Resource Emerges for Tiny House DIY-ers (Video)

Resource Emerges for Tiny House DIY-ers (Video)

Even a cursory glance at housing trends since the dawn of the Great Recession in 2008 exposes one to the concept of the tiny house. To those involved in the tiny house movement, the allure is clear – dwell simply, so you can do what you love, and live your life with less encumbrance. So appealing is the tiny house, that many adventurous DIY-ers have set out to build their own tiny home. Believing they’ll save money, live more sustainably, and own their own destiny, they devote their resources and energy to the build.

However, many DIY-ers find that even a tiny house can be a huge project. To help others on their tiny home journey a Kickstarter is launching to serve DIY tiny house builders. To learn more, click here.

Eryn McAlpine and her husband Jon built a tiny house for themselves and their three small children. They started the build when Eryn was pregnant with their oldest, now six. When they moved in last year, the house consisted mostly of a shell on a trailer, and had yet to be completed. “It takes a lot more time than you think,” said Eryn of the tiny house building process. “When you’re not a skilled builder, every project takes 3-5 times longer than you think it will.”

The McAlpines did all the work on their home by themselves, with some support from friends. They often had to tear out and rebuild portions of the project as they went, wasting time, materials, and money. They educated themselves along the way, and poured over tiny house blogs – learning from others as they did similar projects.

“It was really helpful to be connected to other people facing the same challenges,” McAlpine stated.

Many DIY tiny house builders have faced similar difficulties. In response, a new project, How to Build Tiny, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of trainings, resources, and networking for tiny house builders. As it stands, tiny house builders scrap together information from disparate, difficult to find sources. The reliability of this information is uncertain, and often comes from people who have built just one tiny home – or are in the process of building their first tiny home project.

Led by experienced tiny house builder Keith Schneider, who has built more than three dozen tiny houses, How to Build Tiny will provide DIY-ers with a one-stop place to find the information and build the skills they need to build their homes right the first time.

“Just like a car, a Tiny House is an extremely complicated machine with thousands of connected components,” says Schneider, “but unlike a car it is possible for many DIY-ers to build their own home from scratch. How to Build Tiny helps anyone who takes on a tiny build follow their project through to successful completion – on schedule, on budget, and at the highest quality. Plus, they’ll have more fun doing it, because they’ll know what to expect.”

Though the tiny house build was difficult at times, the McAlpine family is happy with their decision to build their own place. The best part of being a tiny house owner, according to McAlpine is, “It’s ours. I like the fact that no matter what happens, we have a home to live in.”

About How to Build Tiny: How to Build Tiny provides pragmatic DIY tiny house builders with access to great how-to information, training, guidance and the benefit of our experience in tiny house building. People who access our training successfully build their tiny house – and get it right the first time, saving countless hours, dollars, and frustration.


Topics: Building Green, Cost of Ownership, Exteriors, Flooring, Foundations, Going Green, Healthy Homes, Home Design & Plans, Interior Design, Lumber and Structured Panels, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Products


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