Our most popular tiny house build course.

Geared toward anyone, from custom builders to those just starting out on their tiny home journey, our weekend workshops covers the theory and practice of good building design, taking you through practical exercises so you can start planning and designing your very own tiny house.

“Thank you Ben for an amazing workshop. Our new community of Tiny house friends was an unexpected highlight. You helped me make my Tiny house dream more achievable.”

Led by Tiny Healthy Homes’ design/build expert Ben Garratt, whose mechanical and construction background, natural building techniques and love of communities has led him to create artistic built spaces that will keep their inhabitants happy and healthy for generations.

“Working alongside Ben is like watching a master tradesman at work, his knowledge is mind blowing but the best part is that he’s a natural born teacher that’s passionate about sharing his knowledge.”

Course Content

This introductory workshop will teach you the theory, design fundamentals and practical approaches for preparing to build, buy or live in a tiny house, including:

  • Pros and cons of tiny living (yes, there are cons!)
  • The types of tiny homes, and how to choose the right one for you
  • The basic “rules” of tiny homes, including sizes, lengths, and other limitations
  • Your dream floor plan and how to lay it out in scale
  • Building design topics like “The Big 5”: orientation, thermal mass, insulation, glazing, and ventilation
  • How to plan your project like a master, and know what to do first, second, third…
  • The construction cycle, including framing, insulation, flooring, windows and doors, roofing, plumbing and electrical systems, including on-and off-grid, as well as extensive product reviews.

Coffee/tea and snacks will be provided throughout the day, but students must supply their own lunches. Students should bring their laptop or notepad, and any and all questions about tiny space creation and living!

Your Instructor: Ben Garratt

Ben Garratt has been building things since he was a young boy making toys, treasure boxes and even his own furniture. After working in the construction industry in Australia, English and Canada for many years he started to learn more about natural building and permaculture which lead him to the tiny house movement.

The weekend hands on course was a blast! I found confidence in using power tools and learned more about tiny house design and building than years of watching Youtube.

With his vast knowledge of the building industry and talented team, Ben now offers design consultations for any size of home or health considerations.

Course Dates & Locations

Location & Dates:

Cordova Bay 55 Plus Association
5238 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria, BC V8Y 2L2

May 4th, 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
May 5th, 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm

Refunds: up to 15 days before event

Design & Construction Workshop


An innovative tiny home design and building education weekend, geared toward those interested in learning basic construction knowledge, tiny house building designs, eco healthy homes and alternative dwellings.