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Tiny House Workshop in Olympia, WA: December 7-8, 2013

If you’re interested in learning how to design and build your own tiny home, Tumbleweed has lots of options including this upcoming workshop in Olympia, WA.

I’ve been to a few of these in the past and they’re fun because you get to learn while sharing your stories, getting to know others, learn about the culture of living tiny, and you get to do it with other rare and like-minded people who are there for the same reasons.

The workshop runs from Saturday to Sunday but I recommend getting there by Friday so you can enjoy that night’s mixer event where you get to socialize and hang out with other attendees and the presenters. In this case it’s Derek Diedricksen and Ella Jenkins.

Ella built, owns and lives in her own tiny home while and Derek has built many micro cabins and has led dozens of these workshops to date so you’ll get to gain a lot from their wisdom and experiences.

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You’ll learn about trailers, materials, tools, tips, tricks, methods and more for when you start your project. They even cover downsizing, off grid living, insulation, and more.

Best of all they help you make the best decisions for your needs, like whether you want a downstairs sleeping area or an upstairs loft.


Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen and Ella Jenkins will be leading the weekend long workshop and showing you everything they know about building and living tiny.

Video with Deek

Video with Ella and her Tiny Home


Phoenix Inn
415 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 570-0555

Olympia, WA


Saturday and Sunday December 7-8, 2013 from 9am to 5pm.

When you arrive on Friday please remember to check your email to find out where Deek, Ella and other attendees will be hanging out for the Friday night mixer event so you can socialize and connect with everyone else who will be involved that weekend. Who knows who you might meet, learn and do because of it!

Get your tickets and register here.

Other Nearby Hotels

It would obviously be more convenient to stay at the Phoenix Inn because this way you wouldn’t have to drive on both days. But these hotels would also work since they’re nearby:

Governor Hotel
621 Capitol Way S
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 352-7700

Capitol Plaza Hotel
900 Capitol Way S
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 352-7200

Golden gavel Motor Hotel
909 Capitol Way S
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 352-8533

More Places you can stay

You can also consider one of these rentals available on AirBNB from Friday to Sunday that are near the Phoenix Inn where the workshop will be held.

What you’ll Learn if you go

  • How to design and build your tiny house
  • How to save the most money when building
  • How to build on a trailer or on a foundation
  • What you need to know about trailers
  • How to get the best materials and which to avoid
  • How to install your siding properly so it doesn’t blow away when you tow
  • How to make your house as energy efficient as possible and enjoy $18/mo or less “electric bills” 🙂
  • How to pick the right insulation
  • How to properly vent your home and prevent condensation
  • How to properly roof your house so it can withstand hurricane force winds
  • How to make sure your house can legally be towed on public roads
  • How to find the best and most efficient appliances (and toilets)
  • How to work with building codes and zoning laws

Get your tickets and register here.

How to save $100 on Tickets

If you get your tickets before December 1st you’ll instantly save $100. No coupon or discount code is necessary just use this link by November 30 and you’re good to go. Bringing a friend, family member or spouse with you? Save even more by getting two tickets together. Just do it by 11/30! 🙂

Get your tickets and register here.

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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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