Hands-on Tiny House Workshops with Tiny Home Builders

The folks at Tiny Home Builders just posted their 2018 Workshop Calendar. They have six workshops on the schedule this year and will also be offering for the first time a women’s-only workshop.

Can’t attend in person? No worries! Two of the workshops will be streamed live right to your home computer, tablet or smart phone!

2018 Workshops

What People Say About These Workshops

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Adventuring with Lola

The following is a guest post from Lexy at Adventuring with Lola. We welcome guest posts from folks designing, building, and living in their own tiny homes. Contact us if you’d like to share a guest post on Tiny House Design or Tiny House Living.

I am a 19 year old girl from Long Island, New York with a passion to travel and explore new places.  Upon graduating high school I knew I didn’t want to jump right into college.  I was never into books, nor was I the type that wanted to sit and study in a class room. I didn’t even know what career I wanted to pursue. I felt that I could enjoy my life in a different way other than sitting in a classroom and if down the road I decided college was for me, then I would choose what I wanted to do and make a decision from there.

During and after high school I traveled to all kinds of different places with my mom, whether it was a trip to an island or somewhere in the states, it was always a thrill to explore new places, meet new people, and see new things.  Working five days a week and saving up my money allowed me to take my time in deciding what I wanted to do.

Shortly after my first outdoor adventure with my mom I realized my love for the freedom of being outdoors, camping, and the peaceful surroundings in all the various places I have gone.  My mother and I used to camp with our 1965 Serro Scotty Hilander travel trailer.  It was so much fun to take it out to campsites and set up and enjoy the camping experience. My mom wanted something that didn’t need to be towed so she decided she wanted to start a bus conversion.  Watching my mother build and complete hers made me realize how nice it would be to have my own little home on wheels.

I was following others on Instagram for a while watching them travel the world in both vans and bus conversions.  Living in New York, I was torn on wanting a van or wanting a bus because of the frequent weather changes. Since we have long, cold winters I felt a bus would be my best choice because it allowed me to have more space since I would be inside more than outside for four to five months depending on how bad the winters were.

After months of searching the web and local ads for the right one, I found a little, pale blue, short bus with a ton of bus life potential.  I contacted the seller immediately with my fingers crossed after I found the ad hoping that it was still available.  After a few LONG hours of waiting for a reply, my phone flashed with a message from the seller telling me the bus was still available and if I was interested he would be around later that night to show the vehicle.

My mother and I jumped in the car and drove out to the bus and took it for a test drive.  After leaving the sellers house (which ended up only being a few blocks away from my house) I went home and thought about what I wanted to do. The next day we went back, paid for the bus and just like that, the little 1989 Bluebird stripped out short bus was mine.

That’s when “Lola” came into my life. The name “Lola” came from the nickname my mother called me growing up.  I figured the name would be cute for the bus and would bring along memories with my mom in my travels.

Since my mother already completed her shuttle bus conversion, as seen in the October 2017 issue of Bus Conversion Magazine, and knew all the ins and outs to converting a bus into a tiny home, I asked her to teach me what to do and where to start. I never knew how to re-do a floor, build cabinets, hook up solar panels, inverters and deep cell batteries, or even wire anything together.  It was all new to me and I’m so glad she had the knowledge, patience and interest to teach me.

One important thing I wanted my bus interior to have were one of a kind pieces that you couldn’t just go out and buy in stores. I receive so many comments about how unique my fabric accents are. Since my mother and grandmother have sewed all their lives, I decided it would be most meaningful to me if they both made me those pieces I wanted for Lola. All of my window and bathroom curtains, chair cushions, toilet skirt, driver seat cover, blankets, and tiny curtains to hide my wheel wells were handmade from scratch by both these amazing women. I gave them a vision and they turned it into the most beautiful reality.

My goal was that I wanted to be able to get in my bus and drive wherever and whenever I wanted to, and stop anytime, anywhere and be comfortable.  Being only 19 years old, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to live and enjoy my life to the absolute fullest and to travel in one of the safest vehicles available.  To me, it is even cooler that I get to travel with my mother and her bus conversion, to different places around the country.

I started my Instagram page as a journal to post pictures of my conversion progress, advice, travels, and of course a lot of “Lola”. It makes me so happy to see how far I’ve come in such a small amount of time.  Learning new things, meeting new people, attending events, and enjoying every little bit of part-time living in “Lola”.

When I purchased “Lola” she was completely gutted.  My mother and I decided on an interior layout that would best fit my living style.  I wanted to be able to fit the most I could for the small amount of space I had to work with.  Putting the bed in the middle allowed me to fit a bathroom in the far left corner and an end table with storage in the far right corner. Putting the bed where I chose also gave me the option to not have the back door blocked.  I wanted to be able to enter in and out of the back door, when parked to enjoy the Long Island coastline view.

The bathroom has a combined toilet and a shower. The bathroom has a portable shower head, a drain in the floor, and hanging shower curtain that is stowed away when not in use for extra space utilization.  The shower was made to be used both on and off-grid.  While on-grid I am able to hookup to a campsites water source, and off-grid I have a 12V water pump that is connected to a battery bank which pumps water from my 10 gallon fresh water holding tank into my shower and sink.

I didn’t want a huge bathroom because I saw that as being rather pointless for the amount of time one is really in the bathroom compared to the time spent in the rest of the bus.  For me, I would personally want a smaller yet functioning bathroom, and have more “living room” space to enjoy.

The bed is arranged so that during the day I am able to set up two couches and have maximum floor space available.  During the evening the couches are made into a full size bed.

The dining area was kept simple, yet sweet for dinners, including two chairs and a slate tiled, round table.  The curtains in the dining room are split into two, so that while eating at the table I am able to look outdoors to watch nature at its best.

In the kitchen, a fridge is in a storage space under the cabinet. For cooking, I have a variety of on grid/ off grid kitchen appliances. I also store two deep cell marine batteries that operates my off grid appliance use. My favorite go to kitchen appliance is the Coleman butane single burner stove top.

I decorated my space with nothing but my own vision, which gave “Lola” character and made her so unique.  I wanted my space to reflect me and what I loved and I’m so happy with the way she turned out.  My style and choice of decorating was what I wanted in my tiny mobile home, and what I knew was going to make ME happy at the end of the day. My favorite part about “Lola” besides that she has so much character is definitely her exterior body color.  Her exterior is an original vintage blue , and I used peach accents for the wheels, front grill emblem, door curtains and accents in the interior decorations and bedding.

Since my conversion is now complete, my plan is to continue exploring and seeing new places. Of course, there are always little things to fix or change to have better function or just to switch things up.

In the upcoming year I will be attending a lot of tiny house festivals and other Skoolie get-togethers. My mother and I will be starting to explore more of the east coast with our two buses and making our way to the Midwest.  I hope to see some of you in my travels.

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The Entire Collection $49

Get the entire Tiny House Design collection of downloadable tiny house plans and ebooks for just $49.

For the past ten years I’ve been designing tiny houses and posting them here at TinyHouseDesign.com. Boy… how time flies when you’re having fun.

I’ve offered holiday deals before, but I’ve never offered every single downloadable ebook, tiny house, and cabin plan I’ve ever produced for one low price. This year is the year.


For $49 you get:

  • The ebook version of 101 Tiny House Designs
  • The ebook version of Tiny House Floor Plans
  • 18 Plans for Tiny Houses on Wheels
  • 5 Cabin Plans

The retail value of the products in this offer is just over $625 – in other words… about a 92% discount!

This deal will never be offered again. It ends on Christmas Day 2017 – so grab it now!


101 Tiny House Designs

My newest book… 101 Tiny House Designs is over 400 pages of tiny house ideas. It’s also available in print at Amazon but the ebook version is included in this download.

Tiny House Floor Plans

My first print book was Tiny House Floor Plans. You can find the print version on Amazon but the ebook version is included in this download.

18 Plans for Tiny Houses on Wheels

All my tiny house on wheels plans have interchangeable parts… in other words they share wall dimensions so you can mix and match walls and roofs on many designs. I draw them this way to make it easier for you to create your own custom designs.

These plans include a PDF version of the plans, a materials checklist to help you start your shopping list, and the original SketchUp file. SketchUp is the 3D software I use to draw these plans. It’s available as a free download (as SketchUp make) or you can use the online version called SketchUp Free to open and edit these files.

5 Cabin Plans

I don’t often mention these cabin plans on my blogs… but they are still available and very popular. Many people have used these to build their tiny homes.

This offer ends on Christmas Day 2017 and it will never be offered again. So grab it today before it’s gone forever.



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7 Amazing DIY Car Camper Designs & Ideas

The following is a guest post from Terraform Tiny Homes. We welcome guest posts from folks designing, building, and living in their own tiny homes. Contact us if you’d like to share a guest post on Tiny House Design or Tiny House Living.

For the ones who love to travel to different locations, and a new view every day, camper cars are an excellent purchase. With the ease of travelling around at lower costs, and exploring the nature, camper cars can be customized as you want it to be. The interiors of a regular camper car designs are very plain, dull, boring and uninspired to be at all the time.

With changing times, and trends, the camper cars can now be customised to as you like them. Chic, or punk, classic black and white, or the pop pink and green? The choice is yours. Explore and do not be hesitant about making bold choices on your own, after all, who knows what you want better than yourself?

Here are 7 most amazing ways to transform your camper car according to your own tasteful personality.

1. Bright Colours & Patterns

A small space with vibrant colours and fun patterns is a great way to brightens up your camper car. You may paint the walls of your camper car with your favourite, or, if you do not wish to do that extra, you can simply opt for bright, colourful pillows, drape the sofa with colourful and fun patterned blankets, or the easiest of all, cover the floor with a bright rug, giving the camper a colourful touch.

2. Maps as Wallpaper

Show off your traveller spirit. Add visual interest to your camper car’s wall using old maps. Add the maps of place you have been to, and the places you wish to travel to. Bonus to adding maps as wallpapers are, you will never be lost!

3. Theme Decorating

It is not always that you like the camper car the way it is, with a little colour here and there. Many people love theming their camper cars, with specific themes like nautical, vintage, or western. This outshines your camper car from the rest and also displays your personal styles.

4. No-Sew Curtains

The most popular and of course, easy, way of adding style to your camper car is new curtains. Many DIY non-sew curtains help you to create a whole new look, without much effort, and with the pattern and fabric, you love the most.

5. Personalized Wall Plaques

To add fun to your camper car, wall plaques are the best. From displaying your favourite travel quote to mentioning something that has some special meaning to you, plaques help in customizing your camper cars on a very personal level.

6. Easy and Lightweight Photo Display

To make a place feel like home, photographs play an essential role. Experiment with the tiny house DIY ideas to display the pictures of your family, pets, favourite places or anything too close to your heart, and give your camper car a personal touch.

7. Don’t Forget the Outside

Interiors are fun but decorate beyond it to add fun to your camper cars. Take a rug, some colourful chairs, picnic tables, and other decoration items or some plants, matching your interiors, to brighten up your outer space.

A little makeover to your camper car and you are good to go. Have fun experimenting!


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A project that began with the passion of a young artist and a designer who decided to create a housing that would not burden the pocket of individuals for the better part of their lives. With his artistic skills, this designer turned to a builder and created Terraform Tiny Homes.

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1 Day Sale on Tiny House Miniatures

The folks that 3D print our Tiny House Miniatures – Shapeways – will be offering FREE SHIPPING plus 10% OFF EVERYTHING for one day only – Cyber Monday for orders $25 or more. Learn more about our Tiny House Miniatures.

So if you’ve been looking for a cool gift for the tiny house enthusiast in your family, this would be an ideal time to order one.

Buy Tiny House Miniatures

These are drawn by me, Michael Janzen, and the designs come strait from my new book, 101 Tiny House Designs. As soon as I finished the book I started converting my drawings into 3D models. There are 8 models to select from today – see them in our Shapeways Shop.

When selecting a scale, I wanted one that was common to the miniatures hobby market so that buyers would have access to a vast selection complimentary models like furniture & landscape. So I chose 1:87, which is the same scale as HO Scale Trains. This allows buyers to easily find other miniatures to build scenes and furnish their 1:87 scale miniature tiny homes.

Pictured above is House #1 from 101 Tiny House Designs that have been 3D printed in frosted detail plastic.

Buy Tiny House Miniatures

Below are the designs currently available.

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Tiny House Design Holiday Giveaway

On November 30th we’ll randomly select four winners. Enter for a chance to win!

Three Runners-up:

  • Signed Copy of 101 Tiny House Designs
  • 3 Tiny House Coloring Books
  • 18 Digital Tiny House Plans

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