Step Inside a Tumbleweed Cottage

Take a tour of this adorable 600 square foot home in Little Rock, customized from Tumbleweed Whidbey plans. 

Video courtesy of P. Allen Smith Garden Home

They might have the smallest house on the block, but one thing's for sure: Lyndsey and Tom's tiny cottage packs a lot of punch! As you float through the entrance, prepare yourself to be enthralled by a plethora of eclectic decor. From the vibrant couch pillows to the cozy lofted workspace, these tiny housers have created a feast for the eyes in this lovable little shelter. 

Notice how the white paneling elongates the room, while a clever use of storage gives the couple's home a wide open feel. "Little House in Little Rock" is colorful, quirky, and classy all at the same time. As Lyndsey describes her house in detail, with materials partly coming from salvaged resources, it's obvious that this tiny houser has a special connection with her abode. A bond that only few home owners will ever know. That's truly the spirit of tiny living! 

The house glows as sunlight beams through a multitude of windows and skylights. Storage was a priority for the couple, and the house has no shortage of cubbies and shelves. But the space that really steals the show, is the couple's gorgeous open kitchen

At Tumbleweed we're always amazed at what "build-it-yourselfers" can do with our plans.

Our homes come in two categories:

  1. Our "House To Go" is on wheels and range from 117 to 172 square feet. 
  2. Our "Cottages" (shown here) are built on foundations and range from 261 to 884 square feet

After seeing Lyndsey and Tom's customizations, we felt inspired! One of our Whidbey layouts now reflects their idea of an open kitchen, which we absolutely adore! 

While the average home is triple its size, "Little House in Little Rock " perhaps has the bigger heart. Thanks to Lyndsey and Tom for inviting us into their charming home and for inspiring us with their tremendous creativity. 

Catch up with the Arkansas tiny home couple on their blog

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    Jenna Spesard is a writer by trade. She is currently building a Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop Host. After the build is complete, they plan to travel around North America in their tiny house blogging and photographing their adventure. More on their tiny house and giant journey here

    Written by Jenna Spesard — May 12, 2014

    Filed under: Build it yourself   cottage   design   diy   home design   look inside a tiny house   small house   tiny home   tiny house   tiny house decorating  

    The Big Tiny Memoir: Dee Williams Shares Realities

    Over the years, Dee Williams has acquired many fans. Tumbleweed Tiny House Company folks may try to push everyone aside and say "we are the MOST die-hard fans."

    What really gets us going are the stories and insights Dee shares, because she has lived tiny for many years. If you are even thinking about going tiny, we hope you have already watched Dee or read about her. If not, then please visit Portland Alternative Dwellings and catch up.

    Dee writes and publishes her story

    Dee has written her story, The Big Tiny, which will be officially released by Penguin Press in April 2014. She shares all her clear-headed thinking, including her hopes and fears in abundance. Whether contending with the weather, her concerns about flames in the house or what grade-schoolers experience while stuffing into her house, there's a silver lining: 

    "I thought I’d find something in all of this, and I got more than I bargained for. I discovered a new way of looking at the sky, the winter rain, the neighbors, and myself; and a different way of spending my time. Most important, I stumbled into a new sort of “happiness,” one that didn’t hinge on always getting what I want but rather, on wanting what I have. It’s the kind of happiness that isn’t tied so tightly to being comfortable (or having money and property), but instead is linked to a deeper sense of satisfaction—to a sense of humility and gratitude, and a better understanding of who I am in my heart.

    I know this sounds cheesy, and in fact, it sounds fairly similar to the gobbledygook that friends have thrown at me just after having their first baby. But the facts are the facts: I found a certain bigness in my little house—a sense of largeness, freedom, and happiness that comes when you see there’s no place else you’d rather be."

    Watch Dee in action

    One of our favorite "day in the life" videos shows Dee Williams going about her daily business, from inside and outside her tiny house. It was filmed as part of a National Building Museum exhibition, and shows Dee living in her home built with Tumbleweed plans.



    What's next for Dee

    When a book gets published, the author typically travels cross-country to local book store events. Dee Williams may be showing up in your neck of the woods soon:

    Washington, DC (4/22) - Brooklyn, NY, PowerHouse Arena (4/23) - St. Louis, MO, Left Bank Books (4/24) - Little Rock, AR, Arkansas Literary Festival (4/23-24) - Denver, CO, Tattered Cover  (4/28) - Boulder, CO, Boulder Book Store (4/29) - Seattle, WA Third Place Books  (5/1) - Portland, OR, Powell's Books (5/2) - Corte Madera, CA, Book Passage (5/4) - Santa Cruz, CA, Bookshop Santa Cruz (5/6) - Los Angeles, CA, Vroman's Bookstore (5/8) - Bellingham, WA, Village Books (5/11)

    If you're luck to live near one of these appearances, then put it on your calendar. You will meet Dee, listen to excerpts, and likely mingle with other local tiny housers.

    Written by Debby Richman — April 03, 2014

    Filed under: Build it yourself   Dee Williams   Portland Alternative Dwellings   The Big Tiny  

    Introducing REAL Barn Raisers

    Who are the real Barn Raisers?

    We had to share this video with you, to make sure you see that some people actually raise and move barns. Tumbleweed does not, in fact, offer this kind of help!

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    Written by Debby Richman — February 24, 2014

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

    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: 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: Build it yourself   house-to-go   Tumbleweed trailer  
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