Learn to Build a Tiny House suited to Australia

Learn everything you need to know about building your tiny house on wheels in Australia. 7 hours of instruction in 37 Units of video content and helpful quizzes.

Covering crucial topics like understanding how to secure your tiny house onto your trailer and how to insulate for year-round comfort in Australia.

An empowering experience of eye-opening ‘ah-haa’ moments, presented to you on an easy to use educational platform that includes:
* handy summaries,
* fun quizzes,
* downloadable documents,
* and reference links.

This course will be a resource at your side to be replayed and consulted again and again on your journey from playing with different floor plans through to the construction of your very own tiny house.

Save yourself years of research and expensive mistakes with this tried-and-true information that travels with you on your tiny house journey.
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Testimonials

Hear what students say about the course:

Don’t buy or build anything until you’ve done this!

Suzy Scullin

Don’t think there’s anyone more knowledgeable about THoWs than Fred. Don’t buy or build anything until you’ve done his workshops. It’ll potentially save you thousands in mistakes, ripoffs or accidents.

A must!

Jimmy Hurst - Polkadot founder

A must for all builders and DIYs, Tiny House University outlines all the best expert advice.

Fantastic!

Louise Southerdon, Travel Writer and 4 time Winner of the Travel Writer of the Year Award

This online course is fantastic – it covers so much, it's well put together and Fred is a great teacher with a really reassuring and friendly style. Having done one of his weekend workshops a couple of years ago, I think I actually learned more online, for a few reasons. I liked being able to spread the lessons over a couple of weeks, to digest each unit before moving to the next; to see what's coming and how it's all organised; and to pause or replay bits I didn't fully understand the first time. It's also great to be able to go back to any of the units or the written summaries when I need a refresh. It really helped consolidate for me what the next steps are in my tiny house journey.

In a heartbeat!

Clare Berto

Hi Shannon, Having met with Fred a few days ago, and having now done the online course (which was excellent and I would highly recommend it to anyone in a heart beat), I have gotten my tiny house layout a bit more set...

Saved hours & hours of research!

Aaron Stephens

The course was extremely useful and I feel like it will have saved us literally hours and hours of research.

Do this first!

Thomas McMahon

Tiny house university is brilliant, we would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to start a build, it is well set out and easy to navigate, paired with our existing resources it slotted in nicely.

Empowered and Motivated!

Elvira Charee Elix

I attended Fred's workshop on Tiny Houses [...] and was blown away by his kindness, attention to detail and fantastic way of explaining so that everyone could understand. I felt very lucky to be part of the workshop and will recommend it highly to others. I now feel empowered and motivated to begin my own DIY project. Thank you so much!

Important stuff you don't see online!

Catie Payne

Fred is an incredible teacher, presenter and all-round genius. His extreme attention to detail and scientific mind makes him the kind of Tiny House expert you trust. Fred gave us a crash course in not only Tiny House construction, but the important stuff you don’t see online - where to put your tiny house, how to tow it safely, different types of materials, and common planning pitfalls. It illuminated just how flimsy most of the available info is, and that we need to keep the Australian climate and construction regulations in mind.

Wealth of knowledege!

Paul Freeman

Another happy workshop customer here. Fred's wealth of knowledge, is a really nice change to most people just having "information" that they've read or seen. There are so many little things that people get to learn and discuss in these workshops, some may seem small, but the cumulative result can mean all the difference between being happy with your Tiny House, or needing to go back and rebuild lots of annoying things. If anyone's considering the course, please do all 4, as they make up a set that's greater than the sum of each. No matter how much or little you may know, you'll still gain something from these courses. It's also refreshing to see Fred is totally open to being informed of other ways and the latest information.

Highly Recommended

Ruby Brown

Fred's workshops totally exceeded my expectations. Super informative, friendly and entertaining. Highly recommended.

Fred Schultz

Tiny House leader in Australia

Tiny House Leader

Fred Schultz

Fred Schultz has designed, built and lived in an off-grid, fossil-fuel-free tiny house with his wife Shannon and their daughter. Inspired to share it all, Fred founded Fred’s Tiny Houses where he teachers DIYers how to build safe, well designed tiny houses on wheels; manufactures tiny house trailers; builds tiny houses for other people and advocates for the legalisation of tiny house living across all levels of government in Australia. He is an innovator, thought leader and expert on all tiny house issues in Australia.

Only Praise

Experienced builder expresses his appreciation:

"May I fully recommend Fred’s Tiny House on wheels course. My daughter became interested. She asked me along to give her an insight into the course and the whole movement. Council open night discussions and tiny house expos were a mixed bag of uncertainty. I had a vast building employment and was nearly 65 years of age. I’d worked with truely amazing tradesmen on big projects and became amazed at what can be done. Fred’s Tiny Houses were in a melb suburb nearby. Being arrogant but open-minded I listened really carefully to the two day course. I ordered a trailer, and started. I had no fear of the project but everyday I was reminded in my mind from the course, do this, consider this, remember this, and I was happy I’d gone with Fred’s Tiny Houses. Sometimes I forged my own methods from experience. Sometimes I recalled what the course set out and I knew; I shouldn’t be so arrogant. I had to remember that I was building a tiny house on wheels. Fred was spot-on in every aspect of the course and extra advice thereafter. I put him up there with the great tradesmen I worked with over the years and the advice he and they offered. No regrets at all with the tiny house and it’s complete. One regret really! I wish I had listened more carefully to every point. They are all important. I’d recommend the course which extended my learning." - Patrick Walker
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All Things Trailers for Tiny House Builders

Learn everything you need to know about trailers for tiny houses in these first 12 Units. You will learn how:

  • To “Speak Trailer” so you won’t be taken for a ride.

  • The correct braking systems and suspension for a tiny house vehicle.

  • How trailers work and what can go wrong.

  • How tiny houses and their trailers are commonly attached together.

  • Understand your trailer’s compliance plate.

  • To assess the value and pitfalls of buying a used trailer for a tiny house.

  • To make a truly insulated floor for your tiny house.

  • To make your trailer and tiny house registrable in Australia.

  • The most important things to look for when buying a trailer for a tiny house.

Taking It Off-Grid

In these next 7 Units (Units 13-19), learn key points about how to create an off-grid tiny house that uses passive solar design principles appropriate to tiny house vehicles considering weight, size and year-round comfort. This section has an emphasis on how to achieve high levels of comfort without using any fossil fuels. You will learn:

  • Options for collecting and storing power to run electrical appliances.

  • How to calculate the correct battery bank size for your off-grid tiny house.

  • How a modern composting toilet works and what's different to a conventional flush toilet.

  • Tips & tricks for insulating for summer and winter.

  • Fred’s proven method to keep your loft bed ceiling cool in summer; including how to create a radiant barrier in your tiny house.

  • Making hot water: how to design a hot water system for a tiny house that uses only renewable energy.

  • Appliances that are easy to use on batteries

Where To Put a Tiny House – Council Regulations in Your Local Area:

The most often asked question by prospective tiny house builders/owners, is “Where can I put a tiny house?” And because the answers are a bit complicated, we take a detailed look at various local laws that can affect tiny house living. In these seven units (Unit 20 to Unit 27) you will:

  • Gain an historical understanding of the tiny house movement, your place in it, and the awesome people who have gone before you.

  • Understand the differences for local council rules between tiny houses on foundations and tiny houses on wheels

  • Get an introduction to relevant local laws & planning regulations.

  • Learn how to do your own research into your own council's regulations regarding tiny houses (without alerting to what you're thinking).

  • Learn who regulates tiny houses on wheels and who regulates tiny houses on foundations

  • The case for and against increased regulation of Tiny House Vehicles.

  • Real life case studies of where tiny house people are living.

How to Build a Tiny House

In this last section of 9 units (Units 28 to Unit 36) Fred draws together the learnings from the previous units and applies these to the task of framing a lightweight yet strong tiny house vehicle. Fred's starting point is to examine the merits and pitfalls of conventional construction methods in cyclonic areas. Fred then shares in detail how his Unified Construction Method® overcomes and improves on conventional building methods, allowing you to decide for yourself what's best for you. You will learn:

  • The risks with tiny house builds and how to avoid them.

  • Building terminology that will help you talk with confidence at your local timber yard and to professionals when discussing your build.

  • Conventional floor construction, then 3 different ways to construct an insulated floor suited to a tiny house vehicle.

  • Building methods suitable for tiny houses – making it strong, vibration resilient, able to withstand strong wind forces as well as being lightweight.

  • Detailed overview of all 4 elements of the Unified Construction Method® (UCM®) (patent applied for) and how the UCM® is available to:
    *DIY Builder,
    *3rd Party Builder (if you employ someone to build your tiny house) and,
    *Commercial Builders building THVs to sell to their customers.

  • Steel v. timber stud framing

  • Fred's design tips for common tiny house dilemas and features such as: stairs v. ladders, doors, storage, kids bunks, windows & skylights. id’s bunks, plus many more.

It can be done!

And you can do it!

Learn from an expert, who has built an off-grid, fossil-fuel-free tiny house that works.
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All of this is totally DIY-able.

You can do it!

Liberate yourself.

Fred Schultz developed a weekend of workshops that he first delivered in 2016 and since delivered more than 25 times to audiences all over Australia.

All of that great information is now available to you online.

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This course is self- taught and you can progress at your own pace.