Slow and steady wins the tiny house. Such is the philosophy that Laura and her husband have in mind while they build their Tumbleweed. These two full-time workers have been building their tiny house on the weekends and in their spare time.
Their blog, Life in 120 Square Feet, chronicles their work and is a great resource for anyone who wants to get started on their own Tumbleweed. I really appreciate the Flickr slideshow, which takes you from the beginning of their build to the present.
It's no surprise that many who want to build a Tumbleweed want to make it as eco-friendly as possible. After all, if you are going to reduce you footprint, you might as well make it as small and green as possible. What can you do to accomplish that when building your very own tiny home? Here are a list of options that can help:
Use recycled materials. Many of our customers have discovered that places like Craigslist can be a great resource for finding just about anything you'll need in your build. We found a few of our trailers on Craigslist for a substantial discount. Doors, windows, toilets and more can also be obtained by searching through your city's Craigslist. Another great resource are new construction sites. Be sure to ask permission from the foreman of the site before swiping that tempting timber. Some areas ever have centers where you can find recycled materials, like this one in Petaluma, CA.
Use earth friendly products in your build. Evan & Gabby used natural wool in their Tumbleweed build. Others likes to use beeswax to polish up his floors and walls vs. more toxic forms of protection. You can find an eco-friendly replacement for almost every item you'll use in your build. Don't be afraid of that composting toilet, either. It's your friend.
Go solar. We just posted a great book that should be on every tiny house enthusiasts bookshelf, The Solar Living Source Book. It is a great place to start. The earth-friendly minds behind this great resource have a solar-powered Tumbleweed themselves. You can see the sun in action here.
What a momentous day for Collin & Joanna. Just this past week, their beautiful Tumbleweed went on a scenic journey to its new home.
After a year of planning, building and making it pretty, Collin and Joanna have accepted an invite to settle in a friends verdant yard. Moving our homes is always a little nerve-wrecking at first. After all, you built it and the idea of a home on wheels built by hand and traveling down the highway is still a new concept for most people. But once you hit the road, you discover just how well-made and road ready the Tumbleweed Tiny homes really are.
Here's wishing these two industrious folks more Tumbleweed adventures. You can read more about their travels here.
We thought it would be a good time to check in with our friends Evan & Gabby who are building a Tumbleweed of their own. One of the most popular questions we receive has to do with water storage. Evan & Gabby have done a superb job finding a place for theirs and concealing it. You can read their insightful comments here.
Our good friends at the Solar Living Institute have a modified Tumbleweed on their grounds in sunny Hopland, CA. So many of our fans ask about using solar power in their future tiny houses, we thought we'd show you how its done by the pros themselves:
The Solar Living Institute has 2 full-time caretakers living in the modified Epu that they built. As you can see, the idea of powering a Tumbleweed is not only feasible, but quite practical as well. You would expect nothing less from the authors of the definitive guide to solar living Solar Living Source Book.