The Deep River Folk School presents:
“How to Build a Tiny Home (on Wheels or a foundation)”
an 8 part Hands-On Workshop Series (one workshop per month)
starting on May 16, 2021.
Cost: $1,200 for the 8 workshops series
The Motivation: The cost of housing continues to rise, putting home ownership out of reach for an increasing number of Americans. At the same time the option of building a home oneself, a skill people have been able to practice for thousands of years, is often out of reach to the average person because of the size, cost, and complexity (not to mention all the legal requirements) of building a home in the 21st Century. In addition, an increasing number of people want another option to home ownership other than having a long term mortgage with a large monthly payment. And in our more mobile culture, some people want the option of being able to move their home more easily when they locate to a new location.
What the Workshops will cover: Starting with choosing the right trailer or foundation, the 8 part series will systematically take you through “How to Build a Tiny Home”. While covering essential background information, the Workshops will have a “hands-on” approach where participants through the 8 weeks will actually build a Tiny Home on Wheels (THOWs). Participants can use the information to build their own tiny home, or use it to learn or improve basic skills for building their own home in the future.
Dates for the Workshops: Workshops will be held from 1-6 pm on the second Sunday of the month, (except in May when the workshop will be held on the third Sunday) starting in May (May 16), 2021. Workshops happen at 282 Rising Sun Way in Franklinville, NC, an easy drive from Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Winston-Salem, Southern Pines, and points beyond. Priority is given to folks taking the full slate of 8 Workshops. If space allows, we will allow additional participants to sign up for individual Workshops. Workshops will happen regardless of weather conditions on the day they are scheduled. We do have covered space to use in the event of rain or adverse weather conditions.
Number of Participants and Safety Requirements: Course participation is limited to 12 people so as to allow for everyone to fully participate in the hands-on skill learning as we together build the Tiny House. Safety requirements during the build need to be followed at all times and participants agree ahead of time to such safety requirements. Because of COVID, all activities will be outside, or in a covered area with lots of natural air circulation. Participants must wear masks at all times and remain socially distanced during the workshops. Other Safety requirements will be identified prior to the start of the Workshops.
Cost: Cost to take the full series of 8 workshops is $1,200. Cost for individual workshops, on a space available option only, is $200/workshop. Payment in full is required prior to attending a workshop. Refunds will only be available if requested at least a week in advance of a workshop happening and another person is found to take the available workshop spot. A 10% fee will be charged for any refund that happens.
Checks or payments are to made out to “Living Well Earth Stewards.”
Instructors: The instructors are Harvey Harman, Nathan Huening, and Ben Harman.
Harvey is a licensed Building Contractor, licensed Plumbing Contractor, and has extensive experience designing and building a wide variety of small and tiny houses. Harvey works full-time for Chatham Habitat for Humanity as the Director of Construction and Land Development where he works with others to build houses using volunteers with varying construction skill levels.
Nathan, along with his wife Callie, built their own 8’ x 20’ THOW that they now live in full-time with 3 dogs. In addition, Nathan spent 1 year as an apprentice remodeling houses in Durham and 7 months as an apprentice in a cabinet shop. He and Callie are developing one of the few approved Tiny Home Communities in NC, where you can park your home and live legally full-time. Nathan is launching a business building tiny houses for sale and has begun construction on the first model (8’ x 24’).
Ben is a Quality Analyst with experience in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Over the years Ben has participated in many renovation and construction projects and freelanced his time as a general handyman. He is drawn to the tiny house concept as a means of comfortably incorporating thoughtful design into a low-waste lifestyle.
Proposed Workshop Schedule (Topics may be adjusted slightly based on workshop participants interests)
–Workshop 1: Planning/Permitting/Certifying./Zoning and legal issues
May 16, 2021 All about trailers and foundations
Intro to tools and Safety
Hands-on Activity: Floor Framing
–Workshop 2: Planning/Permitting/Certifying./Zoning and legal issues (cont.)
June 13 Tools and Safety (cont.)
Hands-on Activity: Wall Framing
–Workshop 3: Design for Tiny Homes
July 11 Locating good sources of Materials
Hands-on Activity: Roof Framing and Finished Roof Installation
–Workshop 4: Design for Tiny Homes(cont.)
Aug. 8 Places to find Information, technical support, skill development, and networks
Hands on Activity: Doors and Windows (also vents and penetrations, and building envelope issues)
–Workshop 5: Site Preparation for locating a Tiny Home
Sept. 12 Tiny Homes as an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit)
Hands-on Activity: Installing Outside Trim and Siding
–Workshop 6: Hauling or Moving a Tiny Homes
Oct. 10 Where to get information and skills about Plumbing
Moisture, Ventilation and Heating/Cooling in a Tiny Home.
Unique plumbing features and Tiny Homes
Hands-On Activity: Doing Plumbing (and HVAC) in a Tiny Home
–Workshop 7: Understanding Electricity
Nov 14 Where to get information and skills about electrical wiring
Code or Safety requirements with Electrical wiring and a Tiny Home
Hands-on Activity: Doing wiring in a Tiny Home
–Workshop 8: Insulation in a Tiny Home
Dec. 12 Interior wall coverings in a Tiny Home
Finish work overview (cabinets, build-ins, stairs/ladders, closets, etc.)
Hands-on Activity: Doing Insulation and Interior wall coverings in a Tiny Home.
Please Note: The Workshops cover building a Tiny Home up through where finished inside work starts. We will touch on options for doing finish work, but not cover it fully in the Workshops. Depending on a participants prior knowledge and skill level, they may need to do additional training/practice to fully do all the tasks covered in the Workshops, or find other people/resources to help with such.
For Questions and additional information contact:
Harvey Harman. Phone: (919)799-6819. Email: email@example.com