Take a look at the newest member of the Tumbleweed family. We named this handsome creation the Walden. Our designer has taken the open space of the Tarleton, the brightness of the Fencl and added a touch of Epu.
The Walden is the perfect Tumbleweed to do as Henry David Thoreau advised "You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns."
Well, it's almost the halfway point of 2011 and we are starting to think about where the workshop winds will take us in 2012. So, here's your chance to influence us. Where should we be planning to go in 2012? Often, we base our workshop calendar on demand and interest. Hence, what you recommend may be the deciding factor for us when choosing a city. So, don't just tell us where to have a workshop. Tell us why we should come to your favorite city.
Take a step back in time with us to the beginning of Jonathan Bellow's Fencl build. Many of you have asked about insulation with "Why do you need it?"' and "How do you do it?" being to of the most popular questions. I thought I would focus on this aspect of Jonathan's build for today's post.
Now, what you don't see in this first picture is the aluminum flashing that Jonathan applied to the bottom of the framing. You have to staple it really well, leaving no gaps for any critters to climb into. Then you flip the whole frame onto the trailer so that the aluminum flashing is now on the bottom of the trailer. The frame is them screwed to the trailer. Here's a few more shots of Jonathan's handiwork:
The instruction on how to do this can be found at the very beginning of our plans. For instance, if you have a copy of the Popomo plans, you will find the information on the 2nd illustrated page. If you don't have a copy yet, it comes free with your purchase of The Small House Book.
One more thing: We've added a Berkeley workshop to our schedule! Make sure to check it out; we'd love to have you there!
Summer is coming and it's the perfect time to think about starting your Tumbleweed. That's what Jonathan Bellows did back in the summer of 2009 when he started to build his very own Fencl. Thanks to his very comprehensive online journal, we get to see how he went from purchasing plans to actually living in a Tumbleweed home. Here's how his journey began:
"This summer I've decided I'm going to build a house. I've been wanting to build a house for a long time now but I've been putting it off... mostly because I've had nowhere to build it. With recent real estate prices reaching all-time lows, now would be the time to buy. Of course, I'm also paranoid that, as soon as I DO buy, I'll end up wanting to move. Hardly any of y'all live around here anymore, you know? I don't want to end up stuck with a mortgage - I'm very debt-averse and it just feels wrong to me. I'm also tired of living in "standard" houses. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice house... I just want someplace where I can live more in tune with my ideals."
Jonathan's mother pointed him to our website and he took a liking to the Fencl. The rest is, as they say, history. Here's some early images of the trailer being built. You can read the rest of Jonathan's first post here. We'll be featuring highlights of Jonathan's build in future posts.
And what a beauty it is! Brittany's slightly modified Fencl was built in just over 5 months. The home now sits on the shores of Puget Sound. We can't think a more perfect place for a Tumbleweed! Thanks to here ingenuity, some inspiration from the unstoppable Dee Williams herself and a love for small spaces, Brittany's story is sure to inspire you to take the next step in building your own tiny house.
"Over the internet I bought a set of plans, purchased a tiny fireplace online, and – having it shipped to my address in Olympia – invested myself my future building project enough that I couldn't chicken out. I was going to do it. I had made my mind and was going to build myself a tiny, mobile cabin so that I could live anywhere I wanted and whenever I wanted, wherever my future would take me. "
The inside of the Fencl is as individual as she is. Isn't it amazing how you can put so much personality into a small space?
Brittany's approach to building for her Tumbleweed is worth sharing:
"It took me roughly 5 months of building, planning, reading and mistake-making to finish my house. Taking shop class in 7th grade just wasn't enough carpentry training, so I borrowed numerous construction books from the library and had many a meeting with Dee Williams and other construction-minded friends. A family friend offered to help me do all the electrical, plumbing and gas work in the house – if only I would supply him with a 6-pack every time he came over. My parents offered me space to build at the top of the property, so I set up shop and went to work. I found an 18 foot like-new trailer on craigslist, bought my stove from the scratch-and-dent section at Dickinson, bought a beautifully painted ceramic sink in Mexico, and tried to find as many reused/recycled items as possible."
She sure seems to have made the right choice in building a Tumbleweed Tiny House:
"I have been living in the house for about a year now and absolutely love it. It is perfect for just one person, with the occasional visitor coming over for a cozy dinner around my tiny table. While most homeowners spend their own free time cleaning the house, my cleaning routine rarely takes 20 minutes. I am happy to have as much free time, friend time, and happy hour time as possible to myself!"
Learn how to build your own tiny house at a Tumbleweed Green Building Workshop.