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Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Tiny House

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In this video, our friend Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com is showing you how to avoid mistakes when building your tiny house.

If you’re going to be building a tiny house, DIY shed, cabin, or cottage anytime soon, this video-based post will definitely help you plan your build better.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Tiny House

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • karen
    November 20, 2015, 7:57 pm

    watch out for mold in all your constuction. That is a huge potential problem for me.

    • Alex
      November 21, 2015, 12:18 am

      Thanks, Karen!

  • Maria
    November 21, 2015, 7:53 am

    Thanks Alex for sharing this with us. It is a real eye opener.

  • Bob Ridings
    November 22, 2015, 9:37 pm

    Tiny homes, small homes, or micro-homes all share the same problems of really being accepted by the general public. Many people find them quaint or neat to look at but have a difficult time imagining themselves living full time in one. This is of course a perception problem. Our jobs as designers, architects, and contractors is to change this errant thinking. The general belief is that people will have to “give up” so much to live in a smaller space. To do this, we must design and build homes that fulfill not only the basic human necessities but also improve the quality of life of the inhabitants.
    I only bring this up after looking at this video. Many times what we build is only for our use and not meant to be used by or sold to the general public. Right now we are faced with several obstacles to gaining real growth. First and foremost is the home buying public. Next is the code enforcement officers and zoning boards. It is imperative that we help to educate these building officials. Times have changed and planning and zoning laws are slow to acknowledge this and even slower to adjust. There has probably never been a more appropriate time for small homes to emerge as the housing solutions for so many cross sections of society. Many people can not afford a huge mortgage let alone qualify for one. Couples now find themselves with an empty home after their children grow and move on. And, on a more spiritual level, sprawling homes and a “throw away” society have led to the breakdown of family values and togetherness.
    Basically, I’d just like to encourage everyone to build, design, and decorate as if everyone is watching. What we have in small homes is the answer to many of today’s problems. Make a promise today to be a part of the solution.


    Bob Ridings

    • Debbie H
      February 10, 2017, 5:06 pm

      Bob you took the words right out of my soul. Too many to fit on a T-shirt. But this is the wave of the future. I have been in my THOW since 9/16 I divested myself of many things but gained my life. Keep spreading the word.

  • Denise
    November 26, 2015, 2:03 am

    Thanks for posting this Alex – this is extremely helpful! I am just finished with the framing and roof of my TH, and will be putting the windows in soon so it is information that I needed and didn’t even know it. 🙂 This will save me a big pitfall when I go to put the windows and sheathing on my house. Thank you to Deek for making the video and taking the time to warn people who are in the process of building.

  • Glema
    December 2, 2015, 2:02 am

    Alex thanks for the article and thanks Derek for showing us some pitfalls. I’m wondering, if you can address options for the door area as for the windows? Like what one might do to avoid this and prep the area for a door before it is placed? So that the rain stays on the outside of the house where rain belongs 🙂

  • T. Sigler
    April 18, 2016, 8:51 pm

    Can any one tell me where the next tiny house convention, demos, etc.?

  • February 9, 2017, 8:53 pm

    My plan for my first THOW was a wash due to the add angle iron on the outside of the frame. Master Wielder to a look said NO!, Not safe. I have taken my THOW apart at least ten times due to no plans. I got a single axle trailer that is rated for 6 k. My Steel door is full size. Just shave it down a few inch on the end. Roof I have use fiberglass sheet the long ways. Then I flat, and now it is slanted at least 10 % . The underside on the roof I put fishing poles. My windbreaker on the front holds ac , gen and tool box. The back of THOW has a rack for boat 10.1 , bike, ladder . My others THOW have the things I wish had work on my main THOW. I have better plans for my next THOW. It is a double axle, 7.8 wide by 20 long.

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