Art Cormier has followed a winding path from police officer to rock wall gym owner to Tumbleweed workshop presenter and Tiny House RV educator. We first discovered Art after he posted a series of YouTube videos explaining his Tiny House RV construction using SIPs (structurally insulated panels).
Art completed his Tiny House RV in 2012 and is now parked in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is an avid climber, taking a month off every year to climb Yosemite. He's even been featured on David Letterman for his "stupid human trick" of traversing a chair.
You can watch the full tour of Art’s tiny here (and be sure to watch until the end for a surprise)
Art's Great Room with a Convertible Couch
A few facts about Art’s Tiny House RV:
117 square feet
Built on an 18 foot trailer
SIP (structurally insulated panel) construction which is extremely efficient and offers a high R-value
How can a tiny kitchen be so minimal yet so innovative? Art’s kitchen features a chest refrigerator - cleverly hidden under a cutting board. His countertops, sink and backsplash are made from one custom piece of stainless steel. Art keeps his shelving and storage to a minimum stating: “If you build it, you will fill it.”
Art’s Tiny Bathroom
A handmade Shoji-style door slides away to reveal Art’s tiny bathroom. The shoji door is lightweight, beautiful and allows for privacy while letting natural light shine through. The bathroom features a Nature’s Head composting toilet and a 32” x 32” fiberglass shower stall.
Art's Shoji-style Sliding Bathroom Door
Heating and Cooling
In Lafayette Louisiana, air conditioning is a necessity. Art’s Tiny House RV is equipped with a compact window unit air conditioner (he’s not even sure they make them that small anymore). In the winter, he heats his tiny with a plug-in space heater.
Art claims that in the dead of the winter (in Louisiana it gets down to the mid-20s), he pays less than $1 a day to heat his home. When you only have 117 square feet with a high R-value, and you’re located in the south, that’s enough!
If you want to read more about heating options for tiny spaces, click here. For off-grid heaters, click here.
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.
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.
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.
In continuation of our "Top Appliances for Tiny House RVs" 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 House RVs 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.
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 RV 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.
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.
Jenna 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.
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.