Tiny houses (homes typically between 64 and 300 square feet) are springing up all over the country -- from Vermont to Oregon to post-Katrina New Orleans -- as well as all over the media landscape. They are affordable and energy efficient, they reduce materials consumption, cut your carbon footprint, and they're cute! A tiny house is perfect for an office, art or writing studio, children's playhouse, meditation/yoga space, guest house, or even a fully equipped dwelling. In this intensive tiny house workshop, students will spend mornings and afternoons building a tiny house on wheels, including framing, interior and exterior finishes, insulation, and possibly plumbing and wiring. Evenings will be spent in the design studio, where students will contemplate how to efficiently utilize space as they create drawings, plans and models for their own tiny houses.

Course start time: Sunday, 5pm
Course end time: Friday, 5pm

For an in-depth look into the day-to-day rhythms of the 2013 class, click here to read instructor Lina Menard's daily blog entries.

 

  • Competency Level: All Levels
  • Sterling College credits: 5 Continuing Education Units ($650 additional)
  • AIA credits: 70 HSW Learning Units

Course Overview

Not only are they are affordable, energy efficient, and cute, they also reduce material consumption and cut your carbon footprint.  They can be built on wheels, on the ground, in many different styles and from many different materials.  They are perfect for an office, art or writing studio, playhouse, meditation space, guest house or even a fully equipped dwelling.  In this intensive two week class we will spend days building a small house on wheels.  In the evening students will create drawings and models for a very small house of their own design.  Field trips and slide shows included.

Suggested Reading

Leslie Armstrong. The Little House

Don Prowler. Modest Mansions

Marisa Bartolucci. Living Large in Small Spaces

Lauri Ward. Downsizing Your Home With Style

Debra Prizing. Stylish Sheds & Elegant Hideaways

Sunset Books. Ideas for Great Backyard Cottages

Shay Solomon. Little House on a Small Planet

Azby Brown. Small Spaces

Susan Boyle Hillstrom. The Smart Approach to Small Space Living

Timothy Rieth & BOb Ferris. Natural Building

Jay Schafer. The Smallhouse Book

Lester Walker. Tiny Houses (or A Little House of My Own)

Tessa Evelegh. Small Decorating Workshop

Elizabeth Wilhide. Small Spaces

Don Metz. The Big Book of Small House Designs

E R Schumacher. Small is Beautiful

Duo Dickinson. Small Houses for the Next Century

Paul Marshall. Small House, Big Style

Dale Mulfinger. The Getaway Home

Dale Mulfinger & Susan Davis. The Cabin

Michelle Codis. Modern Cabin

Sarah Susanka. The Not so Big House

Sarah Susanka. Creating the Not so Big House

Class Outline

Sunday evening

  • Introductions
  • Workshop Overview
  • Slideshow: Class vs. Romantic design
  • Warm-up Exercies: How Big is Small?

Monday morning

  • Campus Tour
  • Project Overview
  • Tools and Safety Intro

Monday afternoon

  • Begin construction of a tiny house on wheels

Monday evening

  • Slideshow: Tiny House examples and Methodist Camp
  • Studio: Programming

Tuesday morning

  • Tech Talk: Structures and materials
  • Construction

Tuesday afternoon

  • FIeld trip
  • Construction

Tuesday evening

  • Lecture:  Codes
  • Slideshow: Climate & Site
  • Studio: Site Plan

Wednesday morning

  • Field Trip
  • Construction

Wednesday afternoon

  • Freetime

Wednesday evening

  • Slideshow: Shape
  • Studio: Demo & Schematic design - bubble diagram & 1/8" floor plans

Thursday morning

  • Construction

Thursday afternoon

  • Field Trip
  • Construction

Thursday evening

  • Lecture:  Green Design
  • Slideshow: Energy & Insulation
  • Studio: Begin scale floor plans

Friday morning

  • Construction

Friday afternoon

  • Field Trip
  • Construction

Friday evening

  • Slideshow: Massing
  • Studio: Floor plans and sections

Saturday morning

  • Construction

Saturday afternoon

  • Construction

Saturday night

  • Open Studio

Week 2

Sunday morning

  • Freetime

Sunday afternoon

  • Freetime

Sunday evening

  • Slideshow: Windows & Doors
  • Studio: Begin elevations

Monday morning

  • Construction

Monday afternoon

  • Construction

Monday evening

  • Slideshow: Design Elements- line, texture and color
  • Studio: Elevations con't

Tuesday morning

  • Construction

Tuesday afternoon

  • Construction

Tuesday evening

  • Guest Speaker: Dana Jinkins on Boat Interiors
  • Slideshow: Other Interiors
  • Studio: Begin Models

Wednesday morning

  • Construction

Wednesday afternoon

  • Slideshow:  Design Principles - Scale, Proportion, Balance
  • Construction

Wednesday evening

  • Lecture:  Mech Systems
  • Studio: Models continued

Thursday morning

  • Construction

Thursday afternoon

  • Construction

Thursday evening

  • Slideshow: Design Principles - Variety, Unity, Harmony
  • Studio: Prepare for Final Presentations

Friday morning

  • Final Presentations

Friday afternoon

  • Final Presentations
  • Graduation and Awards Ceremony
Start Date: September 29, 2013
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Start Date: July 20, 2014
Duration: 12 Days
Instructors:
Tuition: $1750
Materials: $50
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