How to build a tiny house - building course in Sydney


How to build a tiny house - building course in Sydney

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This course is by application only. We will contact you within 24 hours from the submission date for futher details.

  • Total fee for this course is $2,999 GST Inclusive. $500 refundable deposit secures your place in the class.
  • Information session to be held at 91 York Street on 27 August. Building sessions at Maker Space.
  • No discounts apply for this course
  • Payment plans are available
  • Contact 8752 7566 for more details

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Course description

How to Build a Tiny House in Sydney Course

The tiny house movement has made its way to Australia. Sydney Community College has partnered with The Bower Marrickville to offer the only comprehensive tiny house building course in the country.

This intensive course is hands-on and practical running over 6 consecutive days where you and a team will build a tiny house on wheels out of recycled materials. Once complete, the tiny house will be available for purchase at The Bower’s annual fundraising auction.

If you are looking to live off the grid, escape the pressures of modern home ownership or simply looking for an exciting personal project then this course is for you.

What is a tiny house? A tiny house is a living space designed to be as compact as possible while remaining liveable and practical. The challenge is to maximise utility through a clever use of interior space, minimising scale and environmental impact.

Information Evening

An information session will be held 6 weeks before the course starts, students will meet the others in the group as well as the course faciliators and be given a detailed rundown of the project. All course deposits must be received by the Friday following the information session. Any injuries or physical limitations need to be communicated to the course facilitators at this point.

Course Structure

Day 1: Introduction, foundations and sub floor

The course will teach the carpentry and sustainability skills required for building a tiny house. In addition to the hands-on learning, participants will receive informative and detailed handouts.
Following a detailed introduction to the operational health & safety considerations in the use of construction equipment and other potential hazards, you will learn how to select a trailer with consideration to size, weight and towing restrictions. The group will then prepare the trailer for construction and begin attaching the sub-floor framing to lay down the floor.

Day 2: Walls and windows

Learn how to convert ideas into construction plans including stud spacing, calculating window and door openings, lintels and corner framing. Together as a group, you’ll cut all the timbers for the wall frames, join each wall frame together and finish standing the walls on the trailer. Lastly, you will square the house, add cross bracing and secure the walls in place.

Day 3: Roofing and loft framing

This is a big day! You will learn the importance of water-proofing and selecting the right roof insulation. The group will mark out and cut rafters to construct the roof using sheet metal, ridge capping, guttering and ceiling considerations. The group will select the right size timber to support a loft, before installing the loft floor joists. By the end of Day 3, the Tiny House will be an open frame with a roof.

Day 4: Exterior wall cladding

It’s important that your Tiny House be weather proof and this is a key focus of Day 4. You’ll be working with salvaged corrugated iron and recycled weatherboards to attach exterior cladding to the Tiny House, as well as learning how to install windows into the house frame and finishing off window and door openings.

Day 5: Plumbing and electrics

Having already built the roof for water collection on Day 3, Day 5 will focus on water usage and power. You will look at options and considerations for water storage and how to connect to running water, as well as how to treat and dispose of waste water, kitchen water supply, showers and hot water. We will also demonstrate running pipes inside the tiny house for plumbing the kitchen and shower and go through laws applicable to plumbing and gas fitting a Tiny House.

The afternoon will focus on how to get power into your Tiny House. Starting with the options for off-grid vs grid connections, calculating how much power you’re likely to need, a basic Tiny House solar set-up and the laws relating to electricity and what you can and can’t do as a DIY’er. Finally, we will demonstrate installing wiring and power points in the house frame and an external power hook up points.

Day 6: Internal walls, exterior trims and finishing off

By today, the Tiny House shell is complete. On Day 6, you’ll discuss the practicalities of internal insulation, heating, cooling, ventilation and how to deal with condensation. The door to the tiny house will be hung, you will be shown how to install internal wall partitions, wall linings and trims. In the afternoon we’ll have a detailed session about the considerations of living in a Tiny House – composting toilets, how to dispose of waste, where you can park your Tiny House and the applicable laws, planning codes and trailer/road rules. You’ll come away with further learning resources for carpentry and Tiny House building, as well as information about Tiny House communities in Australia and abroad.


  • Basic tools needed to build a tiny house
  • Laws and regulations that may apply;
  • Building within trailer weight restrictions – Towing considerations;
  • Sourcing and using recycled materials;
  • Hands-on experience, using tools and equipment and all that fun stuff, to actually build a tiny house!

Important Information

  • This course is both theoretical and practical and will involve the use of power tools and some lifting and moving. Although course does not preclude those unable to lift and/or operate machinery, you should discuss any injuries or physical limitations with course facilitators at the information evening.


As this course requires significant investment in equipment, hire space, materials and personnel, it is priced accordingly. The purchase of materials and equipment requires a minmum number of enrolments. If the minimum numbers are not met four weeks prior to course commencement, the class may be postponed or cancelled. If the course is cancelled, the deposit of $500 will be refunded. The deposit is not a guarantee that course will proceed. If course goes ahead deposit is non-refundable after the cut off date unless in special circumstances as per Sydney Community College cancellation policy on the website.

If you have any questions about this course or what is involved in enrolment please give Sydney Community College a call on 02 8752-7555

Photographer: Alicia Fox

Course testimonials:

  • Mischa Said: Excellent teachers, a wonderful group of students and life-changing skills.

  • Nick Said: Great course with excellent teachers, generous with their time and information The external stuff (plumbing/electrical) was perhaps a bit long, could reference external resources eg youtube/internet for this - main thing is just to identify the various options there and some idea of benefits or disadvantages, so people can follow up themselves Would be really good to run a second course with internals, if you can make it work that participants don't have to pay and just exchange their time and labour to help out that would be nice Overall very good and well done for running something that was no doubt slightly speculative at first!

  • Joy Said: I mostly enjoyed the hands on experience and how organised the course was. The tutors were fantastic and I would recommend this course to others. The only thing I would change would be the length of the course - it would have been great if it was 3 days longer so we could cover more info and finish the house more.