7 Ways to Learn To Build a Tiny House

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Where do you begin to learn how to build a Tiny House? If you’re a general contractor, or have had some experience with house repairs, you might already feel up to the challenge.

But what if the sum total of your building experience comes from playing with legos? Can you still take on the challenge of building a Tiny House?

YES!

At DIY Tiny, we truly believe that You CAN do it yourself. And there are lots of resources available to you as a learning Tiny House builder.

First off though, let’s talk about learning styles. Everybody learns differently. Some folks learn best when they’re shown how to do something. Others can pick up a skill from a book or a pdf. Others need to actually put the item together themselves, figuring out the nuts and bolts as they go along.

In the 1930s, Edgar Dale created what is commonly called the Cone of Learning. In it, he evaluated teaching methods and their effectiveness of helping the student retain knowledge. According to his research, learning methods fall on this spectrum:

  • Lecture or classroom setting with formal teacher
  • Reading information
  • Audio/Visual aids
  • Demonstration of technique
  • Discussion
  • Practice doing
  • Teaching others

Applying these methods, here are seven different ways you could learn how to build a Tiny House:

1). Attend a Community Class about Tiny House Construction

2). Read a book or pdf on Tiny House Construction

3). Watch a video series on how to build a Tiny House

4). Attend a hands-on 3-day workshop

5). Join a MeetUp and discuss Tiny House techniques and ideas

6). Come to Build Week at DIY Tiny and work on a real Tiny House

7). Work alongside other students and show them what you’re doing as you learn at Build Week.

According to Edgar Dale’s research however, not all of these learning methods are equal. When students simple attend a lecture or read a book, the average information retention rate of information is only 10%. Adding in a video or set of images doesn’t improve the situation much. Matter a fact, it’s not until students ACTUALLY START DOING THE WORK THEMSELVES that they actually remember how to do something more than 70% of the time.

This is the reason why we created Build Week at DIY Tiny. We knew that by giving folks the opportunity to spend five days actually working on a Tiny House, seeing how the pieces come together, and learning from experienced builders, that they could be effectively equipped to build their own Tiny House.

So can you learn how to build a Tiny House, even if you’ve never built anything else before in your life? Absolutely! But how you learn and what learning method you use is critical to your success. If you’re serious about taking the best step forward to making your Tiny House dreams a reality, then learn by the best learning method: actually doing the work yourself at a Build Week.

Don’t wait any longer, wishing you knew what to do and where to start. Register for your Build Week today!

Find Your Perfect Parking Spot

So you build a Tiny House. It’s perfect. It’s efficient. It’s probably legal. What?

Regrettably, yes. Stick that Tiny House on a foundation and the local building code officer may come slap a notice to your door. For some folks, the work-around is to put your Tiny House on wheels and classify it as an RV. But now that it’s on wheels, where do you park it?

What decisions do I need to make?

If your Tiny House is on wheels, yes, you need a parking space. As you look for where to park it, here are some things you’ll need to consider:

  • Yes, a parking spot is essential! Unless you can build a hovercraft…
  • Is it large enough? The area has to accommodate your trailer from tongue to tail, and it’s width. Walking space around your Tiny House is good too.
  • Also, will you have to pull your Tiny House in? Or back it in? The space might be great, but if you can’t get your house in, forget it.
  • Is it flat and stable? You’ll level your Tiny House with leveling jacks. Soft places like sand and sod can cause a Tiny House to sink. Blacktop might not give your jacks enough purchase. Crushed gravel makes an excellent base for a Tiny House on Wheels.
  • Access to Utilities? Things to think for include power hookups, gray and blackwater disposal, incoming water systems, internet connections, etc.

What are my options?

In addition to the foundation space, there are still local laws to consider. Some municipalities do not allow long-term living in an RV, even on private property. In others, the neighbors might not like it. Here are some options to explore:

  • Hiding
  • Renting/borrowing someone else’s backyard
  • Moving your Tiny House every few months
  • Moving to a Tiny House community
  • Renting Parking Space from DIY Tiny.

Knowing how you plan to living in your Tiny House can help with these decisions. Do you intend to travel, taking your house with you? You’ll want short-term parking options. Hoping to live somewhere permanently and legally? A long-term solution is best for you.

Thankfully, that’s where DIY Tiny can help. We have parking options for both short-term and long-term parking needs. And they’re probably 100% legal.

Give us a call today @ 704-650-0130 to discuss your parking needs.

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