A Fencl in Puget Sound

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.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 09, 2011

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Jonathan Plays Wii in Tiny House

We love hearing from our customers, especially from those who've taken that big step and built a Tumbleweed Tiny House of there own. For our newsletter this week, I wanted to introduce you to Jonathan, who currently resides in his Fencl in Flint, Michigan.

Jonathan has kept a very comprehensive online journal, chronicling his build from the very beginning and subsequent relocation. One thing that I believe you'll really like is that he has taken over 400 pictures and has written over 100 entries. It makes for an inspiring read, to say the least. If that's not enough, he's also recorded some great videos of the interior and exterior of his modified Tumbleweed. Talk about maximizing a tiny space! He's even got a Wii in there and room to use it! You'll want to see his video about installing the electrical system. We get quite a few requests for information about plumbing a tiny house for everyday use and this video will answer a lot of those questions. If you've ever wondered how to live with a composting toilet, Jonathan even has a video about that.

I really think he's done a great job with this tiny house. Maybe he can inspire you to move from dreaming about tiny living to actually building the tiny house of your dreams.

p.s. You gotta read this post about his dog Barney. Hilarious!

Learn how to build your own tiny house at a Tumbleweed Green Building Workshop.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — April 15, 2011

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Reclaimed Pine for Reclaimed Life

Tumbleweed Tiny HouseLast year, Tom and Neri, college professors in Santa Fe, New Mexico, made a decision to radically change their lifestyle. They wanted to be more mobile, lessen their carbon footprint, spend more time with their young daughter, and simplify their lives. One of the first things they did was to look for a portable house that would allow them to move at will yet maintain a comfortable, family-friendly home. No surprise that Tumbleweed's Lusby model was the clear choice for their future new home.
At the Tumbleweed Santa Fe Design & Build Workshop a few weeks ago, we met Tom and his friend Pat Crowe who is helping Tom and Neri build their Lusby. Not knowing how to build, Tom enlisted the aide of Pat because of his passion for using salvaged materials for new building construction. Kindred spirits. With the help of Pat, they located a 1910 bungalow in Texas that was about to be torn down. Pat hitched the trailer and drove to Texas to retrieve almost all the reclaimed lumber needed to build the Lusby.
Tumbleweed Tiny HouseTom and Pat are now working together to build the Tumbleweed home from reclaimed wood. Taking a pay-as-you-go approach, work is proceeding at a leisurely but steady pace. The trailer is in place, walls and roof are complete, interior wood finishes and cabinets are done and exterior siding is in progress. Almost all from reclaimed pine from the Texas bungalow. Very soon, Tom and Neri's Lusby will be finished. And then their new adventure will really begin.
Note: Pat Crowe is always excited about the opportunity to salvage old buildings, saving them from slow rot, fire, or the landfill. He is also looking forward to helping other tiny-house folks with their lumber requirements. His web address is www.echoreclamation.com; email is jpatcrowe@comcast.net.

Written by Steve Weissmann — February 15, 2011

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Dee Williams

For six years, Dee Williams has been living in her tiny Tumbleweed home and championed the cause for the Small House Movement.

"I sold my big house and got rid of most of my stuff, limiting myself to about 300 things -- that was everything from heels and a toothbrush, to a couple of dinner plates and a two-ton jack. I then bought a set of plans from Tumbleweed. Four months later I had my tiny dream house."

Dee focused on using recycled materials, and spent just $10,000 building her tiny home. Using her home to promote a shift in consciousness, Dee has been featured on the cover of YES! Magazine, online videos, and opens her home regularly for local house tours. Dee has also written her own eBook called Go House Go. This mini-booklet focuses on how to connect a tiny house to a trailer, and how to keep the walls and roof from twisting, leaning or buckling. Also included is information about moisture control and a common list of building materials.

Written by Steve Weissmann — January 18, 2011

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Mini House Builder

At just 15 years old, Austin Hay decided to build his own Tumbleweed. About 8 months ago, Austin showed up to a Tumbleweed open house and announced that he was going to build the Fencl before he graduated high school. He carefully shared his plan of raising money and enlisting friends and convinced us to donate a set of plans. I was impressed by how persuasive and genuine this young man was.

Over the summer, Austin worked and saved $3,000 to cover the cost of the trailer and beginning supplies. Two weeks ago, we had a chance to catch up with Austin again when he came to our Tiny House Workshop and shared his story with the class.

He said his long term goal with the house was to live in the Fencl while in college and save money on housing. When someone asked if his house "impressed the girls", he shyly admitted "not yet".

Austin just finished the roofing on the house in time for the upcoming rain. Working mostly on Saturday and Sunday, Austin said he's been having fun with it. You can read Austin's blog at minihousebuilder.webs.com

Written by Steve Weissmann — November 22, 2010

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