How to Build a Tiny House

By Staff

By the Editors of Skills Institute Press

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.

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Clearing the Building Site

A Foundation on Poles

Masonry Foundation Piers for Stronger Supports

Building the Frame

Building the Walls

Installing Wood Floors

Building the Roof

Trusses to Support the Roof

Choosing and Installing Roofing Materials

Choosing and Installing Siding

Installing Windows

How to Install a Door Jamb

How to Hang a Door

Installing Trim Around the Door

Reprinted with permission from Jay Schafer’s DIY Book of Backyard Sheds & Tiny Houses: Build Your Own Guest Cottage, Writing Studio, Home Office, Craft Workshop, or Personal Retreat by Jay Schafer and published by Skills Institute Press LLC and Four Lights Tiny House Company, 2013. Buy this book from our store: Jay Shafer’s DIY Book of Backyard Sheds & Tiny Houses.

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