Tiny Home Building Classes
Want to learn how to design and build a tiny home? Join us for an immersive, hands-on, building workshop where you can grow your confidence and knowledge. Learn from seasoned professionals in an inclusive environment. No previous construction experience is required. Everyone is welcome!
What will I learn?
tools & material
Learn how to safely and properly use hand, power, and pneumatic construction tools. Gain understanding of correct material usage and how the climate can impact your choices.
Framing & Dry-in
Learn how framing choices impact how your tiny home performs in high winds, heavy snow, and intense rain. You'll learn how to construct a proper building envelope.
Learn how to design and install drainage, water lines, and how the fixtures you choose impact your setup. We'll discuss what happens to grey/black water and more.
design & Codes
Learn the basics of tiny home design and the evolving world of certifications, codes, and basic fire, health, and life safety requirements to make your tiny home build successful.
Learn how to design and install a safe and effective electrical setup for your tiny home. We'll discuss how to calculate your tiny home amperage and set up your circuits.
insulation & HVAC
Learn how to choose the best insulation for your tiny home. We'll discuss insulation values and explain how your choices impact your ventilation and moisture in your home.
Owner & Foreman
Tina and Luke have a combined 25 years of construction, engineering, and carpentry experience. They're the owners of Backcountry Tiny Homes and, collectively, have designed and built hundreds of tiny homes to date. Both Tina and Luke lived in their own tiny home for numerous years, providing them a unique outlook on tiny home construction and livability.
Owner & Principal Engineer
What should I expect?
Our tiny home building classes are 2-day workshops that cover the most asked about areas of tiny home construction. You should expect a welcoming environment that is suitable for all backgrounds and experience levels. We will cover concept through to rough utilities of tiny home construction and design while utilizing hands on learning, seminars, and scaled down practice examples. We provide the tools, you provide the excitement!
Framing Design & Construction
Housewrap & Waterproofing
TINY HOME HANDS ON - There is very little substitute for active learning than working and practicing on a real tiny home! Where it's appropriate, you will work on current construction builds to practice your newly-learned skills.
SEMINAR - Utilizing presentation-style seminars, we will breakdown complicated building practices into easy-to-grasp bites. Seminars help break up our teaching style and allow all students a chance to take notes, ask questions, and absorb important information.
SCALED-DOWN PRACTICE - In order to learn as much as you can in a weekend, we will set-up examples for you to practice on. These scaled-down examples will allow us to cover a larger mix of important construction practices while still providing a hands-on approach.
Q: Where is it?
A: Our Tiny Home Build Classes take place in Hampstead, NH (southern NH) at our build shop warehouse.
Q: Can I bring my own tools/PPE?
A: No. We do not allow students to bring their own tools. All personal tools must be left at home/in your vehicle. You may bring your own PPE (personal protection equipment) but it is not required. We will supply all required tools and PPE needed for this class.
Q: Do I need to attend everything?
A: Yes. We require that students attend each discussion topic as information will build upon itself. No partial attendance.
Q: Will I build a tiny home?
A: Yes and no. You will work on an ongoing tiny home build, where appropriate, but you will not build an entire tiny home. See 'Our Approach' this page.
Q: How much?
A: The cost for our Tiny Home Building Classes are $349 for the entire class.
Q: Are drink and food provided?
We will provide water during this class for all students. We will not provide food. Time for lunch and breaks will be set aside for students to eat the food that they bring/purchase in between class sessions.
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: We offer a full refund up to 24 hours prior to the start of the class. No refunds are are issued after this time frame for any reason.
Q: Can I take photos/videos?
A: Students may take photos/videos during their lunch and/or breaks but not during class.
Q: How long is it? Overnight stay?
A: Each class is a 2-day weekend course that takes place from 7:30am - 5:30pm each day (with time for lunch and breaks). This is not an overnight class. Please arrange for your own sleeping accommodations if you require them.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes. Long hair will need to be tied back when using tools. Dress comfortably!
Q: Is there a minimum age?
We require all students who are attending by themselves to be 18 years or older. We allow minor students that are 16-17 years old as long as their guardian attends the class with them. Minors are not allowed to be 'dropped off' for this class.
Q: What experience is needed?
A: None! We do not require students to have any existing construction experience. No student is required to participate during hands-on sections of our classes should they wish to observe instead.