Tiny House Workshops

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Workshops:

How to Build a Tiny House in Australia: Comprehensive Workshop + Free Online Course

Attend our detailed in-person workshop and get lifetime access to How To Build A Tiny House – The Australian Online Course for free (usually $288). Build it light, safe, and strong.

Get informed, clear, and honest information from an expert who knows and has done it all.

What You Will Learn:

In this weekend workshop, you will learn:

  • Risks with Tiny House Builds: Material selection, weight, transport, and compliance.
  • Planning and Building Essentials: Key elements you need to get right.
  • Building Terminology: Speak with confidence at your local timber yard.
  • Building Methods: Suitable for tiny houses on wheels, ensuring strength and light weight.
  • Construction Material Comparisons: Pros and cons of wood, steel, and SIPs.
  • Safety and Mobility: How to make your tiny house safe to travel.
  • Going Large: Considerations for going over size by width, height, length or weight.
  • Cyclonic Conditions: Adapting construction techniques for mobile structures.
  • Design for Climate: Keeping cool in the Australian summer.
  • Design Features: Trailer choices, roof styles, ladders vs. stairs, and more.
  • Unified Construction Method®: Producing the strongest and lightest attachment between tiny house and trailer.
  • DIYable: Insulation, off-grid solutions, and total DIY capability.
  • VSB1 Revision 6 Compliance: Essential knowledge for all builders about the national vehicle standards.
  • Bracing Ply Dos and Don’ts: Ensuring structural integrity.
  • Condensation Management: Tips for various climates, including information on different membranes.
  • Floor Construction: Detailed guidance on reducing weight, increasing strength and attachment options.
  • Building Corners: Best practices for tiny houses on wheels.
  • Site Assessment: How to level your tiny house.
  • Transport Issues and Options: What to consider.
  • Roof Design: Key considerations for different situations.
  • Loft Construction: Tips for optimal space usage.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is ideal for:

  • DIY Builders: Anyone looking to build their own tiny house.
  • Informed Consumers: Those wanting to purchase a tiny house or trailer.
  • Tradespeople: Interested in branching out into tiny house building

Online Course @ Tiny House University

Learn everything you need to know about building your tiny house on wheels in Australia. 7 hours of instruction in 37 Units of video content and helpful quizzes.

Covering crucial topics like understanding how to secure your tiny house onto your trailer and how to insulate for year-round comfort in Australia.

An empowering experience of eye-opening ‘ah-haa’ moments, presented to you on an easy to use educational platform that includes:
* handy summaries,
* fun quizzes,
* downloadable documents,
* and reference links.

This course will be a resource at your side to be replayed and consulted again and again on your journey from playing with different floor plans through to the construction of your very own tiny house.

Save yourself years of research and expensive mistakes with this tried-and-true information that travels with you on your tiny house journey.

All Things Trailers for Tiny House Builders

Learn everything you need to know about trailers for tiny houses in these first 12 Units. You will learn how:

To “Speak Trailer” so you won’t be taken for a ride.

The correct braking systems and suspension for a tiny house vehicle.

How trailers work and what can go wrong.

How tiny houses and their trailers are commonly attached together.

Understand your trailer’s compliance plate.

To assess the value and pitfalls of buying a used trailer for a tiny house.

To make a truly insulated floor for your tiny house.

To make your trailer and tiny house registrable in Australia.

The most important things to look for when buying a trailer for a tiny house.

Taking It Off-Grid

In these next 7 Units (Units 13-19), learn key points about how to create an off-grid tiny house that uses passive solar design principles appropriate to tiny house vehicles considering weight, size and year-round comfort. This section has an emphasis on how to achieve high levels of comfort without using any fossil fuels. You will learn:

Options for collecting and storing power to run electrical appliances.

How to calculate the correct battery bank size for your off-grid tiny house.

How a modern composting toilet works and what’s different to a conventional flush toilet.

Tips & tricks for insulating for summer and winter.

Fred’s proven method to keep your loft bed ceiling cool in summer; including how to create a radiant barrier in your tiny house.

Making hot water: how to design a hot water system for a tiny house that uses only renewable energy.

Appliances that are easy to use on batteries

Where To Put a Tiny House – Council Regulations in Your Local Area:

The most often asked question by prospective tiny house builders/owners, is “Where can I put a tiny house?” And because the answers are a bit complicated, we take a detailed look at various local laws that can affect tiny house living. In these seven units (Unit 20 to Unit 27) you will:

Gain an historical understanding of the tiny house movement, your place in it, and the awesome people who have gone before you.

Understand the differences for local council rules between tiny houses on foundations and tiny houses on wheels

Get an introduction to relevant local laws & planning regulations.

Learn how to do your own research into your own council’s regulations regarding tiny houses (without alerting to what you’re thinking).

Learn who regulates tiny houses on wheels and who regulates tiny houses on foundations

The case for and against increased regulation of Tiny House Vehicles.

Real life case studies of where tiny house people are living.

How to Build a Tiny House

In this last section of 9 units (Units 28 to Unit 36) Fred draws together the learnings from the previous units and applies these to the task of framing a lightweight yet strong tiny house vehicle. Fred’s starting point is to examine the merits and pitfalls of conventional construction methods in cyclonic areas. Fred then shares in detail how his Unified Construction Method® overcomes and improves on conventional building methods, allowing you to decide for yourself what’s best for you. You will learn:

The risks with tiny house builds and how to avoid them.

Building terminology that will help you talk with confidence at your local timber yard and to professionals when discussing your build.

Conventional floor construction, then 3 different ways to construct an insulated floor suited to a tiny house vehicle.

Building methods suitable for tiny houses – making it strong, vibration resilient, able to withstand strong wind forces as well as being lightweight.

Detailed overview of all 4 elements of the Unified Construction Method® (UCM®) (patent applied for) and how the UCM® is available to:
*DIY Builder,
*3rd Party Builder (if you employ someone to build your tiny house) and,
*Commercial Builders building THVs to sell to their customers.

Steel v. timber stud framing

Fred’s design tips for common tiny house dilemas and features such as: stairs v. ladders, doors, storage, kids bunks, windows & skylights. id’s bunks, plus many more.

Venue: Wherever you are

Date: Always available

Access: $288 or (4 monthly payments of $72 see enrollment page for payment plan)