CoBuild Camp 2019

 
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Join us for the adult summer camp made for people like YOU, looking to:

  • Build their own tiny home but don’t know where to start

  • Get practical hands-on experience using tools

  • Learn the basics of framing, plumbing, window installation, and sheathing

  • Meet an amazing community of tiny house enthusiasts and DIYers

The weekend will be filled with adventures in tools, developing building skills, and learning from you camp counselors, a group of dedicated DIY builders with their own tiny house building projects.

 
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CAMP FORMAT

The majority of camp weekend will be spent doing hands-on learning in small camper groups. Each day will begin with a lecture. Games will be integrated throughout. Reflection sessions will close out the day.

Friday night is registration.
Check-in begins at 8:00 am on Saturday. The workshop hours are 9:15 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Expect many to hang around, relax, and ‘talk tiny’ for a couple of hours after the workshops on Saturday!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN & DO

Tools & Materials

You’ll learn about basic tools used in construction (circular saw, chop saw, drill, carpenter squares), how to use them to build a wall, and which ones are absolutely needed and which ones are just nice to have.

Framing Fundamentals

Learn the basics of framing by building a wall with traditional 2x4 wood studs and a wall with steel framing, including how to frame a window. You’ll be able to compare the 2 types framing and leave knowing how to build a wall that is structurally sound and meets building codes.

Sheathing and Housewrap

Learn how to properly add structural layers to your house and what’s important to prevent leaks and water damage.

Plumbing

Learn about the different types of plumbing products out there and which ones work best for tiny houses. You’ll then work with those materials to put together plumbing components.

Window Installation

Learn the different types of windows available and how to properly install a window.

Decision Making

Learn how to navigate the art of making decisions when it comes to the thousands of choices you’ll have to make as a DIY builder on any project.

Tiny House Trailers

Learn what to look for in a tiny house trailer to ensure a solid foundation for a movable home.

 
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Limited spots available, here’s how to reserve yours:

Registration starts June 19th at 7 pm!

Register before July 4th for the early bird price!

$300 early bird camper

Register between July 4th and July 18th:

$350 regular camper

 


LATCH CoBuild Camp bonuses

Each LATCH Cobuild camp attendee receives the following bonuses!

  • Camp T-Shirt ($25 value)

  • Helpful guide to Legally Living Tiny in LA ($10 value)

  • 50% discount on LATCH learner subscription ($30 value)

  • 50% off LATCH Collective merchandise during camp

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CONNECT BEFORE CAMP

Join our Facebook group to meet other campers and to get the latest updates on LATCH Camp!

If you’re interested in organizing a carpool or other logistics with other campers, this is a great method to do so.

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WHEN

Friday July 19th

  • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm registration

Saturday July 20th

  • 8 am to 5 pm

  • Social activities to follow

Sunday July 21st

  • 8 am to 4 pm

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WHO

This camp is open to the public, and all skill levels are welcome at LATCH CoBuild camp! We pride ourselves in being a welcome and inclusive community. We will match you with a camper group that matches your skill level, to the best of our ability.

Your camp counsellors are tiny house enthusiasts just like you.

Your session leaders and presenters are tiny house DIYers and co-owners of LATCH Collective. More information and bios to come!

WHERE

Rowland Heights, CA
Camp base is a beautiful outdoor setting with green space, shade, and a lovely pool!
Specific event location details will be sent to registered campers.

30 minutes east of Los Angeles

LODGING

Lodging is not included in the registration costs. We recommend campers stay at the nearby and economical Motel 6.

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Address18970 E, Labin Ct, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Phone(626) 964-5333

Website: https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/motel-6-los-angeles-rowland-heights.html

 

Meet the Team

Tessa Baker - Camp leader: Framing, Window Installation

Teresa Baker is the Co-Founder & President of LATCH Collective, as well as a State Chapter Leader with the American Tiny House Association and builder of her own DIY tiny house - the Bakon Box. Her wife Shaina and pitbull Waffles are really excited to be finishing their build and starting tiny house living in 2019, after many years of planning. With a background in urban planning, Teresa recently graduated from Carpentry school where she gained in-depth understanding of how to build a home, particularly focused on framing, and is currently working as a crew leader for Habitat for Humanity. Teresa also teaches a Tiny House Design Build course as Part Time Faculty with the architecture department at Orange Coast College.

Teresa Baker is the Co-Founder & President of LATCH Collective, as well as a State Chapter Leader with the American Tiny House Association and builder of her own DIY tiny house - the Bakon Box. Her wife Shaina and pitbull Waffles are really excited to be finishing their build and starting tiny house living in 2019, after many years of planning. With a background in urban planning, Teresa recently graduated from Carpentry school where she gained in-depth understanding of how to build a home, particularly focused on framing, and is currently working as a crew leader for Habitat for Humanity. Teresa also teaches a Tiny House Design Build course as Part Time Faculty with the architecture department at Orange Coast College.

Shaina Thompson - Camp leader: Sheathing

Shaina Thompson is one of the founders of LATCH Collective. “We started LATCH Collective in 2016 to meet the needs of novice do-it-yourself tiny house builders, which included us! Our tool belt is equipped with skills and knowledge in areas such as management, zoning, policy, community development, carpentry, compassion, and collaboration. Passionate tiny house advocates and DIYers, we live every day building a strong Community of Learners and Network of Professionals while building  our own tiny home .”

Shaina Thompson is one of the founders of LATCH Collective. “We started LATCH Collective in 2016 to meet the needs of novice do-it-yourself tiny house builders, which included us! Our tool belt is equipped with skills and knowledge in areas such as management, zoning, policy, community development, carpentry, compassion, and collaboration. Passionate tiny house advocates and DIYers, we live every day building a strong Community of Learners and Network of Professionals while building our own tiny home.”

Steven Mejia - Camp leader: Tiny house budgeting

Steven Mejia is the creator of LivingTinyinLA.com and a finance guru. He self-built his own mega tiny house aka theBigCasita where he lives with his wife and son. He also has this obsession with price-hacking to save money on almost everything and enjoys teaching others how to budget and to get the biggest bang for their buck on their own tiny house build.

Steven Mejia is the creator of LivingTinyinLA.com and a finance guru. He self-built his own mega tiny house aka theBigCasita where he lives with his wife and son. He also has this obsession with price-hacking to save money on almost everything and enjoys teaching others how to budget and to get the biggest bang for their buck on their own tiny house build.

Tony Shogren - Camp leader: Plumbing

Tony Shogren is a professional musician by trade, spending his free time geeking out on tiny homes.Tony is an owning member of LATCH Collective and has started his own tiny house building journey. He is a self taught builder, first educating himself in alternative building techniques when he redesigned an artist loft into a living space with a functional professional recording studio. Tony is excited to share what he has learned about plumbing with other tiny house and DIY enthusiasts, and to help people release their fears and hesitations regarding plumbing by equipping themselves with the basic knowledge, just like he has done!

Tony Shogren is a professional musician by trade, spending his free time geeking out on tiny homes.Tony is an owning member of LATCH Collective and has started his own tiny house building journey. He is a self taught builder, first educating himself in alternative building techniques when he redesigned an artist loft into a living space with a functional professional recording studio. Tony is excited to share what he has learned about plumbing with other tiny house and DIY enthusiasts, and to help people release their fears and hesitations regarding plumbing by equipping themselves with the basic knowledge, just like he has done!

Kim Knabel - Camp leader: Tools

Kim Knabel is a member of LATCH, spending her weekends with DIY projects and retrofitting her “Scuttlebus” into a motorhome! Kim loves anything involving water or animals. She was born and raised, in sunny Orlando Florida. In 2009, the University of Southern California attracted Kim to LA, where she earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science. Going on to pursue her Masters in Urban Planning, she focused on sustainability, particularly through alternative housing. Kim loves discussing tools and sharing what she’s learned with fellow DIY enthusiasts!

Kim Knabel is a member of LATCH, spending her weekends with DIY projects and retrofitting her “Scuttlebus” into a motorhome! Kim loves anything involving water or animals. She was born and raised, in sunny Orlando Florida. In 2009, the University of Southern California attracted Kim to LA, where she earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science. Going on to pursue her Masters in Urban Planning, she focused on sustainability, particularly through alternative housing. Kim loves discussing tools and sharing what she’s learned with fellow DIY enthusiasts!