http://www.tumbleweedhouses.comWith wheels, traditional proportioning and archetypal form, these little structures are designed to be portable and can, essentially, be sited anywhere you can park a travel trailer.* They range from about 50 to 130 sq ft. Purchase yours ready-made or buy the plans to build it yourself. These homes are stationary designs built as a main house or guest house. Most of the plans have an optional extra bedroom in back. The house sizes range from 261 sq ft up to 874 sq ft. We do not build the Cottages. They are designed to be built on site with a local contractor of your choosing.Tumbleweed Tiny Houses CompanySteve Weissmannsteve@tumbleweedhouses.com
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Yesterday's open house was a whirlwind. I'll admit that I
spent the morning fairly certain that no one would come- the weather was weird,
Sundays are lazy, and I sometimes lack social confidence.
But you, tiny house people, did not let me down. At exactly 12:58, a throng of
people appeared, trudging through the mud. Children, farmers, urbanites,
college officials- an incredibly kind and interesting crowd filled the house
from start to finish. There was even a line outside!
One lovely lady brought me daffodils; another family brought
me a cake from a favorite bakery. Everyone brought questions, cameras, and
positive reinforcement. I wish I'd taken more pictures, but I was so busy
answering questions that I didn't get a chance! Here's a few photos I snapped:
Some of the first attendees- laughs all around
No problem getting up to the loft
Tumbleweed staff member Adam Gurzenski even sent his parents over!
Relaxing after a long day with friends and a delicious cake
If you attended and took more pictures, please send them!
Per my mom's request, I also started a guestbook. It was a great
way to track where people were coming from- I had guests from Connecticut,
New Hampshire, and all over Massachusetts,
Thanks so much to those who made the journey- it was a blast having you all
If you didn't get a chance to make it, or if you did and want to come back, please continue to check in with the Tumbleweed blog- I'll have another open house soon!
It's been 10 days since I moved several suitcases full of
possessions into the Fencl and called it home. It never fails to amaze me how
quickly humans can adapt to a space: for me, it took about 3 seconds to feel
entirely in my element!
The tiny house has been a huge hit on campus. I've gotten a number of random visitors who have all been very respectful.
As far as everyday life, I'll run through a few of those beloved classic domestic
I've never been a consistently organized person. But here, I
find myself coming home from work at 2 am and wanting to tidy. Something about having a place for everything encourages me
to put everything in its place...imagine that.The clever usage of space, rather than small size, might
actually be the most novel thing about Tumbleweeds. I am someone very well
suited to a large quantity of shelving and surfaces to work on. When confronted
with a large empty space, I don't know what to do with my possessions, and find
that I'd rather have none at all.
So far, my meal preparation has consisted mostly of my
warming up leftovers in a cast-iron on the stove. I boil water everyday for tea, coffee, and sometimes pasta, and have experimented with popcorn. Once I get my spice
collection going, however, I plan to have a number of semi-elaborate meals and
tiny dinner parties.
I have a very stylish Newport Dickinson propane fireplace that is
somewhat effective. It looks great, and is certainly inviting, but the illusion
of warmth doesn't quite cut it in the New England
winter. I'm considering adding an efficient electric blanket to the mix. A
space heater would almost certainly blow a fuse, as I only have 20 amps of electricity. But luckily, spring is on its way!
Luckily, the loft space remains warm enough to keep me
asleep through the night. Last Friday, the first night in my house, I found out that my placement has a serious
drawback- it's in prime campus party zone. Like most drunk 21 year olds,
Hampshire students like to make a TON of noise when they're out in public. To
be fair, I went to bed at 10 pm and had just brought a tiny house to campus
without much notice, so some of the noise was to be expected. Anyway, easy
fix- industrial earplugs. Otherwise, I LOVE being in the loft. It's the perfect place to read when I want to block out the world and surround myself with blankets
So it's been 10 wonderful days, and it's looking like it will be 3 wonderful months. Please ask me any questions you can think of, and stay tuned!
Here's an exclusive inside look at my brand new Fencl on Switchboard Magazine's inaugural episode of "Dwellz."The magazine co-creators Remy Schwartz and Duncan Sullivan filmed and produced this short video and have graciously agreed to share it with Tumbleweed. You'll have to endure my weird haircut and a lot of royalty free hip hop, but it's worth it!
"Nara's tiny house is one part sustainable living, one part college credit, and three parts swag.
After spending her fall semester studying various forms of American alternative housing, she hooked up with Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and got the (literal) wheels moving on a sweet deal: a semester of tiny house occupancy in exchange for promotional blogging.
Despite black ice, miscommunication with truckers, and a giant blizzard, the house finally made it all the way from Wisconsin to Hampshire College. As of Friday, she lives in it full-time.
By day, Nara works on sustainable utility solutions and writes about housing. By night, she curls up next to her tiny propane fireplace and dreams of a world where everyone lives within their means. She's happy to show you around her 130 square feet of unfinished pine, but thinks this episode of 'Dwellz' is probably enough.
Caveat: this will make more sense if you spent your adolescence watching MTV's 'Cribs'."