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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 in order 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 acts as a broad overview of how to build a tiny house. I will detail in depth everything on this page as I complete each aspect of the build. If you have ideas for improvements, let me know through the Contact page.

Before You Build



Consider Access

  • Consider when you need to bring in your 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 lying down)
  • Sheathe while lying down
  • Consider big items that might not fit through door (e.g. 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 window sills – 5 degree angle
  • Install windows & shim
  • Tack with a few screws
  • Test window functionality
  • Secure per manufacture recommendations
  • Flash window – start at bottom and 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 power usage
  • Hiring a professional is highly recommended

Rough Gas Lines

  • Plan out locations needed
  • Hiring a professional is highly recommended

Rough HVAC

  • Plan out locations needed
  • Hiring a professional is highly recommended


  • Install insulation
  • Foam in edges
  • Install vapor barrier – 6 millimeter thickness
  • 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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