You may have seen pictures of the amazing Fencl Brittany built, but have you ever wanted to see it first hand? Well now you can! Brittany is hosting a 1-day open house next weekend where you can take a look around and ask Brittany your tiny house questions. Brittany learned how to build her lovely house after attending a Tumbleweed workshop, could you be next?
Here’s a message from Brittany with all the details:
Are you interested in exploring, testing, touching, trying, photographing, peeing in (the composting toilet – duh!), measuring & learning more about tiny houses? Then this is for you! Learn about how it was built, why I decided to build it, how it works, what goes in (water, electricity & food) and how it all comes out (gray water, urine-diverting toilet system), and most of all – does it fit YOU? Bring on the questions! Bring a sketchpad, measuring tape & camera & explore this tiny house.
Open House Info:
Feel free to bring family and friends who you think would be interested in the tiny house movement. We love to share thoughts and ideas.
A kind request: Please respect other guests’ privacy & only stop by during the open house time stated above. Any other showings are by appointment only.
Look forward to seeing you all there!
The Bayside Bungalow
~A tiny house on Puget Sound~
See a Tumbleweed EPU at SolFest 2013,
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Noon - Midnight
Hopland, CA. Click here for directions
The EPU model will be open for tours. Around us will be solar power experts, speakers, workshops, live bands, organic food, beer and wine, all on a beautiful 12-acre organic demo site. See you there!
Going to the Sonoma County Fair? So is Tumbleweed! See the new Linden design and get to know other fans and Tumbleweed experts. We will be located (appropriately enough) in Tiny Town just in front of the blue wall on the Community Theater lawn.
Visit the Sonoma County Fairs Website for more information: Tiny Town on The Green
The Sonoma County Fair runs from July 25th – August 11th, 2013
Tiny House Tours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Sonoma Fair Grounds – Map
Interested in renting this house? Click here to learn more
See more images of the Linden and download the FREE study plans
Here are some photos taken by the Tumbleweed staff at opening day of The Sonoma County Fair. Great turnout for Day 1, looking forward to the rest of the time at the fair.
West Coast Film Premiere
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 / 7:00 pm
Location: SPUR / Annie Alley / San Francisco
In person:Merete Mueller, Christopher Smith
Watch Trailer | Download Program Guide (PDF)
[62 mins] What is home? And how do we find it? TINY follows one couple’s attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about sustainability, good design, and the changing American Dream. Fresh off its premiere at SXSW 2013, TINY, will feel perfectly sized for an outdoor screening in the street-turnedpedestrian plaza atmosphere of Annie Alley. This sneak peek of the 2013 San Francisco Green Film Festival will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.
Co-presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival and generously sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
I’ve just returned from Tumbleweed’s Boulder workshop on tiny houses, along with Joe and Shelby, and I’m savoring some great memories. What can I say? Boulder workshop attendees were just about the luckiest Tumbleweed fans alive. Through a special convergence of events, we were able to see three different tiny houses; a lovely visiting Vardo, the Fencl, and the brand new Cypress 20.
Our weekend started off with local research. On Friday we stopped at the Boulder Land Use Planning Division to ask about tiny houses and cottages. As always, tiny houses are not specifically defined in the existing codes. Cottages should have no problems, but it was explained there wasn’t much available land in Boulder proper. Though we didn’t get any actionable info, the woman we spoke to was friendly and open in her attitude toward our questions, and was very happy to help us track down information. I felt like we accomplished something in the sense of planting the seed in another official’s mind about tiny houses – you never know, she may someday have a chance to influence things.
Then we were off to the Friday night mixer. We all gathered in Coach’s, the sports bar at the Millennium Hotel where the workshop would place. I’d guess about 35 people mingled and got to know us and each other. It was a purely social event, and our common interests and love of tiny houses drew us into great conversations about our favorite topics; cooperative building support, tiny house communities, and the lifestyle shifts that come with downsizing and simplifying.
On Saturday we posted sheets for a mutual contact list, resources and ideas from the audience. Folks were encouraged to put their resources on the list, and their names and info on the contact sheet to be shared among the participants, so they could connect for mutual support, advice and maybe even hands on help. Then we settled down to business and began our step by step tiny houses journey. We started off with the legalities and logistics of tiny house living, then explained about plans and discussed design principles. From there we moved sequentially through the process of building, covering materials and methods for each phase. Just before lunch, we had a short talk from Sarah of Pie it Forward, where she explained her background, her adventures with Chris and their pastry mission. She then graciously allowed the whole workshop group to check out her own tiny house, the Vardo close up. Joe, Shelby, and I fielded a lot of great questions during breaks and Saturday ended with us wrapping up our session on doors and windows.
Sunday we continued our tiny house building journey, and the highlight of the day was the collection of Tumbleweed tiny houses with the Cypress and Fencl arriving in time for the lunch break. It was wonderful to see the excitement in the group observing three different tiny houses at once. Of course the Fencl is a favorite, and it certainly got a lot of attention – but for me the 20 foot long Cypress was a whole new experience and a joy to behold. The new design is lovely; within the popular Fencl exterior it boasts a split bathroom, a great room with a sofa that will soon have a fold down Murphy bed above it, a queen size loft, and a generous kitchen. It includes many of the most requested features we hear about from tiny house fans, and I look forward to seeing how our audience receives and adapts it.
At the end of the say Sunday, Dave Fisher of The Shed Yard in Colorado Springs, Tumbleweed’s approved builder, took over the show for a while to talk about interior finish. It brought a very direct and immediate feel to have a session taught by the guy who just finished building out the tiny houses the audience toured.
It’s always a pleasure to meet tiny house fans, and our audience in Boulder was no exception – we had suggestions, feedback, and participation from so many insightful and passionate people, we came away inspired all over again!
- Pepper Clark
Workshop Presenter & Designer