Attending a tiny house workshop won’t give you all the knowledge you need to go tiny, but it will certainly inspire you to join the tiny house community.
At the beginning of 2016, we knew nothing about tiny houses. Back then, if someone would’ve asked me what I thought about them, I’d say “They’re cute, but I didn’t know how people can live in such a little space. Why doesn’t Tiny House Hunters come back in a year and see how the couple is really doing?!” Like most people, we’ve seen the tv shows and gotten an idea of what they’re like, but really, we had no clue.
After we became interested in tiny houses, we knew we needed to convert our fantasies about them into reality. That’s where the experts came in. After a quick Google search, we found Tumbleweed Houses. Finding them was pretty easy… they’re literally the first search result for “tiny houses.” After a little digging, we noticed that they offer workshops across the country. And then, there it was on the map…Minneapolis. It was the only workshop going on in the midwest that April. It was just too close to pass-up!
During the workshop, Tumbleweed explained the essentials of building a tiny house from start to finish. From the trailer to the roof, they cover each part of the house and provide some great tips along the way. But did they give us an idea of what tiny living would be like? Somewhat. The main presenter, Meg, is currently building her own tiny house and had many things to say about living in one. In addition, some of the attendees have houses of their own and had some tips to share as well.
The diversity of ages in the attendees was awesome. There was a huge variety, from twenty-somethings wanting a life off the grid, to retirees hoping for an affordable living solution. Also, a nice surprise was that instead of a mixer after the first day, everyone got to tour an actual tiny house. Overall, a great intro to tiny houses.
During the workshop, Tumbleweed provides a workbook to follow along with the presenter. Also, if you’re like Jadon and really good at Bingo (or most likely, just lucky), you get a fun prize like The Handyman: Best Organizing Solutions. Other fun swag included a tote bag and carpenter pencil. They also offer discounts on their houses, blueprints and trailers just for attending.
So would we recommend the workshop? Absolutely. If you’re looking for more knowledge about tiny houses than what you see on tv, the workshop is great. But, if you’re looking to build a house of your own, it’s even more helpful. Will they tell you an exact step-by-step blueprint of how to build one? Not quite. But, they provide an excellent outline and even more helpful tips that are exclusive to tiny houses.
The top tips that we got were:
- Plumbing is essential! Whether it’s the shower, sink or toilet, the water will have to go somewhere! It’s a vital component to where you can actually live in your tiny house.
- Build vs Buy. Which is best for you depends upon a lot of different factors such as – What is my budget? How soon do I want to be living tiny? Where do I want to park?
- Plan plan plan. And then plan some more. No matter whether you build or buy, going tiny will take a lot of hard work, time, and planning.
So is the workshop what convinced us to “Go Tiny!”? Not quite, but it was a great stepping stone. In order to really get an idea we knew we had to stay in one. That’s where the Mount Hood Tiny Village came into play. See our previous post!
Thanks so much for joining us on this journey. If you’d like anymore of our thoughts on the workshop offered by Tumbleweed, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org