A Workshop Designed Like a Tiny House

DC Workshop

We believe tiny house workshops should be like tiny houses: small, intimate, and designed to your individual needs. That’s why a couple of the professionals involved in building houses at Boneyard Studios put together a tiny house design workshop for the DIYer who wants more technical information and planning materials for their tiny house build. Our first workshop this past fall was a success and a lot of fun to put on, so we are redoing it again this Spring at Howard University. Find out more details about the workshop and watch a video from our past workshop. Check out our photos and materials from the past workshop below and see why I, Lee, was motivated to help design a workshop with these professionals after my experience building a tiny house.





Throughout my tiny house project, I have realized how much building requires project planning, understanding major decision points in the process, and a knowledge of building code and materials. I didn’t fully understand how one decision impacted another or what building decisions and techniques were unique to tiny houses. I had naively bought into some of the promotional materials in the tiny house world that claim you can build a tiny house with just 14 tools or that make it seem like building a tiny house is simpler and easier just because it’s smaller than a regular house. Our experience has been the opposite: a tiny house actually requires more planning, and a pretty thorough knowledge of building science, health and safety, and codes (International Building Code, RV code (ANSI/RVIA), and city code and zoning) in order to build a structure that is safe, durable, and is an efficient use of space. Come learn with us again this spring!

March 29-30, 2014 in Washington, DC

Location: Howard University
(two blocks from the metro, one mile from downtown and one mile from Boneyard Studios tiny house community)

We believe tiny house workshops should be like tiny houses: small, intimate, and designed to your individual needs.

Join us this spring to gain the technical knowledge and the planning tools to start designing and building your small house project!

*Workshop limited to 30 participants to allow one-on-one time with architect and builder.


Big Ideas, Small Spaces: A Tiny House Design Workshop from Julie Espinosa on Vimeo.

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Jim - February 28, 2014 Reply

It would be great if there were online workshops for those that cannot travel to attend. I realize you cannot obtain the same amount of info but this would be still better than not having anything at all. Just my opinion 🙂
If there are these types of workshops, please pass along the info.

    David Remus - February 28, 2014 Reply

    Just go to youtube and search for;

    Tiny House workshop – tons of videos of people showing you how they have built them

    Tiny house plans – people showing off their homes, sometimes selling plans

    Tiny house – thousands of results all over the map

    Tiny house movement – documentaries like this hour and twenty minute one are out there, just look.


    Boondocking – people camping/rving in the boondocks away from city hookups, tons of helpful hints for getting by with a minimal amount of stuff

    I just found thousands of videos, some are probably for you.

    Start off searching for ‘tiny house blog videos’, it has a lot of the regular writers and contributors own videos.

    Get the caffeine pot boiling and go to work!

Bern - February 28, 2014 Reply

Maybe future planning would allow workshops in other locations. I’m in Seattle and know this type of workshop would be well recieved. Keep me posted.

Laura G. - February 28, 2014 Reply

It looks like an interesting workshop.

One thing that puzzles me – with tiny houses that are within city limits, like THE BONEYARD, how do they get away with composting toilets? The D.C. code 908.10 states “All human excreta or body wastes shall be transported and discharged into the sewerage system by the contractor at a point designated by the Director.” There is also language about “fly tight” containers, which composting piles are not.

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