Ready to Make Your Tiny House Dream a Reality?


Join tiny house builder, consultant and construction expert Daniel Bell, in a comprehensive hands-on workshop series. We will guide you step-by-step through the process of building your very own tiny house. Over seven months, we’ll go from a blank page to a completed tiny home, covering everything from design secrets to tools and techniques of experienced contractors. The knowledge and skills gained in this workshop can save you thousands of dollars in contractor fees and let you confidently build your own tiny home.

This all-inclusive hands-on series is broken into 11 sequential workshops suitable for everyone from a complete novice to experienced builders. The workshop schedule is designed to allow you time to plan, organize and complete the monthly steps on your own tiny home.

At the conclusion of our workshop series, you will have completed your own tiny home – and along the way, had fun, made friends, built community and developed a local support group of other tiny house enthusiasts!

This is a life changing opportunity and spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today!

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The Elements of Design Workshop

The successful completion of a tiny home is largely dependent on the quality and accuracy of the initial planning and design. In this two-day intensive workshop, Daniel will explain key tiny house design considerations and dispel some of the misleading building information currently prevalent in the tiny house community.

We use life-size models that can be arranged to conceptualize space utilization and demonstrate the space requirements dictated by codes and components. Then we’ll learn to use a free 3D modeling program called SketchUp that you can use to create your own tiny house design. On completion of this workshop, you will be able to accurately design your own dream tiny home, create plans you can build from, and develop a materials list with cost breakdown.

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Workshop Dates

Saturday, May 28, 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 29, 9am-5pm

Workshop Location

Career Education Center
465 Horizon Circle
Camarillo, CA. 93010
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What You'll Learn

  • Design Do’s and Don’ts
  • Size Requirements
  • Codes and Zoning
  • Building Material Basics
  • Reading Plans
  • Appliance and Materials Pros and Cons
  • SketchUp Basics
  • Creating Material Lists
  • Estimating Building Costs

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Foundations and Floor Framing Workshop


For a house to be durable, functional and hold its resale value, it has to sit on a solid foundation. Foundations also have to be designed and built to accommodate plumbing, insulation and solid attachment points for the entire structure.

This workshop covers all three common types of foundations used to build a tiny house and how to “square” each of them. We’ll start with traditional forms such as raised foundations and slab on grade foundations. Then take an in-depth look at trailer foundations to increase floor and loft space.

We explain the hidden design and construction flaws that cause long-term damage through thermal bridging and moisture penetration (the source of black mold!). You’ll learn the materials and techniques necessary to prevent these problems. Finally, we’ll practice ways to protect the underside of a tiny house from road conditions.

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Workshop Dates

Saturday, June 11, 9am-5pm
Sunday, June 12, 9am-5pm

Workshop Location

Career Education Center
465 Horizon Circle
Camarillo, CA. 93010
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What You'll Learn

  • Raised Foundations
  • Concrete Foundations
  • Trailer Selection
  • Floor Framing
  • Floor Insulation
  • Electrolysis Prevention
  • Road Sealing
  • Sheeting

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Walls and Roof Framing Workshop


Framing is, the most critical process in building a house because it is the basis of your home’s structural integrity. It impacts plumbing, electrical, doors and windows, built-in appliances, siding, interior finishes and cabinetry. If the walls are improperly constructed, every subsequent building step is significantly more difficult, costing time and money. An improperly framed tiny house on a trailer may even begin to ‘disassemble’ itself from road vibrations and stresses, generating leaks, excessive wear and component failure.

In this workshop, Daniel will cover critical framing design considerations and offer tricks of the trade from master builders. We’ll practice ways of making your walls more efficient with advanced techniques and explore different methods for roof framing. We’ll also cover the importance of shear paneling and available hardware options for assembly and attachment to the trailer. By the end of the weekend, you’ll know how to frame accurately and quickly to create a weathertight shell to protect expensive building materials from the elements.

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Workshop Dates

Saturday, July 16, 9am-5pm
Sunday, July 17, 9am-5pm

Workshop Location

Career Education Center
465 Horizon Circle
Camarillo, CA. 93010
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What You'll Learn

  • Wall Framing
  • Hardware Selection
  • Roof Framing
  • Sheeting
  • Waterproofing

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Roofing and Siding Workshop


Roofing and siding is an important part of the building process that will not only define the look of your home but if done right, will protect it from the elements for years to come saving you time and money.

This workshop covers many of the considerations you will need to make before installing a roof. You will want to consider your long-term needs for example, will the structure be traveling down the highway and require a special attachment process? Will you want to collect water for use in your home at a later point and need a roof that is non-toxic to your water supply? Questions like these will greatly affect the decisions you make when choosing a roofing product. Roofing is also one of the most dangerous trades within the construction industry making it an expensive trade with extremely high insurance requirements. According to the US department of Labor, 43% of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder. An emphasis will be placed on safety techniques such as the proper use of ladders, scaffolding, and harnesses.

The siding will not only determine the durability of the exterior of your home which is subject to the harshest conditions but its overall aesthetic value. There are so many siding options to choose from that it can be overwhelming to determine which siding material is best for your home. We will go over the pros and cons of different materials so you can make an informed decision.

This workshop will provide a solid understanding of ladder, scaffolding and harness safety. You will also learn many of the trade secrets to installing the different roofing and siding options with ease, making them aesthetically pleasing. Techniques such as adding a beveled Edge to all flat, horizontal surfaces with the proper sealant will allow you to enjoy your home with minimal maintenance. 

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Workshop Dates

Saturday, July 30, 9am-5pm
Sunday, July 31, 9am-5pm

Workshop Location

Career Education Center
465 Horizon Circle
Camarillo, CA. 93010
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What You'll Learn

  • Ladder and scaffolding safety
  • Harness safety
  • Roofing options and installation
  • Water proofing techniques
  • Water damage prevention
  • Installation tricks of the trade

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Doors and Windows Workshop


Doors and windows can be the most expensive components of a tiny home. If improperly designed, chosen or installed, they can be a major source of problems and frustration, including water damage, thermal bridging, lower R values and difficult access. Understanding how to buy windows with proper emergency egress will keep your house up to code and prevent a life safety hazard.

In this workshop we’ll look at the most common doors and windows available on the market, as well as sources and ‘watch outs’ for buying new and used doors and windows. We’ll also cover creating your own custom doors and windows, tool safety and basic finish carpentry to trim out doors and windows.

By the end of this workshop, you will understand how to choose appropriate doors, windows and materials, along with methods to install them correctly. (Did you know that using the wrong type of foam insulation may actually cause your window frames to bow inward and break the glass?)

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Workshop Dates

Saturday, August 20,
9am-5pm
Sunday, August 21,
9am-5pm

Workshop Location

Career Education Center
465 Horizon Circle
Camarillo, CA. 93010
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What You'll Learn

  • Weather Prepping
  • Door Installation
  • Window Installation
  • Common Mistakes
  • Water damage prevention
  • Long Term Considerations
  • Tricks of the Trade

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Plumbing and Electrical Rough-In Workshop


Plumbing and electrical are the most expensive building trades to hire in a tiny house construction project. Doing your own rough in can save as much as 75 – 80 percent of total costs on these systems. It’s recommended that you hire a licensed plumber to confirm your design and pressure test your system once you’ve built it. You’ll also need a licensed electrician to check and certify the final electrical connections.

In this technical workshop, we’ll cover plumbing and electrical system design, and the common materials available. We’ll explain which materials and components are best for tiny house application, and practice assembling and installing these materials. (The installation of sinks and fixtures will take place in a future workshop.)

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Workshop Dates

Saturday, September 10,
9am-5pm
Sunday, September 11,
9am-5pm

Workshop Location

Career Education Center
465 Horizon Circle
Camarillo, CA. 93010
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What You'll Learn

  • Selecting from 5 Common Types of Pipe
  • Long-term Considerations
  • Black Water vs Gray Water Considerations
  • Water Storage
  • Code Considerations
  • Best Practices
  • Winter Solutions
  • Electrical Placement
  • Component Selection

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Insulation and Interior Finish Workshop


Insulation is one of the most important but least understood components of a tiny house. It can be one of the major problem areas and potentially a serious health hazard. The interior finish is the visual representation of all of your hard work, and defines the feel of your home. We’ll help you create an interior finish that is safe, aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, so you can make your house a home.

This workshop covers types of insulation, installation techniques, and demystifies vapor barriers. It also addresses the causes of black mold, which is proliferating in the tiny house community. We’ll also cover Personal Protective Equipment and essential tools because many of these materials can be toxic.

There are many ways to finish a home and the sum of these choices will determine its feel inside. We’ll discuss practical options for interior paneling, aesthetics, R value, fire resistance and durability in mobile situations. You’ll also learn about functional, affordable choices for interior finishes, as well as tips and tricks for installing attractive, tightly-fitted moldings and trim.

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Workshop Dates

Saturday, September 24,
9am-5pm
Sunday, September 25,
9am-5pm

Workshop Location

Career Education Center
465 Horizon Circle
Camarillo, CA. 93010
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What You'll Learn

  • Attaching House to Trailer
  • Insulation Pros and Cons
  • Understanding Vapor Barriers
  • Installation Trick of the Trade
  • Preventing Expanding Foam
  • Interior Paneling
  • Wall Coverings
  • Interior Trim

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Built in Cabinets and Shelving Workshop


Working with small spaces requires efficiency in paring down belongings, and in finding places for your possessions with easy access. Standard cabinets such as those sold by big box chains generally don’t fit in tiny homes. You will learn about common cabinet materials such as veneer-covered MDF or particle board, both of which are too heavy for mobile structures, and prone to off gassing formaldehyde. The materials we will work with are non toxic, lightweight and durable.

In this workshop, we’ll also look at many space-saving and multiple use ideas. You’ll learn to build and install essential cabinet and shelving components with basic tools. By the end of the weekend, you’ll understand how to finish the interior of your home exactly the way you want it. Your custom cabinets will save space, weight, and money, while keeping toxics out of your living space.

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Workshop Dates

Saturday, October 8,
9am-5pm
Sunday, October 9,
9am-5pm

Workshop Location

Career Education Center
465 Horizon Circle
Camarillo, CA. 93010
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What You'll Learn

  • Space Saving Furniture Ideas
  • Material Selection
  • Finish Selection
  • Hardware Selection
  • Tool Selection
  • Tool Safety

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Tile Showers and Flooring Workshop


Of all the components you’ll install in a tiny home, the shower is the most complicated and the most likely to affect long-term maintenance. Standard house showers don’t fit in a tiny home, and most RV showers are made for occasional use, the best avenue is to build your own. This offers delightful customization opportunities.

In this workshop we’ll cover moisture barriers, correct floor slope and proper venting plus different options for finishing a bathroom. You’ll also learn tile work, and different methods for waterproofing a shower pan and controlling moisture to prevent mold and mildew. We’ll compare cost, durability and aesthetics of the three most common tiny home flooring options (laminate wood flooring, linoleum tiles and vinyl flooring) and demonstrate how to install them using common tools. We will also look at alternatives to those expensive widgets at the hardware store so you can keep your toolbox tiny.

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Workshop Dates

Saturday, October 22,
9am-5pm
Sunday, October 23,
9am-5pm

Workshop Location

Career Education Center
465 Horizon Circle
Camarillo, CA. 93010
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What You'll Learn

  • Material Selection
  • Applications for Mobile Structures
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Weight Considerations
  • Moisture Control

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Plumbing and Electrical Finish Workshop


In this workshop we’ll cover moisture barriers, correct floor slope and proper venting plus different options for finishing a bathroom. You’ll also learn tile work, and different methods for waterproofing a shower pan and controlling moisture to prevent mold and mildew. We’ll compare cost, durability and aesthetics of the three most common tiny home flooring options (laminate wood flooring, linoleum tiles and vinyl flooring) and demonstrate how to install them using common tools. We will also look at alternatives to those expensive widgets at the hardware store so you can keep your toolbox tiny.

There are also a number of critical questions that have to be answered here. We’ll talk through issues of current (AC or DC), voltage, appliances, connections to water sources, discharge of grey and black water, and whether or not to install on-board tanks. If going solar is your ultimate goal, you’ll need to decide that before buying fixtures.

By the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to identify the different fixtures available and their compatibility with your off grid system. We’ll cover lighting, ceiling fans, sinks, toilets vs. composters, faucets and drains, as well as the dimensions necessary to fit them in a tiny house. Daniel will also share his tricks and recourses with hard to find, small sized fixtures. Finally, we’ll explain the different tools needed to install these fixtures and how to make sure your installations meet common codes for safety.

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Workshop Dates

Saturday, November 12,
9am-5pm
Sunday, November 13,
9am-5pm

Workshop Location

Career Education Center
465 Horizon Circle
Camarillo, CA. 93010
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What You'll Learn

  • Fixture Selection
  • Tricks of the Trade
  • Code Compliance
  • Safety Improvements

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Solar and Off-Grid applications Workshop


For most tiny home owners, going off grid is the ultimate goal. If going off grid is your goal, you’ll need a number of systems to make your goal a reality. These include electrical generation, freshwater storage and filtration, grey and black water disposal and alternative heating and cooling.

In this workshop finally, we’ll explore the pros, cons and design considerations of all these systems, and the most efficient ways to incorporate them into your tiny house. We will look at examples of passive solar features such as insulation, thermal mass, day-lighting, overhangs, and venting. We will discuss components such as solar water heaters, Low-e coatings, and intentional shading. We’ll also discuss photovoltaic power, initial costs, maintenance, return on investment, types of panels that are best for your application, and different charge controllers, batteries and inverters.

By the end of this technical workshop, you’ll know whether plugged in or unplugged is right for you, and how to design, install and maintain a basic off grid system that fits your needs.

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Workshop Dates

Saturday, November 26,
9am-5pm
Sunday, November 27,
9am-5pm

Workshop Location

Career Education Center
465 Horizon Circle
Camarillo, CA. 93010
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What You'll Learn

  • Solar Panel Selection
  • Component Requirements
  • Battery Selection
  • Off Grid Versus Supplemental Systems
  • Water Filtration and Storage

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Workshop Pricing Options


We have pricing options to fit every budget

  • Plan ahead and save big: You may register and pay for any workshop at least one day prior to the start date for $395.00 per workshop. (A savings of over 20%!)
  • Purchase at the event: You may register and pay for any workshop in person at the event for the full price of $495.00 per workshop.

Cancellation requests submitted in writing to danielbellconstruction@gmail.com at least 5 business days before the start date of the workshop will receive an 80% refund.

Cancellation requests received less than 5 business days before the start of the workshop will receive a 50% refund.

NO REFUNDS will be issued on or after the start date of the workshop. Refunds are based on the total purchase price, divided by the number of workshops purchased, minus the to cost of completed workshops at full price.

Daniel Bell Construction reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and insufficient registrants. If Daniel Bell Construction makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the contact information you have provided to us to inform you. If Daniel Bell Construction cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

  1. A full weekend refund;
  2. Transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting);
  3. Credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)
Release of Liability

Participants are required to read, understand and sign the Release of Liability form supplied to them. No person may attend the hands on portion of the workshop without submitting a signed agreement. A parent or guardian must sign for any participant under the age of 18.