Tiny House Courses BC
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Vernon Tiny House Workshop

wEekend Foundation Course
Jan 11-13, 2019



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.

Over 2.5 days, participants will learn the "nuts and bolts" of how to design and build their 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 dos and donts that will save them grief and money. Learn how to make your custom tiny home have a responsible ecological footprint, and 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: $349
Early-bird rate until Dec 15th: $299

Schedule: Friday Jan 11th 6-9 pm
Saturday & Sunday Jan 12-13th 9-5 pm

Venue: Summit Tiny Homes Shop
Vernon, B.C.

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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This introductory workshop will teach you the theory, design fundamentals and practical approaches for preparing to build, buy or live in a tiny house, including:

  • 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

  • Building design topics like “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…

  • The construction cycle, including framing, insulation, flooring, windows and doors, roofing, plumbing and electrical systems, including on-and off-grid, as well as extensive product reviews.

    Coffee/tea and snacks will be provided throughout the day, but students must supply their own lunches. Students should bring their laptop or notepad, and any and all questions about tiny space creation and living!

The two day event will be held at Summit Tiny Homes' workshop in Vernon, B.C., on January 11th (6:00 - 9:00 pm), 12th (9:00 - 5:00 pm) and 13th (9:00 - 5:00 pm). Yes, there WILL be tiny homes in mid-construction stage to view, and Cera and Oliver will be on hand to answer questions about their design and construction!

About Summit Tiny Homes

Oliver and Cera started Summit Tiny Homes from a passion to bring the sustainability, freedom and versatility of the tiny home movement to the Okanagan. Each of their tiny home creations is hand-crafted in Vernon, British Columbia, with the ability to deliver the client's home to them. WIth 10 years of construction, design, and mechanical experience, they bring a undefined and unique approach to tiny home building. Cera's beautiful designs and innovative layouts, combined with Oliver's ability to execute a stunning build, make Summit the Okanagan's premiere Tiny Home Builder. See their work and portfolio at: www.summittinyhomes.com

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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.

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.