Tiny house constuction

The fact that people are building larger and larger houses is quickly becoming a problem for a world with limited space and resources. With this class we are standing up and pushing back against the overconsumption and waste.

A sprawling house is, as a rule, expensive and forces one to take out a loan, thus s/he must work more, and it quickly becomes a downward spiral. But is it possible to live just as well in a tenth the space?

In this class you will learn to build a small house from the bottom up, from foundation to roof. Including what goes in the house: tables, chairs, etc. New and old building techniques fused together. You will learn to make windows, doors, frames, hinges, and different ways to insulate a house. When we fell the trees that will eventually become our house, we get the joy of knowing where our timber comes from. And much of the contents of the house will be found at used shops, thrift stores, or made yourself. To make the house functional you will also learn to build-in an interior, and furniture making will be a natural part of the class. We will also spend time learning about alternative energy sources, such as suncatchers, solar panels, and wind mills, so the house can be as self-sufficient as possible.

Here you will learn all that is required to build wholesome houses. You will learn to use both modern machines and traditional tools. During the process of building we will meet many problems without a clear answer, so we will investigate, think, and try out solutions. And in amongst everything we'll talk about the small house philsophy, and have some cake and coffee.

Relevant issues:

  • Building a house from the bottom up
  • Making windows and doors
  • Furniture making and interiors
  • Lafting
  • Alternative building techniques
  • Composting toilets
  • Rules and regulations
  • Drawing and design
  • Insulation: Linen, hemp, or fiberglass?
  • Materials: Which type of wood for what?
  • Felling and milling of timber
  • Reusability and resources chains
  • Painting with rye flour and red paint
  • How to recirculate materials

This is a 9 month course, from late august until the end of may. In addition to the chosen course, the year also consists of electives and school-wide activities like school trips, farm week etc. 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! kontor@fosen.fhs.no

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