Tiny House Build Workshop – April 2016

Apply to join the workshop by emailing john@jsbaxter.com.au

1. What do tiny houses mean to you and where are you at in your tiny house journey?
2. Where does this workshop fit in?
3. What talents and tools can you share at the workshop?
4. Can you attend the full 4 days?
5. Is there anything else we should know about you?

There is a limit of 12 places
Cost is $300
We hope to have made offers by 20 March We had 9 out of 12 places filled on the 20th – you may not have missed out just yet!
Any questions email john@jsbaxter.com.au or call 0405 447 829.

Our first tiny house build is all about demonstrating what can be done and sharing the experience with as many people as possible.

We don’t know what the future of tiny houses is, but we know they have a lot to teach us about housing and living more responsibly!

We have the chance to involve and educate people throughout the build process. What better way than to run a workshop with an experienced tiny house carpenter?

I went to Victoria in late 2015 to participate in my first tiny house build. Even though I have plenty of hands on experience, actually seeing how a build comes together made all the difference to my confidence that I actually can apply my skills to tiny house building. Even those that came to the workshop with no experience on tools left with the same sense of achievement — and a massive set of new skills!

The workshop was run by carpenter Nick Matyevich (with Emmet Blackwell, whose house we worked on). In addition to Nick’s decades of industry experience and tiny house expertise, what I really loved was his warm attitude and clear passion. Nick has transitioned into tiny houses after doing a PDC and converting to permaculture. He’s not ‘just a carpenter’ involved in the tiny house fad.

While I know there are some other fine builders out there running workshops (mostly in Victoria – none yet in SA!), I couldn’t go past Nick for the perfect intro to tiny house building.

Nick is working out his new tiny-house career path while building his own transportable home/workshop at the moment, so we’re lucky he has the flexibility to come over and run this workshop with us in April. Yee-ha! : )


Emmet Blackwell - cladding and waterproof demosWorkshop details
Friday 22 – Monday 25 April
8am-5pm each day
(This includes a regular Friday and ANZAC day holiday Monday.)

Salvaged, timber framed, passive eco designed house.

Workshop covers
— structure from floor to roof
— cladding and waterproofing
— tools
— building to meet planning, code, transportation & sustainability requirements, and to be comfortable in a tiny space!

Healthy lunch and snacks inc vegan options

A secret Norwood location, with easy bus access and parking, a short cycle from the CBD

Our build site is on Kaurna land

Who is it for?
The workshop is designed for those from no to moderate hands-on experience.

This is a chance for everyone to pick up the skills to build themselves, with hands on instruction and pro tips and advice from Nick.

Experienced carpenters and builders are welcome to get in touch about assisting with the build and spending some time with Nick to learn more about the tiny house trade.

There will be plenty of opportunity to join in free working bee days outside this workshop, if you just want to muck in and get things done.

More about the first Own Home tiny house build

TH workshop 1 web flyer