Kacey and Catherine's Tiny Journey

"Don't laugh, but I know what I want to do with my life." This is the statement Kacey told his girlfriend, Catherine, one afternoon as she came through the front door of their home. He had just watched the film "TINY: A Story About Living Small," and he was hooked. He wanted to build a Tiny House RV. 

This story is not an uncommon one. In recent years, thousands of people have fallen in love with tiny spaces. In fact the Tiny House Movement is growing rapidly, welcoming more and more dreamers every day. Within minutes Kacey convinced Catherine that building a tiny house would open new doors in their life, and so began their tiny journey. 

Kacey is 6'4," but he isn't the first tall man to build a Tiny House RV.

Building a Tiny House RV for a tall frame is not impossible. Wes Sekeres (who is 6'4") designed and built his Tiny House RV with custom high ceilings in his kitchen and bathroom. Two brothers, both towering over 6'7," built the "Tall Man Tiny House" specifically for tall body types.  

At every Tumbleweed workshop we meet at least one attendee who wants to build a spacious Tiny House RV for a tall occupant. We offer design tips and suggestions to help all future tiny housers design their perfect Tiny House RV. We like to believe that anything is possible with some creative thinking.

Kasey and Catherine's Tiny House

Kacey and Catherine decided to use Tumbleweed Elm plans, with a few modifications: a double door, increased window size, and enclosing the porch for more interior space.

Beginning their build in February 2015, the couple hopes to have a finished Tiny House RV by the Tiny House Jamboree in August this year. Currently, they are working on the interior. 

Kasey and Catherine's Tiny House

"This build has been unexpected transformational in all aspects of our lives," Catherine explains. "We find ourselves being far more purposeful in how we communicate with each other."

Kacey and Catherine plan on making their Tiny House RV completely off-grid. They will store a 95-gallon water tank and batteries in the "basement" of their Tiny (or underneath the trailer). The finished design will also include innovative storage solutions such as: toe kick drawers, folding tables and in-wall cabinets.

Ironically, Kacey and Catherine recently showcased their Tiny House RV at the Tumbleweed workshop in Berkeley, the same workshop that Kacey attended almost two years ago. It seems their tiny journey has come full circle!

What would make you take the leap and start your own tiny journey?

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*Follow Kacey and Catherine's Tiny House RV build on their website.

*All photos provided by Kacey and Catherine

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Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress. She writes about Tiny Homes and travel on her informative blog: "Tiny House Giant Journey."

Written by Jenna Spesard — May 24, 2016

Filed under: Elm   tiny home   tiny house   tiny house movement   Tumbleweed   workshop  

Tour FIVE Tiny House RVs at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village

A couple of months ago, we announced that Mt. Hood RV Resort had ordered FIVE Tumbleweeds to create a Tiny House Village (original article). The idea behind the village is that you can rent a Tiny House RV to "try on tiny." We're happy to report that all five Tumbleweeds have been built and delivered. Mt. Hood Tiny House Village is gearing up for their GRAND OPENING!

Tiny House Village

Each Tumbleweed built for Mt. Hood Tiny House Village has a different look and personality, custom designed to provide diversity in these tiny accommodations. All five Tiny House RVs are fully insulated with upstairs and downstairs sleeping spaces, kitchenettes, bathrooms and all the creature comforts of home.

"Scarlett's" kitchen features a deep sink, cooktop, refrigerator and freezer. 

The park has chosen to place the five Tiny House RVs together, but with adequate separation. This configuration will promote social activity but maintain privacy for the guests.

Mt Hood Tiny House Village

All five Tumbleweeds have arrived! The beginnings of a very special Tiny House Village!

It would be easy to rent all five tinies for social events, such as: family reunions, a friend's getaway, work retreats, or even a Tiny House enthusiasts meet up! You can also rent them out individually and socialize in the common area with the other Tiny House Village renters. 

The village is now taking reservations for the tiny rentals, but they are booking up fast! Check availability for your favorite tiny at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village, here.

Since the arrival of all five Tumbleweeds, Mt. Hood RV Resort has been busy decorating and furnishing them for the Grand Opening. Check out "Zoe," pictured above, a country themed Tumbleweed Cypress with a gorgeous view!

Speaking of the Grand Opening....

You want to see the inside, right? As promised, Mt. Hood is hosting a Grand Opening for their Tiny House Village. This is your only chance to tour all five Tiny House RVs at the same time! The free event is being held at the village on May 20th, from 5-8pm and will feature guest speakers, a Q&A with Tumbleweed, live music and snacks. More information and how to RSVP listed on the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village website

After the event, we'll update you with information and pictures of the decorated and furnished Mt. Hood Tiny House Village. Stay tuned for the next blog post!

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*All photos credited to Mt. Hood Tiny House Village

*More information on: Mt. Hood Tiny House Village Website / Facebook / Instagram

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Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about Tiny Homes and their adventure. Follow her informative blog. 

Written by Jenna Spesard — May 09, 2016

Filed under: cypress   elm   linden   mt hood   mt hood tiny house village   rv resort   thousand trails   tiny home   tiny house   tiny house movement   tiny house village   Tumbleweed  

Tumbleweed built for Mom, by a Mother Daughter Team!

Deb began dreaming about simplifying after having a negative personal experience with managing too many belongings. She came across the tiny house movement and felt that Tiny House RVs embodied her desire for simplicity and functionality. Now Deb's daughter Chanel, who has experience in residential and commercial design, is helping her mother build her tiny dream in to a reality.

"We took a Tumbleweed workshop last May.Chanel explains. "The workshop experience was the final push to give us the confidence to get started!"

Together the mother daughter team is building Deb's Tiny House RV in Olympia, Washington. They hope to be finished by September of this year, which will mark one year of construction. 

"We have learned building a Tiny House RV is a process that should not be rushed." - Deb

Chanel customized the original Tumbleweed Elm design to compliment Deb's lifestyle and preferences. She extended one side of the structure to have a full dormer that stretches the entire length. This customization creates an a-symmetrical look and increases interior space. Deb's Tumbleweed will also have a unique storage staircase design with space for: hanging clothes, a pull out desk, an ottoman and display shelving for books and photos. 

Smart choices have to be made when designing a small space, and it takes a lot of creativity. 

Chanel believes that working on her mother's Tiny House RV has been a rewarding experience. She gets to help her mother create a space that embraces every detail of her lifestyle.

We asked Deb what it's like building with her daughter. Her answer is too good not to share:

"It has been a wonderful experience, everyday we learn something new together. We understand how each other thinks so we are able to put our heads together and solve problems. We also have the help of Chanel’s fiancé, Marshall, who has construction experience and has been our teacher every step of the way. The three of us make a great team, and when things get hairy we take a break and have a glass of wine. My Tiny House RV could not have been built without many heated discussions, long trips to Home Depot and laughs over wine."

For more information and photographs of Deb's Tiny House RV, check out Chanel's blog

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Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about Tiny Homes and their adventure. Follow their informative blog. 
 
     

Written by Jenna Spesard — March 18, 2016

Filed under: daughter   elm   family   mother   olympia   tiny home   tiny house   Tiny House movement   tiny house rv   trailer   tumbleweed   washington   workshop  

Tiny House Village opening at Mt. Hood Village RV Resort

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"

"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"

 "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"

"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"

"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!

"Savannah"

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.

Why Tumbleweed?

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.

**More details on the event and the Tiny House Village coming soon on the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village website.** 

Which model is your favorite: 

Atticus, Scarlett, Lincoln, Zoe or Savannah?

 

A Guide to Window Design for Tiny House RVs

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!

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Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about Tiny Homes and their adventure. Follow their informative blog. 
 
     

 

Written by Jenna Spesard — January 26, 2016

Filed under: balance   cypress   design   elm   form   function   proportion   RV   symmetry   tiny house   tiny house rv   window  

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