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How to Build a Tiny House - Part 1

A beginner's guide to building a tiny house
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Created by Dan Louche
Last updated 3/2016
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What Will I Learn?
Gain the knowledge and confidence needed to begin construction of your own tiny house.
Have a very good understanding of what goes into building a tiny house.
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  • Determination, drive, and a willingness to learn is all that is needed.
  • No building experience is needed.

Learn how to build your very own mortgage free, environmentally sustainable home.

In Part 1 of How to Build a Tiny House, I cover:

Acquiring Your Supplies. In this lecture you’ll learn how to talk to the right people and use the same terminology as the professionals to save thousands of dollars. You’ll also learn how to save many hours by having the stores work for you.

Ordering a Metal Roof. In these lectures you’ll learn all the various components of a metal roof and how to determine which parts, as well as how much, you will need to complete the roof of your tiny house.

Preparing Your Trailer. In these lectures you’ll learn how to level a trailer as well as how to prepare a standard equipment trailer so that it can be built on.

Framing. In these lectures you’ll learn the proper way to frame and sheath the subfloor, walls, and the roof.

Who is the target audience?
  • If you have an interest in living in a mortgage free, environmentally sustainable home, this course if for you.
  • Even if you plan to have someone else build your house, this course will give you the knowledge to ask the smart questions.
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Acquiring Materials and Supplies
3 Lectures 58:29

Ordering a Metal Roof - Part 1

Ordering a Metal Roof - Part 2
1 Lecture 15:17
Tools- Drills and Drivers
Subfloor Framing and Sheathing
9 Lectures 39:46
Removing Excess Trailer Boards

Leveling the Trailer

Installing Aluminum Flashing

Verify Subfloor Joist Locations


Attaching the Subfloor - Part 1

Attaching the Subfloor - Part 2

Insulating and Sheathing the Subloor
Wall Framing and Sheathing
5 Lectures 40:05
Wall Framing

Working Alone

Wall Sheathing - Part 1

Wall Sheathing - Part 2

Wall Sheathing - Part 3
Roof Framing and Sheathing
4 Lectures 29:14
Roof Framing - Part 1

Roof Framing - Part 2


Roof Sheathing
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Owner of Tiny Home Builders

Dan Louche is the owner of Tiny Home Builders. He has been building tiny houses since 2009 when he built his first house for his mom. He strives to help others achieve their tiny house dreams by giving them the knowledge and confidence to build their own house.

Dan authored the Tiny House Design & Construction Guide and has taught tiny house construction techniques to thousands over the years through numerous workshops and speaking engagements. His company’s website,, is visited by over a million people each year and his designs have been featured on numerous websites and TV shows including Good Morning America and HGTV.

Dan has a degree in Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

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