Introducing Eddie, Lacey and their brand new Tumbleweed Cypress
Eddie and Lacey have been recreating in their DIY Cypress 18 for two months, but the Tiny House RV isn't quite complete. "Fortunately the RV park we're at has amenities," Eddie chuckled, admitting that his kitchen and bathroom are still a work in progress. Eddie hopes to have his Tiny House RV officially complete by early 2015.
Unfinished interior shot, prior to move in. Pine panels with white wainscoting
As with most DIYers, Eddie and Lacey didn't have any construction experience prior to their Tumbleweed build. Eddie attended a Tumbleweed workshop in 2010, purchased a trailer, dvd and plans a few years later and then attended another workshop with Lacey halfway through their build. "The second workshop provided us confirmation that our house was correctly built" Eddie explained, "It also served as a great confidence boost for future work on the Tiny House RV."
Parked at an RV park near Austin, TX
Parking full time in an RV park has proven to be affordable way for the couple to be near the hustle and bustle of Austin. The Tiny House RV is completely paid off! Eddie and Lacey pay approximately $350 a month for their parking spot, and that includes Wifi, water and power. Not bad, especially when you consider the average rental payment near Austin is $1290 a month (not including utilities).
"I'm a real estate agent in Texas," said Eddie, "I know Tiny House RVs aren't for everyone, but I'm happy to be qualified to show people an alternative."
"In terms of the physical quality of life,
it’s comforting to know that even though we have less,
we can have the best." - Lacey
Lacey, Eddie and their dog "Clark."
Lacey isn't having any trouble with the small space: "I’ve always had a very organized mindset, and regularly purged items that just take up space."
Eddie's heating / cooling system: Ductless Mini Split
Recently, Eddie joined the Tumbleweed team as a workshop host and is looking forward to sharing his story and experiences.
Eddie & Lacey's Three Pieces of Advice:
1). Don’t expect this to be easy. It certainly is a challenge but there are so many resources and support opportunities to help guide you along the way. The trick is to make it fun and enjoy it. Don’t sabotage yourself.
2) If there is anything you can do to allow yourself to build indoors, do it. Otherwise, be sure you are prepared for possible weather delays.
3). Give yourself a realistic timeline. It’s easy to want to have it built it a couple months, but if you are inexperienced like we were, you probably can’t expect that much.
*Shout out to Lacey's father, Scott, who played a big role in the construction of this Tiny House RV.
*All photos provided by Eddie and Lacey
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Jenna Spesard is currently traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting Tumbleweed workshops and open houses. Be sure to follow their tiny house and giant journey.