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Design Your Own Small House

Course Overview

If you have ever dreamed of building your own small home, shop, sauna, studio, or cabin, this course is for you. Designing a space according to your own values and needs is a creative and satisfying endeavor. Instructor Mark Hansen has been designing and building small shelters for a variety of uses since the 1970s. In this course, students will study examples of successful small designs and features that may prove useful for their own projects. Students will consider the purposes and functions they want their shelter to provide, and are encouraged to bring sketches and photographs of favored ideas. Once a design has been selected, students will draw and construct a scale model which will serve as a tangible outline for their project. An open discussion format will be used for this course, allowing for a wide variety of topics that may arise such as material costs and sources, local zoning issues, and ideas to maximize interior and exterior space. Students will also receive individual attention pertaining to their design and model construction. The materials fee covers all needed supplies. 


Sat, Nov 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 22nd, 2020

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $160.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Oct 10th, 2020
Includes materials fee of $10.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course. The following items will be provided: 

  • Hot Glue gun
  • Drafting triangle (Transparent, 6"- 45/90 Degree)
  • Pencils & sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Utility Knife
  • Drawing paper (18" x 24")

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Begin Registration

North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Oct 10th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.