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Im glad youre reading this because that means you are looking for a smarter, better
way to live. This movement towards simplicity is helping people change their lives for
the better on a daily basis. Thanks to people like you, it will continue to encourage and
help others to live life on their own terms.
How this book is funded
You will find links throughout this book that will take you to other websites where you
can actually sign up for workshops. In some cases you will be using whats known as an
affiliate link to get there. This means that if you decide to reserve your spot for a
workshop, for example, I would be compensated for my efforts through this book with no
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Why a workshop
How this book will help
What Youll Learn
Tiny House Teachers and Workshops
Jay Shafer
Dee Williams
Derek Diedricksen
Pepper Clark
Dan Louche
Thank you
Free updates
Bonus downloads

How This Book Will Help You
This book was put together so that you can figure out if a tiny house workshop is right
for you. And if so, show you the options on where and how you can attend one.
When youre done reading youll know whos who in the tiny house world as well as your
options in regards to gaining the confidence and knowledge to start and finish your tiny
or small house project.
Why a tiny house workshop?
These construction workshops are designed for people like you and me, who love the
idea of a house that demands very little from us.
For me, simple living has become a way for me to make a transition into a more quality
based lifestyle while reducing the number of items I own and maintain.
The goal is to keep what you love and find another home for the rest. This way your
time, money, and energy are readily available for whatever you want to accomplish or
create within your life.
A tiny house, or just a simpler life, as a foundation for your future?
Without a shelter and food, what is man or a woman? How can one evolve without a
proper shelter and nutrition?
Little homes along with technology are changing the way we think of home by making
them more doable than ever before. I believe that these ideas are a huge gift to
So lets do our part to make them more widely and easily available for those who want
Thank you for your interest in a better world,

Alex Pino

What Youll Learn at a Workshop

How to build your house in the proper order to get the most out of your
The tools you will need to complete your project
How to use a trailer as a foundation
How to build on a normal foundation
How to protect against moisture during construction
Framing and sheathing
How to install siding correctly so it doesnt fall apart when you tow your
How to choose the right insulation specific to your area and why
Where to find the right small space appliances, toilets and heaters
Information on the sizing of cabinets, doors, showers and toilets
appropriate for tiny homes
How to get around building codes, zoning laws and how to meet public
road requirements
How to find and prepare your trailer whether its a flatbed, utility, recycled,
or car hauling trailer

On the next page youll get to scan through the course syllabus which
reveals what youll learn at one of Tumbleweeds extensive two day
workshops led by one of the instructors featured in the following pages.

Tumbleweed Workshop Syllabus

Saturdays Building Class


8:30 am - 9:10 am

Check in and instructor intro

9:10 am - 9:30 am

Class introduction

9:30 am - 9:45 am

Building codes and zoning

9:45 am - 10:00 am

International building codes and loopholes

10:00 am - 10:20 am

How to read plans

10:20 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 10:40 am


10:40 am - 11:00 am

Standard foundations

11:00 am - 11:10 am

Trailer foundation

11:10 am - 11:40 am

Floor framing

11:40 am - 12:00 pm

Wall framing

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Bracing, lifting and sheeting walls

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch break

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Roofing, siding, trim

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 2:50 pm


2:50: pm - 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 3:20 pm

Plumbing and water heaters

3:20 pm - 3:30 pm




3:30 pm - 3:40 pm


3:40 pm - 4:00 pm


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Questions and answers

Sundays Design Class



8:30 am - 9:00 am

Check in

9:00 am - 9:20 am

Philosophy of minimal design

9:20 am - 9:35 am

Archetypes and forms

9:35 am - 10:30 am

7 principals of minimal design

10:30 am - 10:40 am


10:40 am - 11:15 am

7 principals of minimal design (continued)

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Standard and non-standard sizes

11:45 am - 12:15 pm


12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Drawing instructions

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch break

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Create your home

4:00 pm - 4:10 pm


4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Sharing ideas

Disclaimer: Course syllabus is subject to change.

Tiny House Teachers

Jay Shafer
As you probably already know, Jay Shafer has been
living in his own self created little homes since 1997.
He is founder of Tumbleweed Houses, a company
who offers tiny house enthusiasts books, plans,
workshops, and completed homes.

Photo Courtesy of
Tumbleweed Houses

Jays homes have been featured on The New York

Times, CNN, and Oprah.
Today he spends most of his professional time
creating new designs and teaching others how to
build their own simple homes.

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your smartphone

2012 Workshops led by Jay Shafer







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Just announced!
Durham, NC
Saturday & Sunday July 28-29, 2012
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location and instructor to be announced. Get your tickets early for this one and save.


Dee Williams
Dee Williams has been living her custom designed
Tumbleweed tiny house since 2004.
Using mostly reclaimed materials, she was able to
build it for just $10,000.
Today Dee helps other people get started by hosting
beginner construction workshops.
She has appeared in Yes Magazine, TIME, and has
spoke about simple living at TED.

Photo Courtesy of
Tumbleweed Houses

Dee is also co-founder of Portland Alternative

She has her own how-to manual called Go House Go
and offers two sets of building plans

2012 Workshops led by Dee Williams

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June 16 & 17, 2012

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday

The Governor Hotel

614 S.W. 11th St
Portland, OR 97205

Add to Cart

July 14 & 15, 2012

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday

To be announced
Houston, TX

Add to Cart

If you want to order Dees book or check out her Vardo plans visit the links

Derek Diedricksen
Derek Diedricksen has been building
micro houses in his backyard since 2007.
He also plays in a band, hosts and directs
Tiny Yellow House on YouTube, and is the
author of Humble Homes, Simple
Derek is experienced in utilizing
unwanted, reclaimed materials in his
micro shelters and has built several for
less than $1,000 each.

Photo Courtesy of Derek Diedricksen

He has been featured in the New York Times,

PBS, NPR, and ABC.
Deek will show you how to save money with
reclaimed materials while answering your
questions on building a tiny home.

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your smartphone

2012 Workshops led by Deek




May 19-20, 2012

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

(address to be announced)
Boston, MA

Add to Cart

June 30-July 1, 2012

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

(address to be announced)
Washington, DC

Add to Cart

July 6-9, 2012

Tiny House Summer Camp

Deeks Property
in Vermont

Find Out More

Or visit to learn more!

Use the link below to order Dereks latest book:


Pepper Clark
Since her childhood, Pepper Clark has had a passion
for alternative housing.
Today she is a tiny house builder and entrepreneur
based in Sonoma Country just north of San
Peppers frustration with over-sized and over-priced
housing has fueled her to create several tiny house
designs and community sketches.
She sells ready made tiny houses and will custom
design your own over at

Photo Courtesy of Tumbleweed

Pepper can also build the exterior shell for you so you
can create your own interior.

2012 Workshops led by Pepper



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To browse available workshops continue scrolling down or visit

Tumbleweed at

Dan Louche
In 2009 Dan Louche designed and built
his first tiny house when his mother was
in need of a new home.
Soon people were requesting to use the
plans he developed to build the house.
Dan also put together a detailed step by
step book, Tiny House Construction

Photo Courtesy of Dan Louche

His company, Tiny Home Builders, is family

owned and offers people interested in their
own little houses a guide, plans, custom
homes, and a build along which is equivalent
to an Internet-based building workshop.
To find out more about Dans construction
guide, visit
Currently he offers two sets of plans:

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your smartphone

A retirement model and another with an upstairs

sleeping loft, with more in the works.
Check them out at, and

2012 Workshops led by Dan Louche




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The more people that learn about this way of living the better. So yeah, spread the
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Thank you so much for your support,
Alex Pino