Upcoming courses & Workshops
Weekend introductory courses are 2.5 days of intense, immersive FUN instruction.
Tiny House Talks are 3 hour primers on what tiny house living could look like in your community.
w. Kenton Zerbin
The Roundhouse Farm
w. Kenton Zerbin
Shawnigan Lake, B.C.
Introduction to Tiny House building & Design
EducatorS: Kenton Zerbin / Ben Garratt
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!
Note: Courses taught by Ben Garratt are 2 full days, courses by Kenton Zerbin are 2 days + a Friday evening. While the courses differ slightly in content according to the teaching style and unique experience of the instructors, the goal is the same: to give you a solid foundation in understanding why, how and what goes into a tiny house!
This introductory workshop is a survey of all the main basics, including:
- Pros and cons of tiny living
- 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
- Technical topics like “The Big 5”, of orientation, thermal mass, insulation, glazing, and ventilation
- How to plan your project like a master, and know what to do first, second, third…
- Mechanical topics like heat, water, waste, and electricity
- Construction basics, including framing, insulation, flooring, windows and doors, roofing, plumbing
Ben Garratt's weekend workshop will be held in Vancouver on May 19-20 at the Britannia Community Services Centre. Kenton's weekend workshops will be held in Victoria on June 15 - 17 2018, at Roundhouse Farm in Victoria, and June 22 - 24 at O.U.R. Ecovillage in Shawnigan Lake. Click "Tickets" button for full registration information.
Early Bird registration ($349) ended March 31. Regular price is $399.00.
About your instructoR:
Kenton Zerbin hails from Edmonton, AB, where he lives and works out of his all-season, off-grid tiny house. He is much in demand as a public speaker on the joint topics of permaculture and tiny homes. Kenton incorporates engaging visual presentations, supplementary videos, and hands-on activities. Students will learn step-by-step every aspect needed to design and build their dream small space!