The DIY FEST 2024 Agenda

The Official Agenda for the Global Tiny House Conference 2023
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Thursday — March 14th, 2024

8:00am - 8:30am PT

Introduction to DIY Fest 2024

Jason and Zach kick off the DIY Fest 2024 with a quick introduction and relay of the agenda.

8:30am - 9:00am PT

Choosing the Right Place to Build a Nest

In his presentation, Alosha will share his experience of living in various countries whilst trying to set up the perfect eco homestead. He has had a few setbacks and hard lessons that he learned, from armed robberies to bankruptcies that forced him to relocate fast. Hewill be sharing key messages to take home and recommendations  so you don't end up rooting in a place which is not good for you or your family. He also has extensive knowledge on various building techniques and will share about various DIY materials and ways that will make your home heat and cool itself.

9:00am - 9:30am PT

DIY Off Grid Solar and Wind Power Systems

Learn the tips and tricks for successful off grid living with solar and wind power systems for your tiny home.  EcoVillages founder and CEO will show you what to consider when producing and conserving your own power.  You can save a lot of money and make your home more self sustainable!

9:30am - 10:00am PT

Building a Better Compost Toilet

Whether you’ve heard hype on social media about how amazing composting toilets are or you’ve been around the block and participated in campfires discussions sharing "compost toilet fail" stories you probably have questions about how to choose a compost toilet that will smell fresh, look clean, and be easy to maintain. Elizabeth's advice from years of compost toilet experience on the road in a skoolie as well as homesteading with a humanure pile and her brutal honesty about the pros and cons of different compost toilet features, use, and maintenance will leave you knowing what features are most important for your unique situation so you can pick the compost toilet that won't let you down.

10:00am - 10:30am PT

Placement Options for Tiny Homes

Learn how to find land to rent or buy for your tiny home (on wheels or a foundation)! Lee will address people's number one question: "But where can I live in a tiny home?" Zoning is changing rapidly around the country and new building code for tiny homes is also being proposed through the International Code Council. Lee will go over types of tiny homes and which zoning and building code applies to them and tools to use to find a place to build and live in your tiny home.

10:30am - 11:00am PT

The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters


11:00am - 11:30am PT

Lil’ Bitty Build

A few pictures of our build process with some stories along the way.

12:30pm - 1:00pm PT

Tiny House Insurance: What you need to know!

Showing different kinds of tiny houses and how they are viewed in the eyes of insures. Going over coverages that tiny house owners need to know about and what to watch out for when shopping for coverage.

1:00pm - 1:30pm PT

DIY Tiny Home Build Training Classes on Site at Vernonia Springs, Oregon

We will cover the course content for our onsite  sustainable and natural DIY Tiny Home Building Classes.

1:30pm - 2:00pm PT

How to Easily Design Your Dream Tiny House + Get Custom Plans!

When you're at the start of your tiny house journey, you probably have hundreds of ideas in your head, a sketch in a notebook or a Pinterest board with thousands of Pins.

But with all these ideas it's almost impossible to put together a concrete "draft" of what your dream tiny house will actually look like.

To get a step closer to living in your dream tiny house, you will want turn your loose ideas into an initial concept for 3 reasons:

1. Refine your concept further to make it perfect
2. Show a builder to get a quote
3. DIY your tiny house!

Tiny Easy's co-founder Till will show you how to turn your ideas into an interactive 3D tiny house you can refine further, and create dimensioned PDF tiny house plans to show a builder or DIY off using the beginner friendly, 3D Tiny House Designer.

You don't have to be an expert designer to follow his talk, you can simply be an avid Pinterest scroller with big ideas! See you soon. 😄

2:00pm - 2:30pm PT

You Can Build Your Own Tiny Home! Inspiring Tips from DIYers of All Ages

Have you ever considered building a tiny house but felt like it was impossible? We share essential lessons learned from our DIY tiny house build experience, using primarily recycled materials, and practical tips from a wide variety of DIYers.  Leave feeling more empowered than ever before!

2:30pm - 3:00pm PT

DIY Tiny Home - Manifesting & Turning our Omni Home to Reality

In this presentation, we will explore the world of DIY tiny houses based on our experience and show you how to create your own dream home on a smaller scale. From understanding what defines a tiny house to the benefits of living in one, we'll guide you through the design and planning process, discussing building materials and techniques, and sharing tips for overcoming challenges. Discover the possibilities of off-grid living and learn about cost considerations and budgeting strategies. Join us as we empower you to embrace a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle through DIY tiny house living.

3:00pm - 4:00pm PT

Navigating NOAH as a DIYer – Join Us on a Journey Through NOAH’s Certification Standards

Rich will review NOAH's standards for certification, this will start at the trailer, work through frame, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, insulation and final inspection.

4:00pm - 5:00pm PT

Breakout Rooms

We close out the first day by bringing the attendees together with a full hour of connecting about DIY and tiny housing.

4:00pm - 4:30pm PT


Jason and Zach close out the first day of the event.

Friday — March 15th, 2024

9:00am - 9:30am PT


Jason and Zach kick off the second day of the DIY Fest 2024 with a big welcome and rundown of the agenda.

9:30am - 10:00am PT

Our Tiny Backyard Studio Build

Noelle Marquis shares the story of building, with the help of her dad and other family members, a 9x15 studio with a vaulted ceiling, sleeping loft, compost toilet and direct to landscape greywater system in her backyard. The tiny house has been continuously occupied as a long term rental for the last 3.5 years.

10:00am - 10:30am PT

Building Your THoW with Structural Insulated Panels

Exploring the use of a simple high performance building system for the shell of your THoW build.

10:30am - 11:00am PT

Joining an Off Grid Community in Northern Ontario with Your Tiny Home

Are you interested in accessing a piece of wilderness land where you may enjoy any or all of the following?

Growing your own food using permaculture methods
Building a green house
Building a cabin at the frontier of Ontario's wilderness lands
Hunting in neighbouring crown land
Fishing in nearby lakes and rivers
Learning from community members with experience in any or all of the above

If you said yes to any of the above, this might be for you!

Details About Joining this Off-Grid Community

A limited number of memberships and site agreements are available within our off-grid community in Northern Ontario. The property is owned by our not-for-profit association. When you join the association, you become co-owner of the entire property. Members also have one or more half-acre sites which are leased to them by the Association. When you join, you are buying a lease agreement and membership and you are both landlord (collectively, through membership and co-ownership) and renter (individually), at the same time.

We are also planning a new project where you may buy your land outright (hold title deed in your name, in your business or trust) and still benefit from a community of like-minded individuals and families who wish to live on wilderness land, in harmony with nature. Join us to learn more!

11:00am - 11:30am PT

Mystic Design! How to Design & Use Your Home to Manifest Love & Money

Stacey will share how you can live affordably, in a high real estate market, by fast tracking your custom build combining the efficiencies of large home builders with your DIY creativity.

In 3 Steps, you will learn:
1) Step 1: Your Build Approach
Why working with a builder to start the project, but not finish, is a great luxury-for-less hack saving time and money

2) Step 2: Get Educated & Do Your Homework
The concept of 'Try Before You Buy', selecting a builder, being project manager for your DIY and Where to Park legally

3) Step 3: Your Design Personality
Insight on how to use your home as a 3D Vision Board to manifest LOVE & MONEY, design for livability, functionality and your future self

11:30am - 12:00nn PT

Tiny House Design DIY

Looking to design your own tiny house? As a professional designer, I've helped many clients design their own tiny house with their own unique personal style. More importantly, the designs are beautiful AND functional. In this session, I will discuss the important elements that maximize tiny spaces with a well-thought out design.

During my session, I will be offering a discount code for a Custom Tiny House Design. JOIN ME!

12:00pm - 12:30pm PT

Dad and Daughter Tiny Home Build

I will share my story of the build and how I made it happen. Then we will go over the hiccups we had along the way as well as the parts of the build we loved. I will end our presentation with what life is like in my house now and if there is anything I would've done differently. Then open for a Q&A with remaining time.

12:30pm - 1:00pm PT

Tiny House Priorities

The focus of this session is on sustainability and tiny house design priorities.

1:00pm - 2:00pm PT

CORRECTLY Designing Your Small House: A Conversation with the Catskills Tiny House Workshop

- 99.9% of stick-frame house are completed correctly and yours will be too.
- There’s NO need or reason to hire an architect. Only you can determine what your small house should look like.
- Because a builder can only build from one set of plans, and there’s no changing a house’s size once it’s framed, your plans MUST be correct. Reevaluate and reconsider your design until you’ve caught every error.
- Your planned house should have sufficient room for whoever will be living there, as well as likely guests.
- Ask your burning questions during the 15-minute Q&A session

Learn more about Catskills Tiny House Workshop on the website:

2:00pm - 2:30pm PT

How She Built H.E.R. Tiny House Dream!

Join me to learn how I manifested a Tiny House while being stuck in Argentina during the 2020 COVID nightmare, following my dream to heal my spine across the Americas. H.E.R. Story is a real manifestation of triumph and strength! Learn how investing in my healing helped me uncover a deep rooted desire and dream, and how my decision to heal with natural “earth” medicine following a violent attack helped me dream up my tiny house and manifest it IRL! A real-life law-of-attraction story that stemmed from a campaign to heal, educate and research with earth medicine (H.E.R.campaign) that ultimately highlighted earth’s elements for its regenerative properties and technologies. H.E.R. Studio is a stunning tiny house & creative music studio that gave Billie (my canine bestie) and I, a home, shelter, warmth, comfort, purpose and super interesting life lessons during the most challenging and difficult times of our lives.

Join me for a photo slideshow of our experiences building our dream to live and activate an eco-conscious and regenerative lifestyle! 🐾

2:30pm - 3:00pm PT

30+ Years of Living Tiny on My Horse Farm and My Interest in Kicking Off a Build One Give One Moveable Tiny House Program as a Social Justice Tool

Kathy has been living for 33 years now in the tiny caretaker's cottage at her 80 acre horse farm that she had to rehab before she could move in and is happy to discuss that process.

She has also had an interest in building a Moveable Tiny House (or several) so that she could have them for visitors at the horse farm.

As an Environmental Engineer, having done some consulting for Dairy and living near Flint, Michigan, the potential for Moveable Tiny Houses as a Social Justice tool has become top of mind.

Moveable Tiny Houses decouple wealth building from land ownership. And did you know that many farms are zoned for migrant worker housing, which in my zoning includes RVs?

Bring your best Green Tiny House ideas to this session and help define how cost effective and environmentally friendly a Moveable Tiny House could be!

Then let's start building...

3:00pm - 4:00pm PT

Introduction to the Total DIY Tiny House Kit by the Tiny House Experts

Damon DesChamp, with The Tiny House Experts at Trailer Made, will take you on a DIY journey that harkens back to the 1920s! this was a time when innovation was rampant during the industrialization of our country. 100 years ago, Sears and Roebuck Co had a mail order catalog where you could literally buy an ENTIRE house in pieces, or a "kit house". These were called the Craftsman Homes, and there were over 120,000 sold in a decade! A century later, The Tiny House Experts have modernized the "kit house" into a DIY ready tiny house turn key project!! Trailer Made now offers a custom built tiny home kit for you to assemble on your own. It can be on or off wheels, and is code approval-ready in almost all USA jurisdictions. Learn how to build your own home for LITERALLY half of the finished price, and enjoy the sweat equity you invested into your new TINY HOUSE KIT from The Tiny House Experts at Trailer Made!

4:00pm - 4:30pm PT


Jason and Zach close the event with their words of appreciation and a few other interesting announcements.

4:30pm - 5:00pm PT

Breakout Rooms

We end the event with another round of discussions among the attendees.

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