How to Build a Tiny House

Learn how to build a tiny house with these step-by-step instructions — from clearing the building site to finishing up with trim.

January 2015

By the Editors of Skills Institute Press

Backyard Sheds and Tiny Houses Book Cover

How to Build a Tiny House Like a Pro

Good things do come in small packages — just ask internationally recognized small living expert, Jay Shafer. Ranging in size from 100 to 120 square feet, Jay Shafer's DIY Book of Backyard Sheds & Tiny Houses (Skills Institute Press LLC, 2013) features beautiful small houses can be used as guest cottages, art or writing studios, home offices, craft workshops, vacation retreats or a full-time residence. Whatever your building goal, this book will teach you how to plan and build your structure from the ground up. The following excerpts from the fourth chapter, "How to Build a Tiny House," walks you through each step of the decision-making and building process.