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OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

Progress at E. Johnson: Big thanks for all the volunteers who came out last weekend! It really makes a difference, and we’re making great headway. Please consider coming out the next weekend too, same hours (see below.)

More than a dozen volunteers at  our weekend workdays cleaned interior walls and prepped for painting and got the floor ready for sanding. Up top, the old chimney and vents have been removed to prepare for a new roof. Outside, the fence now completely encloses the back yard, so we can have secure storage of materials. Below, our Site committee makes plans for the next weekend workday.

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Have materials you’d like to donate? Please check out our wish list. And a big thanks to our local Sherwin-Williams store for donating 25 gallons of interior paint!

Weekends at new site, weekdays at the shop: Weekday volunteer shifts are at the Argosy Court shop, finishing Houses 2 and 3 and building fixtures for the new shop, weekend workdays are at E. Johnson.

Weekday hours – Argosy Court:

Tuesday 7/1: 6:30-10pm Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 7/2: 3pm-7:00pm Manager: Pete C.
Thursday 7/3: 3pm-7pm Manager: Keith V

Weekend hours – E. Johnson:
Saturday, 7/5: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K
Sunday, 7/6: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K

Sign-up procedure: Click here to sign up for a shift. We work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.

Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint.


  1. Mike says:

    I’m not saying this is a bad idea. I kind of like the concept but I have questions. How do you get around building codes? They look like they are built on trailers, where do you park them without violating zoning laws. Who decides who gets one. I can see fights between the homeless for these, after all they fight over corners to beg on. Some pallets off-gas carcinogens, are you taking precautions to avoid this?

    • brendakonkel says:

      There are no building codes for our “portable shelters”. The city is writing one that essentially will be the way we built them, as minimum standards. We built to “code” to the best of our ability. We have a planned development, Took us 5 -6 months to get approvals. If people want to “fight” to get a house, it means they have to show up, consistently, and earn equity hours and agree to live in a cooperative community. Lots of people are interested, but people have to follow through. The pallets are on the exterior for the most part.

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