Visible Progress

We've enjoyed going back to the beginning of Jonathan Bellow's Tumbleweed project. Today, we'll shine the light on the next stage: putting up the walls. You can read about this stage of his project here. All I'll say is that it's great to have a friend like Gord!

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 24, 2011

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Introducing the Walden.

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."

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 23, 2011

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2012 Workshop Wishlist

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.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 19, 2011

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Insulated and ready to go.

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!

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 16, 2011

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The Perfect Summer Project

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.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 11, 2011

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