Jay Shafer's DIY Book (pdf)
Build Your Own Guest Cottage, Writing Studio, Home Office, Craft Workshop, or Personal Retreat
Are you ready to design and build your own tiny house? This two-segment book will help you do both. Or, if you are still trying to decide whether you can build it yourself, this book will help you decide.
A BETTER SYSTEM FOR DESIGNING AND BUILDING
The first segment features Jay Shafer’s new tailored floor-plan system, unique to our Box Bungalows. Unlike any other tiny house plans you can buy, Four Lights’ Box Bungalows enable you to configure your own buildable floor plans, without all the hassles of designing from scratch (such as windows interfering with walls, or bathrooms which don’t fit). Two elements make this possible:
No wheel wells:
For trailer-based houses, the walls are inside the wheel wells. This eliminates a major design constraint, allowing the space to be used in a greater variety of ways.
Jay has designed bathrooms, kitchens, and ladders in relationship to a few window layouts to make countless good floor plans possible. Like playing a child’s xylophone, there are no wrong notes!
The second segment is a ‘how-to’ book of residential carpentry, presented by the experienced editors of Skills Institute Press. In 68 pages, they explain and illustrate foundation construction, floor and wall framing, roof framing, roofing, sheathing, and window-and-door installation. Everything you need to understand before you start building.