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Wouldn’t you rather be here?

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PAD wants you to build the life you dream.


We help people change their home to change their lives. Our ebooks, construction plans and in-person education teaches tiny house builders and DIY land developers to make home work for them.

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Fall Tiny House Workshop On Sale Now!

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See Inside the Hikari Box Tiny House!

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Featured eBooks and House Plans

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Tiny House Basics Workshop on October 21-22, 2017

Most do-it-yourself tiny house builders say that taking an educational workshop is the single best investment they made in their house. Learn to build your tiny house safely, affordably, and wisely from Dee Williams, who has taught thousands to construct their home with their own two hands. Our workshop is located in Portland, Oregon, the tiny house capital of America, and you'll learn all about:
  • Tiny house construction basics, including how to properly anchor a stick-built structure to a trailer.
  • Tiny house building science, including moisture control, ventilation, heating, and cooling.
  • Tiny house systems, including electrical, gas, and water systems.
  • Codes, insurance, and regulations.
  • Parking options and pocket communities - how to create the place you'll call home.
  • And a guided tour of the Caravan Tiny House Hotel to see multiple tiny houses in person.
Whether you've never swung a hammer or you're a conventional construction professional who wants to learn the unique requirements of building small and on wheels, this workshop is for you! Leave confident and empowered, understanding all the options for your design, how you'll connect with the resources you'll need to get the job done, and knowing that your dream is possible!

Register Early and Save!

Discounted early bird pricing is in effect until September 22nd, 2017, and pairs who register together can save an additional $25 per person! To save with buddy pricing, add two registrations to your shopping cart, then enter coupon code: 50offbuddytix  Both offers expire and regular pricing of $350 per person begins on September 23rd, 2017
Life in a Tiny House Ebook Cover

Life in a Tiny House Ebook

What is it really like to live in a tiny house? Curiosity about tiny homes is exploding, yet it’s still hard for most people to wrap their heads around what it’s like to build or live in one. Isn’t it just too kooky, too risky, or too hard?  Not once you see it through the eyes of the people who already call tiny houses home. Billy Ulmer from PAD and Unlikely Lives wrote this ebook to collect stories and advice to inspire people to take action on their own tiny house dreams, and to think differently about the way our homes can help us lead lives we love. It features over 200 pages of photos and interviews with people who live in tiny homes, discussing questions like these:
  • Why did a tiny house feel right to them?
  • How did they go about designing, building and moving in?
  • What is life like now that they’ve been living there, for between a few months and ten years?
It also shares why tiny houses aren’t as “extreme” as some might think, offers useful perspectives on how people overcame the challenges in their own journeys, and recommends practical steps to help anyone create some of the benefits of tiny house living, no matter where they call home.
Photo by Betty UdelsonThe Big Tiny by Dee Williams

The Big Tiny

The Big Tiny is Dee Williams’ memoir – the first time Dee has told her story in her own words, and it covers the twists, turns and insights that that led her to build her little house. It’ll tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh, and inspire you to take a second look at whatever you call home.

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Tiny House Updates

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The Hikari Box Tiny House: A Modern Tiny House Design by Shelter Wise

Buying A Tiny House? Read This First

Are you looking into buying a tiny house? Now comes the hard part – finding a tiny house builder. New tiny house builders are opening up shop every day. While it’s great to have options, it’s also a very confusing market for potential buyers. We’ve heard from a number of…
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