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?


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!

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