Australia’s only hands-on Tiny House building course with Reclaimed Materials!

We’ve been promoting the benefits of Tiny Houses since 2014 and have tailored the only intensive hands-on tiny house building course in Australia using recycled and reclaimed materials. The course covers not just theory and design principles, but also the necessary practical skills you’ll need to build your very own tiny house. We developed and run these courses in partnership with James The Upcyclist

2020 Tiny House Course Reflections!

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Peter – Course Participant

Michael & Barbara – Course Participants

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Why the Bower

The Bower is a not-for-profit, championing the cause of using reclaimed building material and this course is the showcase of the experience, skills and technicalities we’ve acquired over the past 15 years, of not only pushing an important environmental cause forward but also the building of capacity and resilience of our staff, supporters and volunteers.

What will I learn?

  • Considerations when choosing a trailer
  • Building a frame and getting it right
  • Insulation, waterproofing and cladding your very own off-grid tiny home
  • Sourcing and working with reclaimed materials
  • Using a variety of power and hand tools

How is it hands-on?

Day 1: Introduction, foundations and sub floor

Following a detailed introduction and OH&S induction, the course facilitators will lead you through the design for the Tiny House being built during the six-day course. You’ll be taught about considerations for selecting a trailer on which to build a moveable Tiny House, including size, weight and towing restrictions. You’ll then be shown how to prepare the trailer for building upon and begin attaching the sub floor framing and lay the floor of the Tiny House.
  • Introduction
  • OH&S safe work site overview.
  • How to work with salvaged building materials
  • Purpose and proper use of power tools
  • Trailers, towing and preparatory work
  • Attaching sub-floor to trailer and laying the floor 

Day 2: Walls

You’ll learn how to build light timber frame walls and the theory necessary to convert your ideas into construction plans including stud spacing, calculating window and door openings, lintels, corner framing. Together as a group, you’ll cut all the timbers for the wall frames, join each wall frame together and stand the walls on the trailer. Then square the house, add cross bracing and secure the walls to the trailer.
  • How to build a stud wall frame
  • Use of recycled framing timber
  • Calculating window and door allowances
  • Cross bracing, lintels and securing the frame to the trailer 

Day 3 & 4: Roofing and Windows/Doors

These are 2 big days! You will learn how to marking out and cut rafters then you’ll construct the roof of the Tiny House, lay roof insulation, sheet metal roofing, ridge capping and guttering. You will also learn the importance of water proofing the roof, walls and the critical areas around windows and door openings. By the end of these two days, the Tiny House will be a waterproofed timber frame with an insulated roof.
  • Marking out and cutting rafters
  • Constructing a roof
  • Roof Insulation and waterproofing
  • Laying sheet metal roofing
  • Understanding airflow and condensation in tiny houses
  • Wall wrapping (sarking) and preparation for cladding
  • Installation of windows 

Day 5: Exterior wall cladding

You’ll be working with salvaged corrugated iron and recycled weatherboards to attach the exterior cladding of the Tiny House. As well as learning how to install windows and hang a door in the house frame, along with finishing off window and door openings.
  • Aesthetics of using recycled building materials
  • How to select and work with salvaged cladding materials
  • Attaching corrugated iron and traditional weatherboards
  • How to build a door jamb and hang a door 

Day 6: Exterior trims and finishing off

The final day of the course will be spent putting your new building skills to good use, finishing of the tiny house and adding the finishing touches like corner flashing and exterior trimmings. Before the end of the course there will be time to make sure all your tiny house building questions have been answered.
  • Laws and regulations around tiny houses and buildings
  • Transitioning to living in a tiny house
  • Considerations for off-grid living
  • Continue to complete as much of the tiny house as we can 

Course details:

  • Name : The Bower, Tiny House Course
  • Date & Time : 17-22 February,2020 9AM-5PM
  • Cost : AUD $1,950.00 (GST Included)
  • Event Venue : 10 Carrington Road, Marrickville 2204 NSW
  • Registrations are now closed, Scroll down to leave us your contact to get in touch for a future course.
We encourage beginners and experts, the curious, the adventurers and those who have the time and inclination to sign up for this course. At the end of the course, you will be a proud boaster of a tiny house you built with your own hands. You will have invaluable knowledge and skills to last a lifetime. To know the details of the 6 days hands on course, continue reading below.

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