Updates to manual (Feb 14, 2022)

Dear Tiny Home Builder,

Thank you so much for your interest in building a tiny house for our program! We are overjoyed to have you as a partner, in whatever way you do choose, and hope that this page is helpful to orient you.

Below are resources intended to support you in building a tiny house:

The Tiny Home Construction Manual folder, which is a detailed manual best used by groups that have not built a tiny house before, or would like more detailed support. Consider this an encyclopedia of how to build a tiny house!

Below are some additional steps and resources to support your build and tell you more about our program:

You will find all referenced documents and electronic resources located in the Resources folder of the Tiny Home Construction Manual DropBox link. We encourage you—and your build team—to study and discuss these topics together. You will find these study sessions not only informative but also a great way to connect and build your team spirit and shared knowledge. And, we appreciate any and all feedback!

#1: Why do we need these transitional tiny homes & villages? Learn more about LIHI's tiny house village program here, and read more about housing justice on the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance's website. Explore the LIHI & Housing Affordability & Crisis websites—links listed on the "Website Resources & Links" document.

#2: How can you and your team build this structure safely? Refer to the “Safety” handout, and view the Labor & Industries and WA Department of Health websites. Please be sure to have an initial safety discussion and have each participant sign the Safety form at the meeting conclusion.

#3: What materials do you need? Refer to the “Tiny Home Materials List” and the “How To Do Inventory” documents.

#4: Which tools and equipment will you need? Refer to the “Tools & Equipment Needed” handout.

#5: Where should you build this structure? Refer to the “Tiny Home Site & Transport Requirements” handout.

#6: How will you build this tiny home? If you are looking for construction and design support, feel free to read the Construction Manual thoroughly and refer to the photos and schematics located in the LIHI Tiny Home Construction Manual dropbox link.

If you would like to build a tiny house, request information, request materials, or have any questions, please email tinyhouses@lihi.org.