The Barn Raiser: A Tradition of Community

What's in a name? The newest member of the Tumbleweed family, the Amish Barn Raiser, draws on hundreds of years of craftsmanship and community. It's in the long tradition of our Tumbleweed builders, Dave, Ben and Alan, all raised in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Interestingly, it's an unfinished house which has been expertly raised and sheathed for you.

Amish Barn Raisers are installing roofing, back in 1965.

Why call it the Barn Raiser?

The iconic image of a  “barn raising” is synonymous with Amish life in America. The tradition is born of community needs and a strong belief in the importance of helping one another. With planning and hard work, there are jobs that can be done by one person. Then there are jobs that, no matter how well you plan or how hard you are willing to work, require a community. Raising the walls of a barn is that kind of job.

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Written by Bernadette Weissmann — February 17, 2014

Filed under: 2014   Amish Barn Raiser   Build It Yourself   DIY   Tumbleweed Trailer  

Cross "Trailer" Off Your Build List

Although we're in the throes of winter, it's already time to start planning for tiny house builds this spring.

Would you like to cross "trailer" off your build list? To save hundreds of hours of preparation and ensure a safe foundation for your home, then take a look at Tumbleweed trailers developed specifically for tiny houses.

Trailers come in all home sizes

Our trailers are available in 18, 20 and 24 foot lengths and work well for full porches (like Elm, Linden models) or corner porches (like Cypress models). The trailers include brakes, lights, underside flashing and special trailer radial tires - and four scissor-leveling jacks are also provided.

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Written by Debby Richman — January 24, 2014

Filed under: 2014   Build it yourself   house-to-go   Tumbleweed trailer  

A Tiny House Couple with Giant Dreams

Guillaume and Jenna are building a Tumbleweed tiny home and sharing their journey. Pepper Clark, our popular workshop leader and tiny home expert, has been in their shoes and decided to chat directly with these “incredibly inspiring tiny house folks.”
Have you ever met people with such enchanting visions of the future that talking to them makes you want to dance? I recently spent time with Guillaume and Jenna, a dynamic duo building a tiny house in LA. They’re committed professionals in their 20′s who have been gainfully employed at work that paid the bills, but didn’t inspire them creatively. 
Framing the right wall (courtesy, Tiny House Giant Journey)

Framing the right wall (courtesy, Tiny House Giant Journey)

Like many idealists attracted to the tiny house idea...
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Written by Debby Richman — October 20, 2013

Filed under: 2013   Build it yourself   Tiny House Giant Journey  

Group Build 2013: A Strong Foundation, and a Wall

Hi Tumbleweed fans,

It’s been an eventful month here at our group build site in Sonoma. We’ve been building subfloors onto our trailers and starting to frame our walls.

Dan, Meg, and Sarah insulating the subfloor

Dan, Meg, and Sarah insulating the subfloor

I’m sure we’ll get used to it one day, but for now Joseph and I often find ourselves thinking, “This is actually happening! This is our house!” There is something so special about knowing exactly what is going into every single part of this house–every self-tapping metal screw, piece of plywood, and batt of insulation.

Joseph and the nail gun...

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Written by Adam Gurzenski — August 11, 2013

Filed under: 2013   Build it yourself  

What You Need To Know Before Purchasing A Trailer For Your Tiny House



Trailer Anatomy

Types of Trailers (Flat-Bed)

Deck-Between   DECK-BETWEEN:
A deck-between trailer is a flat bed trailer where the bed of the trailer is between the wheel wells. The width of the bed is restricted by how far apart the wheel wells can be. The advantage of a deck-between trailer is that the bed of the trailer is low to the ground, allowing for a taller house to be built on it.
Deck-Over Trailer   DECK-OVER
A deck over trailer is a flat bed trailer where the bed of the trailer is over the top of the wheels. The bed can be up to 8′ wide. A deck over trailer is higher off the ground, and is suitable for one-story houses without lofts.
Dovetail Trailer   DOVETAIL
A dovetail trailer can be either a deck-between or deck-over trailer, but it has a section at the rear of the trailer that angles to the ground. Generally this is found on trailers that are made to haul cars or other vehicles. The angled portion allows a vehicle to be loaded on the trailer more easily. This is not a good trailer to use to build a house upon. The dovetail creates an awkward platform to build on and requires additional welding and modification before it will be ready for a house.
Gooseneck Trailer   GOOSENECK
A gooseneck trailer can be either a deck-between or deck-over trailer, but it has a special hitch connection. The trailer hitches to the bed of a truck that is fitted with a ball hitch in the bed of the truck. This connection allows for pulling larger trailers, and is generally a more stable way to pull a heavily loaded trailer. Building a house on a gooseneck is fine.....
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Written by Adam Gurzenski — July 28, 2013

Filed under: 2013   Build it yourself  

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