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Affordable Living: How to Build a Tiny House with No Experience

More than 10,000 tiny homes have sprouted up in Northern America in the last five years and are projected to increase in number in the new decade.

The tiny home movement started as a way for individuals and small families to save money and live a fluid, minimalist lifestyle. For some, it offers the ultimate off-grid, do-it-yourself lifestyle.

In this article, we discuss how to build a tiny house with no experience.

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How to Build a Tiny House with No Experience

Types of Tiny Homes

A tiny home is considered any stand-alone structure for residence under 400 ft though you may find many that are larger.

Living in a tiny home is not a new phenomenon but saw massive growth in popularity towards the end of the last decade.

Here are some common types of tiny homes:

  • A-frame cabins
  • Trailer homes
  • Converted buses
  • container house
  • An RV
  • Yurt homes
  • Cob houses
  • Vardo(wagon) homes

The best home for you will be one that not only fits but compliments your lifestyle.

How to Build a Tiny House with No Experience

If you’re thinking of building a tiny home, here are the steps to get you started.

Decide on the Type of Home You Want

The first stage of building a tiny home is the preparatory work. Clarify your ideal tiny home living situation. What is most important to you to have in a home? Things like headspace, kitchen/bathroom size, and storage space will play a large part in your comfort in your minimalist lifestyle. Use these core needs in deciding on what your ideal tiny home requires.

Plan Your Home

The next step is to make the physical plans for your home. If you have no construction experience, many companies make premade tiny homes.

Some are delivered already put together while others come as kits with all the necessary assembly pieces and materials included.

These kits are relatively easy to assemble with 2 or more people and often don’t require any previous construction knowledge.

To ensure you get exactly what you want, a customized option is best. Work with a designer when building from scratch, converting a vehicle or shipping container. Your plans should include the exact measurements for your materials with ample room for utilities worked in.

Plan the Logistics

The laws on tiny homes differ by state and country. The expense of building your tiny home is affected by the accessibility of the location. If your tiny home is mobile, you’ll have to check with local regulations about where you can park it and for how long.

When planning the logistics, ensure that the future location of your tiny home is accessible to utilities, construction machinery, and delivery trucks.

Prepare the Land for Your Tiny Home

Now begins the construction phase of your home. Whether pre-made or built from the ground up, the foundation must suit the type of home you wish to have.

For example, shipping containers must be on a level concrete slab that will support its weight and protect it from exposure to the elements.

If you have trouble finding a location for your tiny home, consider a trailer design. This will allow you to move from place to place.

However, a tiny house on wheels will need to be lighter weight than a traditional tiny home made to look like traditional living.

Begin Construction

Without experience in construction, a premade structure or kit typically requires the help of two to 4 people to assemble at the location. For this option, you can enlist the assistance of some of your friends or hire a professional to help.

When building your home from the ground up, do as much as you can to lower cost but hire a professional when it comes to plumbing, electrical, gas, and HVAC.

Doing so will save you countless hours of frustration and funds spent on poor work. Also, doing these things yourself can lead to unsafe situations and failed building codes.

Things to Remember About Tiny Home Living

When you start contemplating how to build a tiny house with no experience, remember to make room in your budget for unforeseen issues.

Plan ahead as much as possible and try living in a tiny home for a while to see if it is your ideal situation before you begin your journey.

Check out our blog for tips on transforming your home into a warm and inviting place.


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