Inaugural Tiny House Workshop Recap

Inaugural Tiny House Workshop Recap

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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.

Andrew doing what he does best

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?!

Spontaneous high-5 pick me up

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!!

WORKSHOP SLIDE SHOW

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

8 Responses to Inaugural Tiny House Workshop Recap

  1. Doria Franklin February 25, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    Hello,my name is Doria Franklin
    And I have been watching people build there tiny house it is so amazing how you can build one of these houses. I want to know how much would it cost to build one for me and my husband and three stepchildren. Two girls and one boy ages 7 and 8 years old. Can you please let me know.
    Thank you Doria Franklin

    • Gabriella February 26, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

      Hi Doria! Great you are wanting to go tiny. How much it costs so depends on what you want and if you want to build it yourself. It cost us $33,000 to build ours. That was just for materials as we did all the work ourselves. If you want to hire it out, you could be looking at twice the cost. Sorry it’s not much help but the answer is…it depends!

  2. Zach Petruso March 2, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    I’m super bummed that I missed out on this event as I live in Orlando. Your blog/site has provided me with a lot of answers and information leads and I would have liked to thank you all in person. I am currently in the planning process of a 22′ THOW build. The plans include a hybrid water system (store and pump with inlet and grey water tank) and an 8 module PV array with battery bank electrical system, and propane for hot water, stove and heat. Most everything is easily built or installed, but the PV system is requiring a little more effort and careful planning. If anyone reading is interested, an extremely helpful site that I ran across is http://www.thesolarplanner.com. There you can educate yourself about the basics, size your electrical load, and determine what equipment you will need to get your PV system operational. Everything is provided in great detail, and further research sites are included as well. I know that accurate, reliable information is often hard to come by, which is why I am glad to have found this site! Thanks again! -Zach

    • Gabriella March 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

      Thanks for this resource Zach! Wish you could have joined us as well at our workshop. Perhaps next time. Keep us posted on your set up!

  3. Francis Camosse March 11, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    Although I did not attend your workshop, I did attended a Tumbleweed Workshop about 5 years ago and I can’t tell you how valuable it was. Not only are you helping people realize their dreams but you are bringing together and creating community. I always felt on the defensive in my hometown when talking about living tiny prior to living in my tiny home. Although I did not attend your event I know the sense of peace, relaxation, yet pure excitement to be surrounded by people who were like minded and had similar aspirations as myself. Thank you for doing what you are doing and congratulations of your new adventure of workshops.

    • Gabriella March 15, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      Thanks for writing in Francis! I agree: building community is such a huge part of the whole tiny house experience. It is the most exciting part for me and what I love the most about our workshop experience!

  4. Deonta Tate May 19, 2016 at 6:52 am #

    Hi I purchased your plans for hOMEand I’m inspired and excited and ready to get started on tiny house living. My question is where did you purchase your trailer. I cannot seem to find a 28ft trailer anywhere.

    • Gabriella May 19, 2016 at 7:49 am #

      Hi Deonta! Great you are getting going! You will need to have it custom made most likely. You can take the plans to any trailer fabricator and they will build them for you. Also, you can check out TinyHouseBasics.com and let them know we sent you for a discount. They have built several hOMe trailers. Keep us posted! 🙂

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