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Dee Williams Tiny House Design/Building Workshop in New Zealand!


Have you ever wanted to learn tiny house design and construction from tiny house icon Dee Williams?

Now you can…in New Zealand!

Design/Build Tiny with Dee Williams in New Zealand – March 3-16, 2019

Dee Williams Tiny House Workshop

Dee Williams of PAD Tiny Houses will be co-leading a hands-on tiny house workshop in Nelson, New Zealand from March 3 to March 16, 2019. The workshop’s small group of participants will work collaboratively on the construction of a tiny house on a foundation during the day, and work individually on their own tiny house designs at night — all with expert instruction from Dee and Lizabeth Moniz from the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont.

Read on to learn more about the workshop, why Dee is excited to head to New Zealand, and why you should be too!

From Dee Williams:

One of my favorite Tom Robbins quotes is, “You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans.” And that’s a bit how it feels to be planning a tiny house design and building workshop in New Zealand — or “NZ” as my friend and co-teacher Lizabeth Moniz calls it.

Lizabeth, myself and the local New Zealanders at Casita Bonita will be leading a two week intensive in tiny house design and construction in scenic Nelson, New Zealand from March 3 to March 16. During the day, the workshop group will all work together to build a real tiny house structure. In the evenings, we’ll dig into the design process, letting each individual student draw up plans for their own tiny home.

What Dee Williams’ New Zealand Workshop Will Cover

Dee Williams New Zealand Workshop - Casita Bonita

This hands-on tiny house workshop will focus on:

  • Basic carpentry techniques and tools, like saws, hammers, and metric tape measures
  • Sound tiny house structures, like framing for earthquakes, hurricanes, etc
  • Design ideas that integrate individual aesthetics/needs to the reality of site, weather, and community placement.

In the process, we’ll actually build a structure and design our own homes. It will be rigorous, but time and money well spent. In fact, I wish I’d taken a class like this before I built my first house. I could have saved myself from making mistakes and scratching my head so much. And I would have developed a sense of community that would invite me to lean into others for help, advice, inspiration, and patience… and that’s what life is really all about!

Want to learn more about this workshop? Hop over to Casita Bonita’s site right now!

Dee Takes New Zealand!

Nelson New Zealand-4693

New Zealand: COME ON. Photo via: EatWorkTravel, who has a great summary of the area!

Why New Zealand? It’s a place I’ve always wanted to go, and lately I’ve been asking myself why. Is it the adventure of teaching folks how to build a structure; how to swing a hammer and design something that is functional and kind?

I’ve heard stories about New Zealand: beautiful mountains, beaches, forests, and people, but maybe those are just a myth. And I’ve taught two-week workshops before, and know how it feels to fall in love with the community that develops by working hard day and night, eating meals together, and discovering what makes each of us ‘tick.’

Lia-225×300I’m excited because I’ll learn from each of my co-instructors, the students and from the amazing place and people that are hosting us. I’ll discover community — an authentic, real community — while working my ass off with students and teachers, and I hope some of you will join us for two weeks in a beautiful place. We need and want you to be a part of this! You might even meet New Zealand’s cutest sheep (I assume), who was spotted by our workshop host on a recent hike!

For the agenda and registration details, hop on over to Casita Bonita’s site right now! I can’t wait to get out there and start building, and I hope to see you on the other side of the world!

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Billy Ulmer
Billy Ulmer is the author of the Life in a Tiny House Ebook, a collection of photos and in-depth interviews with people who designed and built their own tiny homes. He writes about how home shapes our lives at UnlikelyLives.com.

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