Tiny house workshop

blog-workshop-squareA few weekends ago, I attended a Tiny House Workshop given by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.  I was so excited when I saw that this workshop was coming to Orlando, and I quickly recruited my sweetheart to go with me.  We stayed at the Holiday Inn “Castle”, which was a treat… so whimsical but, as Jay pointed out, completely contrary to the essence of tiny houses.  Tiny houses, in Jay’s mind, are free of pretense and artifice.

The workshop lasted a full two days, from 9-5.  The first day covered most of the technical aspects of building a tiny house.  Most of it dealt with building the house on wheels as well.  Jay talked about plumbing, heating, appliances, the trailer, etc.  The audience participation gave the workshop an added dimension because it allowed others to share their experiences and ask different questions than you might have thought of yourself.

Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny House CompanyThe second day of the workshop was devoted to design.  Jay talked a bit about good design, and then they handed out graph paper with which we could work on our home design.  Throughout the day, Jay and his team talked to each individual attendee about their specific design and whether it was feasible.

Not only were Jay, Brett and Steve a great bunch of guys, but the workshop was very helpful in my endeavor to build a tiny house.  I feel better prepared and optimistic about the process!


  • michelleleigh

    As someone who has been debating on whether or not to spend the money on one of these, would you recommend this?

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