Laurel Mundy and Brandon Husby first heard about the Tiny House Movement in the summer of 2014, while they were living in a large and sparsely furnished apartment in Seattle. Not long after the couple decided it was time to simplify, and they began building their own Tumbleweed.
"We were really attracted to the sustainability of going tiny, both in resources used to build it and in the energy required to heat it." - Laurel Mundy
"We were drawn to Tumbleweed’s designs because we thought they were particularly cute, and liked the overall style," Laurel explained.
Construction is taking place in rural Arlington, Washington, on Brandon's family's 30 acre property. A lot of the wood used in the couple's Tumbleweed came from the site, including scarp wood and pieces of downed old growth trees. Some pieces were even cut and milled by Brandon's grandfather many years ago. Now these fallen trees are being put to good use!
One of the coolest parts of Laurel and Brandon's Tiny House RV is their custom stained glass window. Laurel commissioned an artist to make the glass match the colors of their tiny's exterior.
So far the couple has managed to build their Tumbleweed for under $30k, with all the comforts of a standard home in a small footprint. They are currently working on storage solutions, trim and a few finishing touches. Their tiny dream is close to being realized!
"I’d call the style that we came up with: Rustic Craftsman" - Laurel Mundy
After their Tiny House RV is complete, Laurel and Brandon hope to purchase a piece of land in Washington to park it on. The next construction project will be to build Laurel a separate art studio and connect the two structures with a raised deck! For now, she's using the bump out as an art nook (pictured above). Laurel works as an illustrator; view her work here.
Mt Hood Village RV Resort, part of the Encore and Thousand Trails campground network - the largest and most successful provider of RV resorts and campgrounds in North America, has ordered FIVE Tumbleweeds to create a Tiny House Village! We're very excited about what this could mean for the movement.
Starting Memorial Day Weekend 2016, the Tiny House Village will be available for nightly rentals.
Rent a Tumbleweed at the Mt. Hood Village!
Discover if this lifestyle is right for you
About the Location:
Mt. Hood Village RV Resort is located only one hour from Portland, Oregon. This location features picturesque views with resort amenities. The area offers easy access to hiking, rock climbing, golfing, fishing and year-round skiing and snowboarding.
The Mt. Hood Village RV Resort already offers a variety of nightly rentals, including yurts, cabins and cottages. The Tiny House Village will be an excellent addition to the property, offering a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to try out a variety of floorplans.
It's the perfect vacation destination!
"We noticed the trend and thought: this is an opportunity to do something really neat!"
- Ann Colletti, Thousand Trails
Ann Colletti, of Thousand Trails, says the company is buzzing with excitement over the Tiny House Village. If all goes well, Thousand Trails might even build similar Tiny House Villages at other locations across the country!
About the tiny rentals:
Tumbleweed is building five Tiny House RVs for the Tiny House Village. Each "tiny" will have a unique floorplan and a personality to match. Read the descriptions of the rentals below.
"Atticus" is sleek and modern with cedar siding and black accents. Watch the stars or search for wildlife from the comforts of this Tumbleweed Linden's full size porch! Great for a romantic getaway, or close family and friends.
"Scarlett" radiates with farmhouse charm with her red siding and white trim. Enjoy the beautiful views from her full size porch. With two lofts and small downstairs sleeping space, this tiny is a comfortable retreat for a family getaway.
"Lincoln" exudes sophistication with a rustic style. His extra-long loft can accommodate three sleepers, and an additional downstairs bedroom can sleep two more! Lincoln is the largest Tiny House RV being built for the Tiny House Village.
"Zoe" was designed with nature lovers in mind. Painted dark blue with white trim, this Tumbleweed Cypress offers comfort with a whimsical aesthetic. She is also one of Tumbleweed's most popular models!
The smallest Tiny House RV being built for the Tiny House Village, "Savannah" features mustard-colored siding with white trim and red shutters. She's a true southern belle with decor to match! Great for a romantic getaway or close friends / family.
When asked why Thousand Trails chose Tumbleweed models for their Tiny House Village, Ann responded that they were attracted to the mentality behind the Tumbleweed brand.
"Tumbleweed strives to build green and they won't compromise on quality. We are attracted to that mindset."
- Ann Colletti, Thousand Trails
Above photo: View of Mt. Hood
Introductory Rental Pricing:
- $124 per night / weeknights - $129 per night / weekends - $139 per night / holidays
When can you book?
Mt. Hood Village will be taking reservations for the Tiny House Village beginning in early March. Memorial weekend will be the first weekend available for rent. Click here for more information.
Don't Miss the Tiny House Village Kick-Off Event
Before opening the village for rentals, Mt. Hood Village will be hosting a "Kick-Off Event." At the event, you will be able to tour all five models! This may be the only time you will be able to see inside the Tiny House RVs without booking a rental, so don't miss out.
Hi, my name is Lora, and I have been living tiny for a little over a year now. I purchased my Tumbleweed Cypress in September of 2014, and I absolutely love it!
I am currently living in Georgia at a wonderful RV park that allows full-time residents. One of the advantages of having a custom built Tiny House RV from Tumbleweed, is that I am RIVA certified. I was able to title and tag my Tiny House RV just like a traditional RV and have had no issues with the park where I am.
I am always excited when I get to share my experiences with other people who are interested in this lifestyle. Today I wanted to share 10 lessons with you that living tiny has taught me: Part 1!
1. Living tiny has helped me differentiate between NEEDS and WANTS
I have always been a simplifier and organizer, and I never really considered myself much of a shopper, but boy was I wrong!Once I went tiny, I realized how much of what I purchased didn’t actually add value to my life.It was kind of an alarming and depressing realization.On the upside, downsizing has made me much more intentional about the things I buy.I now have a solid routine in place for each trip to the store that helps me decide if I truly “need” something or if I just “want” it and whether or not an item is worth the purchase.
Before you go tiny, get in the habit of looking at every purchase.Ask yourself the following questions:Does this add value to my life?Is this item really necessary?Do I have room for it in my new space?These are questions I never really considered before I moved into my Tiny House RV, but they have become key components of every shopping trip I make.Now that isn’t to say, I don’t still splurge on pure “wants,” it’s just that now when I purchase something I can tell you how it’s going to add value to my life and that has made all the difference in the world.
2. Living tiny has changed my perspective on space
If you had ask me a year ago if my Tumbleweed would fundamentally change me, I’m not sure how I would have answered. However, after a year in my Tiny House RV, I realize that it has made me more conscious of how I use space and certainly more appreciative of what I actually need and want to be comfortable in terms of square footage.
If you are just starting out on your tiny house journey, make sure you take the time to analyze how you use your current space and how you want to use future space. Make a list of the activities you want to do in your space and make sure you match your smaller living space with your “must have” list. And the next time you are traveling take the time to pay attention to the space you use in your temporary home. Is it all really necessary? Is there anything you can do without? Taking the time to notice the space around you, will help you immensely when it’s time to design your space and make the transition to a smaller home.
3. Living tiny has encouraged me to spend less
Closely related to the first two lessons, living tiny has encouraged me to spend less.I spend less partly because I have less space, as I mentioned earlier, smaller spaces encourage more intentional purchases.The fact that I try to determine if an item is truly going to add value to my day-to-day life before I buy something has greatly reduced impulse purchases.I am much less likely to roam the aisles of a major superstore now than I was before I moved.Again, the mindset adopted from asking myself if each purchase adds value (and fits into my space!) has made me less likely to spend money on things I don’t really need or want.
I am also no longer in a constant state of “upgrading and updating” my home.When I lived in my townhouse, I was always spending money on the next project.However, when I went tiny, I was able to hire Tumbleweed to build my house exactly like I wanted.This alone has saved me thousands of dollars in renovation costs on my “traditional home.”Ask yourself the following questions:How much would I save if I wasn’t always trying to update my current space?How much do I spend on non-essential decorative items in my current space?What do I truly need for my home to feel like “home”?Asking these questions now can help you save money in the future.
4.Living tiny has helped me escape the
Before I downsized, a considerable amount of my monthly income went to housing expenses.These included my mortgage payment, home owners association fees, utilities, upkeep and maintenance on my primary home.I could afford these things, but I never felt like I could get ahead with my monthly budget.
Living tiny has allowed me to cut my actual living expenses by more than half, which has freed up a considerable chunk of change each month.I have been able to use this money to pay-off debt, save in my emergency fund and have more fun!Spend some time to understand your expenses if you downsized.How much could you save?How else could you spend that money to help you create the life you really want to live?Taking some time to estimate expenses now and in the future can give you a head start in deciding if downsizing is right for you from a financial perspective.
5.Living tiny has simplified my wardrobe
One of the challenges of living tiny is the lack of storage space.Although my Tumbleweed has some amazing storage features, it still required a big shift in the amount of stuff I owned.When I downsized I offloaded more than 80% of my possessions in a little less than two months.As you can imagine, that was a big adjustment!
Probably the biggest adjustments, besides getting rid of most of my books, was the change from a walk-in closet to a much smaller closet.I now have 36” of closet space (gigantic by many tiny space standards!), which required a well-thought out strategy on purchasing and wearing clothes.To make the transition somewhat easier, I measured out the amount of hanging space I knew I would have in my smaller space before I ever downsized.I spent the time literally measuring the clothes I owned to determine what I could keep and what I needed to get rid of before I could transition to a smaller space.As with most things, I realized how many clothes I owned that I never really wore.I am actually in the process of simplifying my wardrobe even more by following the 333 project.If you know clothes might be a challenge for you if you downsize, consider checking out this challenge.
While I still don’t consider myself a true minimalist (I still own way too many books, dishes and duvet covers to be considered a minimalist), I am much more thoughtful about the stuff in my home, particularly my clothes.Take an honest look at your clothes and donate the stuff you don’t currently love and wear.
Today we are going to discuss three design elements you should consider for the windows in your Tiny House RV: PROPORTION, BALANCE and SYMMETRY.
Proper PROPORTION can make all the difference
Consider the photo above of a Tumbleweed Cypress. The windows are in correct proportion to each other, the size of the structure, and the front door. It's pleasing to the eye.
As you can see, we've now changed the proportion of the windows. The result is less pleasant.
The front bay windows are very small and odd looking. The side windows are large, creating improper proportion to the front door and the overall structure. Making your windows too large can also compromise the structural integrity of the RV and decrease your R-Value.
Create BALANCE in your Window Design
It's important to be consistent with proportion, the amount of windows and their symmetry to create balance in your window design.
Windows attract the eye, so it's important to distribute them evenly. In the above example, the balance of window versus open space is inconsistent. You don't want to have five windows on the left side of your Tumbleweed and only two windows on the right side.
Can you guess why the next example is NOT as well balanced as the original?
The bay windows are centered in the above photo, yet the effect is not quite as charming as the original Tumbleweed Cypress. Why? It has to do with the front door. The front door in this design has a window, so it should be counted in the overall window design. The bay windows have too much open space on either side in comparison to the space around the door window. Therefore, the balance is imperfect.
Don't Forget Symmetry!
To achieve symmetry in your window design, draw an imaginary line down the center axis of your Tiny House RV. As you can see in the above photo of a Tumbleweed Elm, the windows on either side of the center line are a mirror image of each other. The windows are completely symmetrical.
"You can also have a near or approximate symmetry in your design. Here there is no mirror image, but the masses placed on one side of the axis are roughly copied on the other side. There may be side extension that is different than its cousin on the other side, but they are of similar shape and size."Source
The Tumbleweed Cypress is an example of approximate symmetry. In order to counteract the asymmetry of the door placement, a hip dormer is centered over the bay windows. Therefore, the window design is not a mirror image along the center axis, but the visual weight is counterbalanced by the doorway and dormer symmetry.
Next we'll discuss window functionality, specifically for Tiny House RVs!
Jenna & Guillaume traveled around the United States and Canada for one year in their modified Tumbleweed Cypress. Along their journey they sought out and met other Tiny House RVers, took photos of their rigs and interviewed them about their lifestyles. Now they are putting their collection together as a calendar for charity.
All proceeds from this calendar will be donated to charities that provide tiny shelters for the homeless. These four homeless shelters will receive equal portions of the donation: