Kat Blaisdell


Smack-dab in midlife, Kat Blaisdell, Intern with Yestermorrow and Tiny House Fest Vermont Intern,  is re-inventing herself. Having resigned from her safe career in IT/nonprofit management, Kat is following her soul’s unsquelchable beckoning: to be a writer-woodworker and to help others while engaging in this calling.

At Yestermorrow’s Woodworking for Women course, Kat confirmed her passion for sawdust on her clothes and the feel of wood in her hands. A long-time tiny house fan, she earned Yestermorrow's Tiny House Design/Build Certificate in May 2018.  Lastly, she gets to hone her writing, editing, and publishing skills as teaching assistant with Elephant Journal.

Kat frequently asks friends to pinch her to make sure she’s not just dreaming as she gratefully grows her real life into what she’d barely dare hope for. Today, she gets to work and play with environmentally and socially conscious teachers and friends, all while sharing her voice, passion, and knack for inspiring laughter and connection. 

Yestermorrow's Tiny House Design/Build Certificate
2:30 PM Design/Build Stage

Yestermorrow Design Build School offers many types of curriculum geared towards the Tiny House enthusiast. The most comprehensive course offered is the Tiny House Design/Build Certificate, which is targeted to professionals entering the tiny house market and DIY-ers who want to design and build their own tiny home. The curriculum covers all the must-knows for tiny house design/build and offers students hands-on experience designing and drafting their own tiny house and building a tiny house on wheels for a real client.

During this talk, we will walk you though the four-week course, and everything that comes before and after. We will share the design, in-progress photos, and lessons learned. Afterwards, you can walk over to the Tiny House village and see the tiny house in person! 

Throughout this certificate course, students follow the critical path of the building process. It begins in the studio with examples of elegant, small-space design and hands-on drafting instruction. Students then gain experience in building fundamentals, including framing, electrical, plumbing, window and door installation, and insulation. The final module focuses on custom cabinets and built-ins for small spaces. Throughout the course, students may attend optional weekend sessions on tiny house design, composting toilets, and modern gypsy wagon design.

Learn more:
Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Tiny House Design/Build Certificate Program