Tiny House Academy: Join our Online Tiny House Building Class

This course is not currently open for registration. Join our wait list below to stay informed about future sales.

The only tiny house course you’ll ever need!



This comprehensive online program is like a toolbox that’s full to the brim! It covers: tool use and construction basics, natural building techniques well-suited for tiny houses, systems like electrical and plumbing, and how to save money on your build. You’ll learn how to design your tiny house, decide whether to build on wheels or on a foundation, what regulatory constraints may apply to you, and more. Plus, you’ll get a clear understanding of energy-efficient options like passive solar design and solar electric.

The basic steps of how to build a house are the same, no matter its size. We explain and demystify this process so that you can truly understand and feel confident embarking on your own build. 

Man playing banjo outside tiny house

  •  On demand, go-at-your-own pace content library 

  •  Unlimited lifetime access 

  •  Comprehensive, yet down-to-earth, with a touch of humor 

  •  Appropriate for all skill levels 

Dare is a farmer, chef, activist, and natural builder who lives in California
Dare online tiny house building student

“Oh my gosh, this is the class I’ve been waiting for my whole life! The design parts are there, how to read plans, all the carpentry, how to use basic tools, especially the stuff that people who have been doing this a long time don’t even think to explain, like how to properly read a tape measure.”

Dan is a store manager who lives in North Carolina
Dan, tiny house student

“I can’t count how many times I have had “AHA” moments during the Tiny House Academy… and the humor included is a welcome bonus. The live Q&A sessions, and the fact that you can always return to these videos for reference, makes this learning system invaluable.”

April is a home health provider who lives in Iowa
April, online building student

“I love the online videos! It’s so helpful to go through step-by-step and learn tools I didn’t know how to use, and how to use them correctly. These lessons have been super instrumental for me right now because they’re meeting me where I’m at in terms of learning to build.”


Let’s build homes with beauty, individuality, ecology, and empowerment at the foundation. 

woman standing in front of rough window opening in tiny house

Imagine yourself in a living space of your own design, built by your own hands, in a way that reflects your personal style and unique needs, possibly even made of beautiful materials straight from the earth. Not only that: in this dream-home, you get to steep in a sense of satisfaction and confidence, knowing that you have the skills to provide elegant shelter for yourself and others. This doesn’t have to be just a dream!


Bucking the trend of cookie-cutter behemoths

Right now, you probably live in a house or apartment that you had nothing to do with designing or building. If it is conventional construction, it was likely made in a way that was harmful to the earth. And you may or may not love the way it looks, feels, and functions. 

Tiny House Interior Building Class

The fact is, most of the houses built in the US these days tend toward the bloated and the cookie-cutter. Indeed, the size of an average single-family home is over 2,000 square feet, almost double what it was in 1960. These houses are generally built very quickly, cheaply, and poorly, and won’t last nearly as long as the simple, well-built homes of the past. 

What’s more, many of the mass-produced industrial building materials that go into new homes levy a heavy tax on the earth. This happens through initial resource extraction, toxic processing, waste, and overall carbon emissions throughout manufacturing.

If the global cement industry were a country, it would be the world’s third largest carbon emitter, topped only by the US and China. 

woman sitting on deck in front of tiny house on wheelsAll of these ecological ills, combined with the sheer size of modern houses, end up leaving a big, ugly footprint on the beautiful and generous Earth, and are a significant contributor to climate change.

You have the choice to do things differently. 


But can you really imagine yourself as a home-builder?

Even as you feel inspired to create a home for yourself that’s aligned with your values, when you think of a carpenter, do you imagine a big white dude swinging a hammer? Have you ever seen someone who looks like you, who you can identify with, building their own home? 

tiny house student using angle grinder

Unfortunately, in this culture, one subset of men tend to dominate the field of building. Folks who identify with them tend to grow up with a greater sense of confidence with tools, thus perpetuating a discouraging narrative about who can and can’t build things.

Let’s disrupt that outdated story, and together, write a new one.


We’ve taught hundreds of people how to build.

Women's tiny house studentd

Anyone with a deep desire to build can learn how to do it. We know this from experience, because over the last 10 years we’ve taught hundreds of people, mostly women, these skills. During each class, we’ve seen folks transform from newbies who are timid with the tape measure, to confident, budding carpenters. 

The key is giving clear, detailed instruction in a space that feels welcoming and comfortable, and inviting any and all questions that folks have. 

Women using jigsaw to build tiny house

Some of our students have never picked up a carpentry tool before, while others have been contractors looking to broaden their skills and learn something new. They’ve been chefs, freelance writers, engineers, lawyers, nurses, physicians, full-time parents, and others, with ages ranging from 14-74. Many have identified as women and/or femme, and have been thrilled to finally learn in an environment where they’re at the center. 


Gain the confidence to design and get started building your own beautiful, ecological tiny house from the ground up, with your own hands.


What’s Included

This is a comprehensive course, probably the only one you will ever need. We cover the steps of building a tiny house, or any small house, plus lots of bonus material, too. Videos include clear and thorough lectures, hands-on demos, diagrams, humor, and personality. 

Keenan Phillips

This course is divided into 10 modules. There are dozens of actual video lessons within each module. We invite you to watch sequentially, or to skip around to whatever is most relevant to you at the moment. At the beginning, you’ll find a class on how to use the course. There, we give suggestions about where to start and how to proceed, given your experience level, interest, and projects.

Closed Captioning Provided

Closed captioning is provided in the online Tiny House Academy. We’re still adding new video lessons and our transcriptionist works to include closed captioning within one month of publishing each video.

tiny house build in process

1. Big Picture

How to Use This Class ✦ Tiny Houses on Wheels vs. on a Foundation ✦ Lumber Choices ✦ How Big To Go? ✦ Simple and Sustainable Living in a Tiny House

woman using impact driver to build tiny house

2. Tools of the Trade

Introduction to Tools ✦ Measuring and Marking ✦ Power Tools: Chop Saws, Circular Saws, Table Saws, Jig Saws, Impact Drivers, Drills ✦ Plumb, Level, and Square ✦ Framing Square ✦ Hammer and Nail Guns ✦ Hand Tools

designing a tiny house

3. House Design

Designing Your Tiny House ✦ Designing with the Sun ✦ Passive Solar Design

adding roof rafters to a tiny house

4. Legality and Costs

Legal Considerations for Tiny Homes ✦ Budgeting 101 ✦ Top 10 Ways to Save Money When Building a Tiny House

sculpting cob during natural building class

5. Natural Building and Ecological Construction

Introduction to Natural Plasters (Clay and Lime) ✦ Naturally Built Wall Systems ✦ Cob ✦ Regenerative Timber Harvesting ✦ Milling Your Own Lumber

tiny house on wheels built by carpentry students

6. Building a Tiny House: Step-by-Step Overview

Steps of Building a Building ✦ Foundations ✦ Stick Framing and Wall Construction ✦ Roofs ✦ Special Construction Considerations for THOW and THOF

ladder and framed wall in tiny house

7. Rough Construction

Getting Started on a Foundation: Finding Square with Batter Boards ✦ Concrete Pier and Footer Foundation ✦ Framing ✦ Window and Door Installation ✦ Metal Roofing Installation ✦ Soffit and Fascia ✦ Siding

electrical outlet in tiny house

8. Utilities and Systems

Basics of Electrical: Theory and Installation ✦ Solar Electric for Tiny Houses ✦ Basics of Plumbing, Water Supply, and Water Heaters ✦ Fuel/Gas Overview ✦ Toilets ✦ Bathtubs/Showers

door trim in tiny house

9. Finish Work

Hardwood Floor Installation ✦ Drywall  Interior Trim – Windows and Doors

tiny house builder in front of his tiny house on wheels

Bonus: Tiny and Not-So-Tiny Tours

Not-So-Tiny Log Cabin with Additions ✦ Two-Story 12*12 Writers Retreat ✦ Whimsical and Artsy Tiny House on Wheels ✦ Tiny Family Home with Lots of Repurposed Materials ✦ Tiny House on Skids, Built During One of Our In-Person Classes ✦ Spacious Tiny Home for Two on Wheels

What students are saying

“I love the length of the videos because they’re not overwhelming. Small, short videos are easy for me to understand.” ~ April, Home Healthcare Provider, Iowa

“What the Tiny House Academy showed me was a multitude of ways to do different things, and ways to think, as opposed to just ways to do.” ~ Bryan, Digital Healthcare Products Developer, New York

“I like how it focuses on the pieces that you really need to know and doesn’t add too much fluff. I feel like each one that I’ve watched, I’ve walked away learning something that I didn’t know, even if I thought I knew it before I walked into it.” ~ Joshua, Software Engineer, North Carolina


We just can’t stop…

tiny house students building a tiny house on wheels

This class is a living, breathing, ever-evolving project. We’re refining and actively filming more lessons to be added to this course, and will do so for years to come. When you join the class now, you’ll have unlimited access to new content, at no extra cost. 


Education for all experience levels

Tiny House Instructors

Each of our modules is thorough, and designed to meet you where you’re at. If you are a beginning builder, you will likely watch all of the lessons, rapt, and take thorough notes. Our guess is that you’ll get really stoked on the tool and rough construction modules, which teach you the basics of getting started. Even if you choose to hire help with more advanced things, like plumbing and electrical, those videos will be useful, too. After watching them, you’ll have much more confidence when talking with any contractors you hire. 

If you have some background in carpentry or woodworking, you may not need to review the entire tool module, but you’ll be able to really dig your teeth into natural building and ecological construction, legality and costs, and utilities and systems.

tiny house students using speed square 

There is so much rich material here that no matter your experience level, you will get a lot out of this course.


This course is for you if you:

tiny house student using impact driver to put up siding

  • Get all tingly and excited when you imagine building a home with your own hands
  • Feel excited, but overwhelmed, about how to begin your tiny house journey
  • Love working with your hands and building things, but never felt welcome or supported in the world of carpentry
  • Feel stoked to learn at your own pace, in your spare time, and be able to refer back to the material again and again
  • Want the flexibility to design and build based on your needs and budget
  • Are excited by power tools, but also intimidated by them, and want clear, thorough instruction on safe, effective use
  • Can’t make it to one of our in-person classes, but you’re drawn to how we do things and what we’ve got to share
  • Want to design your own space instead of downloading a cookie-cutter plan 
  • Want support with putting your vision into action
  • Care about the planet and want to build a house that incorporates natural materials and techniques

Please note: This building program is for folks in the US and Canada, or who have access to the tools and materials that are available here.

Because of the type of building taught, this class is most appropriate for students in the US, Canada, and other regions that have similar material and tool availability Feel free to reach out to onlineclasses@wildabundance.net to help determine if this program is a good fit.


Special Highlights

Below, we highlight some of the modules, and also some of the lessons that exist within each module, that we feel especially excited about. 

The Tools of the Trade

Woman uses a table saw to build a tiny house

Just because you want to build your own house doesn’t necessarily mean you already know how to use tools.

This course includes a whole section on tool use, including both power tools and hand tools. We don’t make assumptions about what you already know, since so many folks aren’t taught basic carpentry as young people. In case you’re in this boat, or if you need a refresher, we cover everything from proper use of the carpenter’s pencil and tape measure, to taming the oft-feared beast of the table saw.

What students are saying about the tools section:

“I am a newcomer to carpentry and building, and the online lessons are packed full of information, guidance and instruction, and have given me the confidence to pick up those tools and give it a go.” ~ Dan, Store Manager, North Carolina

“This is the best description of how to read and use a tape measure that I have ever heard.” ~ Tim, Barber, Arizona

“The tools section was really helpful because right now I’m building out my van and a lot of those tools I need to use. It was very scary at first and being able to watch those videos gave me a lot of knowledge on the safety aspects.” ~ Clarissa, Human Resources, Florida

With individual, step-by-step videos for each tool, we cover safety, uses, and basic maintenance of all these important tools:

  • Marking and Measuring: tape measure; carpentry pencils; chalk line
  • Cutting: circular saw, table saw, jigsaw, sawzall, and the chop, miter, and compound sliding miter saws
  • Screwing and Drilling: drills (battery drills, hammer drills, corded drills); impact drivers
  • Plumb, Level, and Square: levels; plumb bob; speed square; framing square

Practical Ways to Integrate Natural Building Elements Into Any Home You Build

Natural Built tiny cob house interior

The home construction industry is a significant source of waste and a driver of climate change. Indeed, this is one reason why building a tiny house is appealing: smaller homes mean fewer resources used. However, just building a small home with the same materials and techniques as conventional homes can still be resource intensive. 

In this course, we offer experience-based, totally doable, beautiful ways to incorporate natural building techniques and sustainable design, including sourcing, into your build. Working with this guidance, you’ll be able to minimize waste and increase functionality. The result will be a gorgeous, energy-efficient home that feels so much better, too.

Natural building a tiny house instructor and student

Wild Abundance brings together the worlds of natural building and tiny house building; you won’t find that anywhere else. 

We’ve experimented with what kinds of natural building techniques really work for both mobile and stationary tiny houses, and we share all that wisdom with you. Building with cob, light clay slip, strawbale, cordwood, and logs all have pros and cons, and we let you know where, when, and why to use each one.


Passive Solar Design

Did you know that you can keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer by designing with the angle of the sunlight in mind, including how it changes throughout the seasons? Passive solar design is a simple, elegant, and ecological way to decrease energy consumption and keep your tiny home (or any home) at a pleasant temperature all year long.

passive solar design image
Image source: Godwin Kavaarpuo

The basic concept is simple: prevent the sun from coming in during the summer, and let it in during the winter in such a way that its warmth can be stored as solar energy in thermal mass. In this course, we go into the details of how this works in practice; we’ll teach you how to design a functional passive solar home in your specific location.


Tiny Houses on Wheels and on Foundations

The frame of a tiny house from the building class

Tiny houses don’t need to be limited to mobile units on trailers. The Tiny House Academy addresses both mobile and permanent tiny houses. Depending on your situation, one or the other might be better for you. 

This course will give you the skills to decide which kind of base is appropriate for your situation, and how to move forward accordingly. If you want to build on wheels now, but have a plan for a bigger, natural, and permanent dream home in the future, we’ve got you covered for both!


Solar Electric for Tiny Houses

online tiny house academy instructor teaching about solar panels

One way to shrink your ecological footprint is to power your tiny home with solar electricity. In order to do this, you’ll need to understand how solar electric systems work, what they’re made of, and how they are built and hooked up. We cover all of this, plus go into the pros and cons of off-grid solar systems vs. grid-tied systems, and how to determine how much electricity you’ll actually need in your tiny home.


Tiny House Design

Natalie designing a tiny house

Learn how to design your own house, customized for your life! Happy, comfortable, and un-cramped tiny living is all about design. A few hundred square feet can feel like a closet or a whole spacious home, depending on how it’s laid out. Plus, having a solid design makes the entire building process more smooth, allowing you to organize your space, materials, and budget. 

We don’t give you a bunch of prefab designs — instead, we teach you how to custom design your own tiny (or not-so-tiny) dream home. 

Salt box tiny house sits among the trees

You won’t leave this course with an architecture degree, but you will be able to create fabulous and useful sketches and lists, just like the professionals use. This makes it much easier to communicate with others about your design, whether they’re carpenters, friends, or other folks helping you. Planning things out will give you a finished product that is way more suited to your life, while taking most of the panic out of the process, reducing work and time overall, and helping you save money.


Tiny House Water Systems

Bathtub in a tiny house

Water flowing in and out of your tiny home will make it way more functional. Whether you choose to just have a sink inside and a separate composting toilet or outhouse, or multiple sinks and a flush toilet, there are many options for tiny house water systems. We’ll cover:

  • Rainwater catchment
  • Water hookup to city water or a well
  • Greywater systems
  • Hookup to a septic or greywater system, including how to set up a Drain Waste Vent (DWV) system
  • How to set up cold and hot water supply systems
  • Different kinds of hot water heaters (propane and on-demand electric)

What Makes This Course Unique

A Dynamic Learning Experience

Tiny house students and instructor raising a wall

This is not just a bunch of videos of people talking about tiny houses. Instead, it’s a comprehensive online education on how to build your own, from the ground up. We combine lecture-style instruction with plenty of diagrams and demos so you can see theories put into action. In fact, you’ll see several different styles and sizes of tiny houses under construction, giving you a breadth of examples to draw from. The result is an engaging program that shows you much of what it takes to build your own house, whether it’s a tiny house or not-so-tiny house, on wheels, or on a foundation. 


Not your typical construction workers…

If you’re tired of being “mansplained” to by well-meaning carpenter friends or sweethearts, or confused by DIY YouTubers with bad camera angles and poor explanations, then you’ve come to the right place! 

How students feel about the instructors

“It’s difficult to find people who are on this path, and seeing those who have done it outside of the traditional structures of society is really awesome.” ~ Kayla, Auto Mechanic, New Hampshire

“They really break it down and they talk to you at a beginner level, but not demeaning. I feel like I know them! They’re very open, cool and personable, very understandable and welcoming.” ~ Samantha, ABA Therapist, Illinois

online tiny house academy gallery of instructors

This program is taught by an enthusiastic, friendly, and unconventional team of instructors with various backgrounds and identities, led by women. Each of them brings a unique perspective, body of experience, and personality to the table. As a result, we’re confident that you’ll feel respected and welcomed, and you’ll get your questions answered, even the most basic ones. Throughout the video lessons, new vocabulary is explained, and demos and diagrams help make everything more clear. 

Think of this course as your gateway into a new world of building:

One where belonging is based on inspiration, enthusiasm, and a commitment to learning, not on how big your hammer is, or if you already know all the jargon.


Creativity is Queen

Tiny House interior with staircase

Everyone’s tiny home dreams — and needs — are a little bit different. To honor this, we explore a variety of options to help you work through what’s best for your situation, climate, and budget. Instead of laying out cookie-cutter designs and approaches, we teach you how to be your own designer. This way, you can feel empowered to customize your tiny house for your unique aesthetics, desires, creative inspirations, and lifestyle. 

Beauty ✦ Individuality ✦ Imagination

Resourcefulness ✦ Ecological Awareness

These characteristics of the lost art of home-building deserve to be revitalized! 


Realistic and experience-based, no claims of $300 tiny houses here!

Natalie outside of her tiny house

Your instructors have built and lived in multiple tiny houses, so everything you’ll learn in this class is based on real-world experience. As the tiny house movement has become more and more trendy, we’ve noticed articles and posts claiming that you can build a tiny house in a tiny amount of time and on a tiny budget. Seeing these makes us feel frustrated, because with all of our years of experience and various backgrounds, we just haven’t found that to be possible. 

Since we want people to succeed at building their own homes, it’s important to us to provide accurate information and clear guidance. This class will show you how to set realistic goals and walk you through the important steps to reach them.


Learn building skills that apply to more than just tiny houses.

Cabin-like Tiny house in the woods

You can apply many of the skills we teach in this course to lots of different kinds of building projects. Here are some examples of what we think you could bust out after moving through the lessons. The course doesn’t include step-by-step guidance on how to build these other projects, but it does teach you the foundational skills necessary for doing it:

  • Sheds (“she-shack”, “man cave”, wood shed, goat shed, etc.)
  • Outhouse
  • Wood-framing of a greenhouse
  • Doghouse
  • Kid’s play structure
  • Covered porch
  • Simple Gazebo 

Lifetime Access to Our Library of Resources

Online Tiny House Building Course on a computer, laptop or phone

This program can be watched, class by class, as a comprehensive building education. Or, you can think of it as a toolbox to help you manifest your dream of building a simple, sustainable home. Just reach in and grab what you need, when you need it, as many times as you want.


Personalized and Live Support

online tiny house academy instructing tiny house students

You can ask questions in the online classroom, via the box provided below each video lesson. Your instructors will respond within a few business days, usually sooner. We’ll also be hosting monthly live Q+A’s via Zoom through, so that you can get answers to your burning questions in real time.

“Feedback from instructors has been really incredible. The responses that I’ve received from instructors have been really thoughtful, you can tell they took time to encourage in their comments.” ~ Anna


Start learning so you can start building!

tiny house student with sledgehammer

If you want to build a beautiful tiny or not-so-tiny house with your own two hands, there is no time like now to get started! The rewarding journey of home-building begins, like all journeys, with a single step. And while you may think that’s when you cut the first board, it’s actually when you begin to materialize a dream into an action plan. Giving yourself the gift of this course will help anchor your visions and aspirations into a concrete action step, and will guide you along the steps that follow.

Let’s build a world of beauty, sustainability, and style.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t have any building experience, will I get anything out of this program?
The Tiny House Academy is designed to cover the bases, including the most basic carpentry skills. We walk you through tool use (including the carpenter’s pencil and tape measure), design, and the steps of actual construction. If you identify as female, trans, or nonbinary, and you’ve never picked up a carpentry tool in your life, we welcome you to check out our in-person Women’s Basic Carpentry classes as an adjunct to this program. However, with commitment and practice, the videos here will guide you toward competence, too.
Can I really learn how to build a tiny house online?
Yes! We’ve been teaching in–person tiny house building classes for years, and have seen folks from all different backgrounds, with all different skill levels successfully build their own tiny houses. What’s covered in the Tiny House Academy is similar to what we teach in-person, and covers even more topics and alternatives such as solar electric systems, passive solar house design, basics of electrical and plumbing systems. Plus, with the online format, you can refer back to lessons again and again. If you follow the lessons and put what we teach into practice, you can learn to build a tiny house online.
I’ve done some carpentry, will I get anything out of this program?
If you already have some carpentry experience, great! Unless you’re proficient with building houses from start to finish (including design), you will still learn a lot through this program. The Tiny House Academy includes thorough, in-depth coverage of rough construction and finish work, detailed demos of concrete footer & pier foundations and design all the way up to the rafters! Even if you feel competent with carpentry tools, you may learn better, safer, and more effective “proper” ways to use them, as well as some pretty cool tips and tricks and alternate uses from our very experienced teachers.. Plus, if you sign up and discover that it’s too basic for you (unlikely, unless you’re already a contractor), you can get a full refund within 2 weeks.
Can I learn tiny house design online?
Yes. Instructor Alex Henderson shares 8 lessons on design, including detailed guidance on creating your own sketches and diagrams. He’s an unconventional architect with a passion for design/build projects, permaculture, and place-based construction. In addition to these design-focused lessons, you get several virtual tiny house tours, which give you a sense of various layouts and designs in real space.
Can I start the Tiny House Academy at any time?
Enrollment is open during three annual enrollment periods. If you’re reading this in-between enrollment period, get on the waitlist to be notified when enrollment opens back up (waitlist folks often get special discounts, too). Once you gain access to the program, you can view videos and move through lessons at your own pace. You’ll have unlimited access to all the material, and can watch any lesson again and again.
Are there scholarships for the Tiny House Academy?
Yes! At this time, partial scholarships are available to anyone who feels they need one, just click the scholarship link here (live during enrollment periods only). In addition, we give out limited numbers of three kinds of full scholarships: one based on financial need; one for folks who plan to use this knowledge to benefit a larger community or organization (especially underserved communities); and one is a racial equity scholarship for African American and Native American students. The scholarship application can be found here (live during enrollment periods only).
What will I take away from this program?
In the Tiny House Academy, you can learn how to build a small, basic house or other structure. You’ll get step-by-step guidance on tool use, house design, basic construction, plumbing and electrical, ecological design like passive solar, overviews of several natural building techniques, information on legalities and costs of tiny houses on wheels and on foundations, plus not-so-tiny houses. You’ll also get tiny house tours. We’re still adding content to this already-robust program. If you follow along with the lessons and put what you learn into practice, you’ll be able to design and build your own tiny house, plus do lots of other carpentry projects as you see fit.
Who teaches the Tiny House Academy?
The Tiny House Academy is taught by a dynamic team of instructors. Some are professional contractors, others are unconventional architects, and still others are DIY enthusiasts with a knack for teaching. We carefully select our instructors for skills and knowledge, plus clarity and accessibility in their teaching styles. Additionally, we strive to work with teachers of various identities (i.e. they’re not all burly white guys…no offense to burly white guys). For a full list of instructor bios for this program, scroll down.
How can I learn to build a tiny house online?
You can learn to build a tiny house online by watching videos, reviewing written material, then mimicking the steps that are demonstrated with your own hands, on your own projects. If you’ve got a carpenter buddy to join you in the journey, that’s great too. The Tiny House Academy is your one-stop shop for learning to build a tiny house online. We’ve created this program to be comprehensive, from tool use, to design, to the actual steps of building. Lessons are offered in clear video format, with each lesson organized in an easy-to-navigate online classroom. Some video lessons are accompanied by written materials for reference. You can review all the material as many times as you need so that it can truly be a companion as you embark on your own building projects.
Is this the best online tiny house class?
Well, not to toot our own horn, but as far as we can tell, this is the most comprehensive and versatile online tiny house class out there. No other program we’ve found covers tiny houses on wheels and on foundations, includes natural building techniques and ecological considerations, and shows you how to use tools and do the actual building in detail. We’d love your input here, too; when you sign up for the Tiny House Academy, let us know what you think!
Is building a tiny house like building a regular house?
Building a tiny house includes most of the same steps as building a “regular” or larger house. Of course, if you build your tiny house on wheels, it will be different than building a regular house on a foundation. That’s why we include lessons on both in this program, so that it’s a more versatile and applicable resource for all your tiny and not-so-tiny house building needs. It’s important to note that legalities and permitting for a larger house may be quite different, so be sure to check in with your local authorities if you plan to build any permanent structure.
What is the best way to learn how to build a tiny house?
The best way to learn how to build a tiny house is the way that you will actually follow through on! Seriously, if you have time, money, and energy to dedicate yourself to apprenticing a tiny house builder, and you happen to have one nearby who is looking for help, go with that! If that’s not available to you, taking a class on tiny house building is the next best thing. Over our many years of teaching how to build tiny houses, we’ve found that the best way to learn is to soak up the theory, then put it into practice with your own hands. In fact, perhaps the most important step is putting what you learn into practice on your own projects. In lieu of having someone experienced by your side, we think taking an online tiny house building class and simultaneously working on your own tiny house can be a great way to learn.
Is it better to build a tiny house on wheels or on a foundation?
Tiny houses on wheels and on foundations both have advantages and disadvantages. One is not fundamentally better than the other, it just depends on your needs, budget, and circumstances. Put very simply, tiny houses on wheels are great if you plan to move your house frequently, while tiny houses on foundations make sense if the house isn’t going anywhere. Trailers can be quite costly, so choosing to build on a foundation, if you have a permanent place to put the tiny house, can save a good bit of money. Since both tiny houses on wheels and on foundations can be great, the Tiny House Academy includes lessons on how to build both.
Is this an interactive class?
This program includes a substantial library of on-demand material, plus access to your instructor for questions through the online classroom, and regular Q&A calls. We also strongly encourage students to share their stories, questions, and ideas with one another through the online classroom. In short, this class is as interactive as you choose to make it, with several opportunities to engage, while also being flexible and asynchronous to accommodate different schedules and lifestyles.

Instructors

Natalie Bogwalker doing carpentry

Natalie Bogwalker

Natalie (she/her) is the visionary behind Wild Abundance, as well as a primary instructor for women’s carpentry classes and the Natural Building and Tiny House Workshop, among other classes. She’s passionate about teaching and sharing practical skills to help all kinds of people feel more confident, empowered, and capable. In particular, Natalie gets excited about: ...

Keenan Phillips

Keenan (he/him) had always dreamt of building his own home one day and finally embarked on that journey 6 years ago. It’s still a work in progress, but it caught the attention of friends and neighbors and resulted in the accidental creation of his small construction/renovation business, KSPhillips Contracting. He is now assisting a friend ...
Nadi

Nadi

Nadi (they/them) has been on a quest to study traditional woodworking, metalworking and ancestral skills ever since leaving behind their Aerospace Engineering path in Germany where they grew up. While attending University in Germany they turned an old early 1900s circus trailer into their first tiny home they lived in for the duration of their ...

Danielle Swift

Danielle’s (she/her) career in construction officially started at 15 with a summer job as a laborer working for her uncle’s design/build firm in Maryland. She continued acquiring building experience and tools through college, ultimately graduating from SCAD with a master’s degree in Architecture and a dual BA in Architecture and Historic Preservation. She went on ...
Alex Henderson

Alex Henderson

Alex (he/they) has twelve years of combined architectural and construction experience working as a designer, educator, and builder. Alex received a Permaculture Design Certificate from Wild Abundance in 2019 and now runs a permaculture and architectural design practice called Somewhere Design.

Ella Scotto

Ella (she/her) took a carpentry class with Wild Abundance in 2017. After that, she bought an acre of land in Barnardsville, NC, and began building a house. For over a year, she worked with Barron Brown, learning everything she could about carpentry and construction. Ella is always eager to learn more, and is constantly honing her ...

Jeramy Stauffer

Jeramy (he/him) and his company, Nanostead, focus on small footprint homes and homestead design, including tiny houses on wheels and on foundations. He’s built and lived in many tiny homes, and teaches about building and living tiny, along with homesteading and sustainable living.
Rob Greenfield

Rob Greenfield

Rob Greenfield (he/him) is an activist and humanitarian dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. He embarks on extreme projects to bring attention to important global issues and inspire positive change. His work has been covered by media worldwide including National Geographic and he’s been named “The Robin Hood of ...

Mollie Curry

Mollie (she/her) has been practicing natural building for about 20 years and is still in love with the mud! Natural paints and plasters are her favorite techniques, and she has plenty of “structural” experience with things like straw-bale building, earthbags, adobe, cob, straw-clay, and that most familiar of natural materials, wood. Besides building, she loves ...

Quetzal Jordan

Originally from British Columbia, Canada and raised in Tampa FL, much of Quetzal’s (she/her) time is currently spent side by side with Mel Chin a conceptual visual artist in Burnsville, North Carolina. Quetzal’s day to day experience consists of her making and installing sculpture art, utilizing such skills as carpentry, welding, masonry and basic construction. ...

Registration Info

Pricing for the Online Tiny House Class

One time payment: $697.00

Payment plan: $117 each month for 6 months

The following is included in registration: unlimited lifetime access to a well-organized and comprehensive library of video lessons, open invitations to all live Q&A sessions, one-on-one instructor support through the online classroom, live online orientation call with your cohort of students.

This course is not currently open for registration. Join our wait list below to stay informed about future sales.

We strive to make our classes accessible to those who wish to learn. Paying the regular price helps us continue to produce high-quality education and offer scholarships based on need and to help build racial equity. Click here to find out about our scholarship program.