Learn to build a She-Shed, Man-Cave, Backyard Studio, Tiny Home or cottage!


Intensive, Two-Day Workshop… Saturday June 22 & Sunday June 23, 2019

In this completely hands-on workshop, I will teach you how to build your She-Shed, Man-Cave, Backyard Studio, Tiny Home or cottage… on a small budget. How to look for that perfect piece of property (or even your own backyard) and build in a modular format to be able to build your wall, roof or floor sections… anywhere! Once you are ready, you can then ship to your property and possibly set up the enclosed shell over a long-weekend!

My name is Dr Christopher Cooper… about 35 years ago I started my career as a hands-on architect and engineer, designing and building small homes (under 400 sq. ft.) for the Japanese market. I guess I was ahead of the times as a few were designed and built to be movable (on wheels). The modular prefabricated timber walls, roof, and floor sections were built here in Canada, and then sent off to Japan via container ship. It was, and still is a passion of mine!  The challenge in building small homes or cottages is to provide lots of storage, all the while providing an open, non-claustrophobic environment.


A little backyard she-shed built entirely out of architectural salvage materials. The total cost was for the screws and the final paint.

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Some of the things you will learn:

  • Use tools safely,
  • All Ontario and National building code requirements will be discussed,
  • Learn how to find, collect and use architectural salvage to reduce your budget,
  • A complete review of the budget and costs involved,
  • The design philosophy… learn how to build a beautiful and bespoke She-Shed, Man-Cave, Backyard Studio, Tiny Home or cottage from the ground up including the timber frame structure, interior and relevant renewable systems,
  • How to build a scale model of your dream She-Shed, Man-Cave, Backyard Studio, Tiny Home or cottage,
  • Build several of the modular floor, roof and wall sections of a humble house, and understand the advantages of different layouts,
  • Foundations… will your She-Shed, Man-Cave, Backyard Studio, Tiny Home or cottage be on wheels, or a permanent foundation?
  • Clad and insulate the walls,
  • Basic electrics, including renewable energies,
  • Build different types of roofs and their materials,
  • Install windows,
  • Include a composting septic system, and basic plumbing,
  • Heating your tiny home,

Floor Plan

A Cottage Plan that can be built for under $30,000 with the tools of knowledge this course provides.

Jam packed with hints and tips you’ll leave this intensive course feeling ready to exert your artistic flair on a She-Shed, Man-Cave, Backyard Studio, Tiny Home or cottage of your very own or to act as an educated general contractor. Whether that’s a little off-grid homestead or cottage, a workspace in the garden or a glamping pod for summer getaways. We have two days to do this, you will learn how to build wall, roof and floor sections on our Tiny House project at The Oxford Campus. As an added benefit you will take home a complete set of drawings of our micro-cottage to get you started, a $500 bonus.


The Homesteader can be built for under $40,000, with the tools of knowledge this course provides.

Things You Need to Know:

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots. Work gloves and safety glasses are mandatory.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.


Cost: $300.00

Full payment is due upon booking your place, remember this course sells out very quickly. There are no reduced rates for couples.  However, large groups (6 or more attendees) can be discounted at the Edifice Atelier’s discretion.

The Edifice Atelier reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

As this workshop fills up quickly and is on a first come first serve basis our cancellation policy is to provide credit for another workshop time of same value if you cannot attend.

We have a limited amount of space for this workshop… book soon as we usually sell out very quickly

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Located at the Edifice Atelier Oxford Campus, just 5 minutes west of Cambridge, Ontario

867395 Township Rd 10, Bright, ON N0J 1B0



Edifice Atelier Education Fair and Open Day

Edifice Education Fair

Saturday, May 4th 2019 10am-4pm

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our Edifice Atelier Education Fair and Open Day, an exclusive event taking place at the Edifice Atelier’s Oxford Campus.

Whether you are interested in continuing education, learning new skills or participating in a fun learning environment, there is something for everyone including classes for children. Courses will be posted very soon.

The Education Fair and Open Day takes place on Saturday 4 May 2019, and will epitomize everything that Edifice stands for. Focus will be on the Edifice approach, and our unique emphasis on independent learning, crafts, art and education, building crafts demonstrations and meeting with Edifice Atelier educators. The Edifice Atelier is for members and non-members alike – and it’s absolutely free to register!

Register now for the chance to win one of our prizes!

The Edifice Atelier Education Fair and Open Day is free for all, but registration in advance is essential and required. Register now by filling out the form email below (you will receive confirmation and an attendee pass). When you register, you are also be automatically entered into our prize draw and have the chance of winning one of the following prizes.

1st Prize: We are giving one Education Fair and Open Day attendee a free place on one of our popular homeowner or continuing education study courses in 2019.

2nd Prize: We are giving one attendee a 50% off voucher for any of our courses (Homeowners course, or Continuing Education Course) in 2019.

When you register (and attend) for the Edifice Atelier Education Fair and Open Day, you also have the chance to book a discounted place (15% off) in any of our e-learning or live courses.


Exhibit at the Edifice Atelier Education Fair and Open Days

The Edifice Atelier Education Fair and Open Days is a showcase for your skill, product or company. If you’d like to find out more about exhibiting, please contact us today by filling out the email form below.

The Edifice Atelier Oxford Campus is located five minutes west of Cambridge Ontario.

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Visit The Edifice Atelier Website HERE


Vintage Home Television is here!

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Our New Television Series!

Hello to all our terrific Vintage Home Television and Magazine followers and viewers! We have a big announcement! We have just completed our trailer (see below) for the new television series “Vintage Home.” The show will follow every aspect of the restoration process for our three project houses when it airs next fall/winter. In the meantime, we will be bringing you shorts which will be a prequel to the full 30-minute episodes, starting this fall of 2019.

We would love to hear from you! Email Us Today

Repairing Antique Hinges

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Many wooden doors that have given faithful service for a century or two suffer from sagging because of screw holes which have become, after literally thousands of sharp shocks with closing and opening, too large for the screws. The whole door binds and sags, making it difficult to shut.

Many people are of the misconception that the hinges, or even the entire door, must be replaced. A simple epoxy repair can quickly and permanently repair worn hinge holes. Many original hinges are part of the historic fabric of your old house. Many hinges dating from the Eastlake/Queen Anne Revival period are richly ornamental and are works of art themselves. Some antique hinges can be worth well into the several hundreds of dollars and are highly sought after by collectors.

One of the worst things that can be perpetrated to an antique hinge is to drive new “larger” Robertson or Phillips screws into it. The original slot screws, most of them hand-made until the mid-nineteenth century, are as important an historical feature of an antique door as the hinges themselves!

The Restoration Process:

A door should always be repaired off the hinges with the screws backed-out carefully and the hinges and screws cleaned and bagged. A couple of shims should be propped under the door to absorb the stress from the hinges when the screws are removed (see image 1). Using a drill with a 5/16” brad-point drill bit, drill out the old screw holes, in both the frame and the door, to a depth a ¼” longer than the original screws (see image 2).

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Clean the holes thoroughly with the suction from a shop vacuum. Mix-up a small batch of Rhino Wood Repair liquid two-part epoxy and apply a liberal coat in the holes paying special attention to the sides (see image 3). The liquid epoxy will act as a good hold for the next step of paste epoxy by chemically bonding both epoxies to the wood itself.

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Then mix a small batch of Rhino Wood Repair two-part paste epoxy and pack the drilled-out holes just slightly below the surface (see image 4). Once set, a furniture-quality coloured wax can be used to blend the holes into the surrounding area (see image 5).

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The door is then placed back into position with the hinges attached, again using the shims to prop, and the original hinge housings to locate the hinge. With the aid of a gimlet, (a small hole starter, smaller than the original screws), the screw holes are run through and the original slotted screws are driven home (see images 6 & 7). The epoxy repair is permanent and structurally superior to the original wood frame and door thereby allowing your door to give another several centuries of faithful service.


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VHC Magazine recommends Rhino Wood Repair – available online or at Home Hardware stores across Canada!