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.
Build a Yurt Workshop
Local Living Ventures group in Canton, New York
The group has brought me in to teach a 3-day workshop where we will install a 20′ yurt for the members of the group whilst concurrently building a 10′ yurt from scratch to encourage students to build their own. Yurt building, camping, food, art projects, and long term off-grid living discussion will all be present for this weekend of camaraderie!
Come help make this thing happen! You will learn about the history, uses and realistic expectations for yurt living, and “how-to” build one yourself!
There are lots of projects that need helping hands – planning, building, decorating (beautiful arts project for Mongolian designs!) and much more.
Join us to create beautiful, sustainable, and move-able housing we can all love!
A full weekend of camaraderie, Date To Be Announced. It will be late in May
Construction Supervisor is master yurt builder Steve Reed of Surely Yurts
- Two levels of participation:
- Camping on site, meals provided: Amount to be determined
- Day Tripper rate: Amount to be determined
Please indicate your particular skill level with construction, arts, etc. (all levels welcome!) and your dietary and camping preferences.
Go to this link to register and scroll down.
Tiny House Magazine Issue 14 is finally out officially on both platforms PDF and the iPad version. Fifty-nine pages of great content, thanks to all the great contributors. Personally I think this is the best issue yet and each new issue seems to get better and better.
Here is a peak at the cover and table of contents. Also for the first time you can download a sample of the issue with one of my favorite articles called Live, Laugh, Love. Where eleven people who have built and live in their own tiny house share what they like about their new life.
Over the years, we have heard from tiny house builders that it could take 100-200+ hours to complete framing and sheathing phases. Why not provide some help and heavy lifting for builders this spring?
Tumbleweed now offers the Amish Barn Raiser. It’s a complete “shell” assembled by our Colorado-based Amish builders, the Fishers, who also build our ready-made homes. With over 50 years of combined experience in building homes, we honor and offer their experience.
Barn Raiser details: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/products/amish-barn-raiser/
Stages of building the Barn Raiser: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/pages/building-the-amish-barn-raiser
The fully-framed shell can be ordered for 18, 20 and 24- foot homes, all built on a Tumbleweed Trailer. After stick-building is complete, the house is sheathed with zip board and a weather resistant roof. It is well-constructed with Simpson Strong Ties, hurricane clips, and engineered wood. The windows are framed but not cut out, while the front door is cut out. Dormers and a complete metal roof are options.
Prices start at $13,000 and there’s a $1,000 discount if purchased by February 28th. The Barn Raisers may be delivered throughout the U.S. except Hawaii (see fees) or picked up free in Colorado Springs, CO.
Buyers may pay with a loan, credit card, check or wire transfer, and will need to complete a sales agreement. We have 0% financing available (up to 18 months) for people with credit scores over 680, and here’s how to apply:
For spring builders, please consider ordering soon because the lead time is 6-8 weeks depending on trailer deliveries.