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

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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

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Group Build 2013: Let The Building Begin!

Hello, Tumbleweed fans!

My name is Sarah. My partner, Joseph and I are Tumbleweed fans too… so much so that we are building one! We are super-excited to be joining two other couples in a group build this summer.

Meet the awesome folks we’ll be building with:

  • Meg and Dan Stephens will be building Meg’s own design, the Tumbleweed Linden. Meg is the rockstar, ahem, in-house architect at Tumbleweed.
  • You may remember Joe and Breanna from their sweet Valentine’s Day story about how a love of Tumbleweed houses actually brought them together. They will be building the classic yet modern Cypress 20 with dormers.
  • And finally, Joseph and I can’t wait to get started building the tiny house of our dreams, a modified Cypress 20. You can read more about us, and follow our tiny house journey at

Over the next few months we six will be sharing a work site, some tools and resources, and muscles. Each couple will be working mainly on their own house, but we’ll help each other out as needed, with practical things like lifting up the walls, and with the intangibles, like advice and learning from each others’ mistakes. Even as we’re just getting started, it’s also nice to know that there are others in this with us.

We’ll be reporting back to you every week or so about our progress, what we’re learning about building, and about building with a group.


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Written by Adam Gurzenski — July 21, 2013

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Tiny House Living Series: Q and A



This series discusses the “What”, the “How” and “Why” of Tiny House Living

The tiny house living concept raises a lot of questions for tiny house visionaries on their quest for freedom, simplicity, and personal fulfillment. In this series we answer some of their queries and explore the lifestyle a little more deeply.

We hope you find this series enjoyable, thoughtful and thought-provoking!

Tiny House Living: Cost Versus Lifestyle Value

At some point, people new to the tiny house living always ask the same question: “Is it cheap to build a tiny house because it’s so small?”...

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Written by Adam Gurzenski — April 25, 2013

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Tumbleweed Tiny House Trailer: Designed Specifically To Improve Your Tiny House Build


Introducing our latest innovation! The Tumbleweed Tiny House Trailer! Designed specifically for tiny houses on wheels.

Over the winter we’ve been asking our fans a lot of questions, wanting to know how we can improve your building projects. You’ve told us the most frustrating part of building a tiny house on wheels is finding an appropriate, usable trailer. First locating one, then negotiating a reasonable price and cutting and welding it to size. All this effort can be time-consuming and exhausting. And after all that, you may or may not have a trailer that meets the strict requirements necessary to carry a house on wheels. So we decided we should help you with this laborious process—we developed the Tumbleweed Tiny House Trailer!

The Tumbleweed Tiny House Trailer—designed specifically for tiny houses on wheels!

Made in the US, our quality-built tiny house trailer comes standard with brakes, lights, underside flashing and radial tires. These tires are a significant upgrade from tires usually found on utility trailers and one we feel is extremely important. The tiny house trailer is also available in sizes of 14 ft, 18ft and 20 ft. offering Full Porch, Corner Porch or No Porch and creates a perfect foundation for your home.

And when it comes to attaching your house to the tiny house trailer the techniques have improved greatly. We’ve taken advantage of the latest technology and added threaded galvanized rods which serve as anchor bolts to attach your framing to. Heavy-duty, they are made to withstand major wind-drafting when driving on the open road—after all, you don’t want to lose you house!

Additionally the tiny house trailer allows for an increase of 3.5″ headroom in the house interior. The trailers surface is flat so there’s no need to build up the sub-floor prior to framing—something you cannot achieve on any other regular trailer.

To learn more and purchase your very own Tumbleweed Trailer, click here

Written by Adam Gurzenski — April 23, 2013

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