http://www.tumbleweedhouses.comWith wheels, traditional proportioning and archetypal form, these little structures are designed to be portable and can, essentially, be sited anywhere you can park a travel trailer.* They range from about 50 to 130 sq ft. Purchase yours ready-made or buy the plans to build it yourself. These homes are stationary designs built as a main house or guest house. Most of the plans have an optional extra bedroom in back. The house sizes range from 261 sq ft up to 874 sq ft. We do not build the Cottages. They are designed to be built on site with a local contractor of your choosing.Tumbleweed Tiny Houses CompanySteve Weissmannsteve@tumbleweedhouses.com
15 West MacArthur St95476SonomaCaliforniaUnited States
Our friend Ryan Mitchell from The Tiny Life is raising funds for an awesome infographic about tiny houses and their occupants. Be sure to read all about his idea, and check out the cool incentives he's offering through Kickstarter.
A week ago people from all corners
of the world participated in Tiny House Survey where we wanted to compare how
people in tiny houses compared to the rest of America. What started out as a simple question, lead
to more than 2,400 people responding! We
were so humbled and excited by the response that we wanted to do something
special. So we wanted to make an
infographic about people who live in Tiny Houses.
What is an infographic? Infographics are a visual way to share data
about an interesting topic. Instead of boring graphs and spreadsheets, we
are working with a graphic designer to tell the story with color and vivid
graphics. You can find many examples of Infographics on the web to get an
idea of what we hope to put together.
So we invite you to join us in
telling the tale of tiny house people, but we also have some neat rewards for
your help in our project!
I was in the San Francisco area a few months back (a long, fun, haul for an East Coaster like me- what a town!), to shoot a few tiny housetours/episodes for my youtube show "Tiny Yellow House" and for content photos on a new book I've been working on, when I saw this! Its a Tumbleweed Fencl, RIGHT outside the gates of Muir Woods, at the parks maintenance and ranger station- how cool! The area was fenced in, and I couldn't get any closer, but I stopped my car, turned around, and snapped this photo:
Tiny Ranger House!
A lot of the photos I've taken on these trips are not only going to be in my follow-up book to "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks" but are being incorporated into a slide-show of inspirational tiny houses that is one facet of my presentations for the Tumbleweed Workshops that I teach around the country. This slide show presents some of the dos and don't of tiny house construction, and design approach, while also showing off some exceptional, clever, and bizarre deviations people have taken on the Tumbleweed plan designs- and beyond. Domes, Tree houses, Floating Homes, Tiny Houses built from Recycled Materials....they're all in there!
Hey, my name is Cat. My buddy is Cisco, or /Francisco, Caballero de las Llanuras de la Costa del Golfo/. He’s a young English Springer Spaniel mix, a rescue that was picked up in a “dump zone” near Beaumont, TX. I’ve only had him a month. I wanted to give him a proper name to reflect his Spanish heritage, something like /Don Quixote de la Mancha/. (The Gulf Coast Plains is an ecoregion that includes Beaumont.)
I own a smallish 900-sq. ft. house in south Louisiana, in the small, historic town of Grand Coteau. My interest in stewardship of the planet goes back decades. I’ve been a park ranger for the National Park Service, a systems engineer for IBM, performed in the Closing Ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympics. A life rich in experience, but not always rich financially. I’ve learned to be frugal.
In 2007, I had the good fortune to be selected to be trained by Al Gore to be a global warming presenter. Biggest surprise? He was funny! From that workshop, I met someone who told me about a two-week all women’s workshop with Solar Energy International learning photovoltaics (solar). “Wow!” I thought, “at last, I found my niche.” Leading the way, a life of sustainability. So, I formed a company, Cat Dancing Energy. Well, several years later, I’m regrouping. As someone in the industry told me, “The solar business is much more business than it is solar.” How true, running a business is far, far more work than I ever imagined...or wanted.
Working on the Brad Pitt solar project in New Orleans!
And, as a “construction” type of industry, not so easy for a woman...unless you want to do sales, or work in the office. (Which I don’t esp. want to do.) Women in the field? Not so much. Nevertheless, I’ve had some good projects, installed a solar demo project for Brad Pitt in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, did an all Women’s install with Grid Alternatives in the SF Bay area, and a variety of other installs, site analysis, designs, energy consulting, taught solar workshops.
Along the way, I discovered Tumbleweed homes, visited Jay’s home the summer of 2011, and attended a Dallas, TX workshop that year with Dee Williams. The Tumbleweeds make a lot of sense to me, and fit in with the desire of a sustainable lifestyle.
At the back of my property is a small cottage, about 10 x 15 feet. It’s something I want to convert into a Tumbleweed. One thing I’ve learned this year, thanks to the 1%, is that working hard is not the way to (necessarily) make money. So, my hope is to convert my cottage into an adorable Tumbleweed with Tuscan styling, and use it as an investment, a little guest house.
Cottage to convert
My path then has a two prong approach: continue to try to find my niche in the solar/renewable energy world with the right company, and build a Tumbleweed home. Being a native of the northeast, I typically leave Louisiana during hot summers in search of cooler climates, more mountains, hiking opportunities, solar opportunities, etc. I don’t always have a clear plan of where I’ll go until summer is upon us. Watching “Field of Dreams” tonight, Cisco curled up into my lap. (At 40 lbs, he’s a sizable lap dog.) I asked him, “Where are we going this summer? Iowa?” He just wagged his tail and looked at me with sweet, brown eyes.
Tumbleweed and Southern Adventist
University - Partners in Education
Tumbleweed and Southern Adventist
University are introducing the concept of tiny home construction to
the next generation of American contractors. In the spring of 2013
students in SAU’s Construction Management program will be building
Tumbleweed’s newest model.
As you can see from our early drawings of the new house on the left, The new Tumbleweed is going to include a full sized murphy bed with built in couch on the first floor.
Tumbleweed’s focus on education is
longstanding. Through workshops, books, open houses, partnerships
with high schools and community events we are trying to change the
perception of what is possible. We are thrilled to be working with a
community of future builders that have the ability to change the way
America lives, literally, in the palms of their hands.
recently had the opportunity to sit down with two of the Tumbleweed
staff involved in developing the partnership with Southern Adventist.
The first thing I wanted to know was why they felt it was necessary
for the next generation contractors to understand the concept of tiny
Clark, a Tumbleweed workshop presenter, was nothing less than
enthusiastic in her response. “It's essential for the next
generation of American contractors to understand the idea
of tiny homes because they provide both the most logical response to
our growing economic and logistical housing challenges.
Future builders need to be aware of how many problems can be solved
with a tiny house; providing means for multi generational families to
live happily together, allowing people to work at careers they love
instead of high paying jobs they hate, enabling folks to move their
homes as needed to respond to changes in their lives, and giving
young people a way to live independently with little overhead as they
Farr, head of business development and sales, also sees contractors
as an integral component to solving America’s housing and financial
contractors have the opportunity to help Americans with the financial
headache of getting into home ownership. When contractors assist
people in getting a better financial foundation under their feet, it
will be assisting future generations. We want to refill the building
pipeline in a healthy and sustainable way!”
asked about Tumbleweed’s focus on education Paul discussed the
importance of homeowner awareness and creating a financially
sustainable lifestyle. “If
we can assist people in making the decision to live in a tiny way, to
reduce financial stress and increase financial stability in the
average home, we will have been successful. Many people are having a
hard time making ends meet. It is a path to less stress and financial
Adventist University is pioneering a new and more responsible
approach to educating the next generation of American builders.
Tumbleweed is looking forward to the day when the concepts involved
in tiny space design and construction are standard components of all
university level construction programs.
Are you a writer with a love of tiny houses? Are you a tiny house enthusiast with a passion for writing? Are you just really smart and looking to share your brilliance with the world?
We've had some awesome guest
blog posts recently, like Sicily's or Kendra's. We love having different voices on our blog, and we want to bring in more guest posters. We're especially looking for people with specific expertise. Are you a solar power buff? A plumbing genius? An interior design guru? Share your knowledge!