Tiny House RV Travelers: "Best Little House in Texas"

Meet Cody and Randi, owners and builders of this gorgeous Tiny House RV nicknamed "Best Little House in Texas." With their tiny dwelling in tow, they are in the midst of a six month road trip across the country. So far they've been traveling for three months, hitting 18 states!

Best Little House in Texas

Basing their design off of the Tumbleweed Elm, Cody and Randi built a beautiful custom Tiny House RV with french doors and intricate trim work. They added an extra gable over their front door and sided their tiny abode with painted wood and cedar shingles. 

Best little house in texas

On the interior, Cody and Randi have a full size couch that is swoon-worthy and rare for a tiny house living room. Their loft includes two skylights, which allows natural light to bounce off of their white interior paneling, illuminating their gorgeous living space. 

Best Little House in Texas

Every element and belonging in Cody and Randi's tiny is a representation of their life together. 

Best Little House in Texas

The heart and soul of Cody and Randi's design revolves around their idea of "home." Their exposed wood beams, round window trim and reclaimed floor boards are all native to their home state of Texas. They also allocated space in their design for a record player, collection of books and nicknacks collected from their experiences together.

Watch the following video featuring Cody & Randi, created by Tiny House Expedition

*Follow Cody and Randi on their blog, Facebook and Instagram

*All photos copyright "Best Little House in Texas"

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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 — September 07, 2016

Filed under: 2016   best little house in texas   Cody   Custom   Design   Elm   French Doors   Hennigan   Randi   road trip   roadtrip   texas   tiny home   tiny house   tiny house movement   Tumbleweed  

10 Inspirational Tiny House RVs Built in 2016 (so far)

In recent years multiple TV shows, documentaries and popular news channels have shined a spotlight on the tiny house movement. At this point, almost everyone is aware of Tiny House RVs. Micro dwellings are truly sweeping the nation! 

Why do Tiny House RVs fascinate so many people? Some enthusiasts are attracted to the innovative designs; others dream of zero debt. College students think of their independence, and retirees are intrigued by the low maintenance lifestyle. Nomads love the mobility and flexibility. Environmentalists are drawn to the idea of shrinking their carbon footprint.

Tiny House RVs, and the lifestyle they encompass, inspire people to go for their dreams! Let's take a look at 10 Tumbleweed Tiny House RVs built this year.

10 Inspirational Tiny House RVs from 2016:

Photo credit:Miranda Aisling Hynes

1). Big Art Tiny House

Miranda's purple beauty is located on the front lawn of a community arts center near Boston, Massachusetts. The design for "Big Art Tiny House" is based off of the Tumbleweed Cypress and features handmade local art throughout the interior. More info here. 

Photo credit: Wanderlust Tiny House

2). Wanderlust Tiny House

Lauren and Patrick purchased a Tumbleweed Barn Raiser in January 2016 and finished their build by April. Currently they are traveling around the country with their Tiny House RV, exploring and camping in state parks. More info here. 

 

Photo credit: Appalachian Tiny House

3). Appalachian Tiny House 

Evan and Kristin share their brand new Tumbleweed Cypress with their dog and cat. Their beautiful backyard set up is located in Virginia. More info here.

Photo credit: Mt. Hood Tiny House Village

4). Scarlett Tiny House

Scarlett is a Tumbleweed Elm built and customized specifically for the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village to have a farmhouse theme. This tiny features two lofts and a downstairs sleeping space, so it's great for a family vacation. More info here.

Photo credit: Meg Stephens

5). Meg's Tiny House

Meg Stephens originally design the Tumbleweed Linden and her plans have sold to hundreds of builders in the last few years. In 2016, she has finally built her own tiny dream house. Look at that intricate trim work! More info here. 

Photo credit: Tiny House Oklahoma

6). Tiny House Oklahoma

Tiny House Oklahoma, a Tumbleweed Elm design, was recently on display at "Dads Fest" on Father's Day 2016. Over 200 people were able to walk through this craftsman style tiny! More info here

Photo credit: Room to Spare Tiny House

7). Room to Spare Tiny House

Jeff and Megan have been building their tiny dream for the past two years in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their Tumbleweed Linden is starting to come to life this year, as they finish the interior in 2016. More info here.

Photo credit: "Paulie" Tiny House

8). "Paulie" Tiny House

"Paulie" is a modified Tumbleweed Cypress currently being built by a father/daughter team. Randy has been teaching his daughter, Nicki, the life skill of carpentry and named the tiny in memory of a dear friend. More info here.

Photo credit: College Tiny House

9). College Tiny House

Matthew Hicks is 18 years old and finishing his own Tumbleweed Cypress to take to college this fall. The red siding really pops! This spring, Matthew asked a girl to prom by writing on the side of his tiny. More info here.

Photo credit: Best Little House in Texas

10). Best Little House in Texas

Cody and Randi built their Tiny House RV based off of Tumbleweed Elm plans. We love the side french door and intricate woodwork throughout! More info here.

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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 — June 24, 2016

    Filed under: 2016   best of   cypress   elm   inspiration   linden   shelter   tiny home   tiny house   tiny house movement   Tumbleweed  

    Mt. Hood Tiny House Village - Photos and Video!

    It's finally here! Mt. Hood Tiny House Village welcomed their first guests over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. All five Tiny House RVs are now available as nightly rentals, with the gorgeous backdrop of Mount Hood National Forest. Rent one today!

    The RV resort (where the Tiny House Village is located) has done a wonderful job of grouping all five Tiny House RVs together to promote community, while keeping them separate enough for individual privacy. Each tiny has its own picnic table and landscaping. A communal fire pit is positioned in the center of the Tiny House Village, so guests can mingle while roasting s'mores!

    Over 1,500 people attended the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village Grand Opening, including a few notable Tiny House folks: Kent Griswold from Tiny House Blog, Guillaume Dutilh from Tiny House Giant Journey, and Steve Weissmann, president of Tumbleweed. The event featured a live band, food and the opportunity to tour all five Tiny House RVs.

    Even rain couldn't detour these tiny house enthusiasts!

    Introducing the tinies of Mt. Hood Tiny House Village

    All of the Tiny House RVs parked at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village are custom Tumbleweed models, allowing guests to choose their favorite style and size. All feature a full kitchen, bathroom with shower, as well as an upstairs and downstairs sleeping space. Each has been given a name and personality.

    Browse interior photos of the fully furnished and decorated Tumbleweeds below. Which is your favorite? 

    "Atticus"

    • Model: Tumbleweed Linden
    • 178 square feet
    • Sleeps: 3
    • Description: "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"

    • Model: Tumbleweed Elm
    • 233 square feet
    • Sleeps: 5
    • Description: "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"

    • Model: Tumbleweed Cypress
    • 261 square feet
    • Sleeps: 5
    • Description: "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 and also the only one that is pet friendly.

    "Zoe"

    • Model: Tumbleweed Cypress
    • 196 square feet
    • Sleeps: 3
    • Description: "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"

    • Model: Tumbleweed Cypress
    • 175 square feet
    • Sleeps: 3
    • Description: 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. 

    For more information on how you can rent one of these lovely Tiny House RVs for your next vacation, visit the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village website.

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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."

     

    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: 2016   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: 2016   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  

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