Building your own house is an achievable dream!

Led by Tiny Healthy Homes’ design expert Ben Garrett, this 6-day, hands-on build course guides you through the experience of building a Tiny House shell. Along with a crew of experienced builders, you will be working on an actual tiny house build.

During this workshop you will learn the safe use of carpentry tools, gain confidence in the building process, in reading site plans and managing trades. We will cover: Framing, Insulation, Siding, Plumbing, Electrical, Flashing, Window install, Roofing, and much more.

The workshop will be intense, packed with learning opportunities, and fun!

With his years of mechanical and construction background experience, reinforced by his commitment to natural building techniques and love of communities, Ben Garratt has created artistic built spaces that will keep their inhabitants happy and healthy for generations.

Next Course Location: Gabriola Island May 6 ~ 11

Note: Registration is now FULL for this course.

What You’ll Learn

Day One:
  • Introductions
  • Site plans
  • Power tools 101
  • Framing
Day Three:
  • Staining
  • Roofing
  • Siding
Day Five:
  • Rafters and Loft
  • Cabinetry
  • Interior walls & trim
Day Two:
  • Framing Continued
  • Flashings
  • Wrap and sheet house
  • Windows
Day Four:
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Flooring
Day Six:
  • Cabinetry Install
  • Interior walls
  • Heat and Air Recovery System
  • Wrap Party!!

Course FAQ

Do I need previous building experience to take this workshop?

While our workshops are designed for anyone getting started on their tiny house journey, for this build course we require that you have previously taken our Foundation Design & Construction workshop first with either Ben Garratt or Kenton Zerbin. If you haven’t taken the Foundation course, one will be held right before the Build Course, May 4-5 in Saanich, B.C.

Do you have couples rates? Can my spouse/partner/child attend with me?

This course is highly in demand and we want to make it available to as many people as possible, while keeping the instructor-to-student ratio high. As such we ask that guests and partners not accompany the paying participant so that you can get maximum value for your time.

What’s the refund policy?

Your $399 deposit is NON-refundable and will serve to hold your place. If something comes up and you cannot make it, it is your responsibility to find another student to take your spot. The remainder of the course fees ($500) are due at the start of the course (May 6th). Cash, E-transfer or Paypal are all acceptable.

Is alcohol/smoking allowed on the property?

Alcohol and power tools are not a good mix so we recommend you have a drink after the course is finished for the day. There are designated smoking areas. No drugs allowed onsite.

What is included in with the registration fee?

We will assist with meals and accommodation. Please bring: Water bottle, Hat, sturdy shoes, rain gear, warm clothes. In terms of tools, students should think about bringing: Tape measure, pencils, sharpie, box cutter/knife, tool belt. If students have other tools they are encouraged to bring them.

Is accommodation available?

Those who are ready for the full experience are encouraged to camp at the natural, forested site, with views of the ocean on spectacular Gabriola Island. For those wanting some luxury, accommodations can be found in the many B&Bs on the island. But you won’t want to miss the unforgettable evenings with the group, to be spent relaxing, playing games and swapping stories by the fire.

“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.”

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, England 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:

Gabriola Island

May 6 ~ 11
9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm

This course is limited to 10 participants. A non-refundable deposit ($399) is required to hold your place but you will have until May 6 to pay for the remainder of the course. Total cost: $990.

Registration is now FULL for this course.