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IRTH University

Updated: Dec 21, 2022

From an IRTH U Student: "Just wanted to say thank you so much for creating this tiny house class series/workshop. It’s been such a joy to take part in, and I just love the energy and wisdom you both bring. . . . I’m loving each class. Peter shares such detailed, expert tips and information. I appreciate getting inside knowledge from a true craftsman. Looking forward to next month’s class! - Emily L.

Watch this Video Intro from the founders of IRTH


Attend IRTH University on Zoom,


or both!

Drop-in for a single day, for a whole weekend, or join us for the entire course (16 weekends)

to learn the whole process* of building a high quality Tiny Home on Wheels!

Beginners are welcome!


We will Resume
Weekend Building Workshops


More About IRTH U

Gain hands-on experience & receive professional instruction for each step* of planning & building a Tiny Home on Wheels! Building Workshops are held 2 weekends a month. 8 hours per day on Saturday & Sunday x 16 weekends

= 256 total hours of instruction & building experience. PLUS full-course students receive: 8 Zoom Classes on topics for Tiny Home Builders, DIYers & Entrepreneurs 1 Zoom Class per month Jan through August lasting 1.5+ hours = 12+ more hours of instruction and Q&A time with the professionals! Zoom Class Topics include:

  • History of Tiny Homes & the Modern Tiny House Movement

  • Different Categories of Tiny Homes

  • Legalities & Taxes Associated with each Category

  • DIY vs. Hiring a Professional vs. a Hybrid Approach to Building

  • Important Considerations for Planning your Tiny Home

  • 9 Stages of the Design Process

  • Using SketchUp for Simple Tiny House Drawings

  • Ordering the best Tiny House Trailer

  • Prepping for your Build

  • Taxes, Insurance, Budgets & Financing Your Build

  • Finding Places to Park Tiny Homes

  • Tiny Vacation Rentals

  • Developing Private Land or going Off-Grid

  • Legalities involved in starting & running a Tiny Home Business

  • Becoming a Certified Builder

  • Real Estate Development of Tiny Home Communities

  • Budgeting & Financials for Builders & Investors

  • The Future of Tiny Homes

  • Common Pit Falls, Concerns & Pro-Tips specific to THOW Builds & the Tiny Home Industry

  • Q & A with Peter & Christina


Full-Course Students will also get a TEXT & WORKBOOK including outlines for the Zoom Classes, builder's checklists and planning worksheets & spreadsheets.


And one more bonus for Full-Course Students:

When you sign up for the entire course you will also receive your choice of THOW Plans. Choose from Indigo River's 36 original builds!

A bonus worth $249!

IRTH University's Full Course shows you everything you need to know to get started with a Tiny Home Business INCLUDING all the things we wish someone could have told us before we took the leap!


Tuition for Building Workshop Drop-Ins:

$125 for a one day building class (8 hours of instruction & experience) $225 for an entire weekend workshop (16 hours of instruction & experience) $395 for 2 weekend workshops (32 hours of instruction & experience)

Tuition for Zoom Classes Only:

$33 for a single class drop-in $100 for Classes 1-4 only - Designing & Building a THOW

$200 for the entire class series

Tuition for the Full Course:

$2500 for 16 Weekend Building Workshops (256 hours of building instruction & experience) + 8 Zoom Classes + Text, Workbook & Spreadsheets + IRTH Original THOW Plans of your choice

Syllabus for the topics covered during each workshop will be added to the event schedule on the website as the build schedule develops. *The Skills & Steps to building a Tiny Home will be covered as our available builds allow. Full-Course Students will receive a check-list of skills & steps that you can check off as you attend and experience each step of the process. **If you have to miss a day or a whole weekend workshop after you've purchased tickets you may make up the skills & steps missed when they are covered during the subsequent Tiny House University Build Days. Drop-in students may transfer their tuition to an alternate weekend.


IRTH U has rolling admissions

If you sign up mid-year, you can make up any build weekends you missed earlier. Full-Course students get a check-list of skills and building steps, so you can make up any skills you missed the next time we cover them in a subsequent build weekend.

IRTH U Zoom Classes:

👉 Click here to "drop-in" to our most popular SINGLE classes: Class 5: Where Can I Park a THOW & Developing Land for Tiny Homes

Class 6: Starting a Business in the Tiny Home Industry

Class 7: How much Tiny Home can I Afford? Financial Preparations for Going Tiny 👉 Click here for classes 1-4 only: covering the process of designing, planning & building your first THOW: Classes 1-4: The enitre process of designing, planning & building your first THOW

What to wear to the Building Workshops:
  • Sturdy closed toed shoes

  • Long pants

  • Long sleeves

  • Jackets/Sweat Shirts/Fleece should be close fitting for safety

  • Check the weather and wear layers - the shop is not heated

  • Tool Belt, Nail Belt or BIG Cargo Pockets

What to bring:
  • Lunch

  • Water Bottle

We also recommend bringing the following tools & personal equipment:

We have extras at the shop so you do NOT have to buy all of these at once, but it saves a lot of time if everybody has these types of things within easy reach. (Listed in order of importance for purchasing your own.)

REMINDER: Put your name or initials on your tools!

  • Tape measure – I recommend the silver 25’ Stanley tape measure. There are other fancier tape measures that claim to be better. But this one is tried and true and mine has lasted for years.

  • Utility knife – I personally like the kind that flips open like a pocket knife. But the traditional one that the blade slides out works fine.

  • Speed square – The most common size is the 7”, but this one doesn’t fit in a tool pouch very well unless you get one that has a specific spot for it. The one I like for everyday use is the 4 ½”, Swanson and Milwaukee both make one. This one fits easily in a tool belt or a cargo pocket.

  • Assorted pliers – needle nose, dykes, adjustable, etc.

  • Handheld screwdrivers

  • Small pry bar

  • Framing Hammer

  • Gloves

  • Eye Protection

  • Ear Plugs

  • Carpenter's Pencil

To start out you will need very few tools. We have extras of most tools that you can use and decide which ones you want to purchase.

So don’t feel like you need to have them all on the first day (except the tape measure & utility knife).

A lot of folks like to have their own power tools to use, like a cordless drill and impact driver (with their own set of bits). But these are not required.

We’re excited to have you
learning & working with us!

Please contact us if you have any questions!


Make the investment in yourself and your future!
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