So, you've decided to build a tiny house on your own. It's not going to be easy, let me tell you that. There will be a lot of sweat, blood, time, and money going into this investment. There'll be times when you want to be quit, and other times where you will be frustrated that you didn't meet a certain deadline. And other times you want to scream at the sky because the weather is horrible for building. Just know that your journey towards building your own home will be strenuous, but when you've finished, it will be worth it.
This article is a handy guide for beginners in the DIY tiny house project. This is not an in-depth guide, but rather a starting point for you to branch out and truly begin your research. Are you ready? Let's get started.
Tiny House Kits
As with most things that architects build, a tiny house does come with a blueprint. And some even come as a tiny house kit. These are basically generic kits that you can use to build your own home. Some kits come with the materials, while others require you to purchase the materials yourself. Whatever the case, make sure that the kit is sold by a reputable company that has good reviews, solid understanding of architecture, and is willing to help you through the process. There are many of these kits and blueprints on the market, but make sure you do your research.
The tiny house community is thriving and growing. Because of its immense growth, those who are veterans and experienced with building tiny homes hold lectures and workshops for beginners. These workshops and lectures can cost a few hundred dollars, and will require at least a weekend of your time. There are some that can take longer. Be expected to roll up your sleeves and get dirty. You'll learn everything from doing your home's plumbing, electricity, gas, installing solar panels, and more. Be prepared to learn a lot and use that knowledge to build your own home.
Workshops are typically held in major cities, and Western states seem to hold the most workshops. However, if you are not able to attend a class, there are other ways for you to learn.
For those who cannot attend a workshop, there are videos on the internet for you to learn how to make your own tiny home. True, you could easily read the instructions on how to do this, but a video demonstration would be best. You'll be able to see the actual process, and see comments that other people have posted regarding the topic. Subjects vary greatly, so you'll be able to find information on things you're concerned about.
I know, it's to be expected that the internet would turn up on this guide, but hey, it's useful! The internet provides you not just the information you need to build your tiny home, but it also offers feedback. You'll be able to connect with others in the tiny house community, ask questions, and perhaps give answers to those in need. You can even find ideas, blueprints, pictures, gifs, documentaries, and reputable builders through the internet as well. It's an invaluable source of information, and don't rule this out when you’re creating your new home.