Tiny House Courses BC
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Tiny House Cowichan Valley Workshop

 

Shawnigan Lake wEekend Foundation Course
June 22-24

Geared toward anyone, from custom builders to those just starting their tiny home journey, these inspiring 2.5-day workshops are led by popular Edmonton-based educator and speaker Kenton Zerbin, who lives and works out of the all-season, off-grid tiny home he designed with his wife Melissa.

 
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INTRODUCTION TO TINY HOUSE BUILDING & DESIGN
EDUCATOR: KENTON ZERBIN

Over two and a half days, participants will learn the "nuts and bolts" of how to design and build their very own tiny house. Included in this course, we will discuss trailer options, floor plans, legalities and living systems. Students will be walked through the steps of construction, and learn many do's and dont's that will save them grief and money.

Learn how to make your custom tiny home have a responsible ecological footprint, save energy, lower your costs, and be totally tailored to YOUR dreams and needs. The workshop is geared to all skill levels, from custom builders to those who are just beginning their tiny home research journey. We will arm you with all the information you need to avoid pitfalls and get a smooth start!


Cost: $399
Schedule: Friday June 15th 6-9 pm / Saturday & Sunday 9-5 pm
Venue: O.U.R. Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake, 1565 Baldy Mountain Road
Accommodations: https://ourecovillage.org/food-and-accommodation/

About your Instructor: Kenton Zerbin

Kenton Zerbin (www.kzpermaculture.ca) is a passionate teacher and permaculture ambassador who empowers others to repair degraded landscapes, grow food and build community. For the past five years, Kenton has worked across Canada as an educator, designer, and consultant in the field of permaculture and for the tiny house movement. 

A government teacher by training, Kenton's specialty now is in facilitating a quality education as a professionally certified Permaculture teacher. He has spent several years studying, designing and teaching Permaculture across Australia, Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean. He has designed multiple properties, started a Permaculture Research Institute in Barbados, and been a guest speaker for gardening groups, education conferences and Universities alike. Kenton now resides and teaches in central Alberta with his wife Melissa in the tiny house they designed and built. More at: http://kzpermaculture.ca/

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In this course, you will learn:

  • Pros and cons of tiny living (yes, there ARE cons!)

  • The types of tiny homes, and how to choose the right one for you

  • The basic “rules” of tiny homes, including sizes, lengths, and other limitations

  • Your dream floor plan and how to lay it out in scale

  • How to build around “The Big 5”: orientation, thermal mass, insulation, glazing, and ventilation

  • How to plan your project like a master, and know what to do first, second, third…

  • Incorporation living systems: heating, plumbing, waste, and electricity

  • Construction steps, including framing, insulation, flooring, windows and doors, roofing

In addition, these workshops are an opportunity to build community and join forces with others who are working towards the necessary bylaw changes to allow tiny homes in Vancouver Island municipalities. “There are many communities across Canada making great strides in the conversation around how we house and grow our communities sustainably, and I’m glad that tiny houses are finally part of the dialogue as a potential solution,” says Zerbin.

Groups such as the Tiny House Advocates of Vancouver Island (www.THAVI.ca) welcome Zerbin’s positive, solutions-based approach to working with municipalities and regulatory bodies with the goal of making alternative dwellings more mainstream. “We believe the time has come to work with local governments to make tiny houses a legal and acceptable housing option,” says organizer Denise Clowater.

The content was fantastic, a great blend of conversation, experience, videos, technical design and tiny homes to actually help visualize the process. Thank you a million times over, this is the first step to some amazing changes to come for me.
— Anniken R.

O.U.R Ecovillage

The setting for your workshop is a located on an extraordinary 25 acres near Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia. O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE began operations in 1999 with a vision to create a model demonstration sustainable village community rooted in social, ecological, and economic well being. More at: https://ourecovillage.org/about/