Will the workshop be worth the cost?
Will I be comfortable building even though I have little experience?
Will the terminology be over my head?
These are the questions I had before attending my first tiny house workshop.
For those of you who haven’t been to one, or who are looking into going to another one, my goal is that the following descriptions will help you in making that decision.
Let me preface my observations with this:
All 3 workshops I’ve attended (Deek’s, Dan Louche’s, and Tumbleweed’s…in that order) have been great for networking with people who have similar interests. I love the tiny house community and was able to connect with people on more than just tiny houses. I really enjoyed each workshop and gained a lot of valuable information.
The following contains my personal opinions. Even if you attend one of Deek’s workshops, it won’t be the exact same experience that I had. Also, some aspects of the workshops that I enjoyed may actually be the opposite of what you would prefer. Hopefully this article will give you an idea of which workshop would best fit your needs even if they are different than mine were. I realize that not everyone can attend more than one or two, even though I would gladly attend them all a second time.
I really appreciated that the speakers care about the reputation of tiny homes. They don’t want your neighbors to complain about your build, and they don’t want people’s first impression of a tiny house to be a negative one. Of course they want the movement to continue to grow, so they teach you how to avoid complaints and instead encourage interest in tiny houses.
Other Considerations when Attending a Workshop
Cost. There are early bird rates, so attending the soonest one may not be best if you are on a tight budget. Go ahead and start your research now even if you know you can’t attend this year. It seems like new dates for upcoming workshops are continually showing up.
Location. I wanted to find a workshop near me not only to reduce travel expenses but also in order to meet tiny house enthusiasts near me. This did not work at the first workshop I attended–many people came from the Northern U.S. to escape their cold weather. I still loved the people I met there, but it’s sad that I can’t connect with them again in person as easily as I can with those I met at other workshops.
If all of that isn’t enough, then here is the simplest guideline of all: Go. Just give one a try. Attend any tiny house workshop. I really believe you’ll be glad you did.
Do you still have questions about these workshops? Leave a comment below, and I’ll be happy to try to assist you further.
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