Dixie Darr

Summer Camp for Build-it-Yourselfers

In Home, Learning, small houses on February 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I’ve had a fantasy all my life of building my own house. Over the years, I’ve read several books written by people who have actually done that. To make that fantasy come true, these people/organizations offer design/build workshops, which would be an excellent way to spend a summer vacation:

Those who want to seriously downsize can learn to build a tiny house at one of the workshops offered around the country by Tumbleweed Tiny Houses. Check out the schedule here.

Learn to build a yurt at a Vermont workshop.

If your taste runs to alternative building materials, you can learn about building an earthbag, cob, or straw bale house here.

Finally, one of the original design/build schools is Yestermorrow in Warren, Vermont, which offers over 150 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft including a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design and green building. Yestermorrow teaches both design and construction skills in 1-day to 3-week hands-on courses are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country.

Happy building.

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