The guide consists of 180 pages and over 168 color photographs and illustrations. The information contained in it is not specific to any particular set of plans and would be pertinent to anyone building a tiny house, small backyard office, studio, or even a shed.
What You’ll Learn
How to Downsize and Still Be Happy
Downsizing is not as simple as just throwing away some of your stuff. You will need to make smart decisions and do it right if you want to be happy and enjoy the new lifestyle tiny living can bring.
Places to Park and Live In Your Tiny House
You will want to figure this out before you even start building. The last thing you want is to spend your time and money building your dream home only to find out you cannot live where you expected.
How to Custom Design Your Dream Home
Learn what it takes to design your own home. Find out how to leverage the work of others to keep design costs down while getting the exact house you want.
Which Tools You Will Absolutely Need to Build Your House
There are thousands of different tools out there. Find out which ones are essential to build your house. You’ll also learn how to get those tools without blowing your budget.
How to Save Thousands on Your Materials
There are a lot of materials that go into building a tiny house. The cost of those can range between $10,000 and $25,000. But did you know there is a simple trick to save thousands, you just need to know who and how to ask?
Which Alternative Building Materials Make Sense for Tiny Houses
Some building materials are well suited for tiny houses, while others are not. We get asked about SIPs and metal studs all the time. We recommend one, and tell people to avoid the other.
The Tool that Makes Building Cabinets Easy
Building the cabinets, if you chose to do so, can be one of the most challenging parts of building a tiny house. But there is an inexpensive tool that makes this job a snap!
The Best Trailer Types for a Tiny House
There are many different trailer types available. You will want to be sure to pick one that is strong and safe enough to support your house.
How to Build the Structure
Learn the details required to do the actual building. This includes building the walls, roof, drying-in the house, installing the windows and doors, siding, roofing material, and so on.
Electrical work can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. We break down the different parts of the electrical system and explain how to wire your house with diagrams that almost anyone can understand.
Behind electrical, plumbing is one of the most feared task of building a house. But did you know it’s actually one of the easiest? There is also a way to do it so that it is super easy to fix any mistakes.
Considering taking your house off-grid? Find out how to get power, water, and how to handle waste while living unconnected from standard utilities.
The Best Insulation Types
The type of insulation that is used can greatly impact the energy efficiency and comfort of your house. I discuss the pros and cons of each of the most popular options.