Tiny House Basics Workshop with Dee Williams in Portland, Oregon

Tiny house pioneer and Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD) founder Dee Williams is leading a tiny house workshop in Portland, Oregon on May 14-15, 2016, covering all the technical design and construction details you need to build your tiny house on wheels in a supportive and fun setting. PAD tiny house workshops are packed with fun, heart, and tons of technical information, and always include site visits to tour real tiny homes on wheels at the Caravan Tiny House Hotel. Guest specialist instructors like tiny house designer and builder Derin Williams from Shelter Wise round out the curriculum and give participants multiple experienced views on tough tiny house design considerations.

The workshop covers:

  • Tiny house building basics, including how to properly anchor a stick-built structure to a trailer.
  • Tiny house building science, including moisture control, ventilation, heating, and cooling.
  • Tiny house systems, including electrical, gas, and water systems.
  • Case studies of tiny houses and pocket neighborhoods
  • Cultivating home—the place and the people who make community.
  • Navigating codes, insurance, and regulations.

Register by April 30 to save $25 with early bird registration, or save $50 per person if you register early with a friend.

Thanks to Billy for this guest post!

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Learn to Build Your Tiny House from Dee Williams!

Tiny house designer, builder and pioneer Dee Williams from PAD Tiny Houses has been living in her tiny house on wheels for more than ten years, and has educated thousands about little house design, construction and living.

PAD’s upcoming “Tiny House Basics” Weekend Workshop on November 7-8th in Portland, Oregon will be the last one Dee teaches for 6-12 months, so this is your one chance to start the spring ready to build with this vital experience under your belt.

And this is the best time to register – early bird discounts end on Friday, October 24th, and you can save even more by registering with a friend.

>>Learn more and register for this tiny house workshop now.

Tiny House Basics is comprehensive but entry-level, introducing you to the unique design and building principles that apply to a house on wheels. In a mix of classroom-style learning and a tour of real tiny houses at the world-famous Caravan Tiny House Hotel, it covers:

  • Case studies of tiny houses and pocket neighborhoods.
  • Cultivating home—the place and the people who make community.
  • Navigating codes, insurance, and regulations.
  • Tiny house building basics, including how to properly anchor a stick-built structure to a trailer.
  • Tiny house building science, including moisture control, ventilation, heating, and cooling.
  • Tiny house systems, including electrical, gas, and water systems.

Dee created Tiny House Basics with an emphasis on the tips and education she wished she had when she built her house back in 2004. Attendees appreciate PAD’s emphasis not just on the nuts and bolts of construction, but on the bigger questions that tiny houses raise about how to design a home that truly suits your life.

Kate Goodnight, who blogs about her tiny house build at Najhaus, described how PAD’s workshop kickstarted her build in a post PAD wrote last year called “What’s the Value of a Tiny House Workshop?”:

“While there’s a ton of information online, the workshop was what I needed to understand how to safely secure the house to the trailer, how to build a rainscreen wall, and frame the house properly. I also learned where I could cut costs and when it is critical to buy new.

Tiny houses are getting a lot of attention these days, and you see people bending over backwards to figure out how they can live tiny and still have it all, squeezing a big house mentality and functionality into a tiny space. PAD takes an alternative approach, asking participants to wonder: what do you need to live, and what can you live without? Can you live with fewer things and find more meaning in your life?

Starting from this simple premise and designing your house around what you really need to be happy and fulfilled leads to a very different kind of house.”

To learn more or register for the workshop, visit PAD online!

 

Downsizing to a Tiny House to Find Big Happiness

By her own admission, Dee Williams was living the American dream. She had a three bedroom house in Portland, Oregon, a backyard and a 30-year mortgage. But everything changed when she fainted in the grocery store one day. ‘I’m an outdoor person and I’m a runner, a climber, a very athletic person,’ says the writer and sustainability advocate. ‘One morning I woke up in an ICU room in the hospital and I had had a heart attack, and shortly after that was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.’” – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Read and listen to the story, Downscaling to a tiny house to find big happiness

Dee Williams – 305 Possessions in 84 Square Feet

From time to time, Dee Williams does a possession count. The last tally was 305… When your house is 84 square feet, life gets pared down.” – NYTimes.com

Read the complete article, Square Feet: 84. Possessions: 305. at The New York Times. A new tiny house book, The Big Tiny by Dee Williams, is launching soon with a book tour. Visit Dee Williams’s website for book tour locations and dates.

Photo credit to NYTimes.com.

Dee William’s New Book – The Big Tiny – Available for Pre-order on Amazon

Dee William’s has completed her new book, The Big Tiny. Learn more about the book and read an excerpt at PAD Tiny Houses.

Dee Williams built and moved into her little house in 2004, and since then over 20 million people have toured it virtually to learn more about the house and her life.” – PAD Tiny Houses

Dee will also be doing a book tour during April & May (2014). Check her website for locations and dates.

Katy’s Vardo

Katy Anderson and Dee Williams are launching a new tiny house business, The Portland Little House Construction Co. Both Katy and Dee have a lot of tiny house living and building experience and I suspect the homes they build will rival Tumbleweed Tiny Houses in quality but will have a style all of their own.

Katy’s Vardo