While there are lots of different ways to tackle a construction project, we encourage having at least the following tools available to you
(this is NOT a complete list it is a suggestion):
Jigsaw or Reciprocating Saw
Framing Nail Gun or A LOT of Hammer Endurance
Finishing Nail Gun
Drill (18V or better)
Paint Brush/Roller/Staining Pads
Appropriate Hardware per Project
PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)
There are a lot of aspects of a tiny home build that can be done solo but we encourage a build team to help assist when raising the framing, lifting heavy items into place, or for moral support during your build. Working in a team is always recommended no matter how small the project.
For aspects of the build you do not feel comfortable completing (metal work, word work, utility installation, etc.) it may be required to hire a subcontractor for an additional fee.
We encourage DIY builders to have a
working knowledge of:
Utility & Specialty Install
We encourage our DIY builders to feel comfortable installing electric, plumbing, propane, and other specialty items like wood work or metal work. Most plans are not step by step. They are construction plans where the builder is required to have knowledge of what material and size is appropriate to meet code. If you do not feel comfortable, be prepared to hire a subcontractor at an additional cost. Installing utilities without prior training may lead to fire, health, and life safety concerns within your tiny home.
Ability to Read Construction Plans
Most tiny home plans are read like traditional construction documents where they do not have step by step instructions but, rather, depict details and layouts that require the reader to understand basic building construction.
Know how to use your tools both safely and correctly. Wear PPE. Pay attention to OSHA standards when constructing to ensure safety of yourself and those around you.
Know what traditional construction terms mean to better understand our plans.
We recommend having an enclosed space for building. Construction during wet weather months without a proper dry building space can lead to wood rot, warping, safety concerns, and improper install.
Know what environment and climate you will want your tiny home to exist in and how it will impact your tiny home build material. For example, wood exterior siding does not do well in all environments and it would be best to change out the wood exterior for a material that suits your needs better. Our tiny home models are not designed for every climate.
It is up to you, the home owner, to have a plan for parking your tiny home after construction. Each jurisdiction has different laws, codes, and zoning requirements of tiny homes. Our tiny homes are not designed to meet requirements in every jurisdiction, state, or country so do your research ahead of time to ensure you are able to live in your home legally and that you have a plan of where to park it before you build. Need more information? Contact your local planning director or building permit department for more information.