Yestermorrow Design/Build School Class

Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont is hosting a building class focused on building a tiny house on wheels.

They’re hoping to find a client who would like to offer their little house as the subject of the class — significantly jump-starting the construction process! Essentially, the client would dictate the design and offer the materials, including the trailer, and the folks at Yestermorrow would begin the construction process as part of the class.

If anyone is interested in getting more information about the class or how their project could be used in the class, please contact Paul Hanke of Yestermorrow. He can provide information about how the class went last year. I’ve attached a photo of the little house they started last year. The porch and other aspects of the house weren’t complete, but the walls and roof were on and the project well underway by the end of the class. Paul’s e-mail is

cozy tiny house

9 thoughts on “Yestermorrow Design/Build School Class”

  1. (sigh) I guess Jay Shafer was a genius for starting the trailer-house trend, but really, is there just no other inovators out there for something different? For all the areas around the country where there are up to 200 sq ft buildings allowed “unpermitted”, where are all the cute and unique 200 sq ft plans? Wheels under and eight and a half feet wide…is sure getting to be “old”. Some people would like to put down roots, so to speak, rather than rubber to the road.

    Someone should do a survey as to just how comfortable people find 8 foot wide living, in the long term. How about a survey of people who built these homes on wheels, whether 50K or 10K versions, and if they found them comfortable for YEARS of living…like for retirement? Do I hear a giant echo???

    • Actually, Jay’s website has plans for traditional, “put down roots” houses. If you’ve read this blog for long, or investigated the tiny house movement at all, you would have seen that there are options out there for everyone.

    • I’ve lived in my 8 ft wide 18 ft long, portable home since last summer. Trailer pulled away when it’s parked and can be used for other things.
      I’ll be happy to live here for years.

      • et, this is the first I’ve heard of someone transporting their tiny home on a trailer, then removing the trailer once the home is parked. Would you mind providing more details? How the house is secured to the trailer for transport, how the house is lifted off the trailer, and what the house rests on when parked. Thanks.

    • I have to agree with Paige. There are plenty of options out there. There are plenty of options described just on this blog. You just have to take the time and weed through a lot of stuff. There are tiny-small houses for everyone, you just have to search them out.

  2. I’m taking the Yestermorrow Tiny House design/build as a student, as a part of the Sustainable Design/Build Certificate program that I am doing at YM. It’s a beautiful, wonderful school! Everyone there is into tiny houses or campers (my specialty), and it’s just an amazing environment to learn in! Anyone else reading this participating in the tiny house build at Yestermorrow too?

  3. My son is currently in the Marines. I am hoping to find a way to have one built for him as a project. He will be getting out of the Marines in June 2013 and would love to have one. He has called me from overseas recently to ask if I was able to make anything happen with it.
    In speaking to a local college building professor, although they are interested in helping get it done… I am unable to come up with what they require. They want a plan stamped by an architect…a trailer…and $20,000 at least for purchases.
    I would like to get it done…but I need help. Any ideas?

  4. I would be very comfortable living inside a trailer and to have the convenience of parking at any location. I am curious how the tiny house was transported. Could you please provide more details?


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