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
When Dave Fisher says he has a family business, he means it.
The Fishers grew up Amish in Pennsylvania,
and true to their roots, are very talented when it comes to carpentry: they
just finished building their first Tumbleweed Fencl in about two weeks.
Dave and his
brothers have been in the construction industry since 1993. Believe it
or not, his favorite project from the Montana
days was a subdivision. They got to build all of the houses in the
development, ranging from about 1,500 to 3,000 square feet in size. Now the brothers
have scaled down significantly. Their company, The Shed Yard, specializes in high quality storage sheds, garages, gazebos, and
other outdoor buildings and accessories.
Outside the Fencl in snowy Colorado
Only recently, however, did it occur to the brothers to try their hand at a tiny house. "Someone approached me
at a home show in Denver
and told me to look up Tumbleweed. I went to the website, and thought, I'd love to build one of these."
After attending the Santa
Rosaworkshop in October, the brothers met up with
Tumbleweed's Paul Farr. They talked for hours, and made a decision: the
brothers would build a Fencl, and thus be added to the growing network of
Tumbleweed builders- great news for Colorado! Given the company's experience with building small
structures, tiny houses made a lot of sense. "The
great part about building the tiny house was that we could do it inside the
warehouse. We could stay warm in the Colorado
winter, and didn't have to have any building permits- we'd never experienced
that with other kinds of house building."
This is the first time they have built anything on a trailer, but it
didn't prove too much of a challenge for the intrepid brothers. They've got team work down to a science: Dave's brother Ben handled most of
the wood cutting, while Dave preferred the assembly portion. Ben also handled
the wiring, having experience wiring large houses. Alan, Dave and Ben's
brother-in-law, managed the interior and put some of the finishing touches on. Dave's
sister and his wife helped also a great deal, running errands and handling
other business. The only person to work on the house who wasn't related to the
Fishers was the plumber!
Keeping warm inside- look at that beautiful wood!
While the house is nearly identical to the Fencl plans, they
did make a few modifications. The house is wired to easily accommodate solar
panels, and the low-flush toilet can be replaced with a composting toilet. Dave
wants customers to be able to customize the house with ease, and to encourage
off-the-grid living. If he can convince his wife, he might even build a self-contained
Fencl of his own.
Last weekend's workshop in LA was a great success. Despite
the rain and a series of confusing road blocks on the UCLA campus, we all managed to find our way to the De Neve plaza Saturday morning. The
energy was high, and the conference room was lovely- it even came equipped with
As a new member of the Tumbleweed family, this was my very
first workshop. I was thrilled to get a chance to meet some key players: the weekend speakers featured Jay Shafer, along with self-proclaimed
"Tumbleweed poster child" Austin Hay.
Austin talking about his house
This was 18 year old Austin's third time as a guest speaker at a Tumbleweed workshop, and he was a big hit. He captivated the group with his tales of poorly measured couches and burnt cookies. Austin's supportive dad was
also present- in addition to being a great sport about driving us around in
circles on the campus, he fielded a number of questions about parenting, house
building, and Austin's
Hailing from as far as Alberta, Canada, toAtlanta, Georgia, this batch of tiny house lovers brought a ton of information to the table.
There were couples, individuals, and some awesome parent-child teams. The most
exciting part of the workshop was when the graph paper and pencils came out: with help from Austin and Jay, the participants got a chance to draw out their own floor plan ideas.
Austin was particularly helpful to those interested in designing spaces for young people
After we'd had a chance to brainstorm on our own, Jay led a group
critique. I loved hearing some of the questions
and ideas regarding innovative material usages and layout plans.
Over the course of two days, stories were shared, friendships formed, and business plans
hatched- what a great opportunity to network with fellow Tumbleweed fans. We
can't wait to see what kind of wonderful projects you come up with!
If you attended the workshop and would like to leave feedback
or if you have any questions about upcoming workshops, please feel free to
write a comment below.
Our intrepid man of tiny house mystery, Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, was in Vermont recently for a Tiny House Summer Camp. Thanks to MAKE, we have a little video to share. Deek is über-knowledgable about building tiny houses. Draw a tall drink from his well of knowledge at our Chicago and New York Workshops. Both locations are on sale until the end of the month, so act fast!
Here we go! Welcome to our 3rd Virtual Tumbleweed Contest. The theme this time is 'The Perfect Retreat'. We are looking for boards that showcase what your perfect tiny house retreat would look like. Here are the rules:
1. Build a board on Pinterest with "VTC3" in the title. That way, I can find it when I search.
2. Once you've build your dream virtual Tumbleweed, send an email to email@example.com with "VTC3" in the subject line.
3. Pinterest pinboards can be submitted starting today, August 21, 2012 through Sunday, August 26, 2012.
4. Have fun!
On Monday, August 27, 2012, I will post the top 10 boards as determined by our staff. You can vote for you favorite board through Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 5:00 pm PST. The winner will be announced on Friday, August 31st, 2012.