building experience and skill attend our workshops, from individuals who have never picked up a tool, to professional contractors, this workshop is best suited for people with none to moderate tool and construction knowledge. We cover a wide range of topics, from simple tool use to more complex concepts like electrical installation. While there is always an opportunity to learn, highly experienced individuals will get less from the experience during times when we are covering basic topics.
Dan Louche's been building tiny houses and helping others do the same for over 7 years. He's the owner of Tiny Home Builders and the author of the Tiny House Design & Construction Guide. He's taught and spoken at over 40 workshops and conferences.
“ I have been to a LOT of learning type workshop weekends, and I have to say that this workshop was probably the most "Bang for the Buck" workshop, that I have EVER had the pleasure to attend. Dan is amazing, and his depth of knowledge was only exceeded by the caring (and FUN) way that he was able to deliver his wealth of information to us. There were a bunch of "Aha moments" as people from all walks of life, with varying reasons and goals, got to actually DO the things that will need to be done in order to build a Tiny House of their own. - Rick F
“ I've never met people at "that level of hospitality" before. It is really quite inspiring. You all are doing a fantastic job. - Michelle
“ I feel completely ready to build a house on my own - Timothy E
“ Thank you, Dan for a great workshop in Atlanta! - Kathy D
“ Dan, you did a magnificent job!! I left so inspired that I can hardly think of anything besides tiny houses. - Wanda S
“ I know this was not your primary reason for the workshop but thank you so much for building my confidence to finally remove a door in my kitchen this past week and put in a window so that I can rearrange the placement of my fridge and for better workflow. Besides my neighbor holding the plywood sheathing to screw in place I can honestly say I did it myself. I highly recommend your workshop for this purpose alone (and so many other reasons). Thanks again - Sanne
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