Tiny House Construction
BUILDING SUSTAINABLE TINY HOMES
Learn to build a tiny house the environmentally-friendly way. Drawing, design, and building in modern, traditional, and alternative ways. You’ll receive in-depth teaching in carpentry, use of tools, and woodworking.
Carpentry and woodwork
In the tiny house course you’ll learn how to build small, healthy houses. You’ll get fundamental training in carpentry and woodworking, and you’ll learn to use both modern machines and traditional handtools.
Much of what we use we get from the woods around the school, and we find bits and pieces at the recycling station. Our goal is to build houses that are livable, inexpensive, and sustainable.
The main focus is on joist construction, called reisverk or stenderverk in Norwegian. We start by going into the woods and felling timber, then to the secondhand shop to see what we can breathe new life into.
Then we’ll draw and design and calculate the weight of the final construction. Then we’ll start building! We’ll build a frame, set up walls, then beams for the roof. We’ll seal it from the wind, put a roof on, put in windows, insulate, and install side paneling. On the inside we’ll set put up paneling and hand-planed moulding.
That’s how you’ll learn about all the processes and parts of the house. Whether you want to build your own house in the future, or just be a bit better with your hands, this is a good line for you.
One of tiny-houses best characteristics is their clever solutions to everyday problems, which is what makes it possible to live well in such a tiny space! That’s why we’ll be making built-in interiors, bookshelves, benches, beds, kitchen, and stairs, all seamlessly integrated.
Most years we also work with lafting (log-cabin style building) and other construction methods, for example straw-bale construction and “kubbehus” building. What’s offered changes a bit year to year.
The year could include:
- Furniture making and interiors
- Making windows and doors
- Building from scratch
- Alternative construction methods
- Lafting (log-cabin style)
- Felling and sawing timber
- Making moulding
- Understanding your materials- what wood works best where
- Circular thinking- how do we create a zero waste home?
- Recirculation of materials
- Design and drawing
- Insulating houses
- Composting toilets
- Rules and regulations regarding tiny houses
- Making paint yourself
- Electricity and lighting
- Installation of a wood stove and chimney (we are in Norway, after all)
Could this be the course for you?
Do you want to create something together with others? Are you interrested in building houses, or traditional and sustainable building techniques? Du you like working with your hands, or do you want to learn to do so?
This is not a carpentry education, but you will learn a lot that you can use in your own life.
Our expectations of you
We expect students to be interrested in learning, ready to work hard, and creating a positive class environment.
Teacher: Kenneth Bjørkli
Kenneth is a renaissance man. His interests fill the spectrum from traditional crafting and old-time techniques to discussing quantum physics and Star Wars.
He is a skilled woodworker, craftsman, and trip leader. Kenneth can be often found of a foraging expedition in the forest with his family.
9 month course
This is a 9 month course, from late august until the end of may.
In addition to your course there will be a choice of electives and classes where the whole school will be in attendance. The electives on offer change every year, but some of the classics are: tanning of hides, sail making, chest making, outdoor life, forging, knife making, willow weaving, plant dyeing, traditional shoe making, sailing, and textile work.
Whole school classes can be presentations from guest teachers, group work projects, farmwork, even school trips!
Our average student is between 18 and 25 years old, but we also have older students. All students live in the school dorms, and organic food is included in the school fee.
Classes are held in Norwegian, but all our teachers speak English as a second language and will explain in English when necessary. We expect you to try to learn Norwegian, and we offer evening classes in Norwegian language and culture.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org