Q&A with Tiny House Experts

We asked three of our tiny house experts to answer a few Frequently Asked Questions:  

ART CORMIER

Art Cormier / Tumbleweed Workshop Presenter

Background:

In 2012, Art completed his Tumbleweed home using SIPS and reclaimed wood and even posted some videos on YouTube explaining how he did it  And that's how we connected - we asked him if he wanted to partake in our Tumbleweed Construction Video and Art obliged. One thing led to another and today Art is traveling the country teaching others the benefits of owning a tiny home. Read more on Art's blog.

Art's modified Tumbleweed Elm

Question: What is your favorite part of your tiny space?

Art: My favorite part of my tiny house?  The love seat when I want to sit,  or the shower when I want to get clean.  Or do I have those confused?

Art's love seat, which can convert into a bed.

Q: Do you have any space saving or downsizing advice?
Art: See video!
 
Q: What would you do different in your tiny home if you could build it again?
Art: If I built it again I would have dormers, got to keep up with the neighbors!
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EDDIE LANZO
Eddie Lanzo / Tumbleweed Workshop Host
Background:
Eddie and his girlfriend Lacey have their almost complete DIY Tumbleweed Cypress parked in a campground in Austin, Texas. Eddie's background is in real estate and he also recently joined the Tumbleweed team as a workshop host. More about their house and build here
Eddie's DIY Tumbleweed Cypress
Question:  How are you decorating your tiny space for the holidays?
Eddie: We have perched a very wintery wreath on the wall for the holidays. That should do it for us. Next year if we're more ambitious, we want to do a stick christmas tree.
Q:  Clever storage ideas / space saving ideas?
Eddie: We plan on adding loft beam storage, installing a leaf table, and putting our compost toilet on tracks that slide out from under the storage stairs.
Eddie's loft with dormers
Q: What would you do different in your tiny home if you could build it again?
Eddie: We would've finished plumbing before moving it to the RV park. It’s all “roughed out” but ABS piping still needs to be finished so we can install our sinks.
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GUILLAUME DUTILH
Guillaume Dutilh / Tumbleweed Workshop Host
Background:
Guillaume and his girlfriend Jenna finished their DIY modified Cypress since September 2014. So far they've traveled over 7,000 miles with their tiny abode, from California to Nova Scotia to Atlanta, while hosting countless open houses and Tumbleweed workshops. Learn more about their tiny house journey here. 
Guillaume's traveling DIY Cypress
Question: What do you do when you and your partner need... space?
Guillaume: We usually just take the dog for a walk since the front door is never that far. 
Q: What is biggest benefit of having a tiny house?
Guillaume: Being able to pursue my passion for photography while traveling.
Q: What would you do different in your tiny home if you could build it again?
Guillaume: If I could do it again, I'd have my corner porch on the sidewalk side or I would build a full porch (the Elm). Porches are awesome!

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Jenna BioJenna 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.

Written by Jenna Spesard — December 10, 2014

Filed under: Art Cormier   Cypress   Elm   Experts   Holidays   SIPS   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tiny House Giant Journey   Tiny SIP House   Tips   Tumbleweed   Workshop  

Top Refrigerators for Tiny Homes

Photo of Tumbleweed Elm-18 Equator with a Edgestar 2.3 cubic ft. Refrigerator 

In continuation of our "Top Appliances for Tiny Homes" blog series, this week we are going to focus on our recommendations for chilling your leftovers - a.k.a, the fridge! Click here for our post on "Top Laundry Units" and here for "Top Manufactured Composting Toilets." So let's get started. Grab a beverage, because we are serving up some food for thought! 

In our Ready-Made Tiny Homes we prefer to use one of the first two options on this list, depending on the size requested by our costumer. Our build team at The Shed Yard has tested these units for quality and energy consumption. Both of our recommended refrigerators are more energy efficient that the majority of models on the market today, which is a valuable factor to consider when shopping for tiny home appliances.

1). Edgestar - Model # CRF320SS

Photo of Tumbleweed Elm-18 Equator with a Edgestar 2.3 cubic ft. Refrigerator

  • Retail: $229.00 (as of 8/22/2014)
  • Size: 3.1 cubic ft. / Dimensions: 33 1/2" H x 19" W x 19 3/4" D
  • Weight: 57 lbs.
  • Power: 115 V/ 75 W/ 0.64 A
  • Separate refrigerator and freezer compartments 

2). Avanti - Model # RA7316PST

Photo of Tumbleweed Cypress-24 Equator with Avanti 7.4 cubic ft. Refrigerator

  • Retail: $449 (as of 8/22/2014)
  • Size: 7.4 cubic ft. / Dimensions: 56" H x 21.5" W x 23" D
  • Weight: 92 lbs.
  • Input Voltage: 110 V/60 Hz
  • Separate refrigerator and freezer compartments

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Those are our two favorites! Below are a few more compact options used by tiny home owners.

 

3). Dometic - Model# 2354

  • Retail: $749 (as of 8/22/2014)
  • Size: 3 cubic ft. / Dimensions: 29-3/4" H x 20-1/2" W x 21-3/8" D
  • Weight: 71 lbs.
  • Power: 3-Way (12V DC/110V AC/LP Gas) *
  • Separate refrigerator and freezer compartments

*Propane power allows for off-grid usage

Photo credit: Dometic

 

4). Danby - Model # DAR195BL

  • Retail: $139.99 (as of 8/22/2014)
  • Size: 1.8 cubic ft. / Dimensions: 19.7" H x 17.5" W x 19.6" D
  • Weight: 48 lbs.
  • Power: 90 W/1.2 A 
  • No freezer 
  • Photo credit: Compact Appliance

     

     

      

    5). Chest Refrigerator - Multiple Models & Manufacturers 

    Art's Chest Refrigerator / photo credit: Tiny Sip House


    It's difficult to detail the specs on this particular option, as there are so many varieties of chest refrigerators. Tumbleweed Workshop presenter Art Cormier's tiny home is outfitted with a Dometic chest refrigerator (pictured above). He has also cleverly secured a cutting board to the top lid, effectively hiding the unit.

    Art's Tiny Kitchen / photo credit: Tiny Sip House

    As always, we hope this list if helpful. If you have any recommendations of your own, please comment below!

    Check back soon for more Tumbleweed appliance recommendations.

     

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    Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently building a Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop Host. As soon as their build is complete, they will travel around North America with their tiny house blogging and photographing their adventure. Click here for more info on their tiny house and giant journey.

     

     

      Written by Jenna Spesard — August 25, 2014

      Filed under: Appliance   Art Cormier   Avanti   Chest Refridgerator   Compact Appliance   cubic feet   Danby   Dometic   Edgestar   Fridge   Refridgerator   Tiny Home Appliance   Tiny Home fridge   tiny homes   tiny house  

      Meeting Louisiana's Tiny House Expert

      Art Cormier is one of those unique, multi-talented guys who grew up surrounded by building projects. Almost two years ago, he built a modified Tumbleweed Elm using SIP walls and roof, 100-year-old Cypress wood for exterior cladding and nice interior finishes.

      With obvious building expertise, Art soon teamed alongside our lead designer Meg Stephens to host Tumbleweed's step-by-step construction video. In 2014, Art has agreed to lead several Tumbleweed workshops in the Southeast and attendees are in for a real treat. Let's see Art introducing his tiny house by video, and then ask him a few questions.



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