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Tiny House Design Part 1 - Codes and Foundation Selection

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Last updated 11/2015
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This is going to be a conversation around local and national code issues surrounding Tiny Houses. I will talk about the options you have both locally (to you) and nationally, focusing on the permitting process and alternative paths to legalized tiny house living.

As a part of this conversation I will explain the difference between a foundation tiny house and a tiny house on wheels (legally) and the process that each must go through. The MAIN focus of this course will be tiny houses on wheels so I will get into the considerations that will go into picking your foundation (trailer) including both new and used options.

There are approximately 2 hours of information relating to history, zoning, codes and foundations - as they apply to tiny homes. This course is formatted to provide the information relevant to you and enable you to make the best decision for yourself. If you are excited about tiny houses and how they may empower you this course is for you!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for all of those interested in learning the options and opportunities when it comes to transitioning to a tiny house
  • This course is for those in the beginning stages of understanding all of the decisions that go into your own tiny home.
  • This course is probably not for you if you are looking for in depth 'how-to' information on the steps to building your own tiny home.
  • This course if for those looking to learn more about the tiny house movement and if it is right for you!
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What Will I Learn?
Understand what agencies to go to with your tiny house questions, locally.
Understand where it is legal to park your tiny house as well as what most people do.
Know the pros and cons of selecting a new and used foundation (trailer).
Understand the parts of a trailer and know what to look for for and what to avoid your own build.
Understand the history and the factors that have gone into tiny house popularity
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  • Students should bring an open mind and their curiosity of tiny houses!
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 12 Lectures Collapse All 12 Lectures 01:38:08
Instructor Introduction
1 Lecture 04:50
A History
2 Lectures 18:23

A brief history to what a tiny house is and what it is not, who is interested and why they have become 'in style' in recent years.

Preview 13:47

  1. Why not just get and RV?
  2. Why not just use a shed?
2 Common Questions
4 Lectures 45:37

Who governs tiny houses and what is the process to a legal tiny home? In this portion we will chat about how to go about licensing and registering your tiny house touching on building departments, zoning departments and the department of transportation.

Tiny House Codes

In this portion we will talk about the options you have for tiny house parking including the legal options and processes to being approved as well as 'what most people do'.


I will talk about RVIA and give you an understanding of how it fits into the tiny house world.

RVIA Certification

In this portion I will go through a handful of cities who are leading the charge to legalizing tiny houses and how each one is approaching it.

Case Studies
Foundation Selection
5 Lectures 29:18
Design Considerations

This will get into the details of a trailer and why some features may be more beneficial for you than others.

Anatomy of a Trailer

in this portion I will talk about choosing your trailer including the pros and cons of buying new vs used and what to look for. Also included is the different types of tiny house specific trailers.

Trailer Selection

In this portion I will go over the importance of balancing your trailer and how to go about doing that.

Weight Distribution

Bonus Lecture: Resources
About the Instructor
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Macy Miller graduated with a Masters Degree in Architecture in 2007 and has devoted her career to sustainable design and instruction, she is a LEED Accredited Professional with a passion for education. As a project, she started the design and construction of her own 196 s.f. tiny house in 2011 and has been living tiny with her family every since. Macy's home has been featured in Dwell Magazine, TIME Magazine, on Yahoo and various other sites internationally. Since completing her home she has stayed very involved in the tiny house community and strives to help empower others to be able to take on the same challenges!

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