Tiny House Design Part 2 - Construction
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Tiny House Design Part 2 - Construction

A Comprehensive 101
4.5 (98 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,275 students enrolled
Created by Macy Miller
Last updated 11/2015
Current price: $19 Original price: $40 Discount: 52% off
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the options they have when it comes to constructing their tiny house and be able to select what will work best for their particular situation.
  • Know the parts of a wall/roof/floor and what each layer is for.
  • Have an understanding of how to pick out windows and insulation for their tiny house.
  • Know what tools will be required to build a tiny house.
  • know how to fasten their tiny house to its foundation/trailer.
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  • Students should bring an open mind and their curiosity of tiny houses!

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!

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!
Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
Instructor Introduction
1 Lecture 04:50
Tiny House Construction
13 Lectures 01:43:15

First and foremost I want to talk about construction safety and the 'must do's' for a safe construction zone.

Preview 07:49

The list of tools needed to construct your own tiny house including 'must haves' as well as 'nice to haves'

Tools Needed

Design Factors


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.

Anatomy of a Wall

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.

Types of Framing

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.

Sheathing Types

What to look for when finding windows and doors in your house. I go over the important things to look for in glazing.

Glazing Selection

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.

Moisture Control

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.

Floor Framing and Trailer Attachement

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.


Bonus Lecture: Resources
About the Instructor
Macy Miller
4.6 Average rating
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1,584 Students
4 Courses
Architectural Designer

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!