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.  You can see my in depth review on tiny house building plans here.

I’ve compiled this checklist into a step by step guide on how to build your own tiny house in this book:

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


  • 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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