There are a lot of factors to consider when DIY building your own tiny home. Where do you start? What kind of resources should you have available? Is this something that you can tackle alone?
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, only a suggestion to get you started):
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:
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.
Tool Use/Safety 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.
Build, Environment, & Parking Space
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.