Tiny Homes Workshop: overview of design & build

Now fully booked

During this Workshop you will learn about various styles of tiny homes:  stationary ones made with timber framing or the clay ‘hobbit house’, and then the mobile type, framed and on wheels for ease of movement.

More than that, you will also get an understanding of the skills, tools and other resources that you will need in order to design and build each of the different styles.  This will enable you to make an informed choice of what is the best type and method for you and your own Tiny Home project.

The Tiny house movement (also known as the "small house movement" is a an architectural and social movement toward living more simply in small homes.

People are joining this movement for many reasons, but most often because of cost, environmental concerns, wanting to spend more time in nature, and for a sense of freedom.

On this Workshop, you will be able to walk inside and get a feeling for the space and layout of a mobile tiny home, and ask questions of its builder, Noel Higgins, who will one of the workshop tutors.

This is an introductory workshop; no prior experience is required.  Note that this workshop is mainly informational and will empower you to manage a successful Tiny House project.

The next Workshops in this series will be practical, helping you deepen the design and project management skills you will need for your own project with actual hands on experience tailored to suit beginners, intermediate and advanced practical skill sets.

Our tutors include:

  • Tiny home builder Noel Higgins, who will have his mobile tiny home onsite.
  • Permaculture Designer Suzie Cahn
  • Builder Alex Duffy
  • DIYer and project manager Mike Cahn

The Workshop will be held in the Natural Barn at Carraig Dulra farm.  Although larger than a tiny home, the design and ongoing build of the Barn provides a good example of several skills and techniques that also apply to tiny homes.

Practical learning projects in Grá Nádú, Hollyfort, Gorey, Co Wexford

Grá Nádú plan to build the two stationary types of tiny home in their new project, the timber framed and the clay hobbit house type using all local and recycled or salvaged materials. These projects will commence in September and are planned to be finished by the end of the year. The details of these courses will evolve in conjunction with the participants.  More details on this project may be found on their blog

Update: This workshop is booked out.  Please get in touch if you would like to learn about future workshops

Tuesday, 25 August, 2015
€85.00
Tutor(s): 

Mike Cahn

Mike comes from an IT and business background, and has particular interests in local food, bushcraft, DIY skills, natural beekeeping, technology that people can understand and emergent self-sustaining human systems.  He is involved in the construction and maintainence of most of the non-living systems at the farm, including the Ram pump, water collection systems and outbuildings.

His local website/IT business Indytech exclusively uses a community built "open source" system for its work, and he is active in the open source community.

As an educator, he has taught primary school children in rural Vermont, high school teachers learning about computers in the classroom when it was a new thing, high school students aboard an environmental education schooner in Long Island Sound, college students under the original author of the BASIC programming language, business people and Irish Travellers. 

At Carraig Dulra he teaches bushcraft, DIY skills and natural beekeeping, and will launch into long explanations of ram pumps at the drop of a hat.

He is keenly interested in local food, and has started several different projects to bring people and their food closer together, including an ethical/organic market in Wicklow Town, an organic wholefood buyers group, a local food box (OOOOBY), and an ethical/organic shop in Glenealy, Co Wicklow (which also became a hub for other like-minded people). 

Suzie Cahn

Suzie Cahn runs a Garden and Permaculture Design business and is also a Director of Carraig Dulra teaching farm.

She says that she is one of the lucky people, in an increasingly urban world, who have been able to develop a deep connection with nature through a frequently unstructured natural childhood by the sea and in the Irish countryside. She was exposed to a Steiner based community living through a strong family connection with the Camphill movement. (Her Grandmother was a founding parent of Camphill in Ireland) Without knowing it at the time, throughout her teens she was got to experience to bio-dynamic agriculture, eco-building and intentional communities and working with the natural landscape. She is a mother, Permaculture Designer and Educators, and an Artist and a Art Therapist working with nature, evolving into an Eco Psychologist.

Suzie says her passion is reconnecting adults, young people, families and children to the learning, healing and creativity found in both nature and art.

She has grown produce for her family since she had her first tiny plot on which to do so and has brought an organic and wildlife community garden and teaching programs to schools and community gardens. She gives workshops and lectures on many topics and in many settings: Hospice Foundation, art therapy training programs and others. She set up a local group called Wicklow Community Gardening Group in 2006 which carried out its aim of developing community gardens throughout county Wicklow. She has served on several boards: CREATE, community rep Wicklow County Partnership, and currently GIY.

 She loved the family's six months WWOOFing on the road in Europe in her beloved 1971 VW camper in 2005 "Living inside other peoples lifestyles was amazing and so helpful in choosing what to do ourselves after what I called our 'mid-life crisis gap year.' After twenty years trying to live an ethical, eco life and to spread that ideal, we needed to recharge. It was becoming harder not to give in to hopelessness in the face of massive global environmental crisis' such as GMO, loss of bio diversity, global warming, and unimagionable levels of pollution from everything we do, even from our attempts at healing ourselves through medicine, not to mention running out of oil! "  In 2014 the family went off again, this time driving a van (to be donated to the Mongolia Charity GoHelp) across England, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan to Mongolia. She says "this time the trip was about reminding ourselves of our easy lives in Ireland even in "austerity" and contributing what we could to permaculture and education projects and a children's charity along the way." 

Suzie hopes that her work and that of Carraig Dúlra continues to inspire and support people and communities developing personal and local resilience under the permaculture umbrella ethics of earth care, people care and fair share.

Suzie's blogs can be found at:

www.suziecahn.org/blog

www.swallowclan.org/blog

http://meitheal.net/6plusWwoofVanClan/

Contact: info@dulra.org

Alex Duffy

Alex has worked extensively in the construction industry for over 30 years, mainly specialising in timber constructions that are both ecological and also healthy for the occupants. He is a qualified Timber Frame Construction supervisor awarded by the Timber Quality Bureau of Ireland and also holds a MSc in Sustainable Development.

During the Sustainability studies he trained as a Facilitator of: Ecovillage Design Education, Training for Transition, Transition to Resilience Training, Community Resilience Training. These required extensive immersive group residential training's in various parts of the world. They have given Alex extensive experience in innovative group work and participatory learning.

Committed to the principles of permaculture and a qualified shamanic practitioner with a deep spiritual vision of a egalitarian world with all Beings living harmoniously.   

Noel Higgins

Noel Higgins designed and built his own Tiny House on wheels three and a half years ago. Built with 50% reclaimed and recycled materials he has been living in it off grid for that time. An Electrician, Carpenter and Biodynamic Farmer and Grower he is also involved in training of draft animals and currently has a pair of oxen.