This is going to be a conversation about the various types of construction you may use when building your tiny house. I will talk about standard framing practices, advanced framing techniques, steel stud construction and SIPs. The great thing about tiny homes is that even the most complex house is pretty basic. Even though this will be a bit more 'technical' information I hope it stays simple enough for those not in the construction industry.
In addition to framing options I will get into insulation types, pros/cons and tiny house specific considerations and suggestions when it comes to moisture protection, fasteners, attaching to your foundation and more. This will MOSTLY focus on tiny houses on wheels. I also hope to give you a basic understanding of tools needed for the task and important safety info!
There are approximately 2 hours of information relating to construction, insulation, glazing selection and special considerations - as it applies 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!
First and foremost I want to talk about construction safety and the 'must do's' for a safe construction zone.
The list of tools needed to construct your own tiny house including 'must haves' as well as 'nice to haves'
In order to best understand they materials selected in each of the following lectures it's important to understand the purpose of each component of a structure. This is a basic overview of what each layer does.
An overview of the most common types of construction and how they apply to tiny houses specifically. Including standard framing, advanced framing, steel framing and SIPs panels.
An overview of sheathing options (including OSB, Plywood and Zips Panels) for your tiny house and what NOT to use. Includes best practices for installing.
What to look for when finding windows and doors in your house. I go over the important things to look for in glazing.
There are three areas to pay attention to moisture when building a tiny house, flashing doors/window/skylight openings, protecting your structure and interior moisture venting. In this section I go through your options on how to best approach each of them.
The main difference between a tiny house on wheels and one on a foundation is the attachment to the trailer, in this section I go through the best practices on how to safely attach to a trailer.
Through your build you will be faced with using fasteners (ie nails and screws). In this portion I aim to explain the intention of each so that you can understand when to use one or the other. I will also go over some other options and best practices.
In this portion I talk through the pros and cons of the five most popular types of insulation used in tiny homes (including fiberglass batt, cellulose, wool/fabric, rigid foams and spray foams) and why one may make mmore sense for you.
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!