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T42 Lofts, Interior Walls, Paint

T42 Lofts, Interior Walls, Paint

It's been a very productive week for our tiny house, T42. (It's also been a very exciting week for Isha and I because we made A Big Announcement!) This week, with the help of a few friends and a couple Tiny House Sidekicks, we managed to install the sleeping loft, the studio pocket door, the bathroom pocket door, the studio wall, the access hatch for our loo bucket, and do the first coat of paint on the interior of our little house.

Tiny House SIPs Wall Raising & Exterior Workshops

20150425_163310 On June 13-14 I'll be teaching a two-day Tiny House SIPs Wall Raising Workshop in Portland, OR in conjunction with Patrick Sughrue of Artisan Tiny House. Two weekends later we'll do a Tiny House Exterior Trim & Siding Workshop to install windows, rain screen, trim, and siding. Space is limited, so if you're interested in building this summer (and especially if you're interested in building with SIPs), claim your spot today!

Lina & Karin with Drills

Additionally, there are two deals:

1) If you and a friend sign up together you'll both receive a $25 discount, bringing your cost down to just $100 each!

2) If you participate in both workshops you'll receive a $50 discount, making the total for both workshops just $200!


These build workshop prices can't be beat!

Tiny House SIPs Wall Raising Workshop (June 13-14)

Think you might want to build your tiny house with SIPs? Ready for some practical, hands-on building experience? Want to have fun and feel empowered to build your own wee abode?

In this two day workshop we will show you how to properly construct the shell of a tiny house using a Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) kit from Artisan Tiny House. You'll learn how to use a variety of hand tools and power tools as we install floor panels, wall panels, and roof panels for a tiny house on wheels.

What happens after the walls of a tiny house go up? It's time for Exterior Trim & Siding!


Tiny House Exterior Trim & Siding Workshop (June 27-28)


In this two-day hands-on workshop we will show you how to trim out windows, doors, and corners and install siding. You'll learn how to use a variety of hand tools and power tools as we weather-proof the exterior of a tiny house on wheels.

Tiny Chair Workshop at ADX in Portland, OR

On Saturday, October 26th I'll be teaching a Tiny Chair Workshop at ADX in Portland, OR. This is a Portland Alternative Dwellings workshop intended as a fun introduction to carpentry. Start small by building yourself a simple, comfortable tiny chair. In this 1-day workshop, you’ll learn how to safely use basic power and hand tools. You’ll head home with your very own tiny chair and the confidence to tackle the next project. The class has limited space, so sign up pronto on the ADX website!

"What is a tiny chair?" you ask. A tiny chair is a sweet little wooden and canvas chair that can be folded into itself and tucked away - or hung on the wall as a piece of art - how's that for turniture?! (I should also mention, as we head into the holiday season, that the chair would be a great gift for someone who is living light and the class itself would be a fun present for someone who is minimizing!)

"And where and what is this ADX place?" you wonder. ADX is a fabulous non-profit located in Portland's Central Eastside that is "building a community of thinkers and makers." They have a complete woodshop where we will be constructing our little chairs.

ADX is also where PAD Grad Ben is building his tiny house on wheels! You can follow along at Ben Builds a Tiny House. Ben attended the Pedalapalooza Tiny House Bike Tour and participated in the PAD building workshop for the Naj Haus Wall Raising. He's now raised the walls on his own little house. Once you've taken the Tiny Chair Workshop you'll be ready to lend a hand to Ben and other tiny house builders to get more hands-on experience before tackling your own tiny house build!