Do It Yourself Construction: DIY Stories

Share their hints and tips and learn from experience 

We all need mentors when we're starting out on a new challenge. Here we'll feature those who have gone before us and made it through their own do it yourself homebuilding experience or are in the process of building their Small and Tiny houses.


Learn from their experiences, find hints and tips to make your do-it-yourself adventure go more smoothly and enjoy their wonderful creativity and stories.

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You're not alone with your do it yourself construction plans and questions.  With your small house plans in hand, take a look around at the wide range of tips the community of small and tiny house builders has to offer below.

The Woodman's Cottage

LaMar's Simple Solar Homestead

Lucy's Love Shack

The Renters of this 371 square foot apartment have this to say about their refurbishment of a small space:

"This is an exceptionally small apartment – only 371sf! Sized more appropriately for our dog, Lucy, than two adults. There were NO closets provided by the landlord, so we designed and built a unique storage wall that extends from the sleeping area back to the kitchen.  Each section is sized to hold exactly what we own. The living area is small, yet feels spacious thanks to the modular shelving system which features an entertainment area, bookshelves and small desk area. All of the furniture is lightweight and easy enough to take with us to the next (hopefully larger) apartment."

Such a clever and 'clean' use of a small living area ... the space where the little dog lives is very unique and cosy too.

Small houses are still a relatively new trend. With more and more people choosing smaller alternatives for their homes, there will always be new additions to our DIY construction stories page.

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