The following is a guest post from Kevin Coy.
I have been a contractor and remodeler for the better part of 20 years and a part of the simple, mortgage free, tiny house living movement for many of those years. Early on one of the gaps that I saw in this genre was a lack of instruction or resources to help tiny house enthusiasts learn how to build their homes without relying on the expense of a contractor.
I have become very passionate about showing people how they can truly own their own home without spending the national average in the US for housing of $530,000 per person over their lifetime. in light of the recent economic downturn where families lost their homes to banks and mortgage companies because they could not make a payment I became even more determined than ever to show people how they can take control of the largest expense in their lives and get rid of the 30 year mortgage trap.
Not so long ago when a family wanted a home they built it themselves. Unfortunately in our culture this would be impossible for a lot of people today as we have lost a lot of the skills that would be needed. Let alone having the time. This is where I believe that the tiny house movement has made us realize we can build our own homes without it being such a daunting task. We just need to get back to teaching those lost skills and becoming more self reliant again.
One of the scary parts for some when building their own tiny house is the electrical system. And it shouldn’t be as it is quite straightforward once you know the basics and what the rules are. It can also be one of the more expensive parts of the project to hire an electrician. Knowing this, I have created a 4-DVD series that teaches you how to Do-It-Yourself in a step by step process. Breaking it down very simply for anyone with zero experience. After watching these DVD’s even a ten year old could wire a house:) One of the keys to ending the mortgage rein over our lives is to invest in ourselves and build our skills as well as our knowledge.
I am currently shooting the Plumbing It Yourself DVD set and hope to have it out to you soon. If you would like to connect so you don’t miss out on anything go to www.aselfreliantlife.com.
Also I have created a Youtube Channel with a series on how to build your own tiny house yourself. Our channel has over 20 videos in just this series showing step by step how to frame, build a foundation, install window and doors, roofing, siding, etc. I also go over all the tools and materials you will need and site considerations as well as safety while you build. Also be sure to check out Kevin Coy’s A Self Reliant Life on YouTube.
I hope our site and channel helps you become more independent, self reliant and mortgage free.