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Tiny House Building Checklist

On this page I hope to outline the majority of the steps that I have taken to build my Tiny House to help other people who are building Tiny Houses. It will also serve as a working list for myself during the building process.  This list is really only for a high level view of how to build a Tiny House, I will detail in depth everything on this page:  Ryan’s Tiny House as I complete each aspect of the build.  If you have ideas for improvements or feedback let me know through the contact us menu link.

Before You Build




Consider Access

  •  Consider when you need to bring in mattress, appliances, shower stall, toilet, furniture
  • Make sure big things can fit through door or windows!



Wall Framing

  • Frame Walls According To Plans
  • Ensure Squareness
  • Test Fit Windows (While Laying Down)
  • Sheath While Laying Down
  • Consider Big Items That Might Not Fit Through Door (Shower Stall, Mattress, Fridge)
  • Raise Walls, Square and Brace
  • Secure Framing To Trailer Via Anchors


  • Measure & Plan Panel Layout
  • Cut All Pieces
  • Allow for 1/8″ expansion gap between sheets of plywood
  • Test Fit
  • Apply Glue To All Studs
  • Tack in Place With A Few Nails
  • Screw Every 3″ On Edges Of Panels
  • Screw Every 6″ Into Studs Covered
  • Ensure You Use Screws & Nails Designed For Treated Wood!
  • After Walls Are Raised, Anchor Plywood To Foundation

Windows And Door Rough Openings

  • Double Check Window Dimensions, Give A Little Extra
  • Cut Out Window Holes (Sawz-All or Plunge Router)
  • Apply House Wrap (WRB) Tyvek or Typar
  • Cut House Wrap – Inverted “Y”
  • Test Fit Window
  • Flash Windows Sills – 5 Degree Angle
  • Instal Windows & Shim
  • Tack With A Few Screws
  • Test Window Functionality
  • Secure Per Manufacture Recommendations
  • Flash Window -Start At Bottom Work Up
  • Leave Bottom Edge Unsealed for Water Drainage

Roof  Framing

  • If Building Fencl, First Install Loft Collar Ties and Flooring
  • Construct Trusses Per Plans
  • Ensure Height Stays Under 13.5 Feet
  • Build Headers For Rough Opening For Skylight

Roof  Sheathing

  • Plan Layout And Dimensions
  • Cut Boards
  • Glue Truss Edges
  • Use “H” Clips Between Sheets
  • Secure With Ring Shank Nails and Screws

Install Skylights

  • Build Frame If Using Curb Mounted
  • No Need To Frame With Deck Mounted
  • Test Fit Skylight
  • Install Skylight Per Directions
  • Flash According To Directions


  • Frame Door Frame
  • Build Door Or Purchase
  • Test Fit
  • Shim And Secure
  • Consider a Temporary Plywood Door During Construction
  • Install Door Hardware


  • Tape House Wrap Seams
  • Install Furring Strips
  • Paint BOTH sides of siding before putting up
  • Hang Siding

Outside Trim Work

  • Install Fascia Boards
  • Install Drip Edge

Install Roofing

  • Apply Ice & Water Shield
  • Install Reflection Barrier (Need .5″ Gap)
  • Install Furring Strips
  • Install Roof Per Manufacture’s Recommendations

Rough Plumbing

  • Plan Out Drains, Inlets, Holes In Floor, etc
  • Be sure to check for trailer cross beams under trailer
  • Be Sure To Account For Vents If Needed
  • Be Sure To Account For “P” Traps
  • Be Sure To Account For Proper Slope So Water Drains Well
  • Consider Hiring A Professional

Rough Electrical

  • Plan Out Locations of Outlets, Lights, Fans, Sockets Etc.
  • Plan locations for smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms
  • Consider Your Usage How What Draw You Will Use
  • Highly Recommend Hiring A Professional

Rough Gas Lines

  • Plan Out Locations Needed
  • Highly Recommend Hiring A Professional

Rough HVAC

  • Plan Out Locations Needed
  • Highly Recommend Hiring A Professional


  • Install Insulation
  • Foam In Edges
  • Install Vapor Barrier – 6 Mil
  • Ensure your materials and fasteners that come in contact with foam are okay (some react)

Install Major Appliances

  • Water Heater
  • Fridge (May Wait Till Later)
  • Shower
  • Heater


  • Follow Directions
  • Cover With Durable Protection Layer


  • Hang Wall Panels
  • Trim Around Lights and Edges


  • Plan Out Locations Needed
  • Construct Rough Frame For Cabinets and Counter Tops
  • Install Counter Top
  • Drop In Stove And Connect
  • Drop In Sink And Connect
  • Build And Install Cabinet Doors
  • Build In Shelving


  • Plan Out Locations Needed
  • Finish The Shower Stall Connections
  • Finish Bathroom Walls
  • Finish Bathroom Storage
  • Connect Toilet (Or Build Composting Unit)
  • Install Vent (Consider Having On Timer For Whole House Air Exchange)

Sleeping Loft

  • Install Any Additional Storage
  • Wire In Lights and Outlets
  • Take A Nap, You Deserve It!

Main Room

  • Finish HVAC
  • Wire Lights And Outlets
  • Build Any Built In Units
  • Finish Storage


  • Clean The Place Out
  • Invite Awesome Friends Who Helped
  • Sit Back And Enjoy!

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