You may recognize this tiny home from a recent episode on FYI's Tiny House Nation. This 207 square foot home belongs to the Kasl family of four (that's about 50 square feet per person, or 5' x10', if you're counting). After residing in their tiny home for one month, we checked in with Kim Kasl to see inside this spectacular space and get the dirty details on living with children in a teeny tiny space.
The Kasl tiny home is a customized Tumbleweed Elm 24. The house features two lofts: one used as a master bedroom and the other as a shared bedroom for their two children. The lofts are connected by an elevated walkway.
Kasl Family Master Loft
Hallway Connecting the Two Lofts
Kid's Bedroom / Second Loft
"We have a two burner electric stovetop, which is what I wanted and is perfect," Kim explained. "Our fridge is apartment sized and is serving us well. We use a toaster oven; we don’t bake much, so any time that we would in the future can be an event held at Grandparents’ homes. My favorite item in the tiny house is our HUGE sink."
Winter recently hit this Minnesota based tiny house, and the Kasls have been keeping warm with a Kimberly wood stove.
"Life in the tiny house is so smooth," Kim remarked. "Some people seem to have this expectation that moving in and living here will be traumatic for the kids. Sully and Story adore the tiny house! Parenting here is much easier. We’re more connected, cozy, and engaged."
"Tiny House Living is just so sleek and simplified and …whimsical. I love the ease and the peace." - Kim
When asked about the challenges she's faced, Kim explained that the adjustments have been mostly maintenance related, such as learning to use the composting toilet and skirting the tiny house for winter. "Ryan has a professional career and needs more clothing storage than the rest of us," she said. "So, every week I'm going to have his shirts and jackets washed, ironed, and put on hangers so he can keep them hung in his office closet at work. That will free up space in our teeny tiny closet at home, which is so valuable with all the winter boots and jackets we have!"
Kasl Tiny House Bathroom
This tiny house family isn't just adjusting to the tiny life but also to a bit of celebrity from their reality tv appearance. Kim shared some hysterical stories about being recognized on the street: "Twice I’ve had moms holding babies come up to me super close and whisper excitedly, “Do you live in a Tiny House!?” I say “Yes, would you like a tour!?” which is responded with jumping up and down."
Kasl Family with Tiny House Nation's Hosts. Photo credit: Isanti County News
What's up next for the Kasl family? Well, it looks like they may have caught the tiny house fever! Kim says there has been talks of building another tiny house (or two) when the kids get a little older. "We’re looking forward to building tiny houses with Sully and Story so they can benefit from the experience of building and start out their lives mortgage-free," said Kim. "Tiny house living is all about opportunities and freedoms."
*All photos provided by the Kasl family, unless otherwise noted
*See more and read more about the Kasl Tiny House on their blog here.
Jenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting Tumbleweed workshops and open houses. Be sure to follow their tiny house and giant journey.
We’ve been gathering and creating video tours of our tiny homes over the past few months, and we are now thrilled to release them all in one place! You’ll also now be able to view them under each house design for the Elm, Cypress and Linden. We hope these videos are helpful for those of you wondering which model will best fit your particular personality. Enjoy!
If you’d like to tour one of our tiny homes in person, we have another exciting announcement, our showroom in Colorado Springs is now open! Book a tiny house tour here.
First up, we’d like you to step inside our classic model: the Elm 24 with dormers.
We love this design because it’s based on the very first Tumbleweed. The Elm offers a full porch and a picturesque arched window above the front door. This model is simply stunning, just watch as the Home & Family hosts gush in this tour!
Next up we have our brand new Cypress 24, an extended version of our most popular model which features a left, right, or no porch option.
This particular tiny home is packed full of amenities, including: a full size refrigerator, air conditioning, a washer/dryer combo, downstairs bedroom, staircase, and much more!
If you’d rather have a smaller model, take a moment to tour through this Cypress 20 and feel the difference. Do you need the extra four feet? Or maybe you can live with even less. Not to worry, we also offer the Cypress on an 18 foot trailer!
Lastly, we’re ecstatic to show you the first video tour of our Linden 20.
This design will provide the largest loft and, like the Elm, offers a full size porch. Once inside you’ll see this model is quite unique from the other two, but she has a Tumbleweed heart and offers a clever, spacious design.
There are so many options to make these each of these designs one-of-a-kind, including: 3 trailer lengths, 23 floor plans, 3 sleeping options, multiple kitchen options, and choices in number of skylights, roof colors, chosen appliances, etc! The beautiful thing about living small is that you can customize YOUR home to fit YOUR lifestyle. And we want to help you find your perfect home.
Bonus Video: Why Tumbleweed?
So, now that you've toured a few Tumbleweeds, WHAT TINY HOME ARE YOU?
Jenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop host. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting an open house. Be sure to follow their tiny house and giant journey here.
Once upon a time, Arianne and Sean lived in two separate houses in Las Vegas. Between the two dwellings, the couple had over 4,000 square feet combined. So how did they end up spending “happily ever after” in an Alaskan abode surmounting to no more than 150 square feet? Well, it all started with a newspaper clipping…
Arianne had always considered downsizing and living tiny, but it wasn’t until her mother sent her a crinkled photograph of a Tumbleweed featured in the Denver Post that she truly fell in love. “I used to dream about it.” Arianne admitted. “Sean and I wanted to live a greener lifestyle.” Her partner is an engineer in sustainable and renewable energy. Minimizing would help open other doors for the couple as well, including a big move to a certain beautiful and adventurous state.
With an Alaskan tiny house on the menu, Arianne and Sean teamed up with Tumbleweed’s Meg Stephens to design their perfect abode - a modified Elm. The couple knew the main course of this particular tundra was best served cold, which meant a higher R-value insulation and electric heating in the floors. They also customized their house to have a galley kitchen, four skylights, and two lofts!
But once the house was complete, Arianne and Sean faced another challenge – getting their house from the Tumbleweed build site in Colorado to Anchorage. Their journey began with a cross-country road trip, including a stroll up the gorgeous Pacific Coast Highway.
Next the couple took to the sea, as they boarded the Alaskan Marine Highway Ferry.“Most people were boarding cars, but we pulled up towing a house!
The workers were surprised to say the least.” Arianne chuckled, remembering. “They said it was the first house they ever loaded onto the ferry, and it barely fit!” She recalls seeing numerous whales along the swaying careen up the west coast of Canada and Alaska. Finally, they docked in Anchorage, and set out to begin their new life.
Now, half a year later, Arianne works locally for the Air Force piloting C-17s – a plane that could fit six Tumbleweeds inside! She and Sean are enjoying their new house, new location, and new neighbors – most recently a curious moose greeted them one morning, resting his head on their front porch!
Who knows, maybe he is interested in a tiny house with a little extra antler-room?
*All photos provided by Arianne and Sean
Jenna Spesard is a writer by trade. She is currently building a Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop Host. After the build is complete, they plan to travel around North America in their tiny house blogging and photographing their adventure. More on their tiny house and giant journey here.
Meg Stephens, Lead House Designer
Dear Tiny House enthusiasts,
As Tumbleweed’s lead designer, I have been expanding our family of House-To-GoTM models. We think of the family names in two ways: as external models and internal floor plans.
You asked for flexibility with floor plans and home lengths, and the house names should create a logical way to select from 21 different homes.
Our exterior models are based on nature.
How do these models differ? The Elm has a nice porch and iconic lancet window to greet you. Our Cypress features an aesthetically-appealing recessed... Read More