Inaugural Tiny House Workshop Recap
To say that we had a great time at our first tiny house workshop is a terrible understatement. In truth, we had one of the most fun weekends of our lives (and we are no strangers to amazing experiences). We chose Orlando, FL as our first tiny house workshop location because so many people voted for that city. The participants who attended were so positive, interesting, and inspiring that it was impossible to not get swept up in all the fun and enthusiasm.
We kicked off the activities on Friday afternoon with a tour of the US’s largest tiny house community, Orlando Lakefront. It was a great opportunity for people to visit a variety of tiny house styles and sizes. Ma Rissa was a consummate host and a thousand thank yous to James Taylor from TheCompanyStoreOnWheels.com for facilitating the whole thing. Afterwards we gathered back at our venue, the Hyatt Place/Universal, for a lively evening in the lounge swapping stories, ideas, suggestions, hopes, and dreams. There are few better things in life than spending time with like minded people that are passionate about the same thing.
Though our workshop was listed as full, between Friday and Saturday morning we had three new people show up so we quickly rearranged the tables to make room for them as well. Day one of the workshop took participants from tools, safety, codes and zoning (which turned into a two hour section because there was so much to cover and so many great questions), to insurance options, trailer varieties and how to drive them safely, construction basics, tons about how to frame, and tips and tricks for maximizing efficiency on the job site. Saturday evening also saw many of us back down at the lounge and pool side because who wants to say good night when there’s so much fun to be had?!
Sunday we got right back into it and covered HVAC systems, how to deal with indoor air quality to minimize condensation, tiny house design strategies, window and door installation, siding, plumbing and electrical systems, roofing options and installation, insulation, interior wall finish and trim, cabinets, flooring, counters, appliances, finish hardware, working with contracts and subs, lending and insurance, time and stress management, and finally a section on getting in touch with our dreams and goals and taking active steps towards them.
Andrew and I flew back home on Monday smiling ear to ear. The workshop went beyond even our wildest dreams. We loved the group and got so much out of our time with everyone that we hope that we will all stay in touch for years to come. The sense of community that was created was amazing! As we look towards our upcoming workshop in Denver (March 12 & 13) and San Francisco (April 16 & 17), we are really excited that we get to continue with these amazing experiences. We hope to meet you at one of our workshops as well!!
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Would I recomend Andrew Morrison/hOMe Tiny House Workshops…?
YES…!!! -Patrick Donahue “The Irish Carpenter”
WOW!! This has been amazing. Andrew and Gabriella, thank you so very much for doing this class. I got SO much out of these three days… I want to be a groupie! -Robert B.
We returned home with so much motivation and excitement, you guys helped confirm for us that we are on the right path. -Erika and Tish
Thank you so much for the seminar. It was GREAT to have this opportunity to gather the knowledge that I will need. -J. Karla